Saturday, 25 November 2017

If it's Eco ... Prove it !

Ey up my faithful blogworms, freshly back from our wonderful Eco project in York last week, though I'd show you what we've been up to. 

Main kitchen is now installed, just waiting for our first set of the Eco Cosentino 75% recycled quartz worktops to be fabricated and we'll be going back next week to fit them and connect the sink etc.

Really looking forward to this as they're in "Riverbed" one of my favourite colours from this range. So, again, this will be a 2 parter with the finished pics next weekend. 

This project is from our Eco Organic range where the cabinets as our standard Eco2 18mm rigid construction with Medite Ecologique doors finished with Ecos "Feng Shui" organic paint from the wonderful company that is Lakeland Paints, check them out with a quick Google, their paint is marvellous and the best we've found for painted kitchens. 

Whether hand painting with a foam roller or spray finishing, the results are superb. AND with all our kitchens using this paint, you get the remainder of the original paint for any repainting you may need to do in the future.

The cooker hood is supposed to have a stainless steel stack coming out of the top but due to restrictions of height, we couldn't get it in, so we created a box panel enclosure above it using some spare material. This gives the impresssion of it being built in and by we put the panel in spring clips to enable it to be removed to get at the electrics and ducting behind it for any maintainence or repair in the future. 

Only the use of the Ecos paint made this possible as we could make the panel, clean it up, profile it and paint it to match everything else. 

Typically with painted kitchens that are spray finished beforehand, this can't be done. 
Well done Ecos !

Just thought I'd show you this, every Eco kitchen from our range comes with it's own provenance certificate to show the materials used and their Eco credentials. 

If it's Eco ......prove it ! 

And we do !

That's all for this week, Jules

Saturday, 18 November 2017

Groundbreaking Eco design

Ey up my faithful blogworms, going to be away next week, will you miss me ?

Got a lovely total Eco project to install over in York, our glorious county town here in Yorkshire. Needless to say, I'll keep you all up to date with pics etc. So watch this space !!

This week is mainly catch up really, I did say I'd give you finished pics of our recent Eco project with the hand oiled timber doors kitchen that went in the straw build kitchen and these feature below. 

But first, our new Eco2 Coastal display is finally finished and going down a storm already. 3 kitchens sold off it so far, it think it's set to be a winner in the coming year. A choice of colours and finishes available around the coastal theme.

Here it is, in all it's glory, every unit sets a new standard in kitchen unit design. We've listened to what folk have said they would like units to do and incorporated all these new ideas into this one display. Groundbreaking would be a good word here !!

The picture doesn't do it justice and you really need to see it in the flesh for us to explain all the cabinet re-designs in full. Sticking our neck out a bit here to see if it works but you've got to try new things .. right ?

And .... Yes, before you ask, the brand new, superb, VW Gorenje fridge can be supplied as a stand alone order for your existing kitchen at competetive prices. 

Anyway, to catch up, here's the pics Imentioned earlier to go with my earlier blog on this hand-oiled kitchen. We now have the worktops on the island unit.

Pictures of this in my earlier blog show how it works, this shows how it looks finished. Stunning innit ?

One of the most complicated to design and fit, this island came about with concentrated discussions with our customer where they considered carefully how to use every single bit of it. It ticks every box !

Short but sweet this week as I have a lot to prepare for next weeks project before we set off but as promised I'll keep you posted. 

Rushing about ! 


Saturday, 11 November 2017

"Green" with envy !

Ey up my faithful blogworms, Eco can be a funny thing, it's sometimes an issue that no-one thinks about but then are really chuffed when the story unfolds !

I'll explain ...... We've just completed a kitchen project for a lovely lady who lives locally who made her choices based on her likes / dislikes in the normal time honoured fashion without even considering anything Eco.

When her work was completed and we said this has been a very Eco driven project, she asked why, when we explained she was absolutely thrilled to have a brand new totally Eco kitchen. 

She then admitted that she was so proud to have been an ethical purchaser that she was going to make the point to all her friends !!

Almost like the Eco content was secondary to her choices but features primarily in how she will describe her shiny new kitchen to her friends. 

Circumstances like this can often be the most basic entry into the world of thinking environmentally but can change a persons thinking to be more Eco friendly in the future !!

The kitchen chosen is from our Eco2 range in Cashmere Grey matching cupboards and doors. The lighting is a spot bar with low energy 5w Cobb bulbs. The fridge / freezer in the tall housing is from Gorenje, a manufacturer with probably the highest eco credentials in Europe at this time.

Using tiles from the Johnson range that have a recycled content, as far as we know the only UK tiles to have this.

The worktops are from the same manufacturer as the cabinets and doors featuring the same recycled / FSC mix timber content

And the sink is from the Blanco range having high recycled content stainless steel and the dishwasher is again from Gorenje.

This, then, is almost Eco by stealth with all the elements: cabinets, doors, appliances, worktops, sink, tiles and lighting making the project as Eco as it gets and without a single environmental factor driving the choices made .

It's a funny old world and we're converting it to Eco, 1 step at a time 

You could say her friends will be "green" with envy !! Strange how sometimes the blog title comes to you right at the end

As green as ever, Jules