Category Archives: Kitchen & Bathroom

New quartz surfaces combine style with maximum durability

CRL Stone has launched a new comprehensive range of engineered quartz surfaces, created to meet the demands of modern living. Hard wearing and easy to care for, CRL Quartz is ideal for the kitchen and bathroom where durability and flexible design are paramount.

CRL Quartz CRL Quartz is a beautiful engineered quartz stone, which is scratch, heat and stain resistant, which, unlike natural materials such as marble, never needs to be sealed. Requiring minimum maintenance to keep it looking as good as new, the non-porous surface makes cleaning simple, with soap and water or a mild detergent all that is needed.

Offering a versatile design solution appropriate for any setting, CRL Quartz is available in a choice of 32 colours, with a polished finish. In thicknesses of 20mm and 30mm, the surface comes in an extra-large format slab measuring 3.2 x 1.6 metres, allowing for greater consistency in design over large spaces such as kitchen worktops.

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Commenting on the launch of CRL Quartz, Simon Boocock, Managing Director of CRL Stone, said: “We are delighted to be bringing our own range of quartz surfaces to market. Responding head on to current trends in kitchen and bathroom design, the surface is a versatile, easy to maintain solution that will last the test of time. The quality of the product is backed up by CRL Stone’s excellent customer service and support, built on our 20 years’ experience in the industry.”

CRL Quartz is available from stock now from the CRL Stone UK warehouse.

For more information call 0800 0421 6144 or visit www.crlquartz.co.uk

Intamix Quickfit the industry’s speediest scalding solution

Anti-scald heating and plumbing product manufacturer, Inta, has launched the newest evolution of its multi-million selling Intamix thermostatic mixing valve (TMV).

The newest TMV in Inta’s acclaimed range features a new patent pending quick-fit system that has 40% fewer connections than a conventional mixing valve arrangement. Inta has reduced the number of wet connections to the valve from five to three, drastically reducing the time it takes installers to fit the valve while reducing the chance of leaks. By shrinking the valve’s overall size, it can also be installed in locations where space is at a premium.

The Intamix Quickfit comes with adjustable or fixed temperature options. The adjustable option gives installers flexibility to set the temperature for their specific application, while factory pre-set temperatures prevent the output temperature being modified by accident and the valve becoming a victim of misuse. The TMV also features a safety cut-out which immediately shuts off the outlet in the event of either hot or cold supply failure.

Stuart Gizzi, managing director at Inta, said: “The Intamix Quickfit is the result of a decade’s worth of TMV innovation and is a product that will lead the market in the future of TMV design. We are continually innovating and collaborating with installers to identify ways to improve and upgrade our products. With a reduced number of wet connections and a factory-set, non-adjustable temperature, the Intamix Quickfit will quickly become the go-to valve for specifiers and installers, while setting the standard for mixing valves of the future.”

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Neaco colour options provide stylish adaptive bathing

Neaco’s Freedom range of support fittings for adaptive bathrooms includes an exciting choice of contemporary and classic colours providing superior style and performance.

The latest powder coated options are available for a wide variety of support products, including hinged support rails, back rests, grab rails, hinged shower seats, portable bath seats and matching accessories such as towel rails, coat hooks, toilet roll holders, shelves and tilt-adjustable mirrors. The contemporary selection offers some vibrant options which can add a burst of colour to bathroom schemes. Alternatively, the new classic selection complements the country-style look with some rich and rustic colours to furnish bathrooms with a more traditional aesthetic.

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Now available alongside some attractive metallic finishes, including chrome-effect, the new colours superbly complement Neaco’s Aluseal half-height shower enclosures and their Neatdek 3 shower grille, which is unique in the market as the only system which provides true-level-access onto a gradient-free showering area, making it the ideal option for wheelchair users in particular. Neatdek 3 is also available in bespoke colours on request.

Freedom support fittings are corrosion-free with smooth lines that are warm and comfortable to the touch. Rails are fully insulated with a sure and positive grip and all items provide heavy-duty performance with exceptional strength-to-weight ratio. All products are backed by a Lifetime Guarantee.

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Expectations redefined for Knauf AQUAPANEL® Interior

Freshly redesigned, Knauf’s improved AQUAPANEL® Interior Cement Boards are significantly lighter, making them both quicker and simpler to install.

Knauf AQUAPANEL® Interior Cement Boards have always had excellent performance. Manufactured from inorganic materials, the boards still demonstrate the same resistance to water, mould and mildew meaning they perform well for a wide range of wet area applications.

Extensive research and development has reduced the weight of the boards by a third to just 11kg/m2. This reduced weight makes the boards easier and faster to install than ever before.

Installation is another area of improvement that Knauf has focussed on. The improved score-and-snap technique and board bending radius (1m at full board size) makes installation easier, even in the most challenging areas.Because the AQUAPANEL® Interior Cement Boards come ready keyed from the factory, only one layer is required for a tiled finish, saving more time and money on a project.

For the first time, the boards will also be available in a larger 900x2400mm size. This ensures that the Knauf boards can be used on a wider variety and scale of projects.

From swimming pools and steam saunas, to communal showers and kitchen areas, AQUAPANEL®Interior Cement Boards will fulfil the needs of installers and contractors across the UK, whilst providing the clients with the quality finish that is demanded of Knauf products.

http://www.knauf.co.uk

Let there be light whatever the hour, with Geberit Monolith Plus

Geberit has introduced a new addition to its best-selling Monolith sanitary module, with the Geberit Monolith Plus. Featuring the same sleek, elegant glass frontage as the original model, this latest addition not only conceals all plumbing worn neatly out of sight, but also integrates a wealth of technology to raise the comfort levels in the contemporary bathroom.

Available in a choice of white or black glass, the elegant sanitary module has a discreet and indirect ComfortLight, providing a warm glow behind the module, which is automatically activated as the user approaches. This makes it perfect for when using the bathroom at night, or for creating a calming ambience at bath-time.

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Geberit Monolith Plus also features an integrated odour extraction unit, filling the space with clean, fresh air even in bathrooms with minimal natural ventilation.

Making light work of converting to the high-end look of wall-hung sanitaryware, the Geberit Monolith Plus can be connected to existing water and drainage connections, without any major structural changes or even retiling being necessary. With all pipework, fixtures and fittings neatly concealed behind the glass a streamlined finish is effortlessly achieved.

For more details call 0800 077 8365 or visit www.geberit.co.uk

Superior Flooring Products For Superior Living Spaces

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Carleton Manor Park is an exclusive new housing development that offers luxurious family homes of the highest quality.  In order to showcase the high-end, aspirational feel of the development, the showhome was proudly designed and created and all of the high quality products used throughout were carefully considered.

Dural UK’s CI+ Anti-Crack Matting, Micro Joint Infill and Durabase WP Waterproofing Membrane System were all used throughout the property to provide effective movement protection in the natural stone flooring.

A showhome with a wow factor

Located on the outskirts of Penrith, Carleton Manor Park is surrounded by natural beauty with the Lake District National Park a stone’s throw away.  The developers, Cumbrian Homes, wanted to ensure the natural beauty remained integral in the design throughout the luxury homes in Carleton Manor Park.

Cumbrian Homes worked with local specialists Penrith Tile Centre, and effectively combined the natural stones and porcelains throughout the showhome to complement the surrounding area.  The Tasman natural floor and wall tiles with plank effect look stunning in the main bathroom as they mimic the variability of natural wood.

In the kitchen and living areas of the property, Ca Pietra’s Astro Grey Marble tiles were used in an unpolished finish.  The delicate, subtle tones of the tiles blend effortlessly with the beautiful, traditional kitchen cabinetry.

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The high standard of finish and attention to detail is clearly evident in the beautiful showhome. It is important to consider the function as well as the form, and the practicality and durability of the stone tiled surfaces throughout.  As with all hard flooring materials, they are prone to various forms of stress and strains over time e.g. expansion and contraction caused by underfloor heating systems, cracking, loosening and others.  It is essential to protect the surface tiles to retain the aesthetics and integrity of the flooring.

Dural UK – specialists in protecting tiled flooring installations

Throughout the showhome, Dural’s CI+ Anti-Crack Matting was used, together with Tilemaster adhesives.  It effectively decouples the surface layer of tiling from the subfloor beneath it, absorbing any stresses or movements caused by expansions or contractions.  By doing this, it protects the tiles and prevents them from cracking or loosening.

Not only does the CI+ Matting benefit tiled flooring installations by protecting the tiles, but also helps as a time saving solution during the installation phase.  It can be laid over the subfloor as soon as it is dry enough for a person to walk over, rather than traditional methods where subfloors need a substantial amount of time to fully dry.  Air channels in the matting allow the subfloor rafts to continue to dry out in a controlled way by preventing the top layer of the screed drying quicker than the bottom.  This slow drying period leads to a stronger subfloor.

Dural’s Micro Joint Infill was also used in the kitchen area to provide additional protection to the Astro Grey Marble tiles, and was supplied and colour matched to Grout 3000 Light Grey.  The colour match enabled a seamless finish for the surface tiling.

Micro Joint Infill has been specially developed for tiled flooring installations which are laid over underfloor heating systems, particularly for residential developments.  It provides effective movement protection for tiles and natural stone on heated floors.  It means a tiled flooring installation with Micro Joint Infill used is able to effectively absorb the movement energy transferred from the subfloor, protecting the tiles from cracking and loosening.

Penrith Tile Centre applied the Micro Joint Infill into the grout lines in between the Astro Grey Marble tiles, carefully following the brick bond tile formation.

In the shower and wet areas within the showhome, Dural’s WP Durabase Waterproofing Membrane was used.  It is the ideal product for waterproofing shower areas in preparation for tile installations.  The Durabase membrane has excellent sealing properties and enabled a better adhesion when using the Tilemaster adhesives.

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The Tasman natural floor and wall tiles, supplied by Marshalls, look stunning in the bathrooms throughout the showhome and are now protected by the Durabase WP Waterproofing Membrane.

Dural are proud to have worked with Penrith Tile Centre and Cumbrian Homes on the Carleton Manor Park Project, and there are plans to use the same high quality products in the rest of the 39 houses in the luxury development.

For further information on Dural’s range of flooring accessories, contact their flooring experts and they will be happy to provide further information.  High quality products are backed up by excellent, competent advice and design solutions.

info@dural.co.uk  www.colouredmovementjoints.co.uk

Further Information

Penrith Tile Centre – www.penrithtiles.co.uk | www.stonecollectionscumbria.com

Cumbrian Homes – www.cumbrian-homes.co.uk

Thirty6 – New Thinking for The Smallest Room

Bathroom Brands launch new bathroom range designed with the British home in mind.

MyHome ™ 50cm Basin with Pedestal £105.10 shown with MyHome ™ Mini single lever basin mixer £82.76.

Despite the typical British bathroom being only six feet square or smaller, today’s bathroom remains one of the most considered spaces in home design. With new homes including two or more bathroom spaces as standard, most of which are small in dimension, builders and plumbers are actively seeking products that make the best use of available space for the homeowner. Consumer design expectations for these compact rooms is fuelled by TV programmes, magazines and brochures showcasing high design standards across the home. Understandably, homeowners want these same standards despite limitations on space.

With this in mind new bathroom brand Thirty6, launched this week, has rearticulated the bathroom with fresh thinking from design company Bluefrog. The result is MyHome™, the first instalment of a new range made for typical British bathroom spaces that will allow homeowners to stamp a unique identity in the one room where privacy is assured. MyHome™ has been designed to make the room feel more spacious whatever the size.”

Roger Cooper, Director for Thirty6, explains, “Photographing bathrooms for brochures or TV requires studio sets far larger than the usual British bathroom. In order to achieve the best from the set design, the physical spaces used never reflect real bathrooms. However, meeting a customer’s expectations in a space only 6-foot square can be achieved by innovative product design and clever room planning.”

As an example, super-thin basin rims that mean the washing area of a 50cm basin is as large as a 60cm size. Dual-flush compact toilets that have the shortest projections into the room are matched up with an elegant, slim cistern. Innovation with mini basin mixers designed to perfectly match with smaller basins and an Xofill fitting that does away with the need for bath taps, so leaving the bath rim clear of brassware. MyHome™ also includes a range of compact baths starting at just 150cm in length and a stylish range of furniture.

Close-coupled toilet, cistern and seat £255.88.

Stocked exclusively by the Plumb Center group, Thirty6 is the solution for builders, installers and plumbers who are looking for top quality, well-designed products at a highly competitive price. With availability from over 500 Plumb Center branches across the UK and Northern Ireland, Thirty6 can also be supplied by bathroom designers and retailers.

Bath/shower thermostatic combination with Xofill bath fitting, three-handle mixer and shower kit £270.42.

Roger Cooper commented “With rising house prices and space at a premium new homes will need to make small spaces seem big. This range meets the needs of housebuilders and those who are refurbishing existing buildings.”

www.thirty6bathrooms.co.uk        Tel 01322 475 660

www.plumbcenter.co.uk             Tel 0344 292 7060

 

Keramag Design’s Citterio Collection inspires with timeless, Italian design

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Keramag Design’s Citterio Collection, designed by the world famous Italian architect Antonio Citterio, harmonises crisp geometric contours and organic shapes in one.

Citterio offers a sleek, timeless elegance which will appeal to a broad church of customers from high-end private properties to commercial projects.

The luxurious modular furniture, pictured in oak grey brown woodgrain with black glass fronts, complements the gentle curves of the inner washbasins and features compartmentalised storage and smooth-running soft-close drawers. The furniture is also available with the body in oak natural beige and the glass front in taupe.

The frames of the stylish illuminated mirrors match the vanity units to emphasise the crisp geometry of the furniture. Tall cabinets are available with glass fronts or open shelving, in addition to wall-hung toilets and bidets, to complete the sense of luxury.

For further information on Keramag Design visit www.keramagdesign.com

Geberit Sigma30 expands the popular flush plate range

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has expanded its best-selling Sigma range of flush plates with the addition of the Geberit Sigma30. With a choice of either a single or dual flush version the Sigma30 is perfect for a modern finish in any bathroom.
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Manufactured from high quality materials, the Geberit Sigma30 has an easy flushing action for user comfort and is simple to install, with tool-free fast adjustment.

A stylish addition to the bathroom and the perfect accompaniment to wall-hung sanitaryware, the Geberit Sigma30 has a large rectangular profile with chrome design detail.

The Sigma30 dual flush plate is available in six colours including white, black, gloss chrome, and matt chrome variants, while the Sigma30 single flush plate is available in three colours: white, gloss chrome and brushed chrome.

The rangealso includes a choice of urinal flush plates, including the Geberit Sigma30 available in six colours which match the Geberit Type10 WC flush buttons and zinc die cast plates.

Geberit – 01926 516800 www.geberit.co.uk

Keramag Design’s Silk collection is the ideal for the hotel and leisure sectors

km2Keramag Design’s Silk collection, designed by the internationally renowned product designer Michael Schmidt, combines elegance, precision detail and design flexibility. It is ideal for designers and specifiers looking to create distinctive bathrooms in luxury hotels, spas and resorts, and in high end private properties.

Six sizes of lay on basin, 400mm, 570mm, 600mm, 800mm, 1000mm and 1200mm, are precision crafted with gentle, elegant curves and feature a flat, wide rim that provides a useful area for guests to use for soaps and toothbrushes.

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The basins are combinable with washbasin plates available in five sizes to offer a wide choice of layout combinations, while also creating extra shelf space for toiletries. The basins also come with the flexibility to add vanity units, with half height and tall cabinets also available, to create additional storage if required.

The water-and-humidity resistant washbasin plates and furniture are available in high quality real wood veneers of oak and Wenge Pangar, or high gloss white.

For more information contact Keramag Design on tel: 01926 516800, www.keramagdesign.com