Saturday, 18 February 2017

Milestone goes Coastal

Ey up my faithful blogworms, this week we've all been to the seaside .... or rather feels like it !

We don't often come across kitchen projects with a clear vision of setting a scene within the room, most people are still tuned into using earth colours and naturals, however, the coastal influence in our latest completed project is quite clear from the use of colour.

The coastal reference is quite ironic in a way as here we sit more or less equidistant between the West and East coasts in our wonderful land.

 I think you could be forgiven for expecting to see the sea outside the kitchen window !!

When we are talking to people about colour etc, we usually say look at a couple of colours next to each other or groups of colours within the same area of a colour chart as these give good groupings for a palette that usually works in most rooms.

However, the colours used here are not only from two different charts but two different manufacturers !!

The "wow" factor when you walk is the room is quite staggering when you see the colours in the flesh. 

This couples use of colour is, in my opinion, absolutely spot on for their individual style. What really nails it for me is that a lot of people steer clear of blues as being a 'cold colour' but I think this proves that when chosen carefully, blue can be a very comforting, easy to live with colour.

As we look a trends within our industry, if you take any real notice of such things !, it would appear that this sort of scheme is set to become where furniture is going in the very near future. So it appears that this couple are ahead of the game whether they knew it or not.

We loved this so much, we're working on creating a version of this scheme in our Eco2 range to slot into our Eco stable of kitchens and, of course, as a lot of you know we can supply kitchens all over the country. You never know, we might even get a coastal style kitchen in a home on the coast .... a sort of "ECOast .... groan ! I can't believe I just said that !

Stay tuned Eco fans for future developments.


Saturday, 11 February 2017

For the sake of your health, read this !

Ey up my faithful blogworms, Plumbing ............................... I am still dismayed with the frequency that I still find of plugs, pipes and water connections BEHIND washing machines, dishwasher etc !! When are people going to wise up and realise that this is contrary to all existing regulations, not to mention downright dangerous, oops, said I wasn't going to mention that !

 It might seems frivolous to have each water connection seperate but the time saved later in being able to very easily switch any appliance off independantly of the others make good sense.

Those of you who know me, know that I firmly believe in independant control of each piece. 

Also, the controls need to be in a cabinet next door to the appliance where you can switch everything off should the need arise without touching the appliance in case of electric shocks or water leaks.

Some plumbing can look complex but once explained and you know what does what, then you have proper control in case of an emergency. 

The days of having the switch the whole fuse box off for an electrical fault and shut down the house stop cock for the water if you get a leak are gone if a common sense approach is taken to how each piece is set out.

Only this week I pulled out a dishwasher and a built in washing machine only to find that all the power and water connections were behind them.

For Gods sake, how dangerous is this?. What do you do in an emergency ........... ! You can't get at anything to shut the machines down if the connections are behind them. 

Neat, tidy, well organised plumbing and electrics in a kitchen to me, are essential for good practice and a safe environment. Why don't others view this as necessary ??

If you fall into this category then it's time someone, me if you like, took a long hard look at how to rework things to make them safe !! Don't leave it until it's too late, in a panic and it all starts to go horribly wrong. It only costs a few quid to add isolator valves and move plugs to somewhere safe and that buys you a massive chunk of piece of mind knowing you're safe.

Here's some homework for you now: Go round your kitchen, look at each appliance and think to yourself " if something goes wrong, how do I switch that off ??" including your mains water stopcock and your electrical fuse board. 

If you don't know, find out, if you can't find out, get someone in to find out for you. At the end of the day, your health and well being might depend on it !!

Rant over, Check things out and stay well. Jules.