Saturday, 9 December 2017

Changing opinions, one at a time !

Ey up my faithful blogworms, as promised for this week, the second part of our Nordic themed Eco2 kitchen. And I also want to touch on a subject again that is close to our Eco ethos, the subject of plastic bottle waste, which has been gathering global condemnation in the media this week. 

But firstly, the finishing pics of our recent Nordic kitchen:

I think the flash on my camera went a bit ott but the kitchen is now finished and ready for the decorator to complete and the flooring guys to move in. It's made the kitchen a very pleasant place to be, light and airy and proving that blue does not have to be the cold colour that a lot of people perceive it to be. I can see a lot of mileage in this concept for the coming year. 
We feel it will be a hit, also, with coastal properties, reflecting the hues that normally work really well with that setting.
As a lot of you already now, we can and do work all over the UK no problem at all, so that opens up the field for kitchens like this in coastal domestic properties, leisure parks, Eco lodges, holiday lets, anywhere in fact where this setting coupled with Eco principles is the very thing you're after. 

The coastal connection leads me nicely into the second topic I would like to touch on and that is plastic bottle waste which is polluting and streams, river and oceans and killing our wildlife. You can't miss this subject at the moment as it's been all over the news and media.

There is an organisation called "City to Sea" that operate a scheme where we can all do our bit to help cut down on this waste by reusing the plastic bottles of water that we all seem to carry these days. Google it for more info !

Basically there are networks of local shops nationwide who are taking part in this scheme by offering FREE water refills in their shop premises. Rather than dump your bottles and buying more, which just add to the problem, call in to any shop premises displaying the Refill logo ( top of these 3 pics ) and they will be more than happy to refill your bottle for you, totally free of charge, with no obligation to do anything else while you're there. Unless, of course, you want to !

There is an app you can download ( see second pic ) to tell you where all the locations are. 

I am proud to say that we are on the app ! and let's see if we can cut down on seeing the piles of bottle waste that are regularly collected on our beaches. ( last pic )

Respect our wonderful countryside, our wildlife and recycle as much as you can to cut down on the devastation that this waste can cause.

OK, off the soapbox now. But those of you that know us, will know that whatever we can do to help our environment, we will do. 

Our base here in Ilkley in the Yorkshire Dales also falls victim to this waste and we are trying to get our local paper involved with reporting about this scheme. Unfortunately, we are struggling to get it featured..... Shame on you Ilkley... you know who you are !!!

We will keep battling to get the recognition for the scheme locally and will let you know how we get on. 

Being green can sometimes be hard work but if we can change peoples opinions one at a time, then it's working !


Saturday, 2 December 2017

It's gonna be a blue, blue Xmas ( but 'green' really )

Ey up my faithful blogworms, as I mentioned last week, our project in York was waiting for it's final worktops being machined and fitted. Well, here they are in all their glory. This is our first install on the new Eco Cosentino recycled content quartz worktops and I have to say, we've been very impressed, pics below, see what you think ??

We seem to be in this "half & half" cycle at the moment where we can show you the projects we're working on at the time but unfinished and then showing you the finished pics once the work is complete.

On that note, today's offerings also see the start of the first of our kitchens based on our new Nordic display I mentioned a couple of weeks ago, loving it so far !!

With being really busy, timings for jobs now seem to be in split weeks to keep the ball rolloing and getting everything done that we need to pre Xmas.

There I've done it ....... Finally mentioned Xmas, it is 2nd December though, so unlike all the other media that seems to be blathered in Xmas from about October onwards, we do at least wait until the right month. !!!

These are in the "Riverbed" colour and we think they work really well with the other colours in the room and are very stylish. I really look forward to fitting more of these. 

Tricky little rascal, this next one, the tiles need to remain, which always makes it difficult to install a new layout upto them. You're dependant on the tiling being level, which is not always the case, and it's tricky to find that mid point where the new kitchen is level and meets the tiles well enough for it all to work.

Probably the most complex plumbing in a single base unit, not helped by the gas meter

This clearly shows the tile line we need to work to

So far, so good !

Starting to come together, just marking off for handles here

You can see that we still need to adjust some tiling but it fits well 

Calm, normal looking sink base, with no hint of the complex pipework inside

We are loving this brand new look and have enquiries on more already, we really do believe this will be the look of 2018 in whichever of the colour varieties that go with this concept. 

It could be a very "Nordic" new year !

More to follow in our busy run upto Xmas, there, I used that word again.