Saturday, 17 June 2017

Clever unit design strikes again !

Ey up my faithful blogworms, this weeks tale is another one of those, like last weeks, where our ability to change any cabinet size to whatever we need makes everything fit perfectly. 

A lot of time was spent on this project as well, to design unit sizes carefully so that no-one would think twice when looking at it. Stealth units ....... make the job so much better.

An Eco kitchen in every respect apart from the granite !!

Our Eco2 cabinets forming the basis as usual ( now with added recycled content, 75% in fact and we can prove it !! ) Sustainable Tulipwood doors painted with low VOC content paint in Farrow and Ball Green Blue No. 84, if you want to know the colour. Sustainable Character Oak worktops. Bon Accord granite, the only Eco negative, around the main run. Granite still being the ideal choice for heat resistance with the ability to put hot pans etc straight onto it. Some Gorenje appliances, still the most Eco conscious appliance manufacturer of choice !!



Carefully sized cabinet structure to fit exactly. How many companies do you know who can make an 1100mm x 850mm L shape corner base ?? Best possible use of corner space.

Peninsular unit to add worktop, storage volume and somewhere to work off the main run. A place to serve from over into the dining room space.

The custom sized L shape corner base using our unique split shelf arrangement for more versatile use of the storage

Strangely, the first time I've used timber worktop to go over two levels with the connecting upstand providing a home for a useful couple of double sockets,

As usual, I'm tidy plumbing obsessed ! Also how many companies do you know the even supply a shelf to go in a Butler sink unit, let alone cut it round the pipework so it's still meaningful ??

You want a Butler sink, Boy have we got a Butler sink ! This one is a beauty, 900mm wide x 630mm deep, it's a superb piece of ceramic engineering from Villeroy & Boch. Of course, those of you who were paying attention will now know the difference between a Butler sink and a Belfast, won't you ?

The sink sits beautifully within the granite tops, even fitting a granite upstand across the back to provide upstand continuity. 900mm high walls units giving just that extra storage when needed.

Oven and microwave fitted at a sensible working height carefully calculated to give best access for reach to both. The hood, we think, is the perfect answer to the problem of repeatedly banging your head on a more conventional hood. We don't understand why these back sloping hoods aren't more popular, even we get sick of banging our heads on "normal" hoods when we fit them !

This layout really does represent the optimum positioning of units for good ergonomics while working in the space. PS: The higher units at the back of the peninsular section are the perfect height for folk to lean on while chatting to you while you're cooking and it keeps folk out from under your feet while you're prepping a meal,  Bonus !

Nice tidy positioning of cooking kit makes everything easier.

Fridge to the left of the drawer pack, bottles in the pull out to the left of the fridge, all it needs now is a kettle on top and it's the ideal spot to make a cuppa.

So, your kitchen doesn't need to be massive to be well thought out and space efficient.

For those of you who know, we are collating records using our own unique chart to calculate optimum storage volumes in given home sizes. Our records show that the ideal requirement for a 3 bedroom Semi is around 3.5 cu.m. of storage.

This one came in at 3.49 cu.m.
so pretty much spot on, job well done. When looking at any new kitchen project we measure storage volume achieved in order to make the best recommendation for any house. We feel this is a requirement everyone should look at to get the best out of your kitchen space. Normally we would record what was there before to give us a comparison and let you know a percentage increase in volume achieved but not many of the original units were left in this case..

It also proves that you don't have to just randomly stuff your kitchen full of units to make the best of it. Our findings are showing that too many units can be as big a mistake as too few !! To find out more, contact us for one of our unique volume calculator sheets. 
Thinking that little bit more than most companies do is what we do best. ! 
Jules.


Saturday, 10 June 2017

And Firstly !

Ey up my faithful blogworms, well ..... today's the day, here's the long awaited latest Eco kitchen project involving loads of Firsts

First: this is the first project nationally built using the new improved 75% recycled content board in the Grey linen colour and texture which forms part of our Eco2 range.

First: this is the first time we've used our own "new creation" "Handleless Shaker" door in two tone Farrow and Ball colours, built from sustainable Tulipwood

First: this is the very first time we've attempted my earlier creation of an angled slash cut door built in the "Handleless Shaker" format.

First: this is the first time we've used two 'Domino' hobs placed end to end in a narrowed down worktop fitted to a reduced depth complete run of kitchen units. In fact, the depth of the whole run was based on the calculations that started with making the hobs fit into as narrow a space as possible !

First:  this is, in fact, the first time we've attempted to make a complete unit run in reduced depth. The advantages being that no cupboard is too deep to reach the stuff at the back and there's now reaching over the hob to get at the burners at the back, increasing your risk of spilling or burning your arm.

First: the stoarage unit to the left of the big fridge is the first time we've used the new Blum concept of a "Tower unit" where the storage is so much easier to use instead of the floppy, unreliable pull out wire basket units. A concept which is already catching on !

So without further ado, I'll let the pictures speak for themselves .......

























We are so proud of the technical design elements, the ergonomics of the kitchen, the carefully planned walkways around the room itself, the colour co-ordination, the special way in which the island worktops were cut, in fact ...... every single aspect of putting this together was an absolute joy.

I feel it's the pinnacle of our kitchen design in 30 years of doing this and with lashings of unique features never seen before, it's our no.1 

Do you want one like it ?

Give us a bell, send us an email, whatever, just let us know if we can do one for you. 

Feeling on a high and buzzing with job satisfaction. Jules 

Saturday, 3 June 2017

Blowing away conventional thinking !

Ey up my faithful blog worms ...... Probably the most creative and technically demanding kitchen we've ever designed, started this week !!

It has a whole list of unique and original features within it's design, a lot of them led by our customers themselves in direct response to what they do and don't like about normal kitchens. 
This shows the hob and storage side to the kitchen. All the units are reduced depth to make reaching stuff in the cupboards very easy without having to delve right into the back to find what you want. Huge amount of storage with easy access


This shows the central island structure going in with all the walkways around the units carefully planned to maxmimise movement around the room and create sensible routes to each area

The hobs, yes two ! , go in the central section, a basically 4 ring set up but created using two "Domino hobs" placed end to end. No reaching over to the back rings, mimimising the risk of burning your arm. 

Avery sleek look, sophisticated appearance when the doors go on. We've used our own creation Handleless Shaker door to give character but clean appearance without handles sticking out.



Everything in this kitchen has been very carefully designed to change conventional thinking about how kitchen units are used. Often the planning dimensions have been worked out to the millimetre to ensure everything works as it should.


More pictures to follow as the job progresses, everybody involved in this is now getting a real buzz seeing all that hard work start to pay off.
This is just an ' appetite wetter' to show what can be achieved when you throw conventional thinking out of the window and start to focus on what really matters to make a kitchen work well !! 


I, for one, am now getting so excited about seeing it finished !!
More next week, stay tooned !
Jules




Saturday, 20 May 2017

3 for the price of 1

Ey up my faithful blogworms, been on my jollies which is why we've not had a chance for a chat for a bit but there's been a few developments while I've been away and without further ado, I'll bring you all up to date.

Firstly I'm going to share with you a stunning picture I took while on holiday that reinforces my belief that nature is way, way cleverer than mankind will ever be and, in my opinion, we should stop trying to destroy our environment and give it all the help we can.


This sycamore tree was voted our tree of the year last year. It's called Sycamore Gap and it's nestled in a fold in the hills literally just in front of Hadrians Wall in Northumberland. It's a random tree all on it's own that's stood there for hundreds of years. A thing of beauty, it typifies natures ability to defy man, the elements and everything thrown at it. A deserved winner of the accolade. If we can protect this now, we should be taking the same approach to nature everywhere. !!


Secondly, our Eco2 display seen our our website has now been sold and is ready to ship out
We've gone from this

To this
As a result, the way has been paved to create our brand new concept "Eco Coastal" display which will feature units never before seen in a kitchen showroom. The materials sourced will now be even more Environmentally Friendly than ever seen before for this type of kitchen furniture. Be sure to "stay tooned" for further developments, everything is now on order and it might take is 2 or 3 weeks to put it all together but I guarantee it will be worth the wait !!

& Thirdly, and with more focus on protecting our environment, we are launching a scheme here that has already appeared in small pockets around the country. 

We are in a tourist area and, as with a lot of tourist areas, you get sick of seeing abandoned plastic bottle litter which, as well as being unsightly, can also be damaging to wildlife around our shores.



We are posting a sign in our showroom window that offers free refills for the water bottles we see being frequently carried by, not only locals but tourists as well, to try and encourage re-use of those bottles instead of dumping them or just dropping them where you stand because they're empty.

We hope by doing this there is more of a chance that, when full again, these bottles will find their way back to home to be disposed of responsibly and recycled.

We offer cold filtered water and good old fashioned proper Yorkshire tap water completely free of charge, all you have to do is stick your head round the door and ask for a refill, what could be simpler than that ??

Dying of thirst, bottle empty, water supply nowhere to be seen, now you know where to come !!

Tell all your friends and we'll see if we can gather some interest on this, it's not often you get owt for nowt, as we say in Yorkshire.

So, there ya go ! 3 for the price of 1, all environmentally linked. I don't know how I do it for the money !


Jules












Saturday, 22 April 2017

Bittersweet

Ey up my faithful blogworms, with so many positive things happening here at Milestone HQ, to some, my blog this week may seem negative. 

So really this weeks offering is probably a little bittersweet ! We have experienced stuff in the beginning quarter of this year which has made us look deeper at how we do what we do and the document content below reflects things that we see happening around us.

Costs are rising in all areas of our lives and to continue to run our business successfully and keep being able to provide the first class Eco and Traditional kitchens that we create, we need to be more efficient with our time. This we feel will enable us to focus more on productive time management.


Guidelines relating to planning & appointments for Milestone kitchen projects

It is with regret that we find that we have to implement the following guidelines regarding how we charge out our time. Genuine enquiries, we’re sure, will understand and appreciate our position.

Due to the unique way we can create kitchens here at Milestone HQ, a proportion of our enquiries are simply using our skills & experience to achieve planning & design which is then taken elsewhere.

If we achieve the results you want and you place your order with us then some or all of these costs are refunded, as you will see.

 Thank you for your understanding.

Planning and design guidelines

 As company policy, we do not release plans and layouts to customers prior to a deposit being paid to book the work in. This applies to internet enquiries as well as local enquiries.

However, we will release plans prior to a deposit being paid on payment of a fee of £120.00 inc.vat which will be wholly refundable when you place your order with us for your kitchen.

Appointment guidelines: Distance

Zone 1: Our local appointments for site surveys within our normal operating range are free of charge.
(defined as 40 minutes travelling time from our base in Ilkley, measured by AA Routefinder calculations)

Zone 2: 40 minutes to an hour, the appointment cost will be £75 inc.vat. This is refundable on placing your order with us.


Zone 3: Over an hour travelling time, the appointment cost is based on our national rates dependant on postcode. Where this is used, we will keep the fuel cost to get to site and back but refund the balance on placing of your order with us.

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As those of you who know us well will appreciate, we don't do things for no reason and our planning, design and costing is open and honest. This is why I'm posting this first to you our faithful followers. 

Jules









Saturday, 8 April 2017

Comprehensively green !

Ey up my faithful blogworms, I did say that last week's story was the first of two parts ..... well, here's the second !

We had the pleasure of creating another totally Eco kitchen last week for a lovely lady local to us and here it is, encompassing a whole range of materials: eco & sustainable, reclaimed, reused & recycled. 

The kitchen furniture, throughout, is from our Eco2 stable, manufactured in U100 Mussel 60/40 FSC / Recycled mix board material.

Once more I'll let the pictures tell the story 


You can tell this that the "newness" was just beginning to wear off the existing units .... time for a change !!

The new sink area brings in several elements:

Recycled
- a 12mm Yoghurt pot worktop with 18mm edge sections to give the appearance of a 30mm worktop overall. Making the upstands from the same yog pot board.
The underside is backed up on 18mm Medite Ecologique to add substance and strength to the worktop
Re-used - the existing fridge was used in the new layout
Recycled - the sink is a Blanco high recycled content stainless steel

The hob and cooker section of the kitchen features:

Sustainable
- French Oak worktops, also in 30mm with ...
Reclaimed - Oak floorboards machined into upstands at the same height as the yog pot ones around the sink.
Eco - the under unit lights are the new 3 watt ... yes, just 3 watt Cobb GX53 lamps, great light output with extremely low energy useage !

Oven, Hob and Hood

Eco
 - these are all from the Gorenje range of appliances, probably the most environmentally conscious appliance maker in the market at this time, they've got way too many awards to list here so check out their website for the whole story.

This area of the kitchen looked "untidy" shall we say, so the best thing to do was create a housing for the boiler to go into with space at the side for a small larder unit.
With the whole thing finished, the boiler area now looks neat and tidy. The correct venting was cut into the cabinets for safe boiler use and still with good access for servicing.
No-one would realise the boiler was there and we've incorporated extra storage capacity into the kitchen ..... Bonus !


This kitchen, once again, was a joy to create. It's use of Eco materials is about as comprehensive as it gets and it's created a kitchen that's just simply a nice place to be as well as making best use of the space and an efficient place to work. The whole project was carried out to an affordable budget ...... who says recycled products have to be expensive !!

I feel a huge "big up" for the lady of the house is in order, who dilligently seperated all the waste from the project into different piles to take down to the local waste site to be, itself, it turn, recycled !!

I love a happy ending. 😊

Jules.







Saturday, 1 April 2017

Thoroughly Modern Eco

Ey up my faithful blogworms, really nice to get a totally Eco local kitchen for a change and this is the first of two on the trot. 

A lovely couple with an Eco conscience, shall we say not in the first flush of youth, showing that it's not just the younger generation who are Eco aware. More power to them, I say !

A Cashmere Grey kitchen with matching doors from our Eco2 range, with Eco E1 grade board laminate worktops, high recycled content stainless steel sink and finished with Johnsons 35% recycled content tiles. At base level, making a very affordable totally Eco kitchen.

I'll let the pictures speak !

Oh how I love badly 'out of square' rooms, still that's why scribing was invented

Wall units going up with the trendy 'masking tape' handles

Proving that my mate actually does earn his keep !! He'll not thank me for this picture !

Can't help it, I'm "tidy plumbing" obsessed, control over water is essential in my book.

This is where it got really weird, an out of square room where we had to scribe the cabinets to make sure all the lines and edges were true. Once we got to cutting the worktop joints, NOT ONE BUT BOTH of them came out perfectly square, still scratching my head over how the hell that happened ! But, I'll take it as it makes cutting the joints a lot easier. 

Re-use and recycle was another of the principles used here as we refitted all the existing appliances into the new kitchen. Saving money and saving waste.

Very smooth modern look, their colour choices, provided by the recycled content tiles.

The sink was the only new 'appliance' we fitted.


What is there left to add, thoroughly modern, totally Eco, budget kitchen.


Tune in next week for the next gripping installment of local Eco.

Same place, same time, different location, different style, different client but still totally Eco

Jules !