Saturday, 21 January 2017

A quart into a pint pot, not !

Ey up my faithful blogworms, here at Milestone HQ I think we're absolutely "on fire" !!

We've brought you the Milestone "Handleless Shaker" door ...... A world first !

We've brought you the "Visualiser" ...... to see colours in real life and real time !

And now .... pause for drum roll ........ Probably the most significant step forward in kitchen planning for years ..... the "Milestone kitchen unit Volume calculator" 

The what ??? .... I hear you say, well check this out and I will explain !

Question: How do you know if your kitchen is adequate in size for the needs of your household ?

Upto now we've had no reference point by which this can be judged and we're hoping this humble document will go a long way towards solving that. It's very simple in it's approach, most good ideas are ! 

Every kitchen survey we book now, this sheet will be taken along and used to record the existing units. Using the chart we can work out how much useable storage volume there is in it. When we plan a new kitchen for you, we'll repeat the calculation to see if an increase in storage has been achieved within the kitchen space.

This could, should and we hope, will be adopted throughout the land to give the very first benchmark by which any kitchen can be judged in terms of the actual storage capacity within it.

Every kitchen, to be effective, should have enough storage in it to adequately support the size of the family living in the house.

2 important figures will be: Storage in cubic metres against number of bedrooms (and hence occupancy)

As we gather data, we can look at the figures and recommend the storage volume you should have for your kitchen to be effective. Get this right and the impact could be enormous on saleability of your home. It could also impact on housebuilders by consulting the data to give them the right size kitchen for any house they build. 

OK, we're a long way off that yet but you've got to start somewhere !!

This is where you, my faithful blogworms, can help us gather data for a huge survey of what's out there. Email me for a calculator sheet (with instructions) copy it and get all your friends and family to fill it in and send it back. Anyone can have one ... they're free .... and even if you're not able to come to us for your kitchen ..... take it to whoever you are using and say "Right, this is the storage volume I have, now improve it ! "

This could spell the end of tiny inefficient kitchens and give us all improved working space at home !! 

It's not about squeezing a quart into a pint pot, it's about efficient design !!

Get on board and let's do this ! 

email: for your copy today or contact us through our Facebook page

Exhausted.... Jules !

Saturday, 14 January 2017

Realtime Vision

Ey up my faithful blogworms, we are very pleased to announce that we now have a great new software tool at our disposal to help with choosing colours for your kitchen project. We've been playing with it and it does become obsessive, bit like a computer game but a hell of a lot more useful.

Worktops Visualiser

With our online visualiser tool you can use the room sets to begin the journey to your dream kitchen.

You can check how certain combinations of worktops, splashbacks and upstands work with doors, shelving and drawer fronts. It allows you to quickly and easily create the type of look you are after.

You can either use the You Tube link above to follow the video tutorial on how to explore colours ( if I've managed to make it work ! I'm sure you'll tell me if it doesn't ) for your new Eco kitchen project. 

This software puts the colours you want to see into a kitchen setting to help you choose colour combinations. This works for our EcoSelect and Eco2 kitchens from our Eco stable and general use of our E1 MFC boards. OR you can come in to see us and we'll show how it works on our computers, we'd love to see you AND we'll put the kettle on !

Extra note: With our Vinyl wrap doors all having board equivalent colours, we can use it for those as well ! ...... Fab !

We can use the material samples we've got here to help you think about colour and then put them into the Visualiser to let you see how they would look in a completed kitchen.

It a great step forward in being able to build your colours into a virtual kitchen to see if they work how you would hope them to.

Unlike our normal kitchen design program and most other programs of the type, that use generic colours, this uses actual realtime images of exactly the material you chosen to look at. It takes all the guesswork out of it. ...... Bonus !!

Come and immerse yourself in true colour kitchens .... Another "Milestone" in helping you choose.

Just type in Milestone Design or MilestoneEcoKitchens to take you there 


Saturday, 7 January 2017

Re-inventing the wheel

Ey up my faithful blogworms, Happy new year to you all, we're back after Xmas and firing on all 4 cylinders with massive news from Milestone HQ !!


COMING SOON !! The revolutionary " Handless Shaker Door " invented by us and the only one "in the world" ( said in a Jeremy Clarkson kind of way !) will soon be alive and well and living on display in our showroom. We've carried out a few installations with it so far and it's gathering speed. The HOTTEST NEW DESIGN the kitchen industry has seen for years, decades even, and it's available to everyone EXCLUSIVELY FROM MILESTONE ( he said feeling rather smug ! ). Once we get the display fitted it will shortly be going up on our website, available in many Eco configurations and many mainstream versions. There's something for everybody, whatever your persuasion. Check it out !

The above paragraph appeared recently on our Facebook page and I'm extremely pleased to announce the display is going in as we speak !!

 It's not quite finished yet but I just couldn't wait to show it to you all. 

This really is the most significant new door design to appear in years and it's all ours ! 

It can also be all yours simply by coming and talking to us and see what you think and grabbing a piece of kitchen design history in the making !

 We conceived the door to fit into our growing Eco stable but soon realised that we can offer it in all the conventional materials aswell.

The initial concept was due to be offered in 3 ways:

1. Sustainable American Tulipwood in a natural finish

2. As above but painted with an Organic paint

3. Medite Ecologique ( environmentally friendly MDF .. Google it for more info ) painted with Organic paint.

However, whilst we aim nowadays for development in Eco products, we feel this unique new design should be available in more traditional materials also.

So, we will be able to make it in Sustainable Oak, Maple, Ash, Walnut and normal furniture grade MDF and painted in whatever colour you wish from whichever range of paints you choose.

The potential for this door is absolutely massive !

Our display is made in Tulipwood and painted in a Farrow & Ball colour: Elephants Breath ( I really don't know where the hell they get these names from ! ) 

I really can't stress how revolutionary this new door design is. I've come up with new door designs over the years, some work, some don't but this one is a bit like re-inventing the wheel in it's significance.

As I said earlier, come in and witness history in the making, It's British made, nay, Yorkshire made and makes me proud to be a Yorkshireman. !! Our county has such a lot to offer, we should begin to re-focus and look north rather than south for inventive, creative thinking !!

Wow !