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Investing in ironmongery @IronmngryDirect

When it comes to a new project or renovation, the finishing touches can often be an afterthought. However, the devil is in the detail, and fittings such as door handles, locks, hinges and door closers are the essential items that can make day-to-day living easier.

Whether you’re searching for cabinet furniture and door handles to complement a period-style property, or latches and smart security items for an ultra-modern renovation, online ironmongery supplier, IronmongeryDirect, offers a vast range of high-quality products to suit any project.

Demista® The Hidden Luxury @Demista6

The Luxury items that first catch your eye in the bathroom could be the gold taps, the amazing rain shower, the marble tiles or the creative lighting. But the hidden luxury that every bathroom or En- suite cannot do without is the heated mirror pad. The unobtrusive product from demista, ensures your bathroom mirror remains steam free at all times.

Often the first choice for designers, architects, interior designers and specifiers, demista has become the must have part of any bathroom or En-suite, as the system is probably the simplest and most adaptable item available around the world via demista’s distributors.

Invalifts – more than just disabled access @invalifts

Leading UK health retailer, Holland and Barrett, recently needed a heavy duty goods lift to transport pallets of produce between the two floors of a warehouse. Their main contractor, Prestige Partitioning and Storage Systems LTD consulted with the lift experts at Invalifts to see if they could recommend a solution.

After a site survey, Invalifts were able to recommend their Cargo Master Goods lift, with a through car configuration as the ideal solution to move between the two floors. The lift is supplied complete with a self-supporting steel shaft, and requires just a 100mm pit and headroom of 2.8 metres. The Cargo Master is manufactured to the requirements of the Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC, enabling the lift to be installed without the need for a deep pit or an excessive headroom requirement.


One issue not generally discussed when talking about multi-generational households is the bathroom- access to, and use of. It’s a growing problem for the households. But it provides potential increase in sales for all involved in the business of bathrooms- architects, builders, plumbers, and retailers.

There has been a 46% rise in multi-generational households in less than a decade(1). It is set to continue: some 60% of people would consider living in a multi-generational household.(2) Set alongside that the fact that, on average, we go to the toilet 8 times a day. Multiply that by each resident, and you have a very busy room! But each generation has different needs- children may be young, and not very adept at wiping properly; the senior citizens may equally struggle with wiping, for different reasons- general flexibility, manual dexterity, balance to name a few- but are reticent to ask family to help.

Cabuchon Launches Easy Access Soaking Tub – The Takara @CabuchonBath

British bath manufacturer Cabuchon Bathforms has launched its sixth-generation deep soaking tub, the Takara. Like the other baths in its deep soaking range, it is inspired by the traditional Japanese ofuro but it includes a host of refinements designed to enhance comfort and to better suit Western bathing habits. It will also accommodate modern technologies such as spa hydrotherapy.

The most distinctive feature of the Takara is the addition of grab bars above the armrests. Like all of Cabuchon’s deep soaking tubs, the Takara is easy to enter and exit, but the incorporation of these ergonomically placed bars adds an additional sense of security for those who want it.


VitrA Tiles has launched an updated version of its RIBA-approved CPD presentation on ‘Understanding Designing and Specifying with Tiles’. This presentation in its updated version is bound to be well-received by all architects and specifiers, since it provides a general introduction to the benefits of tiled surfaces, as well as the design considerations which specifiers need to be aware of.

The CPD covers the types of tiles available, their classification, design considerations and the importance of correct specification. Tiles are being specified on more jobs and for a wider variety of applications than ever before. While this opens up exciting new design possibilities for architects, it does also increase the risk of inappropriate specification. So it is important to understand the advantages, the disadvantages, the relevant standards and the different types of tiles.

Radiana to help achieve new WELL v2 pilot features @RadianaUK

New intelligent climate control product promotes wellbeing under new building standard

Developers can now choose Radiana, a revolutionary new climate control product which responds to factors such as body heat, to help them achieve the thermal comfort features outlined in the new WELL v2™ pilot, the latest version of the WELL Building Standard™.


Rinnai, a UK leader in the manufacture and supply of continuous flow hot water heating units and delivery systems for both residential and commercial sites, has strengthened its Technical Service dept with the appointment of Danny Madagwa to the post of Applications Engineer.

Danny will be based at the company’s London office but will be liaising with customers on a nationwide basis. He holds a MEng, a masters’ degree in engineering.


Rinnai UK, a registered provider of CPD courses, has implemented a series of training modules which are specifically designed to engage with heating engineers & contractors. The courses are all aimed at objectively showing the energy saving benefits of gas fired continuous flow hot water heaters.

With Rinnai now fielding the only complete and comprehensive range of highly efficient ErP labelled A-rated continuous flow water heaters – from the smallest domestic models through to super-size industrial units – the demand from engineers wanting more knowledge of the appliances is increasing.

Hybrid Heating for the modern home – the choice is yours @EHC_UK

EHC offer a comprehensive Range of Electric Products that are all controlled by the well-established DSR Technology Control System. It enables you to select a Hybrid Heating Solution from the range for the various rooms within your property to suit your design style and budget – the choice is yours.

All DSR Controlled Heaters are manually operated using the “easy to use” Controller located on the Heater. They also have Wi-Fi capability that can be activated when you purchase the optional DSR Smart Gateway which will allow you to control your Heaters Anytime, Anywhere 24/7 up to a maximum of 30 Heaters using our free bespoke APP.


Planning is in full swing for the 2020 January Furniture Show – the UK’s largest furniture and interiors trade show.  Taking place from 19th-22nd January at Birmingham’s NEC, over 500 exhibitors will show their latest designs and collections.

Extended show sectors and full complement of UK and international returning brands of note will feature at the event.  On show will be living, dining and bedroom furniture, beds and mattresses, lighting, flooring, soft furnishings and a myriad of interior décor accessories.


Designer Contracts – the UK’s largest flooring contractor – has introduced a luxury new carpet collection to its extensive portfolio of floorcoverings.

Exquisite is a two ply, soft pile carpet constructed from 100% polypropylene with a soft fleece backing. Suitable for heavy domestic use, it is the ideal choice for families looking for a durable, yet luxurious carpet for their property.


Rinnai’s CPD courses on continuous flow hot water delivery units and systems have now been fully approved by the Chartered Institute of Building Service Engineers (CIBSE).

Four CPDs have been approved -:

  • Excellence in Design of Continuous Flow Hot Water Delivery
  • Continuous Flow Hot Water Appreciation
  • The Regulatory Horizon for Hot Water Delivery
  • ACOP L8


 Britons warm up to the boiler as new survey reveals its role as the true heart of home life

Worcester Bosch has today released findings from recent research, demonstrating daily boiler usage habits across Britain as the national ‘boiler switch on’ gets underway1. The vast majority (92%) of Brits are aware that a boiler breakdown would have an impact on their day to day life this winter and the survey reveals that the appliance is truly at the heart of everyday home life, with:

  • 85% of us planning to keep our home heated at over 18°C this winter
  • 75% of Britain typically taking a warm bath or shower at least once a day
  • 67% of Brits washing up with warm water by hand once a day
  • 39% of households cooking a roast dinner at least once a week, with one in twenty (5%) roast addicts cooking one every day

Delta Membrane Systems Limited announces release of new Podium Deck Brochure @DeltaMembranes

Delta Membrane Systems Limited, the UK’s leading Type C cavity drainage membrane manufacturer and supplier of specialist structural waterproofing products is pleased to announce the release of its new Podium Deck Brochure.  This 44-page, full colour brochure presents design and build philosophy, project detailing and specification/selection of the correct waterproofing and drainage protection systems for podium decks, buried roofs, blue roofs, green roofs, warm roofs, cold roofs, hybrid roofs, car parks and terraces & balconies.

Delta’s Podium Deck Brochure is divided into key sections and features an array of easy-to-read text, technical drawings, detailing and 2D graphics.

‘Open up‘ with Gira’s new Door Communication Systems @Gira

Gira, one of the world’s leading full-range suppliers of intelligent system solutions for building management, digitise and safeguard the home and its occupants with an extensive range of new intercoms that are easy-to-use and offer high quality aesthetics:


You never get a second chance to make a first impression, which is why the new Door Communication Systems by Gira are great solutions for convenient home automation – inside and out – as well as increasing the level of quality lifestyle design and security in a property. The new range of intercoms have been designed to serve varying degrees of intelligent build management, from simple doorbell systems to communication products with integral video technology: all of which present high aesthetic appeal.


Economical and a great example of future-proof design, every product in the Gira Door Communication series is designed to be variable, catering for eventual upgrades, retro-fitting and new-build or renovation projects where more than one solution is required or the needs of a building are subject to change and/or expansion.