Quooker Classic Boiling Tap

NEW Quooker Classic RangeQuooker Tap Logo

Introducing the New Quooker Classic range from Quooker

Traditional English Classic Kitchen? Fear not, Quooker have launched the new Quooker Classic range designed specifically to suit our English Classic Kitchen Range. The new classic range is available in both the Fusion & Nordic Tap style.

The Quooker tap offers the advantages as the familiar Quooker Taps delivering a fine aerated spray of 100 degrees boiling water, ensuring that there is no risk of scalding or burning.  All taps feature a child proof double push turn to activate the boiling water flow including an insulated spout.

This contemporary appliance is quickly becoming a necessity when we are asked to design a kitchen and by introducing a more traditional styled Quooker Fusion and single Nordic tap, Quooker have been able to introduce the latest technology perfectly suited to our English Classic kitchen Range.

 

A new timeless classic that will look at home in every country style kitchen. 

Available in both Chrome & Stainless Steel

Quooker classic fusion round chrome
Quooker classic fusion square chrome
Classic Fusion Round  Classic Fusion Square
Quooker classic nordic single tap round chrome
Quooker classic nordic single tap square chrome
Classic Nordic Round single tap Classic Nordic Square single tap

Cold Water Filter Option

The classic range is also available with a cold water filter option. Push and turn just once and a new, cool blue LED light will shine indicating that the water filter is being used. Push twice and turn the ring, and the now familiar red LED safety light will be illuminated. Making you aware that 100°C boiling water is being dispensed.

 

 

Contact us today and arrange your Free no obligation Design Consultation to get your new dream kitchen featuring the new Quooker Classic Tap

The Kitchen Sink

The Kitchen Sink

The humble sink – A key part of a kitchen and not to be over looked.

It’s surprisingly around your kitchen sink area that you spend the most time so it is important to consider which sink works best for you. Unlike many integrated products within the kitchen that can be hidden behind closed doors the kitchen sink is always on show. So Style and sophistication to suit the room is paramount.

Different styles and finishes of sinks can enhance a design and set a tone for many other additions within the kitchen. Key features to look out for when choosing your sink and taps are; longevity, robustness, do they evoke ease & comfort of use? Both not only need to work effortlessly together but need to be well paired in design and function.

Your sink should suit the way you prefer to use your kitchen. What’s becoming more popular if your kitchen size and style permits, is a secondary prep sink. Ideally located near the prep and cooking area. This can be a great advantage when preparing fruit, vegetables, or when multiple people are cooking in the kitchen.

 

Stainless Steel Sinks

Practicality works hand in hand with good design, stainless steel is one of the leading styles due to its low maintenance properties.

Pros

  • Stainless Steel sinks have great durability giving your sink longevity
  • Resistant to corrosion
  • Resistant to chipping, cracking & premature wear
  • Easy to clean & does not harbour bacteria
  • Price, although some stainless sinks can be expensive in general a quality stylish stainless steel sinks are the most affordable option

Cons

  • There are not many cons to stainless steel sinks but cheaper options may be less aesthetically pleasing to the eye

 

Franke Kubus KBX 1.5 Stainless steel kitchen sink

Franke Kubus KBX 1.5 Stainless steel sink and cosmic black granite

Ceramic Sinks

Ceramic or porcelain sinks offer the wow factor and are available in porcelain, standard ceramic or fireclay with the latter being the most durable & expensive. A few points about fireclay ceramics.

Pros

  • Heat, impact, dirt & stain Resistant
  • Resistant to chemicals due to heavy duty glazed surface
    • The heavy duty glazed surface is also resilient to chips & scratches while also making the surface hypoallergenic.

Cons

  • Although white ceramic sinks can achieve the look within the kitchen it is worth considering that they will show more dirt and require a little more TLC when compared to stainless steel sinks.
  • The fireclay version is very resilient but if a chip or deep scratch does occur the coating will be compromised.

 

English Classic Kitchen Featuring Belfast ceramic kitchen sink

Belfast Ceramic Sink and Silestone Worktop

Corian Sinks (Acrylic)

Acrylic composites are becoming more popular allowing for seamless design where worktop & bowl are moulded as one.

Pros

  • Design flexibility allowing to be moulded into any shape
  • easily integrated into Corian worktops
  • No visible joints
  • Hygenic
  • If any damage does occur it can be easily repaired

Cons

  • Acrylic Sinks do not like excessive heat so boiling water taps and Corian sinks do not work well together
  • Corian can scratch easily and although it can be repaired this could be costly if you scratch the material on a regular basis
  • Sharp and heavy objects can damage Corian
  • needs to be cleaned everyday and be kept dry to avoid a surface haze as a result of water being left on the surface.

 

Shaped Corian Worktop & Kitchen Sink

Corian Sink and Shaped Corian Worktop

 

 

 

 

Kaelo Integrated Wine cooler

Kaelo LogoInnovative Design – Kaelo

The kitchen is fast becoming the home of all the latest gadgets amongst seamless design. There are many cutting edge luxury Gadgets making life easier in the home & some can take centre stage when entertaining. The latest to come to the market is the Kaelo. Inspired from a dripping wet bottle served from an Ice bucket. Kevin Jabou founder of the Kaelo, was determined to find a solution that would keep wine perfectly chilled. The Kaelo’s designed to be modern, fun & something that would spark conversation.

Whilst spending time perfecting your new kitchen design to suit your lifestyle, appliances can add that extra style and sophistication. Whether you’re entertaining friends, having a romantic night in or just wanting a family meal. Kaelo boasts pioneering design with Innovative technology.

Kaelo integrated wine cooler set in bar top

 

Pioneering design, lots of Fun

 

Their patented cooling system creates a jacket of cold air which wraps around the bottle allowing the bottle to stay completely dry and perfectly chilled. A simple touch on the crown activates the cooling system keeping your wine within 1-2c of perfect opening temperature. Minimum maintenance is required & Unlike an ice bucket there are no drips, refills or mess.

The Kaelo wine cooler would look great on a bar, in a drinks cabinet or situated within a kitchen Island servicing an accompanying seating area. 7 premium crown colours are available to suit most situations while 27 colours of LED light help suit the mood. Furthermore there is a freestanding option available offering the versatility of being able to keep your beverage chilled. So whether your relaxing in the living room or entertaining in the garden on a summers evening.

In conclusion the Kaelo integrated wine cooler is A little bit of luxury, handmade in England and I’m looking forward to incorporating this into my next Design!

 

Sarah Gray – Interior and Kitchen Designer at Acanthus Design LTD

Pop Up Sockets

Pop Up Sockets Review & Information

 

As technology advances in all areas of life so does the tech found in the Kitchen & home. Gone have the days of just a simple oven & hob combo in the kitchen along with a mixing bowl, a few pans & a wooden spoon.

These Days we find ourselves with an abundance of tech. From mobile phones to bread making machines all requiring some form of power. As the kitchen has become more and more important as the hub of the home with everything from cooking, watching TV, entertaining and more happening in one area, we find ourselves needing to be more flexible with the space we have. Even with the addition of several wall sockets around the kitchen for powering everything, most of us still need more.

If you have found yourself unplugging a phone to plug in your blender or left wondering why the coffee machine never made your favourite mocha-chino only to find out someone unplugged the machine to charge their Tablet! then a pop up socket is going to be top of the list of must have items.

Making the Right Choice:

With several pop up sockets on the market there is a variety to choose from offering a suitable solution to worktop power in the kitchen and other areas around the home. Acanthus have been installing pop up sockets for many years and they are far from a new invention. We have noticed that most on the market are cheap looking items made from thin plastic and are not so much pop up but more drag up manually.

As leaders in kitchen & furniture design we always seek out the best products on the market to use in our installations offering you the very best the market has to offer while still taking into account the cost of such items. One of our top items we highly recommend are the pop up sockets by Socketbox! An intelligent design offering not just a reliable durable product but a piece of kit that ticks all the boxes!

Socketbox Pop Up Sockets

  • Reliable
  • Durable
  • Motorised
    • A Membrane switch included which hides neatly under the from edge of your worktop.
  • Available in 2 powder coated finishes (Midnight Black or Polar White)
    • Custom colours available on request
  • Option of Additional Remote control
  • 1 double socket or 2 double sockets (1 front & 1 Back)
  • Matching Lid (Not included, to be made from the same worktop material as the work surface your mounting into)

Also Available:

Drop Down Sockets by Socketbox

The Drop Down Wall Unit Sockets from Socketbox feature all the same great features of the pop up sockets with the addition of USB’s which are accessible while the socket is in its closed position giving you easy access to charge phones & tablets.

Here is a recent image of a Midnight Black Pop up socket We have installed from Socketbox showcasing just how sleek these sockets are.

Acanthus Kitchen Featuring Pop Up Sockets by Socket Box

To see these sockets in action click the video below:

 

Full range Of Pop Up Sockets Are Available with Most Furniture Purchase’s From Acanthus Design.

If you are interested in Purchasing A Pop up Socket As part Of A New Kitchen Or Furniture Installation. Please Contact Us For Your Free No Obligation Quotation.

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Acanthus English Classic Kitchen Featuring Quooker Boiling Tap

Which Instant Boiling Tap To Choose?

Instant Boiling Taps

So What is an Instant Boiling Water Tap?

In essence the boiling water tap is not really a new invention. Most are based around commercial boiling water systems found in many restaurants, hotels and alike around the world.

The Boiling Water taps currently on offer are simply Water tanks to keep water hot and a faucet to dispense the boiling liquid. However Zip does offer a Tap that does everything! from boiling to sparkling water. Zip offers more versatility with just a single tap if you’re willing to spend a bit more.

What Taps Are Available?

There are several taps on the market now with some of the more well-known brands such as Quooker & Zip becoming common household names with programs like The British Bake Off featuring The Quooker Tap. Here is just a few of the instant hot water taps available at the moment worth considering:

 

Click The Image’s Above For Brochures & More Details

Why Buy A Boiling Water Tap?

There are many reasons to buy a boiling water tap & good reasons to consider keeping your kettle. Boiling water taps can save you money but in general the cost of these taps to buy and maintain will out weight the ability to ever save money!

Save Money?

Andy Smale, technical director at Expert Energy (a Group of independent energy consultants). Calculated that the difference in savings were in fact minimal. Mr Smale said that the amount of energy it would take to make six 250ml cups of tea/coffee on six occasions. With a kettle would cost 5.46p per 24 hrs. When compared to the Quooker Tap Mr Smale found that the same six cups. Would be equal to 5.27p per 24hrs. Showing very little if any savings when you consider the Initial cost of a Quooker tap.

Although his calculations show very little difference in savings. You have to consider very few of us boil just enough water for a cup of tea with our kettles. Quooker have estimated their tap gives you a saving of a hundred litres of water per year! With what would normally have been wasted in over filling kettles. Sounds good but the average 1.5litre Kettle costs around 2.5p per boil according to Npower. So that only equates to a waste saving of £25.00 per year.

Practicality

So if there are very little savings to be made once you have your boiling tap then why invest in buying one to begin with? For most people there are many reasons for having an instant hot water tap & top of the list has to be practicality! Once you have your tap fitted you have instant hot water 24-7 meaning no more standing around wasting time waiting for a kettle to boil whether your making a cup of tea or filling a pan to boil your veg for an evening meal. Having a Boiling Tap Also free’s up valuable worktop space & with most models having a child safety feature built in they can also offer a safer kitchen environment for your family.

Our Recommendation

We have installed a host of various boiling water taps over the years in our clients Kitchens & we always recommend Quooker & Zip with Quooker being our all-round favourite on Price, Size of Unit & Reliability.

The Quooker Tap for us offers good value compared to other taps on the market and the Quooker fusion offers both a high quality Tap and Great design incorporating a child safety feature for those of us with young children at home.

We would also recommend Checking how hard your water is? Although we have never had an issue with hardness of water in the area’s we have fitted these taps we have however heard many reports of taps failing after just a year due to hard water issues so bear this in mind.

Overview

In conclusion Buying a boiling water tap is not going to greatly reduce your electricity bill. However most boiling water tap owners will agree that these taps are almost life changing. A lot of technology is making life more complicated but a boiling tap simply saves time without complcation! Whether you choose the most expensive unit on the market or opt for the budget option having a boiling tap is for us a must have.

 

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Painted Bedroom Case Study

Through The Looking Glass:

Painted Bedroom Case Study

Acanthus Design Painted Bedroom case study. Furniture Featuring Farrow & Ball Eco No.57 Off Black Paint & Antique Mirrors

We have great relationships with many interior designers throughout the northwest. This was another project that Southport based designer Lisa Allen had asked us to be a part of.

The project involved several area’s within the clients prestigious home that required furniture. This bedroom case study focuses on just one of the several bedroom’s acanthus Designed & Installed Furniture.

This Painted Bedroom was designed for the clients daughter who was in her early twenty’s and required something that was contemporary, Timeless & in keeping with her age. It was important to work closely with Lisa to ensure we kept within the scheme to produce fantastic furniture that complemented Lisa’s choice of colours & materials within the room.

The Design

The Bedroom design started with a simple layout to maximise room space creating a run of wardrobes that featured cashmere carcase (chosen by the client) & utilising simple chrome hanging rail & shelves to maximise the interior space. The wardrobes alone offered generous storage space within the room & the additional dressing table added enough drawer space for makeup, hair products & personal items.

The next step was to offer the client something that was bespoke to them. Would bring the room to life & be in keeping with the scheme set out by interior designer Lisa Allen.

Starting with the addition of our Acanthus Cornice & Mirrored Tray Doors which are unique to ourselves. Working with the scheme of the room we selected Farrow & ball’s No.57 Off Black for painting of the furniture. This was in keeping with the timeless contemporary look required. To balance the black and prevent the mirrors from looking stark against the black we incorporated an antique effect mirror which added depth and warmth to the furniture. In addition to the wardrobe doors the Dressing table also features antique mirror. Using our specialist glass manufacturer we were able to produce all of the mirrors with bevelled edges. Even the smallest of mirrors which most companies would be unable to produce was hand crafted by our specialist Glass-maker.

Over Coming Problems

No job is without its problems. Acanthus take great pride in finding a solution to resolve any possible issues both in the design & during the installation process. Above all ensuring our clients are always happy.

Although this bedroom was able to accommodate large furniture there was an issue raised by the dressing of the window. The client wished to have curtains fitted to the windows that would encroach on the space required for her furniture. So our design had to work around this. We created a small return on the furniture that would house both the curtain rail and the curtain.

This can be seen Pictured below.

Painted Bedroom Fitted Around Window & Curtain

All things considered this was a relativity small issue but ultimately a good example of our attention to detail. As a result it is the Attention to detail that ensures the best outcome is achieved every time.

You can read & see more of this Off Black Bedroom by clicking the following link.

Click Here: Farrow & Ball No.57 Painted Bedroom

 

I just wanted to reiterate how pleased we are with our finished kitchen. The change is dramatic to say the least, and it has quickly become the focal point of our home, rather than a dingy space where food is prepared. Every aspect of the process from initial consultation to final fit was clearly communicated and stress-free.  Even further than that, it was actually fun. That’s not a feeling we’ve ever experienced in previous house projects. I had a clear vision in my head of how I wanted this kitchen to feel, but never felt I was able to put into words how that might be. It feels exactly like I imagined – and now I CAN put it into words. Cosy, warm, modern, funky, individual and stunning. It’s been great watching people’s jaws drop when the walk in, and I’ve had several people say ‘Nicky, it’s so YOU.’  That you managed to do that with my inexpert ramblings and vague ideas from our first meeting is very impressive. The kitchen itself is very well-made. It feels incredibly sturdy and fits together beautifully. We had been used to gaps and cracks so this is wonderful. Every member of the Acanthus team and Phil Maitland’s team were really friendly and professional. Never patronising when I clearly had no idea what they were talking about, (which was most of the time) everyone was able to communicate effectively the jobs they were completing, the decisions I needed to make and the choices I had to opt between. We have business cards from a wide variety of professionals that we would not hesitate to recommend to friends in the future. The appliances recommended by you, are all far superior to what we had in place before.  Being advised by Acanthus on the make and model of all six appliances saved us a massive amount of time and effort that would have been spent trawling the Internet with no clear idea.”

Nicky Bond & Steve Rew

Dear Acanthus,

We are Delighted with the Quooker system. With regard to the installation of the Franke sink & Quooker, both tradesmen were highly professional and most friendly as was you attention to our enquires.

Best Wishes

Mr & Mrs Mears.

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