KDCUK are featured in the Ideal Home Magazine
KDCUK love to hear feedback about their installations and design work, and what better way than to read it in a magazine? Jessica and Dirk had a complete makeover of their kitchen and dining area and are thrilled with the results.
Take a look at the Magazine article in the Ideal Home Magazine Here.
Schuller Kitchens winners of the red dot design award
The Red dot design award is a prestigious international product design prize awarded by the Design Zentrum, Essen, Germany since 1955. Today they receive thousands of entries from over 60 countries annually competing in three different categories, product design, communication design and design concept.
Schuller kitchens won this coveted award in 2012 for its “Stylistically ground-breaking” floating Next 125 kitchen (below).
Built on a strict 125 grid system Schuller’s innovative floating kitchen design gives the impression of weightlessness. Let’s face it – open plan kitchens are often much the same. Or they were, until the nx902 from next125 appeared with its innovative table style island unit and furniture style wall hung cabinetry. It’s a complete rethink on open plan living, uniting kitchen and living spaces in a way that’s simply not been seen before
In 2012 Schuller kitchens won the award again for its Next 125 Cooking table, (below). The table features a sliver thin natural grey ash workbench with a 13mm ceramic top, a design that offers so much more than the simple table it appears. The base units seem to float over the floor, yet cleverly conceal all electrical cables whilst providing spacious storage. The nx902 is the perfect example of design standard and innovation and having already scooped the highly acclaimed red dot design award for product innovation, the nx902 from next125 sets the new trend for furniture style design.
Statement by the Red dot jury “An unconventional formal vocabulary gives this cooking table an independent room effect and serves as a meeting point.”
Worktops, what’s the difference?
A common question that customers ask is, what are main types of worktops used in kitchens and what’s the difference between them? We’ve listed below the main types we use and described the key differences between them.
• Corian – A form of acrylic resin. A versatile and flexible plastic that can be moulded into many shapes and sizes with seamless joins. Thickness’s start around 20mm. Corian can be scratched but these can also be easily filled and buffed out.
• Granite – Natural stone which comes in a huge variety of colours and naturally occurring patterns, sourced from southern Europe, Asia and South America.
• Composite Stone – 93% natural granite mixed with colour resins to provide colour options not found with Granite. Composite is colour consistent all the way through unlike the naturally occurring colours and patterns found with granite. 100% sealed.
Combing worktop colours with Units
There is no right or wrong when it comes to combining worktop colours with kitchen units, what works colour wise for some won’t work for others. The tried and tested traditional approach to combining worktops colours with kitchen units was to contrast one with the other eg. Black granite worktops with a white/cream kitchen units. The contemporary method is to match the worktop colour as closely as possible to that of the units, but this is of course subjective and ultimately it comes down to personal preference.
Top tips when buying appliances
With such a huge choice of appliances available today, varying costs and the rapid advances in appliance technology its not so easy to decide on the right appliances to suit your needs. We’ve compiled a top 5 tips list to help you when making these decisions and general appliance tips to keep in mind.
1. Avoid the cheapest appliances, it can be false economy to buy these as they are more likely to need replacing sooner.
2. Rising gas and electricity bills have made energy efficient appliances more important, especially when considering that appliances are responsible for 30%+ of the average households heating bill. Look for energy efficiency ratings and features on the appliances.
3. Reviews of course, research the appliances you have in mind to find out how effective and reliable they are in practice.
4. Warrantee cards, once you’ve received your new appliance don’t forget to fill out and send off the warrantee card which guarantees it with the manufacturer for two years, it’s a common mistake not to do so.
5. If your looking to save some money on your appliances ask yourself do you really need all those fancy features on your new oven for example? Save money by buying basic specification models from good, established brands as its often the features that push the price up but the build quality is usually the same.