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Sense & sensibility with Caple’s new SO110 combination steam oven

Caple’s new 45cm Sense SO110 built-in combination steam oven, pictured middle

Multi award-winning, leading appliance specialist Caple’s new SO110 built-in combination steam oven is the latest addition to the contemporary Sense range. Designed for the discerning cook who takes their appliances seriously, the recently revamped Sense range with full touch controls combines exceptional functionality with a modern, black glass aesthetic and stainless steel trim.

The new SO110 model complements Caple’s existing Sense appliance collection, which includes ovens, microwaves, a coffee machine and a warming drawer, perfectly. It boasts a roomy 36-litre capacity and heats from 40°C to 100°C on the steam setting for perfect results with an A-rating for energy efficiency. Endlessly versatile, the SO110 offers no fewer than ten, easy-to-use functions, including defrost, fan heat, grill, turbo grill, steam and boost, allowing cooking methods to be customized to suit different types of food. So this model can be used like a traditional oven and grill without the use of steam too.

IntelliHeat, market leaders for over a decade

Our smart electric radiators  are based on a direct heat principle but equipped with a number of key technological innovations that are particular to the range and do not appear in any competitor products, amongst other things this includes:

  • ACS (Advanced condensing technology) – This is key to the function of our systems, effectively the thermodynamic fluid within the radiators is continuously changing from liquid to gas and back again, this internal cyclical condensing flow complements the energy draw of the embedded element to deliver a highly efficient heating system which has no resemblance to a panel heater system.
  • An energy regulator (a TRIAC system), the energy regulator works with the inbuild temperature sensors to calculate the exact electric draw requirements to achieve the programmed temperature within the room, this means you completely eliminate energy waste as the temperature sensors are accurate to within 0.1 degrees as such they are able to begin a slowdown of the energy draw before reaching set temperature. This again is a critical difference between our products and a panel heater, effectively a 2KW panel heater is 100% efficient as you put it, i.e.: if it’s a 2KW it will either draw 2KW, or its off and draws nothing; our systems do not operate in this manner, a 2KW will draw 2KW when you first activate the heater, but once the heater has begun heating up it regulates its consumption in function of a number of variables including room temperature, radiator temperature and energy already stored within the elements (i.e. a 2KW IntelliHeat radiator will at times draw 2KW, other times draw 1KW and even at times draw 400watts in function of what is actually needed for the room to reach/ remain at the set temperature).

Home Designer & Architect are proud to partner with disability event; promoting accessible design

Naidex is Europe’s most exciting event dedicated to the disability, independent living and healthcare professional sectors and it’s completely free to attend! In the wake of the huge success of the most recent instalment of this long-established event, Naidex will return for its 44th year to the Birmingham NEC on the 25th & 26th April 2018.

Home Designer & Architect are proud to announce that we have partnered with Naidex for what is set to be its most impressive year to date. Since taking over this power house event in mid-2016, organisers PRYSM Media Group have injected diverse content, expert speakers and 20 years of experience, and it hasn’t gone unnoticed! Attracting thousands of public, trade and health-care professional visitors, Naidex has regained its momentum and is back on the map as the event for the disability sector.


Swan Housing Association is thrilled to announce that the first of their precision engineered modular homes, were yesterday delivered from their offsite factory to their development site in Basildon, Essex.

The factory, which Swan took the keys to in January, will produce 300-400 modular homes per year. 560 of which, will be used in the latest phase of Swan’s regeneration of the Craylands Estate in Basildon, where the first homes were delivered yesterday.

From the Science Museum in London to a mirrored shelter in China: The best in surface design is celebrated as the Surface Design Awards 2018 finalists are announced

The finalists of this year’s Surface Design Awards have been announced, unveiling some of the best projects from across the globe which feature innovative and exciting materials and surfaces. The shortlist of impressive projects range from internationally renowned museums to personal residential projects.

The Surface Design Awards are part of Surface Design Show (6-8 February 2018), the only event in the UK focusing solely on interior and exterior surface design, facilitating thousands of innovative and thrilling materials to connect with an audience of architects and designers.

The Surface Design Awards celebrate amazing examples of progressive design and the use of innovative surfaces in projects both in the UK and internationally.

Step back in time with Mark Taylor Design’s exquisite Art Deco-inspired bar and relaxing room

This beautiful bespoke Art Deco-inspired bar and relaxing room
was designed and created by Mark Taylor Design

British manufacturer Mark Taylor Design specialises in designing and making bespoke kitchens, bathrooms, studies, libraries, staircases and bars, as well as individual furniture pieces, and is adept at transforming rooms into truly extraordinary spaces. The company, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, is renowned for its use of innovative materials and has vast experience of bringing clients’ homes to life. So when the owners of this five-bedroom, river-fronted Berkshire property were looking to create an Art Deco-inspired bar and relaxing room, Mark Taylor Design was their first port of call.

Managing director Mark Taylor explains: “Following our clients’ decision to go ahead with our design, the room was stripped and corner columns and alcoves were created with studwork and plaster. Art Deco has a certain symmetry about it and the layout was designed to reflect this.”

VR & Architecture have become unexpected partners

How is VR changing Architecture?

With Virtual Reality (VR) becoming a key player in technology, gaining its start in gaming and moving into video entertainment along with health care and education. It’s also made itself quite a splash in the architecture industry.

It makes sense, being able to see the room at full scale before you even build it offers designers new opportunities, it allows the ability to test a build before commencing development.  Some software allows a one to one experience when building, so instead of creating a 3D room, then using VR to check it, you can stand in the room and build its contents from scratch like a blank canvas.

Modern living with Caple’s new high-performance Zodiac island hood

Caple’s new Zodiac hood is perfect for relatively low ceilings

What makes multi-award winning appliance specialist Caple’s new, 900mmW Zodiac (Zi922) island hood so versatile is that it can be installed in a kitchen with a height of 2.3m, making this the perfect choice for modern homes with relatively low ceilings. This 900mm width model is classed with an impressive A-rating for energy efficiency and it provides fantastic value for money despite its high performance credentials and minimalistic style.

Major HS2 Contracts Mask a Waning Construction Sector

Infrastructure bounced back sensationally in September with six major HS2 contracts awarded on the month worth a total of £7.2 billion. However, the same can’t be said for the remaining sectors in construction, including housing which saw new orders decrease for the first time in six months.

The latest edition of the Economic & Construction Market Review from industry analysts Barbour ABI, highlights the levels of construction contract values awarded in September across all regions of Great Britain. The overall contract value for September was £6.9 billion based on a three month rolling average, the highest monthly figure for almost two years. The strong total was largely based on the commissioning of the large HS2 contracts, which made up six of the top ten biggest projects in the month (see figure 1.1), whilst also masking the pitfalls across other sectors of construction.

Classic cabinetry with Caple’s new Woburn kitchen collection

Caple’s new Woburn kitchen in Alabaster

Timeless design and a sophisticated colour palette feature throughout multi-award winning, leading kitchen specialist Caple’s new Woburn kitchen collection. You can choose from three beautiful colourways – Alabaster, Barley and Cotton – in one range while seven further, on-trend shades – Cashmere, Dusk, Gravel, Mist, Mussel, Navy and Slate – are available made-to-order in a similar design.

Caple’s furniture manager Doug Haswell says: “Our new Woburn cabinets are the epitome of classic kitchen design with beautiful, painted Shaker-style doors with a solid ash frame and veneered ash centre panel. Homeowners want to bring their own welcoming touch to the hub of the home, which classic door profiles in soft shades can instantly create. You can choose a bottle rail and plate rack insert in our made-to-order range for homely appeal.”