Wednesday, 31 December 2014

Redesigning Your Kitchen?

The kitchen is the most important part in your entire home. It’s a vital area where the best sumptuous meals are prepared and the heartiest conversations shared between family and friends. So a little renovation here and there will make a really huge difference to the kitchen; maybe even add more room for shared meals and merry making. If you are in Nottingham and thinking of redesigning your kitchen, then you need the services of a professional interior designer well versed with Nottingham Kitchens.

The Advantages of a Kitchen Designer

If you have never revamped your kitchen before then you definitely need someone to help you out. The first step of acquiring your dream Nottingham kitchen design is visiting a professional designer with your layout ideas. The designer will look at the drawings suggestions you have and pick your mind more for additional ideas you may want to use. The designer will also give their own input during the planning process - they will tell you the latest layout trends and how much kitchen redesigning costs in the market among other issues.

After the initial meeting, the expert designer for Nottingham Kitchens will visit your home to have a look at your current kitchen layout. They will then figure out the lifestyle you leave, how large your family is, and how much space can be worked on. The Nottingham Kitchen Design expert will also take some photos of your present layout to help in designing the blueprint.

When the professional designer comes up with a draft blueprint, they will call you for a second meeting or email the blue print to you. You can then look at what they have developed so far and decide whether you like it or need a few more changes made. When this second discussion is finalized, the Nottingham Kitchen Design specialist will proceed to finalize the blueprint.

Once you approve the final blueprint, the designs are then sent to the construction team. The blueprint is reviewed once more and the construction team buys all the recommended materials for your kitchen. This will include new cabinets, new floor and wall tiles, a new Island, building bricks and so on. The construction team will supervise the delivery of all materials to your doorstep and schedule for a day when constructions will begin.

You will have your dream kitchen ready before you know it. Hiring a professional Nottingham Kitchen Design expert helps you work faster to achieve your dream kitchen plan.

Please come and visit our wonderful showroom and discover how our Nottingham Kitchens and Nottingham Bathrooms can transform your home.

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Saturday, 29 November 2014

Kitchens maintenance and cleaning

Working in a clean kitchen makes you feel good. It is important, for a number of reasons, to ensure kitchens in Nottingham are always clean. Deep cleaning is necessary for your kitchen. However, it should not be done every day to avoid causing damage to sensitive surfaces.

Chemicals are commonly used in cleaning kitchens. Chemicals help to remove grout that is hard to clean normally. There are different types of chemicals used for cleaning kitchens. It is important to understand that chemicals used in the cleaning can have harmful effects if handled poorly. The chemical substances can affect those living in the house and also the environment. Green cleaning solutions are the best to use.

Chemical manufacturers should ensure buyers are aware of the possible consequences of handling the items wrongly. Instructions of use should be clearly printed on the pack. It is important for users to read and understand the instructions. After use, the package should be disposed safely. The chemicals can find their way into water and other resources.

When handling the chemicals, one should take precautions to ensure they are not exposed to any kind of risk. Protective covering should be put over the hands. Sensitive parts such as the eyes should also be protected adequately. The chemical containers should be kept away from children and pets. After the cleaning is over, thorough cleaning and rinsing of hands using clean water should be done.

Kitchen cleaning has benefits for both homes and restaurants. Your family will be safe from exposure to germs and bacteria. Unless proper disinfection is done on your premises, your family will be at the risk of getting sick. When a relative is sick, you will spend more money for treatment.

Restaurants are required by the authorities to maintain the highest levels of hygiene. They are regularly inspected to make sure they are not exposing their customers to any health risks. Ignoring this requirement can lead to the cancellation of your licence.

Please come and visit our wonderful showroom and discover how our Nottingham Kitchens and Nottingham Bathrooms can transform your home.

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Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Bathroom maintenance and cleaning.

Every part of the house should be cleaned thoroughly to eliminate room for germs and bacteria to grow. Bathrooms in Nottingham should be cleaned on a daily basis. Homeowners use chemical substances to enhance the level of cleanliness. The choice of chemicals used depends on the type of materials used to make the areas being cleaned. Care should be exercised to avoid causing damage to the bathroom.

Bathroom cleaning can be divided into two types. These types are daily and occasional cleaning. Daily cleaning involves simple procedures carried after using the bathroom. Deep cleaning is conducted occasionally to remove dirt accumulated in areas not touched during daily cleaning. The homeowner decides the frequency of deep cleaning.

There are different types of cleaning chemicals. The choice of the chemicals depends on the usage. Each chemical is designed for a particular purpose. It is important to understand what one is looking for to avoid getting undesired results. Some chemicals are too corrosive and should be handled with care.

Safety of your family members and the environment is a key concern when selecting the chemicals to buy. After use, the chemicals contribute to pollution of the environment unless properly handled. Some chemicals are too sensitive that they should be handled by properly trained people. Manufacturers of cleaning chemicals have joined others in caring for the surroundings and produce products that are friendly to the environment.

When handling the cleaning substances, one should be very careful. Wearing protective hand gloves is recommended. Other parts of the body such as the eyes should be well protected. After the cleaning process, the cleaners should have their hands properly washed and rinsed. The chemicals should always be locked in a safe place after use.

The use of cleaning chemicals ensures your home is sanitized and disinfected. The cleaned surfaces remain in good condition longer. Some chemicals can be used together to remove all stains from the bathroom leaving it smelling fresh for weeks.

Please come and visit our wonderful showroom and discover how our Nottingham Kitchens and Nottingham Bathrooms can transform your home.

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Tuesday, 7 October 2014

Ergonomy and my next kitchen. Q&A

Are you renovating your Nottingham home? If you are you may want to consider installing an ergonomic kitchen. This is a kitchen that is designed with the user in mind; everything is located in a way that encourages productivity, efficiency and comfort. It isn’t very hard to find these kinds of kitchens in Nottingham. Many home owners have already installed them and according to the feedback that we get, they are very happy with the new design. Here are some of the most frequently asked questions about ergonomic kitchens.

Can I have a customized counter?

As a matter of fact you can. Traditionally, counters were created in such a way that the users had to adapt to their height rather than the other way around. Ergonomic kitchens are modeled along the needs of the user so you can make your counter as tall or as short as you like.

Where can I find someone to do an ergonomic kitchen?

It is not hard to find interior designers and contractors to do your kitchen. All you need to do is go online and type in “kitchens Nottingham”. You will get back a whole lot of links. Look at portfolios to see what kind of work they are doing. Choose a company that is creating the kind of kitchen you have in mind.

Which is better? Drawers or cabinets?

You want to put in drawers in the bottom half of your kitchen and cabinets at the top. You should also have a drawer on each side of the sink so that when you need to get a plate or a cup you don’t have to reach over your head or bend all the way down. This allows for easy retrieval of items and the kitchen also looks roomier.

The floor I have in my kitchen now makes my feet hurt especially if I work on it for a long time in heels. Is there an alternative for tiles?

Yes there is. Ergonomic kitchen designers will tell you that kitchen floors need to be made with some bounce so as not to tire the feet so much. Wood, rubber and cork are a good solutions. if you want to keep tiles you can line the kitchen floor with mats and rugs in the areas where you work the most such as near the sink and around the counter.

There is a lot more that you can do to achieve an ergonomic kitchen that suits your needs.

Please come and visit our wonderful showroom and discover how our Nottingham Kitchens and Nottingham Bathrooms can transform your home.

You can contact us on 01159 81 89 81.

Ergonomic bathrooms, how to chose yours!

Are you renovating a bathroom in Nottingham? If you are you may want to go with a modern, ergonomic bathroom. Ergonomics is basically the study of how people interact with their surroundings. An ergonomic bathroom takes into account all the things you will be doing in the bathroom. Here is what you need to take into account in the design process:
  • You need to make sure that the bath taps can be reached from outside the tub. They should not be placed in such a way that they are not in the way when someone is getting in or out of the tub. The other thing you need to take into account is the depth – it should be easy to climb in and out.
  • Many people who have small bathrooms design showers that are too small so that when they are in it their bodies touch the walls. If you are not sure of what size your shower should be look up “bathrooms Nottingham” to find a designer who can look at the space and give you recommendations. 
  • Have you been in a bathroom where you have to turn or bend to reach the tissue roll? It isn’t very nice. Place your tissue roll holder just in front of the toilet where it can be reached easily. 
  •  The same goes for the shelves that hold things like towels and shampoo; place them in such a way that they can be reached when someone is in the shower. If you have both a shower and a tub you will need to install shelves for both.
  • If you have small children you may want to consider creating a separate space where you can wash them and dry them.
  • It may not seem like a big deal but check if the person using the bathroom is right or left handed; placement changes when someone is left handed.
  • Think about style; you can choose between a minimalist look, a traditional bathroom look or a modern look. All these can be made ergonomic.
  • Safety is also an important consideration when you are creating an ergonomic bathroom – the combination of water and electricity means you have to be careful with switch placement. The floor, especially the areas that come in contact with water, should have non-slip mats.
  • If anyone elderly will use the bathroom you should install grab bars for them.
Use these tips to create stylish and ergonomic bathrooms around your house.

Please come and visit our wonderful showroom and discover how our Nottingham Kitchens and Nottingham Bathrooms can transform your home.

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Friday, 12 September 2014

Bespoke Kitchens vs flat-packed kitchens

Today, kitchens come in varying styles, colors, textures, materials, qualities, and prices. Again, the different range of sinks, worktops, cooking appliances, and taps only add to the many choices that you have to make when you opt for a new kitchen.

Where Do You Begin?

First, you need to consider whether you are going for a flat packed kitchen or a bespoke kitchen. While flat packed kitchen is usually a standard range, factory-run kitchen that is composed of ‘made to measure’ appliances, bespoke kitchen is crafted to suit your specifications. Bespoke kitchen will inevitably cost you more than flat packed kitchen; however, you stand to benefit from myriad excellent features when you opt for this type of kitchen. These include:

·         Functionality: Bespoke kitchen is crafted around your needs; so you will benefit from more functionality and performance compared to a flat packed kitchen. Flat packed kitchen cupboards, for instance, will not last as long as a properly built bespoke ones.

·         No Installation Worries: Bespoke kitchens Nottingham are usually installed by professionals. This takes away the anxiety and stress that you would incur if you were to install your own kitchen; it also eliminates the chances of you being a victim of a botch job, especially in cases where you hire a fitter.

·         Uniqueness: You will get a completely original and unique kitchen that everybody will admire.

·         Variations:  Bespoke kitchen are not only fitted according to your specifications, but are also characterized with an amazing scope of variation in terms of colors, finishes and materials that you can easily choose from.
Please come and visit our wonderful showroom and discover how our Nottingham Kitchens and Nottingham Bathrooms can transform your home.

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Thursday, 11 September 2014

Howto get help with inspiration for your next bathroom

Are you looking to remodel your Nottingham bathroom? Although the bathroom is one of the smallest rooms in the house, it can take quite a bit of time to get remodeling right. You have to decide whether you want a bath or a shower or both, what kind of cabinets to install, what tile design to go with and so on.

To redo Nottingham bathrooms, you can start by getting ideas from magazines. Look in home improvement journals and if you find a look that you like tear out the picture and save it. As you collect more and more pictures you will get a fair idea of what you want your bathroom to look like.

You also have to think about whether you want to do the remodeling yourself or you want to hire someone. This usually depends on how much work needs to be done. If you are ripping out all the installations and putting in new ones it makes sense to hire someone to do it. Just go online and type “remodel bathrooms Nottingham” and a list of vendors will come up. Look at their portfolios to decide which one is best.

Make sure to brief whoever you choose. It helps if you can show them the pictures that you collect. Tell them about the look that you want to achieve. You should also be prepared to listen because they may have ideas that will help get an even better remodel.

The next thing to think about is the materials that will be used. These are available in many stores in Nottingham. Choose materials that are strong and that will last. Keep in mind the color of the tiles you will be installing – you want fixtures to match.

These are just a few ideas for remodeling bathrooms in Nottingham; there are plenty more online.

Please come and visit our wonderful showroom and discover how our Nottingham Kitchens and Nottingham Bathrooms can transform your home.

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Energy Star Appliances explained.

Home appliances are some of the biggest consumers of electricity in the UK. As a homeowner, it is important that you invest in energy saving appliances. You can tell an energy complaint appliance by checking for an Energy Star sticker on the box that the appliance comes in or on the appliance itself.

The Energy Star first appeared in the market in the ‘80’s. It was designed to help people identify which appliances would save energy. The move would reduce carbon emissions and it would cost consumers lot less in electricity bills.

There are 3 main areas in a house that consume a lot of power to operate. The first is heating and cooling. Getting your house warm in winter and cool in summer drives the power bills very high. Just by getting an air conditioner with an Energy Star sticker you can save as much as 85% of the power that you use to get temperatures right in your home.

The second area that consumes a lot of power is water heating. A family of four will spend about £500 a year just to heat water for bathing. Add to that all the other water that needs to be heated for other need around the home and the bill becomes very significant. By getting a water tank that has an Energy Star rating you can save a lot of money. You should also look into thankless systems that heat water on demand.

The third area that consumes a lot of power is the fridge. There are various tips you can use to reduce energy consumption; you can set the appropriate temperature, keep the fridge in a cold spot, allow a space behind the fridge for better air circulation and make sure that all seals are intact. None of these, however, will beat buying a fridge that has an Energy Star on it.

Invest in Energy Star appliances starting today and save yourself some money.

Please come and visit our wonderful showroom and discover how our Nottingham Kitchens and Nottingham Bathrooms can transform your home and save money, most of our appliances carry Energy Star stickers.

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Tuesday, 19 August 2014

The latest trends in kitchen and bathroom designs.

When you are interested in building your first kitchen or bathroom, one of the first things you need to take note of is how to ensure that you end up with a design that will turn out to work well for you. This is an important consideration you will need to make since it will determine many things including how satisfied you are with the work you end up doing. In order to do this, you might need to understand a few of the new trends in kitchen and bathroom design you can use. These include:

Color Schemes
There are a number of color schemes that have proven to be very popular in the past year or so, and which are becoming even more popular by the day. These include beige, gray and bone. One of the best ways of getting the most out of these colors is making sure that you match them well with all the other accessories you have in the bathroom to end up with a look that will make the bathroom or kitchen more appealing.

Universal Design
In addition, an increasing number of people who are doing Nottingham Kitchens  renovations or bathroom redesigns are also specifying that they should get a universal design for them. This usually entails making sure that they are easily accessible even to people who might be in wheelchairs.

Stainless Steel Is Becoming More Popular
One other trend that is becoming more popular is the use of stainless steel for the fittings in both kitchens and bathrooms. These are not only more aesthetically pleasing, but also turn out to be very long lasting in both situations as well.

If you are interested in remodeling your kitchen or Nottingham Bathroom  contractors will find it easier to serve you well if you have definite information of what you need. Making sure that all above tips are covered is one of the best ways of ensuring that you get this done.

Design Time Nottingham, the specialist for fitting Nottingham Kitchens and Nottingham Bathrooms

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Energy Awareness, How to Reduce Your Carbon Foot Print In Your Kitchen And Bathroom

Did you know that you can reduce your carbon footprint in kitchens and bathrooms in Nottingham? Many people in the area are striving to recycle, use renewable power and so on but what they don’t know is that there are simple ways to reduce their carbon footprint in these two rooms. Here are some things that you can do:

Don’t take a bath; take a shower instead
A bath, as relaxing as it may be, uses up about 5 times the amount of water that a shower does. In addition to that, use lukewarm water rather than hot water so that you don’t consume a lot of power.

Stop using black trash bags
We are all so used to black trash bags that we use them without a second thought. Black trash bags are made of a material that is impossible to biodegrade. The next time you buy trash bags buy white instead of black.

Use the top oven rack
This is another one we never think about but using the top oven rack is actually more efficient when it comes to conserving power and cooking faster. The bottom is closer to the heat source but heat rises so you will cook faster if you use the top rack while at the same time contributing to energy savings.

Turn off the tap as you brush your teeth
We never think about it; we turn on the tap to wet our toothbrushes and then let it run for the entire period we are brushing. This is wasteful when you think about all the energy required to supply the water. Turn it on, wet your toothbrush and then turn it off until you need to rinse.
These are just a few ways that you can reduce your carbon footprint in kitchens and bathrooms in Nottingham.

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Kitchen manufacturing, how was your kitchen made ...

While you may not want to know every detail about how kitchens in Nottingham are made, it is important that you understand some basics if you want your kitchen remodeling project is going to be a success. The first thing you want to take care of is the quality of cabinets that you will be installing. Most cabinets are made of solid wood, particle board (most common for Nottingham kitchens), medium density fiberboard or plywood. The best quality is of course solid wood but the others also give pretty strong cabinets. You may want to think about the kind of finish before you settle on a material.

You may want to look at appliances next. Today, there are appliances in the market for all kinds of
kitchen designs. Whatever yours is, you will be dictated by the kind of look that you want your kitchen to have and also your budget. Fortunately, there are very affordable appliances that will give many Nottingham kitchens look great.

Are you happy with your kitchen island? This is one of the most important things in your kitchen and it can get quite worn. If yours needs to be replaced, there are many DIY videos and information on the internet that you can use as a guide. If you decide to have someone build it for you make sure that they understand your requirements clearly.

If your cooker, refrigerator and dishwasher are a little old this is a great time to replace them. Although it may cost you a bit of money, you are investing in new kitchen equipment that uses up less energy; in the long run, you will save a lot of money on utility bills.

Lastly, because every kitchen is different, your kitchen may need touches that are not included here; since you know your kitchen best, go ahead and do whatever is needed.

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Wednesday, 2 July 2014

Karndean Flooring from Design Time

Karndean is a premier brand name when it comes to flooring options. You can get a wide variety of quality and affordable flooring available at Design Time for your bathrooms and kitchens in Nottingham. With a long experience in the industry, Karndean flooring is the place to get all your luxury vinyl tiles. There are about six different kinds of flooring materials that are available for you to choose from and the first type is the Knight Tile. It is the entry level of all the types available at Design Time produced by Karndean. It is most suitable for domestic use and comes with a guarantee of 12 years from the manufacturers making it a wise investment for the homeowners.

The second type is the Renoir tile range which is best for commercial use. It is smaller than the Knight Tile range, but it has some designs that make it unique from the other tile ranges. The third range is the Karndean Van Gogh design. Its wood effect designs make it stand out from the rest. It utilizes a combination extra wide and long planks in the Barnwood tile format to make it one of the best wood effect tiles available. You can install it in an area where you have visitors often so that they can see the splendor in your home.

The Karndean Michelangelo range is the fourth tile range available. It has some beautiful mosaic and pebble designs which can be a perfect fit for your bathrooms in Nottingham. The Karndean Da Vinci is the fifth tile range which utilizes thin strip planks to achieve realistic tile effects. The last range available is the Karndean Art Select, and it is the best available design. All these ranges are waterproof and are suitable for your bathrooms or kitchens Nottingham. Since they are durable and high quality, they save you money you would spend in repairs and replacements. Do not hesitate to get yours today.

If you would like to speak to one of our designers about Karndean Floors, please call Design Time on 01159 81 89 81

Tuesday, 1 July 2014

How to Choose your Kitchen

The Design Time Showroom has an extensive range of example Kitchens to help you make the right choice
Choosing the right kitchen is rarely easy. The kitchen, after all, is often the heart of a household. Your kitchen says a lot about who you are, depending on the design. Is it traditional or contemporary? Utilitarian or aesthetically pleasing? That is why we always try to provide the best kitchens Nottingham has to offer. We also are staffed with professional kitchen designers and fitters that can help you make your vision come to life. Drop by our large Nottingham kitchens showroom and look around. We guarantee that you will find the right kitchen for your home.
There are many considerations when choosing a new kitchen. The first and foremost should be how it fits your daily needs. After all, a kitchen gets heavy use since you will be using it to prepare meals. Your kitchen should be durable as well as beautiful and economical. This usually means that you will want to use materials that are stain, scratch, and heat proof. Fortunately, we can help you find kitchen components that fit these needs while also being attractive and in different price ranges.
Ask yourself: how am I going to use this kitchen? Do you have children or teenagers? Do you do a lot of family cooking? In these cases, you will want to plan accordingly with plenty of countertop space and the flexibility to withstand a variety of clean up and cooking styles. Also think about the type of maintenance you will be giving your kitchen. Will you be maintaining it yearly? Some materials, such as painted timber, require more care to prevent deterioration than others. You will also want to think about how your kitchen d├ęcor fits in with the rest of your home, especially since the kitchen occupies a central space in most home designs.  
Call in to our Nottingham Kitchen Showroom in West Bridgford to view our full range of kitchens.

Thursday, 5 June 2014

Renovating your Kitchen - Why use a Professional?

Design Time Kitchens at the early stages of a kitchen refit.
Even the best Nottingham kitchen needs a new look from time to time. If you are thinking that it’s time for a kitchen remodel, you should go into the project fully informed about what to expect.

The first thing that you have to think about is getting a professional kitchen designer to do the renovation. While it is true that many kitchens in Nottingham have undergone DIY renovations, it is easier and faster to use a professional. Also, they know more about materials and design and they are less likely to go wrong.

You have to take into account all areas of the kitchen. The first is usually the walls. You may want to install bare plaster which is slowly coming back into style. Bare plaster can be manipulated into whatever type of finish you want so don’t limit yourself. After the walls are done, you get to install base units. There are all kinds of base units in the market today and you should take time to look for what’s best. You want units that will leave you space to move around the kitchen but that are also functional.

When renovating Nottingham kitchens, remodel professionals also take the time to re-do the plumbing; they re-install pipes, they look at drains and they also examine the water heating system. You should take this opportunity to install more eco-friendly plumbing. In the same way, the kitchen renovation professional will renovate the electrical system by making sure that the circuitry is in place and everything is working as it should.

Wall cupboards are next and they should be chosen to match the rest of the kitchen design. Again, there are many different styles in the market so take some time to choose something great. Flooring and tiling come last when everything else has been installed. The tiles that you choose should match the rest of the kitchen design. Once all this is done, it is time to bring in your appliances. You might want to consider buying a new oven, cooker, fridge and others so that you can have a completely new kitchen.