Friday, 16 October 2015

Dekton - Advanced technology at its finest

When it comes to kitchen worktops, most of our clients' main criteria is that the material should be durable and low maintenance. For this reason quartz is the most popular choice. Quartz is a man-made product made up of 93% quartz and 7% resin which is pressed, heated and coloured to resemble natural stone. It is resistant to abrasion, has virtually no porosity, and is easy to keep clean. There is also a wide variety of colours available so you are bound to find one that suits your taste.

Whilst quartz is very hard-wearing, there is still a small chance that it can get chipped or marked if you do not look after it properly, just like granite and marble can. Cosentino, who are probably best known for Silestone, have recently launched a product called Dekton which is almost indestructible. It is a combination of quartz, porcelain and glass and it has zero porosity. It is resistant to stains & scratches and has better heat resistance than any other material currently on the market. In fact, you can even use a blow torch on the worktops without causing any damage! Dekton is resistant to UV rays, freezing and thawing and is therefore ideal for outdoor spaces as well.

If you are wanting worktops that will withstand some serious cooking then Dekton might be the thing for you! Their selection of sleek colours are bound to make your kitchen look stunning. 

Have you tried Dekton yet? We would love to hear your thoughts!

Thursday, 17 September 2015

Do you want Miele in your kitchen...we do!

We are happy to announce that Higham Furniture can now supply Miele appliances to our customers.

Last month we visited the Miele Gallery in London to see the range of exceptional appliances available. The expert product advisors showed us around and helped us understand all the features available, so we can pass the information on to our customers. We even got to make our own coffee using the OneTouch bean to cup coffee machine!

Here are some interesting facts we learnt about Miele appliances...
  • All oven doors take 25 kg when open to rest trays and dishes on
  • The PerfectClean baking trays have a patented non-stick, enamel finish so they are easily cleaned
  • Warming drawers, also know as Sous Chefs have 4 functions, one being a low temperature cooking operation, ideal for producing tender meats, casseroles and rising breads
  • A test was carried out and a carrot lasted 6 months being stored in the the PerfectFresh zone of a fridge which retains the essential vitamins and minerals for longer.

Over the years we have learnt that the most popular Miele appliance chosen by our customers is the dishwasher. Below are some key features exclusive to Miele dishwashers proving why they really are “Immer besser”.
  • 3D cutlery tray with 3 adjustable sections
  • In-door salt container so it's easy to replenish
  • LED lights enable fully integrated dishwashers to discreetly indicate the cycle time remaining
  • Knock to open doors perfect for handle-less kitchens

If you are looking for a bespoke, hand-made, painted kitchen and would like Miele appliances then get in touch!

Tuesday, 7 April 2015

American Style Shaker Kitchen

We love our Rodenhurst American style kitchen, with its elegant cabinetry and regal colour scheme.

It has recently been featured on The Kitchen Think, please do take a look. The Kitchen Think 

Thursday, 2 April 2015

This week our fabulous Battersea Handleless Shaker kitchen was chosen as the 'Kitchen of the week' on Houzz.

Our Battersea kitchen has become very popular with our clients as it has all the elements of a traditional shaker style kitchen, yet it has thick Glacier White Corian worktops and is hand-painted in grey (Little Greene 'French Grey Pale' and 'Lead Colour'), giving it a modern edge.

The layout is simple but effective. The larders and American fridge/freezer house all the food and crockery, allowing us to keep the areas either side of the chimney relatively clear creating a contemporary open feel.

Houzz is a great website and helps you conjure up ideas for you home, no matter how big or small. If you haven't been on the website before and are starting your own project we would strongly advise you take a look and start your own idea book.

Friday, 20 March 2015

Beautiful Kitchens - April/May 2015

This month Higham Furniture kitchens appear in the April/May 2015 issue of Beautiful Kitchens magazine not once, not twice, but three times!

On page 112 you will find our Woking kitchen, a large Shaker kitchen which features additional traditional detailing and a pair of islands giving the client plenty of storage and seating space. Differing paint colours and contrasting Corian and oak worktops on the islands, help to break up the look. Pick up a copy to have a look for yourself.

You can also catch a glimpse of one of our bespoke, oak interior larders on page 45, and a sneak peak at one of our recent Handleless Shaker kitchens on page 73.

Tuesday, 10 March 2015

Open shelving – yea or nay?

When you look at photos of kitchens with open shelving on the walls, you tend to find perfectly arranged matching cups & plates. But will they really look as neat in reality in a family kitchen that has not been staged for a photo shoot? If you are not very organized and have a mishmash of cups and plates, closed cabinets may be a better option for you as open shelves can easily look cluttered. However, with a few little tricks you can make open shelving look great. For instance, choose your nicest crockery for display, even if they don’t all match, and hide the less attractive ones behind doors. If you plan to store food items on the shelves, you might want to invest in some glass jars for your oats and cereal instead of having them in their original packaging. Wicker baskets and wooden storage boxes can also look lovely.

When it comes to the actual shelves, there are plenty of options too. For a more traditional look, you may want to have corbels on the shelves but if you are after something a bit less fussy and more contemporary, you could just have plain shelves or ones with a small upstand, like in our Weybridge kitchen.

Open shelves can be practical since your crockery & food is at easy reach. They also bring some casualness to a kitchen. If you are not too keen on open shelves but would like to display your crockery, glass fronted wall cabinets may be the thing for you. Either way, a kitchen is for living, so you should not have to spend too much time arranging your cups for the next photo shoot!

What do you think of open shelving?

Friday, 27 February 2015

Thinking on our feet, well on a step to be more precise.

We are just getting into production on this stunning Shaker kitchen to be installed in London Hampton, in the spring.

For our original design we thought that the steps to the playroom would be contained in the playroom, however after visiting the property we soon realised that the steps would encroach into the kitchen. The design needed a re-think - time for some problem solving!

We had suggested doors either side of the step, but the opening of these would now be restricted. Access would be awkward and the doors would likely become damaged over time by colliding with the step.

We therefore decided to raise the doors up, so that they would clear the step and could be opened fully, without restriction. We then created deep drawers at the bottom, which could either be restricted in depth to prevent collision with the step, or full depth with restricted access due to the step. The second option does still require a bit of care to ensure the drawer doesn't sustain damage over time!

With its high vaulted ceiling, this kitchen should be absolutely stunning when completed, and we look forward to hopefully sharing it with you in the future.