Some Thoughts on Splash Backs

There are plenty of options availavble when it comes to the choice of material for your kitchen splashback.

  • The most common choice is of course ceramic tile; it needn't cost a fortune and gives you easy clean surfaces The main thing you'll need to consider is keeping the grouting clean
  • Laminate is another low cost solution and many worktop designs will have matching upstands that can be used to give a seamless look
  • Stone splashbacks are a more expensive option, though you will neeed to take care to protect material like marble from any acidic spills
  • There is also stainess steel which gives you a hard wearing, slightly utilitarian look

That brings us on to our final material, and one you may not have considered; glass; Glass can give you a really modern look with a choice of subtle colours, it's easy clean, resistant to most spills and lends itself perfectly to built in illumination. Why Not talk to us about fitting glass splashbacks in your kitchen

 Caring for Solid Wood Worktops

When you choose a solid wood worktop for your kitchen, you are making an investment. It’s somewhat more expensive than a laminated surface, but can provide a lifetime of use and a natural and stylish look to the kitchen.

Being a natural product, it requires a little more care, but treat it properly and you will be rewarded.

To help prevent your wooden worktop from warping, bowing, or from grain separation, it is important to have a regular care regime in place

Please don’t consider using regular multi-purpose cleaning agents on the surface. Most of them have harsh abrasive chemicals which can be very damaging to natural wood. You should also avoid placing hot pots and pans directly on to the surface (use a trivet) and you should always avoid getting excessive amount of water on the surface. If you do, you should wipe it up immediately.

Also, remember that as you place sharp or rough items on the work-surface, you may begin to create scratches and nicks in the wood. This is not a problem of itself, as a ‘used’ appearance can be quite attractive on a wooden surface, but just be aware. Obviously, we would recommend against cutting items directly on the surface – always use a chopping board.

If you do create scratches you are not happy with, it is possible to use an appropriate grade of sandpaper to remove surface scratches, but it must be done with care to avoid creating low spots. If you do sand an area, you should immediately follow this by an oiling treatment as detailed below.

Once every 3 months, apply a light coating of oil to your worktop. There are a number of types of oil you can use, but a good choice is ‘Danish Oil’ which is a mixture of different oils, is quite easy to use and is quite durable.

Pour the oil directly on to the centre of the wooden surface, then, using a lint free material ( a lightweight jersey material from an old T-shirt is ideal ), gradually work the oil outwards toward the edges in the direction of the grain to achieve an even coverage. Leave it for 10 to 15 minutes and repeat, then repeat once more and you will achieve a beautiful natural lustre.

 De-clutter that kitchen

Keep Pots,Pans and kitchen Gadgets as near as possible to the cooking area and cups,glasses and bowls in lower level unts near to the sink. Food doesn’t necessarily have to all be kept in one place, but store similar items together, that helps prevent people tripping over each other. If you have less regularly used items, say a turkey roasting pan, some Christmas cake tins or a fondue, those can be stacked in a higher less accessible shelf.

Where food is concerned, keep canned goods together and stored on a multi teir shelf so that you can easily see items at the back. Consider using rectangular plastic tubs to hold crisps,nuts and the like; the tubs can then be easily stacked to conserve space. In the fridge, use plastic containers (or better still glass for coolness) to store items in the fridge, you'll fit a lot more in, that way. If you have itens that need to be kept very cool but you don’t want in the Freezer,use the rear of the fridge, it’s usually much colder than the front.

 Attention to detail

Attention to detail is something we pride ourselves on when designing kitchens; one detail we love is the dovetail joint drawers in our 1909 shaker kitchen. Not only does the dovetail make the draw extremely strong, it also looks beautiful!

 Making a Splash

Glass splashbacks are making a big impact in kitchen design, not only because they are very easy to maintain but also due to the huge variety of colours available. We have lots of samples in the shop so pop in and have a look

 Caring for Laminate Worktops

The surface of your laminate worktop is water resistant, however, the core material and adhesive used in the construction, won’t be. When your worktop was fitted, the joints, edges and cuts-outs for sinks etc. should have been adequately sealed to protect them.You should plan to wipe down and dry your worktops on a regular basis to avoid moisture getting into any of the joints or down any edges or cut out areas.

Whilst your laminate work surface should be heat resistant you should always place a trivet or suitable place mat or cutting board on your work-surface before setting down pans which have come direct from the oven or hob. If you don’t do this, you increase the Chance of the surface lamination lifting. If you are a smoker, don’t rest lit cigarettes on the counter as they will discolour it. Though laminated worktops are very resistant to normal wear and tear, it is quite possible to scratch the surfaces so don’t chop your vegetables directly on the top, use a chopping board.

Laminated work-surfaces are fairly resistant to most chemicals around the house, but you do need to take care. In particular watch out for strongly coloured foods such as beetroot which may cause discolouration, also, avoid using bleach directly on the surface. Clean your worktop regularly cleaning using warm water and a mild detergent and where necessary, a non-abrasive cleaner. Don’t use scouring powders, bleach products, oven cleaners or abrasive pads.

Samsung Chef

 New Samsung Chef Collection

The new Samsung Chef Collection has arrived in our showroom and we have fallen in love! Inspired by world-renowned chefs, they are not only beautifully designed but feature innovative technology that will delight any budding home-chefs out there! On display we have the Virtual Flame Induction Hob and Vapour Cook Oven so why not pop in and have a play!

Samsung Chef

 Adjusting Kitchen Cabinet Doors

When Build My Kitchen have completed an installation, every cabinet door will be perfectly aligned and will open and close exactly as intended, however, over time minor adjustments may need to be made as doors become misaligned, so we've provided a guide to assist you in looking after your door adjustments. At first sight, it can be quite difficult to work out how to adjust your doors, but if you follow this guide, you should be able to adjust them to perfection.

On the main image of a cupboard door hinge, you can see items A, B, C and D.

A) Fixed Door screw (top and bottom)

B) Adjustment Screw

C) Adjusting cupboard screw (top and bottom)

D) Locking Screw

For each of the instructions here, you will usually need to make the adjustments to both the upper and lower hinges.

Firstly, ensure that your door are not loose by ensuring the locking screw D is screwed in fully

Secondly, tighten the fixed and adjusting screws A and C at top and bottom

Now we can make simple adjustments to correct any misalignment of the doors

Adjusting the horizontal location of the door

Release the locking screw D a little, then turn the adjustment screw B in either direction to make the correction. Re-tighten screw B afterwards

Adjusting the vertical height of the door

Undo screws C the adjusting cupboard screws on both the hinges and screw the back so that they are barely finger tight (this will give you more control as you adjust them by supporting the weight of the doors) Now slide the door up or down to the desired height. Full tighten screws C.

Adjusting the cabinet door angle

Once again, use screw B either to the left or right, but on this occasion use the screws on the top and bottom hinge separately and to different degrees in order to make the adjustment. For example you may need to rotate the top screw to the left and the bottom screw to the right in order to re-align the door.

Correcting binding doors (or doors not sitting flush to frame)

If the door groans when you close it, or it doesn’t close flat onto the frame undo screw D (the locking screw) on both upper and lower hinges, slide the door in or out until you achieve a gap of about 1mm then tighten up screws D.


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