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Striving to meet and exceed your expectations

Striving to meet and exceed your expectations

Our team always strive to meet and exceed our customers expectations.

From the initial interaction, booking your design, the design consultation, receiving your quote, arranging the commencement of works, construction, right the way through to the finished kitchen, our team of experts are with you all the way.

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Loft Conversion - Extra Bedroom or Office

Loft Conversion – Extra Bedroom or Office

Loft Conversion – extra bedroom or office; If you were to convert your loft to gain extra space – what would be it’s purpose?

Many people convert a loft for an extra bedroom, for others its for either a loft, games room, bathroom or living quarters for an elderly member of the family.

As always, let me know your thoughts and don’t forget click on the link below to Request a Quote today to discuss your requirement further.

Transform your life with a beautiful Loft Conversion by our sister company Milestone Interior Developments.

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Are Solid Wood Worktops Worth the Effort

Are Solid Wood Worktops Worth the Effort

Are Solid Wood Worktops Worth the Effort: Kitchens are one of the most important rooms in the home. It is normally the place where the family gathers for special moments together, taking a break from their busy lives. In many homes these days, it’s in the kitchen that most of the activities of the day take place: homework gets done; decisions are made; breakfasts are taken on the run and Masterchef quality meals are prepared. No matter what you do in your kitchen, it’s important that it’s a room you enjoy and make the most of.

One of the most important considerations when you’re planning to re-model your kitchen is your choice of worktops. Today there are a whole host of options to choose from; so much so, that it can often seem confusing. The options range from laminate to granite, to acrylic or resin, to marble and tile, all of which have their advantages and disadvantages. When it comes to solid wood worktops people often ask the question: are they worth the effort?

In order to answer this question, it’s worth looking at the maintenance regime for a granite worktop.

“Granite or solid wood?” is one of the most commonly debated choices when it comes to kitchen worktops and from a maintenance point of view; there isn’t much difference in what’s required. With a granite worktop, like a solid wood worktop, once your worktop has had its initial treatment, ongoing maintenance will involve little more than wiping the surface with a damp cloth and some mild detergent. When it comes to more serious cleaning, granite worktops will typically require a heavy-duty stone and a degreaser to really get to the bottom of the dirt, grease and grime that has built up. Stones and degreasers for granite worktops are widely available and will help get your worktop looking great again relatively quickly.

When a granite worktop becomes stained because of spills and neglect, more drastic action is required and this normally takes the form of a poultice. A poultice is effectively a fine clay cleaning powder that is intended to draw the stain out of the granite. Often, using a poultice will cause the surface of your granite to dull and if this happens, then you’ll need to invest in a marble polish to get the shine back. From time to time, certain granite worktops will need to be sealed or re-sealed. The manufacturer of your worktop will let you know if your granite needs to be sealed or not and if so and will advise you on the best product to use as well as how often the process needs to be repeated.

As with solid wood worktops, it’s important to wipe up spills as soon as possible after they happen and never to sit hot pans or casserole dishes on your granite worktop.

So, when you look at this list of maintenance for a granite worktop, it’s hard to see how people could think that solid wood worktops mightn’t be worth the effort.

When you choose a solid wood worktop, not only do you get a quiet, warm worktop solution, you also get a solution that requires little, if any more maintenance than the likes of granite. Wood is quieter than granite simply because it’s less dense and less hard which means that when you lay something on its surface it absorbs the sound rather than resonating it like the likes of marble or granite will do.

Solid wood is also a warmer option than almost any of the other surfaces on the market. Irrespective of which species, colour or grade of wood you choose, wood has a natural warmth that’s pretty much impossible to beat, no matter where you look in kitchen worktop-land.

When it comes to maintenance, there is a huge similarity of regime between granite and wood, with neither one requiring more than the other. In fact if you keep your wood well sealed, with a high quality, food friendly oil, you’ll find that your need for regular maintenance couldn’t be simpler. Nothing more than a damp cloth and a little detergent will be required.

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Oven and Cooker Buying Guide

Oven and Cooker Buying Guide

Oven and Cooker Buying Guide: A good oven should last for years and be something you can rely on to produce great dishes every time! Whatever your budget and lifestyle, there’s a huge choice available. It’s also a big purchasing decision, so you’ll want to make sure you get it right. Here’s what you need to know when buying an oven.

The Options

Double or single ovens

Single ovens are a great choice if space is tight, if you tend to cook for one or two or don’t cook much for pleasure. Single ovens are about 60cm tall and can be slotted under-counter or at eye-level. Remember, though, you won’t be able to cook and use the grill at the same time.

Double ovens offer more versatility and are good for families. Electric cookers, where the main oven is fan or multi-function, have a smaller, traditional second oven. Make sure you can fit some of your popular weekday cookware in it; some second ovens tend to be very shallow.

There are two types available – double built-in which measure about 90cm high and built in at eye-level, and the smaller double built-under, measuring 72cm high, which are under-counter.

Remember: main ovens or double built-in ovens are usually roomier than the smaller, double built-in under-counter ovens. You may be better off with a larger single oven which may offer more space for a large roast. When it’s an under-counter model, don’t necessarily think double is larger.

There is always a grill on a double oven in the top oven, and on some of the pricier models you may find a second grill in the bottom oven.

Electric ovens
Conventional (static)

These are less widely available and generally found in basic models. There are electric elements are in the sides or top and bottom of the oven. These have zoned heating: the top of the oven is usually hotter than the bottom. Some top and bottom elements work independently, which is ideal for base crisping, or browning the surface of some foods.

Fan-operated

Most electric cookers and ovens now have a fan to circulate heat more evenly, so the temperature is the same throughout the oven. In ‘fan-assisted’ ovens, the air is heated by electric elements in the oven sides and is then circulated by a fan, while in true fan or convection ovens the element is wrapped around the fan. The advantages are:

✔ Cooking is quicker.

✔ Colour is even, but usually paler and less glossy than on food cooked in a conventional oven.

✔ Pre-heating is usually unnecessary.

✔ Repositioning shelves is unnecessary, as is swapping trays hallway through cooking.

✔ Good for batch baking (cooking on more than one shelf) because of the even heat distribution.

✔ Cooking times and temperatures are always less than traditional ovens but by variable amounts depending on the make of cooker. So follow the manufacturer’s instructions.

✔ The food surface may be drier and less crisp.

Gas ovens

Conventional (British) gas ovens

The gas mark you set relates to the temperature at the centre of the oven. The hot air rises so, you’ll find the top shelf is slightly hotter, lower shelf slightly cooler and the base cooler still. ‘Zoned heat’ is ideal for cooking complete meals, where dishes require different temperatures. Gas is a much moister form of heat than electric, particularly noticeable when baking. The end result is food with a glossy appearance on the outside and a moist texture inside.

Imported gas ovens

Many built-in gas cookers sold in the UK are of European origin. The burners are concealed under the base of the oven, so food is crisped from underneath. They are ideal for pizzas and pastries, but don’t be tempted to use the base plate of the oven as a shelf. Cooking techniques are similar to fan cooking, and heat is more evenly distributed throughout the oven, and cooking tends to be quicker.

Freestanding cookers

More traditional in design, you can get gas or electric freestanding cookers. Around 10% are duel fuel -with an electric oven and gas hob – obviously, this makes them more expensive. Check the oven is at a comfortable height for you. Some models have a storage drawer, which raises the oven above ground level.

Freestanding cookers offer great value for money and there’s a wide range of styles available to suit most kitchen designs. If you have an existing gap in your kitchen they’re easy to slot in and, of course, you can easily take them with you if you move home.

Choose from a double oven, a single oven with a separate grill, a single oven with built-in grill, and a single oven with a grill at eye level. An eye level grill means you’re not continually bending down to keep an eye on something that’s grilling. Some freestanding cookers have a drop down lid which covers the hob when not in use. This can be used as extra work surface if counter space is tight.

Freestanding cookers come in three standard widths: 60cm, 55cm and 50cm. Most are about 80cm tall and 60-65cm deep, so they should sit flush with your work counters. If you’re planning on buying one with an eye-level grill, make sure you have enough space above as they stand about 150cm tall.

Slot-in

For the built-in look. A slot-in oven is streamlined because the cooker is the same height as the adjoining work surface. Unlike a built-in cooker, you can take it with you when you move. Grills are low level, situated in the main oven cavity or in the second smaller oven. Some manufacturers recommend grilling with the door open, others with the door closed – it’s important to follow manufacturers’ instructions on this for safety reasons.

The type of hob depends on the price- most have a ceramic top but top of the range you’ll find induction hobs.

Range ovens

These have either two side-by-side ovens or one extra-wide oven with an internal grill, plus a storage or warming compartment and a substantial hob. You will not, however, get more cooking space than with a conventional oven – external dimensions are larger but the oven may be of normal size or even smaller. Check the number of shelves supplied and usable space. In most cases, the hobs put range cookers in a class of their own because they are quick, powerful and versatile. Most have useful extras such as a wok burner, an extra burner for fish kettles, a griddle or barbecue plates and warming zones.

Heat storage ovens

Heat storage or Aga-type cookers use stored heat. They take approximately six hours to heat up so once on you leave them on. Heat inside the oven stays relatively constant, but there is a large variation in temperature between gradients, so you’ll need to move dishes up and down to control how wuickly they cook. Aga-type cookers look beautiful and help to create a warm heart to the home, but they can be expensive to run and require practice to use effectively.

They can use various types of fuel, including electricity, gas, oil, wood and solid fuel. Most, except all electric, require a flue and are very heavy to install.

Grills

Grilling is done by intense radiant heat at close range. It is quick, and provides even browning over the whole heated area. Depending on the type of cooker, there is a grill either at the top of the main oven cavity, in the small oven, in both ovens, or in a separate grill cavity.

Electric grills

Most cookers use radiant elements that need about five minutes of pre-heating. On the more expensive cookers, grills are faster and more efficient and require little or no pre-heating.

Gas grills

  • Sometimes separate or in the main oven cavity. There are three types to choose from:
  • Fret burners: Sited either at the back or in the middle of the grill cavity. They require no pre-heating, but browning can be uneven, especially when the grill pan is at full capacity.
  • Ceramic grills: Sited behind a heat-resistant glass panel giving a very even heat distribution. Easy to clean, but takes longer than a normal gas grill to heat up. Once pre-heated, grilling is very fast.
  • Surface combustion burners: These concealed behind mesh and provide a more even heat distribution, resulting in even browning.

Things to consider

•If you batch bake and cook traditional foods, opt for a multi-function oven.

• If you only cook traditional foods choose a static type; otherwise a fan oven is better for batch baking, quick cooking (reheating ready meals) and defrosting.

• Alternatively, look for a separate grill and main oven for versatility and convenience.

• Check for cool-touch oven doors, especially useful if you have young children. Even on a high temperature the oven door will remain warm only.

• Eye-level grills are the most convenient to use but don’t look as streamlined. Otherwise, check that a grill below the hob is comfortable for you to use.

• To save money and energy choose a half-grill facility for small batches of grilling.

• Check the oven is at a comfortable height for loading.

• Choose side-opening or drop-down doors to suit your needs.

• Clearly marked and easy-to-use controls. Some are illuminated for easier use.

• On gas appliances look for safety and flame-failure devices.

• BSI approval or equivalent Continental standards.

• Storage drawer and plate-warming racks. Grill can double for plate warming.

• Reversible door hanging to fit in with your kitchen layout.

• Minute minders may be useful.

• An oven light and clear door-viewing panel.

• Automatic timers that will switch the oven on when you are out.

• Childproof controls.
Energy efficiency

Electric ovens are graded from A – G with A being the most efficient.
Maintenance

Most ovens are finished in hardwearing enamel, which is resistant to grease and food particles burning on, making them easy to clean. Normal linings are less expensive and may be cleaned with an oven cleaner.

Some models have catalytic stay-clean liners which make the oven self-cleaning at high temperatures. They should never be cleaned manually and may need replacing during the lifetime of the cooker. You may need to ‘service’ the liners, by putting the oven on its highest heat setting for approximately one hour.

Top-range ovens use a high temperature Pyrolitic cleaning system that cleans every part of the oven’s interior. During the cleaning cycle the internal temperature rises to around 260°C/500°F and soiling is converted into ash, which collects on the floor of the oven, and can then easily be swept out. You’ll need to do every few weeks and the process takes two to three hours to complete.

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courgette-spaghetti

Should Bekki Eat Courgettes?

So here’s the dilemma, Bekki, our wonderful admin and social media manager has been writing a few blog posts lately and sending them out for the world to see. The problem is, I don’t think anyone is interested in what she has been writing….

… Whooaaa calm down, I’m not having a go or being harsh, I told her what to write so it’s my fault but once you see it out there for real its, well, kind of boring! We are Kitchens by Milestone, unless you’re a little slower than most you probably realised by that, we do kitchens aaaand, we’re called Milestone so if we blog about it every week we kind of become like water! Think about it..

Anyway during our latest board meeting (Coffee in Costa), I said we needed to drop the self promotion shi…rubbish and give people something interesting to read, about real life and relevant subjects such as latest kitchen gadgets, new designs and trends, best recipes (tried and tested) and even how to get the kids to eat veg? Which is where the headline came from. Apparently there’s a gadget that shreds courgettes, other vegetables are available, which I baulked at and thought was pointless but when slugs, I mean courgette is turned into spaghetti strands and the kids love it, go figure, now I won’t steal her thunder on the subject, but will sign of with this question, and I’d appreciate an answer below or this post is completely irrelevant!

Should Bekki eat courgettes or continue with the water?

PS Give us some ideas of things we could write about and we’ll try our best to keep you interested

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Michael x

Howden Kitchens in Sheffield

Howden Kitchens in Sheffield

We supply and install high quality Howden kitchens in Sheffield and surrounding areas.

For a modern kitchen look no further than the Greenwich Gloss Stone – contemporary kitchen from Howdens Joinery which can be professionally installed by Kitchens by Milestone.

Match this gloss stone slab door with chrome effect slope handles. Create a storage feature with extra tall glass wall units and wine racks.

These simple 15mm thick slab doors are available in a variety of colours from matt and wood grain finishes including white, ivory, cream, stone, grey and light oak.

Extra tall wall and tower units are available on selected cabinets in all ranges.

All Greenwich frontals and cabinets are manufactured in the UK, and all frontals have have FSC® certification.

The Greenwich Kitchen family comes in different styles; Greenwich White Smooth, Greenwich Ivory, Greenwich Stone, Greenwich Grey and Greenwich Light Oak.

Greenwich White Smooth

To create a modern look, combine a simple white slab door with a square edged worktop and slimline profile bar handles. Extra tall glass wall units provide a decorative feature as well as additional storage. Add stainless steel and black appliances to complete the look.

Create a traditional feel with glass and open wall units and pewter effect beehive handles. Add classic cornice and pilasters to complete the style.

Greenwich Ivory

Combine an ivory slab door with a light travertine tile and grey oak block effect worktop for a bright modern feel. An integrated extractor helps maintain the smooth lines and glass wall units add stylish storage.

Greenwich Stone

A matt stone slab door. For a contemporary look use white glass effect square edged worktop and stainless steel effect D handles. Combine glass wall units and half-height wall units with bespoke shelving, to create practical and stylish wall storage.

Create a traditional feel by combining this matt stone slab door with American pecan square edged worktop and matching flooring. Enhance the look with a bespoke dresser unit, using glass wall units, wine racks and nickel effect traditional T bar handles. Use internal storage drawers to maximise space.

Greenwich Grey †

A subtle matt grey slab door. To create a modern look use chrome effect square bar handles and extra tall wall units with bespoke shelving to maximise storage.

Complement with traditional features including a plate rack and wicker basket base unit.

Greenwich Light Oak

A light oak effect slab door which creates a modern look when using chrome effect angled bar handles. In order to maximise cupboard space, midi towers can be fitted with pull-out recycling bins.

Create a more traditional style with this light oak effect slab door, using glass wall units and nickel effect traditional T and drawer handles. Features also include wine racks and pilasters.

Note for all the above Greenwich Kitchens: 900mm extra tall wall units available on selected cabinets in this range. Framed decor cabinet options are not FSC certified.

To get a modern kitchen from Howdens installed in Sheffield and surrounding areas please contact Kitchens by Milestone to get your FREE quote.

Don’t forget for this month only (January 2016) we are now offering an amazing deal for 50% off installation, please visit our page for further information and follow the instructions to get your voucher.

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