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Beautiful Kitchens

A homeowner tells us all about her great experience with Maranatha Kitchens and Bathrooms Ltd.

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Maranatha Kitchens and Bathrooms, based on the Garden City Industrial Estate in Deeside have over 23 years’ experience of bespoke design for kitchens and bathrooms. The family business have been successfully creating kitchens, bathrooms, wet rooms, bedrooms and home offices to perfectly suit their customers since 1991 and have plenty of delighted customers.

‘Maranatha helped us to design a kitchen to suit us - my husband and I designed the kitchen together with Michael from Maranatha,’ says one of Maranatha’s customers, a homeowner from Rossett, near Wrexham. ‘We wanted a bright white kitchen as I hate darkness. We asked Michael to put my vision into practice and he did a wonderful job! I had a fascination with blue, so that was also incorporated into the design as well. The overall look that we went for is white and stainless steel with a touch of blue and some curves to soften the look. If I saw something I liked, Michael was happy to incorporate it – the tiles behind the Aga, for example, which came from Fired Earth. They supplied the dishwasher and electric cooker as they had to fit with the overall look of the kitchen. They also designed the hood unit and extractor fan above the Aga so it fit in perfectly with the rest of the kitchen and installed the fridge to make it look built in.

Maranatha made the whole process very manageable – we could honestly do it all again, even though having an extension and new kitchen is an upheaval. Even when there were situations when things were not exactly as we had foreseen, they would be rectified straight away and for no extra charge. Nothing was too much trouble, to be honest. They charged us fixed prices for labour which was identified upfront, so we knew exactly how much things were going to cost before work started. Anything they had to redo was included in the set price.

‘We were so happy with the work that Maranatha did in the kitchen that we’re also getting them to build cupboards in the main bedroom and had them renovate the bathroom. The bathroom was completely installed and designed by Maranatha – we gave Michael a free hand, so they chose all the colours, fixtures and fittings. The bathroom is very spacious with a walk-in double shower, a wonderful bath and underfloor heating. We now want to retro-fit speakers to the bath to use with our iPod.’

All of Maranatha’s furniture is crafted in their own workshop, which means they can offer completely bespoke rooms. They can manage your project from design right through until completion, making sure that everything is finished to a high standard and to your exact specifications.

Maranatha take on work in Chester, Wrexham, north Wales, Wirral and the surrounding areas. If you’d like to discuss your kitchen or bathroom, get in touch or visit the showroom, where you can see kitchens, bathrooms, wet rooms, bedrooms, showers and home offices, all designed by Maranatha.

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Find out more about Maranatha Kitchens and Bathrooms at www.maranathakb.com or give them a call on 01244 836270. Visit the showroom on the Garden City Industrial Estate, Sealand Avenue, Deeside, CH5 2HW from 8:30am to 5pm on weekdays or from 10am to 4pm on Saturdays.  

 

Rob David Interior Design

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Rob David Interior Design, based in north Wales, has recently completed phase one on two local hotels, helping to update the interiors. The first is the beautiful early Victorian Gwydyr Hotel in the picturesque village of Betws y Coed in Snowdonia. The refurbishment will be phased over two years, starting with the ground floor this year. Phase one will include dramatic improvements to the exterior façade, Gwydyr Café and gift shop, the lounge bar and the snug, not forgetting the large dining and entertainment room.

The second project is in the most westerly village of the Llyn Peninsula, the Ship Hotel in Aberdaron. The Ship’s Lobby, bar and the newly branded ‘Galley Restaurant@the Ship’ are all being renovated in time for the 2014 season. ‘This tiny village means a lot to me’, comments Rob. ‘It’s where my maternal family were from.’ There is even a strong link to the Ship Hotel itself – Robert’s great grandparents were the proud owners of the Ship Inn, as it was then named during the late 1800s. ‘It was a privilege and honour to walk in the footsteps of my ancestor,’ says Robert. ‘I hope that I have made them proud!’

As well as undertaking commercial projects, Rob David Interior Design can help you redesign your home – Rob can give you expert advice on fabrics, wall covering, furniture, lighting and colour. So, whether you need advice on just one room or your entire home, get in touch!

Find out more about Rob David Interior Design at www.robdavidinteriordesign.com or give Rob a call on 01758 740125. 

 

A Premier Build

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Last year, Premier Windows and Conservatories built an orangery for Mr and Mrs Cole from St Martins. ‘Before choosing Premier, we asked around,’ explains Mrs Imelda Cole. ‘We liked what Premier offered. We particularly liked that they could create a computer-generated image to show us exactly what the orangery would look like – it was very useful to see exactly what was being offered.

‘Premier were very efficient and helpful throughout the build. We dealt with site manager Alan and he was always able to answer any questions that we had. The build itself didn’t take that long, but we had to wait a little while as we’d chosen a specialised colour for the doors and windows and had to wait for them to be made bespoke. The orangery was finished in time for Christmas, in time for us to have Christmas lunch in there.

The build was completed to a very high standard. The roof of the extension is a guardian roof, which is tiled on the outside and has seven inches of insulation. That means that it doesn’t lose heat like a conservatory would, so we can use the new room all year round, not just in the summer. Inside, there’s a domed ceiling with LED spot lighting fitted. We chose to have microblinds fitted between the two panes of glass in the windows, so there’s no dusting! Overall, everything is great, and we’re very pleased with the work that Premier did – they even did an excellent job in matching the new brickwork to the existing walls and are just a phone call away if we have any problems.’

Premier Windows and Conservatories are based in Oswestry and take on work in Shropshire and north Wales. Find out more at www.premierwindowsoswestry.co.uk or give them a call on 01691 773993. 

 
 

Ground Source Heating

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If you’re fed up of paying expensive heating bills over the winter months, then Dragon Drilling could have the solution for you. By having a ground source heat pump installed on your property, you could save up to £650 a year on your heating and hot water bills and significantly reduce your carbon footprint as well. Dragon Drilling are experts on the technology, having drilled ground source heating boreholes for a large number of heating installers throughout north Wales.

Ground source heating works by using the constant temperature of the earth at around 100 to 150 metres depth to generate energy for hot water and heating using specialist radiators and under floor heating systems.

Dragon Drilling’s rigs are specially designed for working in small areas where access can be challenging. With rubber covered tracks to protect driveways, the rig only needs enough space for a typical off-road vehicle. Once in position the mast extends to some 25 feet and stabiliser legs extend before drilling commences.

All that is visible on borehole completion is a standard manhole cover which is similar to one used for drain inspection. Drilling a borehole only takes a couple of days and is classed as a ‘permitted development’ so there’s no need for planning permission.

As the heat from the ground is constant a ground source heating system is an all year round energy generating system that works round the clock, irrespective of weather conditions. It can even be run in reverse to cool a building in the summer. As the system actually generates energy it has a positive effect on your carbon footprint. Once it’s fitted, it needs very little maintenance and offers savings when compared to conventional heating methods, with the biggest saving being made when you replace an electric heating system.

Dragon Drilling are based in Ruthin and offer installation of ground source heat boreholes, water borehole drilling and landfill drilling. If you would any advice, a quote or would like to find out more, given them a call on 01824 707777 or visit www.dragondrilling.co.uk


Considering installing a ground source heat pump?

The Renewable Heat Premium Payment is a one-off grant that is designed to help homeowners to meet the costs of installing renewable technologies, such as a ground source heat pump, until the Renewable Heat Incentive is introduced later in the year. With this scheme, homeowners could receive a voucher of £2300 towards a ground source heat pump provided they meet the criteria.

The Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) is expected to be opened to applications in spring 2014. Homeowners will be paid a set rate per unit of renewable heat produced (currently 18.8p per kWh for ground source heat pumps) for seven years. Homeowners who installed a renewable heating system before the scheme opened and since 15th July 2009 can also apply for the RHI scheme, however these legacy applications may not be open straight away – expect more information before the scheme goes live.  

 

Keeping the Cold Out

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‘Repairing window cost just a fraction of the price of replacing it, but of course the exact price depends on what needs to be repaired,’ says Geno De Rosa at ADG Alpine in Gwersyllt. ‘All parts of your windows can be repaired if necessary. We have to make glass to order if your window is smashed, which takes roughly five to seven working days. For most other repairs, we have the parts in stock or can order them for next day delivery. As well as windows, we can also repair doors or conservatories, so long as the parts aren’t obsolete. Any repairs carried out are guaranteed for 12 months.’

ADG Alpine also have a large range of uPVC doors for your home. ‘Thanks to the multi-point locking mechanisms, latch and deadbolts, uPVC doors are more secure than wooden ones,’ explains Geno. ‘All the doors we sell are A rated, so they can help to improve the energy efficiency of your home. We have a variety of style to suit different homes, including sliding doors.’

As well as repairs and uPVC doors, ADG Alpine offer windows in a wide range of styles made specially to fit your home and conservatories. Visit www.adgwindows.co.uk or call free on 0800 269 368 for more information. 

 
 

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