Project Management - From beginning to end we manage the entire process to ensure faster installation, continuity and quality of installation so that your kitchen is just as you imagined and we promised to deliverSurvey - No other retailer undertakes a more rigorous initial survey - and not just of the room but of the client's wishes for how they use their kitchen.Design - Good design that understands a client's wishes and marries the beautiful and the practical to create their perfect dream kitchen Fitting - We use only experienced kitchen fitters who only fit kitchens for a living and who use specialist tools which are set up just for installing kitchensA well planned kitchen means you shouldn't notice the plumbing, so we use only experienced plumbers that do the job right Gas Safety - Nothing's more important than a gas safe kitchen so we use only fully qualified 'Gas Safe Register' engineers and provide all the legally required certificates Nothing's more important than a safe kitchen which is why we use only fully qualified electricians and provide all the legally required electrical certificates Lighting - Properly integrated lighting can create a subtle, visually stunning  look and feel that's designed to improve your kitchen's look and feel  Plastering - The invisible foundation on which every beautiful new kitchen is built.   It is essential to have clean smooth walls for painting, upstands or splashbacks Tiling - Floor or wall, tiling done well goes unnoticed except for the beauty it presents Flooring - Whether you want tiles, wood, Amtico, vinyl or any other type, we'll ensure your floor perfectly complements the rest of your kitchen Decorating - Decorating is the finishing touch that really shows off a new kitchen in its best light and can arranged if required Waste Removal - Removing and replacing your kitchen creates a lot of waste! We remove and recycle what we can

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Are the 1970s making a comeback in today’s kitchen designs?

Oh the ‘70s – the decade remembered for economic crises, public sector strikes, water shortages and the Queen’s Jubilee.  Sound familiar in 2012?

The 1970s are also remembered for glam-rock, punk and disco and, if you were growing up as I was, the classic must have toys such as the Space Hopper, Chopper bike, skateboard and the smurfs!

That little wave of nostalgia was brought on by the plethora of TV programmes about the decade on currently and a comment by my brother and business partner after I’d mentioned that the pictures of a kitchen we’d recently installed had a very modern yet retro feel.

Increasingly, and as we’ve mentioned previously – and written in our annual design trends report – clients are today looking for kitchen designs that have clean lines, require little cleaning, have bright finishes that reflect – and make the most of – the entire natural light available and as little ‘frippery’ as possible.  Features such as contemporary slab doors as shown here, high level built in ovens and microwaves  (easier to use and clean), wipe clean induction hobs and coloured glass splashbacks are all increasingly being requested.

We’ve also had many requests lately not to include handles in our designs.  Handleless doors are much more popular than traditional handled or push-to-open ones and complement the current trend for clean, unspoiled lines. Door manufacturers have recognised these trends – and especially recognise that kitchen design fashion needs more than just a white solution!  For example in the range above clients can choose from ivory, alabaster and even wood finishes but the end desire is the same – less cleaning and a sleek look.  Thankfully they no longer have the awful metal trims of the 1970s!

Perhaps the 70s aren’t as long ago as we thought!  I am, for the record, refusing point blank to wear platform boots or flares!

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