If you’re choosing quartz or granite worktops you get a choice of edge profiles that can be applied. This post gives our top 5 most popular options Bevel edge – sometimes called Chamfer edge Most popular This edge detail is a small 45 degree polish along the corner of the worktop. You’ll be running your… Continue reading Our 5 most popular quartz worktop edge profiles
At Roots we rarely recommend electric showers. For most of our customers, most of the time, other options will perform better. This post will go into the detail of why we don’t recommend them so even if you’re not looking for a complete bathroom from Roots we hope you’ll find this useful. Definitions: Electric showers… Continue reading Electric showers and why we don’t recommend them
We put a lot of effort into our kitchen designs. That’s easy to say but today I’m going to show examples in a room we recently designed, supplied and installed. Let’s skip the parts of making sure there’s a dishwasher, fridge, hob, place to prepare food – they’re obvious. I want to focus on the… Continue reading Design details: Accessible and hidden storage
Safe rules for cleaning your kitchen, based on combining guidance from all manufacturers: Wipe surfaces with a soft cloth If needed, a slightly damp cloth If still needed, a small amount of soap/detergent Things that will damage products abrasives chemicals That sounds simple, right? Well we all know it’s a little more complicated so lets… Continue reading Notes on how to clean a kitchen
Reader: Hey Steve, why is there a picture of a front door on your blog when you’re meant to be promoting kitchens, bathrooms and bedrooms? Steve: Because we cover the whole project for our clients, and that included this door Reader: Tell me more! Steve: I’m glad you asked! Rooms that we work on are… Continue reading Why is there a picture of a front door on your blog when you’re meant to be promoting kitchens, bathrooms and bedrooms?
Sometimes I think it would be nice if the rooms we work in were simple, and square, and big enough to take a regular size shower enclosure… but then I remember how sometimes being forced to work within specific constraints can bring out the best in us all. I’m sure there’s a short motivational story… Continue reading Shower enclosures for complicated spaces
At Roots we like to investigate products we sell as thoroughly as we can. Steve’s shared some of those investigations as youtube videos and testing if extractors that are built into hobs are effective at removing humidity has been very popular with over 120,000 views. A lot of the comments highlighted how noisy the extractor… Continue reading Testing how loud extractors are – Steve’s latest youtube video
Short answer for busy people: Most kitchen cupboards are made from chipboard. (The doors for the cupboards are made from a wider variety of materials though) A more detailed answer for the truly curious: The majority of the kitchen cabinets sold in the UK are made from Melamine Faced Chipboard (MFC). Chipboard, also known as… Continue reading What are kitchen cupboards made of, and why?
One of the things I love about this small business is getting to projects from start to finish. This morning I was emailed a photo of a job in progress where the splashback had just been fitted. It’s called “Ragged Copper” and is a formica laminate panel. Although you can’t see in the photo it… Continue reading Modern Splashbacks and wall finish options for kitchens
One day, I’d like to be presented with a room where I can design the perfect kitchen. A kitchen with no compromises, with doors and windows in the right place to flood the room with natural light, drains where I need drains to be, dimensions that allow me have the optimal layout for both cooking… Continue reading Solving problems in kitchen design – how we do it