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Grand Room Sets to Showcase Top Interior Design Trends at Grand Designs Live

Grand Design

Back this year by popular demand, The Grand Rooms Sets feature will once again appear at Grand Designs Live, this time sponsored by AXA Insurance. Interior designers across the country were asked to submit their ideas for a room based on a popular interior design trend of their choice. From modern Scandinavian simplicity to decadent period revival and everything in between, six outstanding and diverse interior designers have been selected to bring their visions to life at October’s Grand Designs Live at the Birmingham NEC. The rooms, designers and themes include:

Timeless styling and affordability with Lakes Bathrooms’ fully-framed Classic Collection

Classic collection Framed Bi-Fold door

Lakes Bathrooms’ Silver Framed Reversible Bi-Fold Door, left, from £399 (700mmW by 1850mmH), from the company’s Classic Collection, is the perfect space-saving shower solution. The Silver Framed Slider Door, top right, from £428 (1000mmW by 1850mmH) offers a clean, uncluttered look, while the Framed Pentagon from £729 for the Silver Pentagon with Framed Bi-fold Door incorporates bold lines and a striking shape (prices include VAT)

High quality shower enclosure specialist Lakes Bathrooms’ extensive range of fully-framed, 6mm shower enclosures and doors from their Classic collection offers sleek lines, space-saving solutions and outstanding value. These models are versatile too as they all come in their own dedicated design and are suitable for any bathroom size and layout with framed support on all four sides.

Embrace open-plan living with Waters Baths of Ashbourne’s Fjord bath

Fjord Bath

Blend the bathroom and bedroom space with Waters Baths of Ashbourne’s freestanding Fjord tub

Open-plan living is easy to achieve with luxury bath specialist Waters Baths of Ashbourne’s new Fjord freestanding bath. The perfect way to bring together your bathroom and your bedroom, this single-ended tub provides a stunning centrepiece for both classic and contemporary room themes. This model also has a flat ledge to place bubble bath, a good book and even a candle as you bathe.

Contemporary cool with Laura Ashley Bathroom Collection

ST523 built-under hood

Top and bottom left: The Monograph furniture collection, £1,026 for a 600mm and £1,216
for a 800mm basin unit with leg set and ceramic basin, and illuminated slim mirror, £351.
The Lucca basin mixer costs £169 and the Bayswater sanitaryware range includes a 560mmW
basin and pedestal, from £327, and the close-coupled WC with seat, £756.50.

Leading bathroom specialist Laura Ashley Bathroom Collection may be renowned for creating classic bathing retreats but they are just as proficient when it comes to designing beautiful pieces of furniture, sanitaryware and brassware for modern living.

R2 launches versatile Type range of bathroom furniture

Type 600mm freestanding drawer unit in light grey

In light grey, the Type 600mm freestanding three drawer wash unit
and basin, £549, wall column unit, £175, and framed mirror £89

Beautifully proportioned with clean, simple lines that enhance its sleek look and feel, the new Type bathroom furniture range from R2 comes in a variety of finishes and configurations, making this versatile collection a must-have for every modern bathroom.

Type furniture comes in four on-trend colours – stone grey, light grey, gloss white and dark grey basalt wood – giving you a wide variety to choose from to suit your modern bathroom. The contemporary ceramic basin features generous washing space with a useful ledge at the back to place your toiletries.  Drawers or doors are soft-close, with minimalist chrome handles to create a sleek, understated look. And why not complement the painted finishes with a colour matched framed mirror? You can also easily upgrade the mirror with a simple to apply heated demister pad to keep it steam-free.

SPSenvirowall makes first cladding division appointment

Gavin Ross Technical Specifications Manager at SPSenvirowall

As part of its major expansion into the cladding market, leading external wall insulation and render provider SPSenvirowall has appointed a new Technical Specifications Manager to drive forward its new rainscreen cladding division.

Gavin Ross is tasked with heading up the new division and introducing its innovative A1 non-combustible and bomb blast-rated cladding systems to the UK for the first time

SPSenvirowall announced its exclusive UK partnership with specialist cladding manufacturer Dynamic Cladding last month.

Gavin, who was Specification Manager for the London Olympics 2012 and joins the team from a leading cladding manufacturer, said: “A major part of my role with SPSenvirowall is to work alongside architects, contractors and installers, supporting them with the right specification, technical detailing and cladding products for their projects, assisting the process from project conception to on site completion.



VELUX® has launched a new campaign aimed at educating homeowners on the benefits of replacing their old roof windows with VELUX roof windows to help them realise the potential of their homes.

Recent research by VELUX found that 1 in 8 UK homeowners are looking to replace or modernise their existing windows this year. However, many of these homeowners will be focusing on cost rather than quality when it comes to upgrading or replacing windows.

To help homeowners with the process of finding the ideal replacement for their existing roof windows, VELUX has created an online replacement guide ( In five easy steps, homeowners can find the perfect VELUX roof window to replace their old roof window. The five steps are as follows:

New leasehold relativity graph offers flat owners a fairer deal in lease extensions

  • Leasehold Valuers launches new leasehold relativity graph to provide flat owners with a fairer and more reliable valuation for lease extensions
  • LV 2017 is the first graph to be developed to accurately represent flat owners’ perspective
  • New graph addresses the problems with existing relativity graphs used by enfranchisement professionals, which often favour the interests of freeholders 
  • The new graph aims to save leaseholders thousands of pounds on the cost of extending the lease on their flat

A leading leasehold enfranchisement valuation specialist has launched a new relativity graph which will provide leasehold flat owners with a fairer and more reliable valuation for their lease extensions.  


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The Hearth of the Ram in Ramsbottom, Bury, has a well-earned reputation for serving some of the best in modern fusion cuisine. The 200-year-old building has been recently refurbished and now has an outdoor dining area with a retractable roof, and Tansun infrared heaters have been installed to encourage customers to enjoy eating outside all year round.

In order to create a better outdoor dining experience, the award-winning restaurant has installed black Monaco double infrared heaters outside its three-floor property. As an extension to the stylish interior and traditional period features inside, the new outdoor area encourages customers to eat outside in a comfortable heat, making al fresco dining appealing at any time of year.


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Rinnai Energysaver fanned convection powered flue gas fired space heaters are designed specifically for use in large buildings where the range continues to expand its fan base.

Schools, community centres, libraries, conservatories and churches are all benefiting from the fast warm up of big spaces offered by the technically outstanding engineering of the Rinnai units with their low running costs.

The Rinnai Energysaver range delivers energy-efficient and consistent warm air powered by Natural Gas and LPG options and is built with fully modulating burners so heat output and energy input is reduced as the space warms up. Rinnai has successfully come up with a solution that heats from the floor up and by modulating gas usage in relation to room temperature, provides unparalleled levels of comfort combined with efficiency.


Hotpoint HFO 3P23 WL dishwasher lifestyle hi 1

Hotpoint has launched a new range of dishwashers, comprising of both built-in and freestanding models, which offer excellent cleaning results and striking performance.

The new range of 600 mm dishwashers offer unprecedented flexibility and performance, thanks to sustainable innovations and technologies.

The new range of dishwashers is well-crafted, with a clean-line design and finished with distinguishing details that add a touch of prestige. The appliances seamlessly fit into today’s kitchens with their new and intuitive interfaces, which include a premium full text touch display.


InSinkErator Complementary tap - lifestyle - hi

InSinkErator® introduces the Complementary tap, a new curved mixer tap, to complement its range of add-on steaming hot water taps.

Finished in polished chrome, the Complementary tap from InSinkErator® has a contemporary curved design. The Complementary tap has been designed to offer consumers a standard mixer tap, which matches the InSinkErator® HC3300 and H3300 steaming hot water taps. The brand new Complementary tap features a 360° swivel spout, easy-to-use turn lever and benefits from a five year in-home limited warranty for peace of mind.

Outdoor Olympic-sized swimming pool restored to former glory with Kebony cladding


21st Century facilities in Finland’s oldest city

[Finland: 5 September 2017] Centrally located in Turku, Finland’s oldest city, the Samppalinna outdoor pool and its associated facilities recently underwent a complete facelift. Architect Mikko Lemmetti, Head Designer at LEMMETTI, chose Kebony, a beautiful wood recommended by leading architects, for the pool house cladding and outdoor tiered seating as well as the siding in the bathroom. The Olympic-sized pool was one of eight outdoor swimming pools built in Finland during the 1950s, a period of economic boom and a notorious decade for Finland following the 1952 Summer Olympics. The primary objective for this renovation was to ensure the legacy of this historical building was protected and restored, with modern architecture adapting the facilities for the 21st Century.


When Tony and Pene Hamilton, now in their seventies, bought their new house last year in a beautiful corner of Oxfordshire, their list of immediate home improvements had one unusual and key investment.

When Tony and Pene Hamilton, now in their seventies, bought their new house last year in a beautiful corner of Oxfordshire, their list of immediate home improvements had one unusual and key investment.

For, alongside the new kitchen and bathrooms, double glazing and redecoration throughout was a far sighted, yet stylish, addition to their magically restored detached home – that of a personal home lift.

Workplace Visionary Despina Katsikakis Joins Cushman & Wakefield

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  • Global role for leading authority on the future of work, workplace transformation, employee productivity and wellbeing
  • Katsikakis has advised some of the world’s biggest companies including Google, Unilever, BP, GSK and Microsoft
  • Unrivalled insight will benefit both occupiers and the landlords seeking to attract them

 London, 05 September, 2017 – Cushman & Wakefield has appointed Despina Katsikakis, the industry-leading expert on the impact of the workplace on business performance, to a full-time role advising the firm’s clients.

57 Yrs Of Essential Buying & Selling Experience


The Saunders & Lingard estate agency team are based in South Devon and consist of Sue Saunders, Sara Fiddes and Rob Lingard.  They know the importance of knowledge, not just of each property on their books, but also of the local area.

Sue, Rob and Sara have nearly six decades of experience of valuing and selling properties between them and they are the creme de la creme when it comes to providing information to their customers about the best schools in the area, most stunning coastal walks or even the restaurants with the best coffee!


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Brio architectural hardware made an adventurous curved door project a reality for an innovative wedding venue in north Devon.

Tunnels Beaches is a network of hand carved tunnels leading to sheltered beaches and a tidal Victorian bathing pool at Ilfracombe, the location of a breath-taking beach front wedding venue operated by Devon Beach Weddings. The bespoke building curving out of the rock means there are no concerns about the UK weather and whatever turn it takes it is all visible through curved bi-folding glazed doors – whether opened or closed.

The owner had the idea to refurbish and at the same time to extend the upper story of the curved building by 2 metres, installing curved bi-folding glazed doors and thereby increasing capacity from 130 guests to 160. With a full house for weddings in 2017, (120+ weddings booked), over 100 weddings already booked for 2018 and prime dates in 2019 booking fast, the extension was a must.


  • Over a third of people would not let a tradesman use their toilet when they come to do work at their house
  • 30 per cent of people do not make tradesmen a drink
  • A tenth of us have separate mugs for tradesmen

Brits have built up a renowned reputation of being well-mannered, yet typical British politeness goes out the window when it comes to letting tradesmen into our home. Research released today from Plentific, the home services marketplace, has shown that a surprising number of Brits are bad-mannered towards tradesmen when they come into our homes to do repair and maintenance work.