Saturday, 30 July 2016

The Neolithic Age has arrived. Again !

Ey up my faithful blogworms, following my theme of new innovations, I thought I'd re-introduce, what is probably, the ultimate worktop material ...... Neolith.

Neolith is the "new kid on the block" in terms of high performance worktops able to withstand pretty much anything you can throw at it in a kitchen environment.

Take the best bits of granite worktops: totally heat proof and scratch proof and marry them to the best bits of quartz worktops: totally stainproof and high tensile strength and that would give you the best of both worlds

That describes ..... Neolith. 

Used as worktops, building cladding, outdoor floor tiles, even outdoor furniture tops, Neolith has one edge over a.n.other similar material on the market ..... and that is it's easy to fabricate into most shapes and styles that you could want.

At present it is in 12mm thickness and can be clad onto an MDF or ply sub-base that we make during a kitchen installation so there is a significant weight saving over quartz and granite.

This enables bigger installations to be carried out and less load on the units.

 There is good variety of colours and styles of the material, all relevant to contemporary thinking ..... and one or two just that little bit different if you want to stand out from the crowd !!

Whats not to like ??

The killer question: Is it silly expensive ? .... No, not at all, it fits very much into the current price brackets of granite and quartz materials

So, basically this is a material that ticks all the boxes I would like to tick, making it probably the best worktop material available in the market at the moment.

Last but not least:  Environmentally speaking Neolith is made up of all completely natural materials and doesn't give off any toxic nasties harmful to you or the environment around you. It is completely recyclable at the end of it's life. 

Come and have a look, we're sure you'll be impressed !


Thursday, 21 July 2016

Buzzing with excitement and feelin' gooooood !

Ey up my faithful blogworms, freshly returned from an outstandingly successful installation of our revolutionary "handleless shaker kitchen" we got a buzz out of the whole adventure.

It's a fantastic feeling when you create something brand new and people actually like it ! Particularly when the whole thing is so comprehensively Eco based, you wonder why more people aren't doing it. But they're not and we are ..... so maybe we're not that bonkers after all ?

Let me tell you all a story .... using pictures

Solid tulipwood wall cabinets, hand finished in an Eco, low V.O.C wax oil
Hanging and setting the Solid Tulipwood Handleless Shaker doors, also finished with the same Eco oil

Close up picture showing the handle detail which we chose to put vertically on this wall unit group

Joining 2 sections of Solid Maple worktop together to give us a worktop nearly a metre deep to fit the sink area

That sink worktop fitted perfectly into the deep window recess, A Franke glass and steel sink and solid Maple upstands around the worktop into the alcove. The doors are also Tulipwood with the handle recess horizontally across the top this time and spray finished in Ecos Organic paint in Fjord colour

The central island unit where the hob and oven are going in, showing how we approached making the drawer fronts. Same worktop method employed here by joining 2 sections together to give us 1 large top just shy of 2 metres long x 1 metre wide

This pic shows the relationship between the island and the wall units. The doorway to the back left of the picture is like a utility room where all the other appliances are going with more storage to enable us to just focus on the main areas in the kitchen to promote a minimal look with plenty of space.

And this pic shows the sink run, off to the left of the island. Sink and cooking, a deceptive amount of storage in just a few units and all the ugly bits are tucked away in the utilities room.

A dining table and chairs will ultimately complete the furniture in the room and the 'look' will be completed with a Maple hardwood floor.

All in all, a warm friendly space to work in with a subtle, unfussy appearance, stuffed with cutting edge kitchen design.
We really believe now that this style is so in tune with contemporary thinking that it's conceivable that it's got the potential to be one of the best ideas we ever had !!

Over to all you wonderful people out the in Eco land to tell us what you think of it !

Feeling particularly pleased, Jules

Saturday, 2 July 2016

Feeling rather smug !

Ey up my faithful blogworms, there's going to be a slight hiatus in my blogs next week and the week after as we're working up in the far wilds of the Yorkshire Dales installing a very Eco kitchen in a Passive house construction, google passive house and you'll know the technical probs we're up against.

 The kitchen we're installing is an Eco Organic with a twist !! You know us by now, nothing's straightforward ! 

This will probably be the most Eco kitchen we've ever done, here's why:

1) Based on our Eco2 cabinets with high recycled timber content mfc.

2) Chosen from our Eco Organic range which is a painted kitchen finished in Organic paints

3) Using Sustainable Tulipwood for all the doors & accessories, some painted, some natural timber.

4) The wall units are built totally from solid Tulipwood, cabs, doors, the lot.

5) The worktops are FSC sourced solid Maple and will be finished in the new Eco, low V.O.C, water borne Danish oil.

And the twist is that we will be using the only "Integrated handle" Shaker door ever created by any kitchen company, anywhere. 

Nobody has ever been daft enough to try making a handleless shaker door, so we thought we'd have a go ! Think of all the time saved in agonising over which handles to choose ! Loads of integrated handle flat doors on the market BUT we're the first to do it our way .... cue for a song ?

Yet another milestone for Milestone, he said, feeling rather smug !! 

You will, of course, see it here first when we come back, I'll be taking loads of pics as we put it all together in the various stages.

This project is going to be pretty unique in the true sense of the word. I'll let you all be the judge of whether we succeeded when you get to see it. 

Exclusively yours, Jules