Saturday, 17 March 2018

Created in true Milestone fashion .... properly !

Ey up my faithful blogworms, rock 'n' rolling again with our latest kitchen, lots of clever unit design gives us the skill with which to design proper kitchens properly !!

After this blog you may want to look at my blog of 11 Jan 2014 ( Bespoke by definition ) that explains more about how we use cabinet design to it's best advantage. 

This weeks kitchen over doubles the amount of storage in the same space and provides nearly double the amount of worktop, the blog mentioned above explains how !

I'm going to do what I seem to do a lot these days and let the pictures tell the story. We have the kitchen 'worktop ready' now and are just waiting now for the quartz tops to be fabricated, so this is really a 'story so far' post.

This kitchen is in one of our new colours for this year "Fjord Green" with Eco Cosentino White Diamond quartz worktops.

That feeling of 'here we go again' comes to mind, badly fitted, badly plumbed and wired, all to be sorted out

Oh, did I mention the floor was miles out too ! This shows all the nasty pipes and wires replaced, the walls cleaned up and replastered

Units going in using clever trick design to make this layout function spot on. Note the chicane at the far end !
The left side on here has the sink, dishwasher and oven in place so is quite appliance rich and has to be full depth. Hence the reason for the chicane, we had to put the fridge somewhere !

The only space to put a tall built in fridge/freezer was opposite these units, so by using an angled base to lead into a reduced depth drawer pack, we created the space for the fridge to work perfectly.

One way to add walk space is to reduce cabinet depths but keep the units usable, how often do see reduced depth functional working drawers? We do it as standard.

By using the drawer packs shown above we can create a slimline run of cabinets, increasing storage and function and walk space

This was a tricky little blighter !! Designing a housing for a built in microwave where the space is a tapered triangle under stairs ! Again to save worktop area, it was ideal to place the microwave in here rather that have it sat on the worktop. Giving silly shaped, dead space a useful function.

There ya go ! Perfick !

Doors going on where the wall units are individually hung and on tension stays to hold each one up seperately. Looks like 'bi-fold doors' but none of the obvious drawbacks. Note the fridge housing at the end. This bit is worktop ready now, a full run of quartz worktop going on, 3.2 metres of it, loads of space.

Angled base ...Easy ! Reduced depth base unit...Easy ! Putting drawers in it.... tricky but not impossible.

Loads of space to open the fridge and turn round to put stuff down.

Viewed from the fridge end, this shows there will also be easy worktop space to put things on as they come out of the microwave.

We've considered the ability to open the dishwasher and oven doors, made sure there's enough room to bend down and still clear the worktop on the reduced side, made sure there's enough space to use the fridge properly and the storage space speaks for itself.

Forget this " I'm sorry madam, you can only have it if it's in the catalogue" crap, there's only one way to do kitchen design and that's properly !!

Whoops ! nearly forgot to mention ..... this kitchen is from our Eco2 stable and it's a 100% eco built and we can prove it. Happy days !

AND, just as importantly, created the Milestone way, this kitchen with all it's clever design costs a lot less than you think, we need to talk !


Saturday, 10 March 2018

Driving Eco forwards, once more !

Ey up my faithful blogworms, it's been a month since my last post, hope you haven't missed me too much but it's been an eventful month !

Firstly, I was rushed into hospital with Diverticulitis but the wonderful staff on the NHS looked after me superbly and I survived, all credit to them.
Secondly, we've been working down in Dover on a superb new Eco project which I'll tell you all about in a minute. 
We've gone totally handleless with a new system to us and it can be created using all our current stable of Eco2 materials, happy days !

Bit of a learning curve on this one but we sorted it and results and comments have been more than complimentary, feeling pleased.

We are making this type of kitchen an addition to our stable and hoping to use gloss colours aswell to cover thecurrent trends.

Anyway, here's what it looks like:

First of all, here in the sleepy little village of St. Margarets at Cliffe, is where it all takes place

The entrance to the Bay Trust Project which is an environmental education and study organisation and well worth a visit if you're ever in the area.

Intial set up and cabinet placings.

Because we were transporting the whole things to site in our own van, the tallhousings were flatpacked are needed gluing and clamping together on site.

The vertical rails going in on the housings to provide the hand space to open the doors

The wall units have a rebated aluminium trim to go in at the bottom, again to provide handspace.

The base units have a rail section fitted just under the worktop for the same reason

Appliances going in

This view shows the base unit rail providing the handspace just above the doors

This view and the one below shows how the rails provide for opening the doors

The finished look giving a very clean, smart, contemporary appearance.

Simplicity with style and functionality is definitely the key here.

The whole thing was interesting for us the create, being the first full project we've done in this style and something that we would love to do again.
We don't currently have this on display but are going to have some display cabinets made to show you exactly how it works here at our HQ.
One final thing to mention, is that we are now looking into building a fresh website for Milestone as this kitchen version will bring our Eco stable up to 9 different styles of kitchen. More Eco kitchens from one company than are currently being offered by any other company in the UK, a fact we're very proud of !!
Driving Eco design forwards once more !
Looking after the planet..... Jules

Saturday, 10 February 2018

Mindblowing combinations

'Morning my faithful blogworms, this week I though it was time to update you all with what we are currently up to in the world of Eco kitchens.

I'm looking to get our website updated soon but have a review of our current kitchens available and this will be the website content when I get it sorted. Here's a sneak preview of all the good stuff going up on there.

This now gives us a total of 8, yes 8 !, Eco and Sustainably produced kitchens !

We are pretty damned sure this is the largest range of Eco kitchens available from a single company anywhere in the UK today. 

If you are seriously considering going green with your next kitchen project then we really need to talk ! These documents can be emailed directly to you to study a bit more closely at your leisure and, just as before everything within our range is interchangeable with everything else. Providing a mindblowing range of combinations at your fingertips and can be supplied and / or fitted anywhere in our wonderful nation. 

Get emailing, address on our website or contact me through our facebook page MilestoneEcoKitchens. 

See you soon !


Saturday, 27 January 2018

Hardwood floors ? But which one ?

Happy New Year to all my faithful blogworms, I'm afraid I've not been blogging much lately as I've been under the influence of this nasty bug that's going around since before Xmas, it's put me in bed for the best part of 3 weeks !!

However, back up and running now and busy, busy, busy !

We've been having a resurgence in interest lately on hardwood floors as part of kitchen projects so I just thought that a few pointers based on our experience may be useful if you're thinking about this type of flooring.

 Essentially there are 2 types of hardwood floors: Solid or Engineered.

Solid is self explanitory in various thicknesses and timbers, Engineered is a thickness of the hardwood of your choice bonded to a ply sub base.
When you look at your choices you need to think about where in your home it's going. 

 Solid is the most popular choice but there are areas in your home classed as "hostile environments" for solid wood due to conditions in the room. 
For example: Solid is happy in a kitchen, bedroom, lounge or dining room where a bathroom, conservatory or any other area subject to large differences in heat or humidity are better suited to an engineered.

These distinctions are based on expansion and contraction of the timber. Solid will move a little seasonally due to minor changes in temperature and humidity where engineered, because it's bonded to a ply backing moves hardly at all. A conservatory, for example, can be subject to being really cold in the winter and very hot in the summer, this adversely affects solid timber as the movement can be really quite dramatic. This is classed as a hostile environment.

You can see now how your choice of flooring has to be made carefully to ensure long term success of your floors.

Another, we feel, very important factor, is whether or not to buy what is classed as "prefinished". This is typically sprayed with several coats of a very hard lacquer and is shiny in appearance when you buy it. This is typically a product we avoid like the plague!!

If you are laying your floor and only intend staying in your current home a few more years before moving then prefinished may well be ok when you come to sell but if you are staying longer term then re-finishing of your floors may need to be considered !

Re-finishing a pre lacquered floor is an absolute nightmare as you have to literally grind the coating off before before you can get to the actual wood to sand it up. However, if you buy an unfinished natural floor and finish it, once laid, with a waterborne lacquer such as the Bonakemi product shown here, then re-finishing is so much easier long term and can easily be re-finished "ad infinitum"

We've had extremely good results with these lacquers, my own floors at home are solid timber throughout our ground floor and have been down for 20 + tears now and so far I've re-finished them easily and quickly twice now using Bonakemi Mega.

We hear, there seem to be a lot of over zealous salesmen out there who want you to have the product they make most money on without considering what's best for your room, so I felt it was worth of few top tips of how to buy your hardwood well !

For those of you who know us and know about our continuing quest for environmentall sound products, we, of course, strongly recommend buying a sustainably sourced timber floor. There are a lot of timbers coming now from countries not known for good hardwood growing conditions and with unknown timber management policies so staying with FCS or PEFC countries actually makes a lot of sense anyway as the pedigree of the timbers is much, much better.

I hope this will at least make those of you considering timber as a flooring material a lot better informed and able to ask the right questions of whoever you choose to buy your flooring from.

Looking after your homes.