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Monday, 19 September 2016 09:18

Last of the Summer Vibes

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Last of the Summer Vibes

We are loving the soft hues of this new Pale Pacific from Mereway Kitchens, the perfect colour choice for this time of year with its pretty summer vibe and relaxing tones.

It is available in two door styles with this classic shaker styled door, Canterbury, being perfect for a traditional country or farmhouse home.

The Canterbury door is available in eight other stunning colours; White, Ivory, Stone, Cashmere, Mussel, Pebble, Pumice and Light Grey.

As with all other Mereway Town & Country kitchens, the extensive range content allows for true individuality, especially when it comes to storage. There is a wealth of different display options available to keep things at hand or display treasured items such as open shelving, glazed cupboards, hanging rails and open display bases.

So if you are seeking true individuality and your heart lies with the natural elements of country landscapes then visit us soon and start planning your dream kitchen.

Thursday, 15 September 2016 09:10

Country Kitchens With Style

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Country Kitchens With Style

Many customers that visit our showroom love the look of a country kitchen but are actually looking for something a bit more stylish when it comes to their own home.

This new kitchen, Milford from Mereway’s Town & Country collection, is the perfect solution.

It has that essential country look but with a more laid back style and a more modern Scandi feel, resulting in a fusion design that is cool and chic.

The grooved panel door is available in eight stunning colours; White, Ivory, Cashmere, Mussel, Pebble, Pumice, Light Grey and Pale Pacific.

The white shown in this image creates a country kitchen that could be at home in many different environments, from beside the sea to the heart of the country.

So if you are seeking a country kitchen with style, then visit us soon and start planning your dream kitchen.

Monday, 12 September 2016 10:50

Case Studies - Wells

 

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Individual Splashback Is Showpiece In This Leamington Spa Kitchen

Peter Wells confesses that colour isn’t really his forte, so it was a pleasure to be able to assist him, not only with planning his new kitchen, but with ideas for decorating it too.

“I wanted to take out the old kitchen and make it much fresher,” says Peter. “I live in a terrace house, so whilst there isn’t masses of space, I did want to make the most of what I had.”

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Peter came to us with some good ideas. He wanted a sleek look, so we recommended handle-less kitchen units in order to create an un-cluttered appearance. Matt grey was the chosen colour, which we offset with light coloured granite worktops, keeping it all clean looking, without being too clinical.

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Pride of place is a beautiful splashback featuring one of Peter’s own photos. As a keen photographer of birds, he’d captured a beautiful barn owl, and opted to use this as a real feature in his new kitchen.


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Once everything was installed Peter then undertook the decorating himself, using a palette of mixed greys to offset the whites and creams in the kitchen.

“I’m really happy with the outcome,” says Peter. “Modern Homes gave me enough guidance to help and make the process easy, whilst accommodating all my ideas.”

Thursday, 01 September 2016 09:18

Baking With Steam

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Baking With Steam In Celebration Of The Great British Bake Off

We are loving the new series of The Great British Bake Off.  If you are hooked already and have been inspired to take to the kitchen and bake then take a look at these lovely videos from AEG.


Joe Munns from ‘Baked In’

Britt Whyatt from ‘She who Bakes’

AEG SteamBake blogger Amy Cutmore from Ideal Home magazine.

 


They are all baking with AEG steam ovens. When you add steam, you can take your cooking the extra distance with bakes that rise that little bit higher.

If you   would like to learn more about baking with Steam ovens then pop into the showroom  anytime or save the date - our next AEG demonstration evening is 27 October- more details soon.

Thursday, 18 August 2016 09:48

Supply and Design Only - Hurst

 

Supply & Design Only

Design and Supply of a Stress Free Dream Kitchen

"When Tina at Modern Homes got involved in my project, everything fell into place,” says Gillian Hurst, of Leamington. “In retrospect, I don’t know why I wasted six months shopping around, when I should have just given them the work in the first place!”

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Gillian was at the end of a long project, converting a two bedroom bungalow into a 4 bedroomed house. It had been gruelling and exhausting and now, at the end of her project, the budget was stretched to its limits.

“We had no kitchen and were living off the microwave and slow cooker,” continues Gill.  “I just wanted things sorted, but at that time, I felt my ideas and budget weren’t compatible. However, once I’d found Modern Homes, I knew that they could be.”

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Gill wanted a classic Shaker-style kitchen, with luxury touches for her contemporary new home. Something timeless, that wouldn’t date, but would always look fresh and still modern.  Tina listened to Gill’s ideas, tweaked them and presented her with exactly what she’d envisaged – all within budget.

“Although this was a design and supply only project, I felt the company went beyond the norm in terms of customer care,” says Gill. “They even got the manufacturer to produce one bespoke unit made for me, to fit around the sink’s unusual dimensions.”

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The result is now the kitchen Gill always wanted. Classic and stylish, set around a palette of light and dark oak, with stone as the main theme, offset with a neutral palette of greys, creams and taupe. At the centre of the kitchen is the island as the focal point – just as she’d envisaged.

“I cannot thank Modern Homes enough,” says Gill. “They understood me from the start. I simply offloaded my problems and stress, they took it on and designed and supplied what is essentially my dream kitchen."

 

Wednesday, 17 August 2016 10:44

It's a Kitchen ....

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But not as we know it - Kitchens of the future are happening right now………

Remember the days of ‘Tomorrow’s World’ – the tv programme that showcased all the latest developments from technology to science? The team looked at everything new, from artificial gardens, to light laser pens and kidney dialysis machines. There was even a talking frying pan at one stage!

I am not sure about the talking frying pan but there are certainly some exciting developments when it comes to technology in the kitchen. Over my years in business, I’ve seen trends come and go, both in the styles of kitchen, what we put in them and how we live in them- but never have things been changing and advancing as quickly as they are now. Our clients are catching on quickly too, and happily we’re able to provide for their needs. So here’s a quick lowdown of what’s happening now, and what to expect in the not-too-distant-future.

TRENDS HAPPENING NOW

App Activation

You want your dishwasher switched on? Just press an app on your phone. Or perhaps you want to set a timer to operate the oven? Again – use your app. These functions are easy to use and widely available.

Or how about a worksurface that can re-charge your mobile phone? We’ve already installed interactive worktops by Corian that do exactly this. Beautiful and extremely functional!

AEG are behind one easy development. They’ve linked the hob to the cooker hood, so the cooker comes on automatically. Not life-changing, but very convenient!
Combine this with a host of other gadgets on the market (The Quooker instant hot water tap; the ‘electronic nose’ you can buy to detect how fresh meat is… the list goes on)….. but it doesn’t stop there.

Looking at technology that is currently available, but not yet incorporated into kitchens, we reckon it’s only a matter of time until we see the following developments:

 

COMING SOON TO A KITCHEN NEAR YOU

Interactive Worksurfaces

In an attempt to get people cooking again (by making it easier), interactive worktops will allow a host of features. For example – they may have built-in weighing scales for ease – rather than having to search yours out from the back of the cupboard.

Or how about a camera above the table? Using the built-in Wi-Fi, the table will recognise the ingredient placed on it, and provide you with everything from suggested recipes through to the nutritional content.  Place several contents side by side, and you’ll get a recipe suggestion incorporating them all!


Induction Technology

An induction worktop allows you to place a pan anywhere on the surface to begin cooking. The rest of the surface stays cool to touch, and the area beneath the pan is cool almost instantly after it’s been removed.


Smart Splashbacks

Part splash-back and part video presentation, the splashback acts as a screen, upon which you can choose to see anything from your daily schedule, through to weather updates or even what you need to put on your shopping list. Operated by face recognition, the whole family can have their own setting, according to their particular needs.
Responsible Waste Disposal


The average British home throws out around £480 worth of food products a year (that’s £12 billion on food waste that is avoidable). The accent will change to more responsible approaches in order to avoid food waste or to encourage more recycling.


Intelligent Cupboards

Fancy being freed from the chore of online ordering? How about a cupboard that scans the barcodes of your products and then orders new ones for you when you run out?
It seems there is no end of ideas coming out of design studios and laboratories. From gadgets to whole concepts about how we’re going to be living in the future. It remains to be seen – but one thing’s for sure- that talking frying pan has had its day!

Thursday, 04 August 2016 08:20

Case Studies - Rain

 

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A Stunning Kitchen Transformation

We transformed an outdated, cluttered kitchen into a modern social space for Mrs. Rain that has become the heart of the home.  Mrs. Rain was frustrated with a separate lounge and small kitchen and asked us to create a design that would merge the two rooms and create a large open plan kitchen with room for dining and living.

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With a wall removed we were able to make substantial changes, introducing a large bank of units and a run of tall housing incorporating a coffee machine, combi microwave, built in double oven and integrated fridge freezer.  This kept all of the appliances in one work area and provided a good selection of modern tools to use for cooking

We focused on internal storage in order to keep the work surfaces clear and maintain the sleek look to the design that Mrs. Rain desired.   We included internal bin units, large pan draws with Blum internal organisers, a magic corner and carousel in the corner units, which also made access much more practical.

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The use of a hot tap, modern closed door grilling, induction hob, undermount sink and recessed drainer area also meant the worktops remained clutter free and offered ample preparation and serving areas.

We were also able to create a utility room elsewhere in the house for a combination washing machine and tumble dryer which opened up even more space in the kitchen.

Silestone worktops, window cill & upstands used in conjunction with glass splash backs eliminated a previous issue of hard to maintain worktops and offered ease of cleaning surfaces with a wow factor to them. Contrasting modern wooden wall units were selected to complement existing dining furniture and help to tie the room together.   A feature colour was added with a purple splashback, blinds, feature, wallpaper, dining chairs, stools and various accessories.

Mrs. Rain is delighted with the finished design and how it has transformed not just the kitchen but the way the whole of the downstairs of the house is used and enjoyed.

 

 

Wednesday, 27 July 2016 11:20

Design and Supply

Design and Supply

We offer design and supply only contracts to homeowners, self-builders, contractors and developers that are looking for a kitchen supplier that they can trust. Our outstanding service includes design expertise and quality British made products. We are proud of our reputation to deliver on time, on budget, every time, with exceptional levels of service.

A dedicated project manager is assigned to each project to facilitate regular communication and ensure that progress is maintained.

We design and supply cost effective kitchen furniture without compromising on choice and style. Our range covers everything from traditional to contemporary, available in all the finishes you would expect, suitable for a range of mid to top market developments.

All of the finishing touches can also be provided for such as tiles, blinds and flooring when required. 

“Can highly recommend Modern Homes. The knowledge and experience of Tina and her team gave us the confidence to put the fitting of our new kitchen in their hands. Nothing was too much trouble and questions were dealt with promptly. Nice to work with a local family firm.”

Tomlin, West Midlands

Find out more about this design and supply only project HERE

 

“I’m extremely pleased with the outcome,” says James. “I couldn't have achieved it without Tina and the team, their expertise and words of wisdom are invaluable.”

Furness, Stratford-upon-Avon

Find out more about this design and supply only project HERE

 

"I cannot thank Modern Homes enough. They understood me from the start. I simply offloaded my problems and stress, they took it on and designed and supplied what is essentially my dream kitchen."

Gillian , Leamington

Find out more about this design and supply only project HERE

 

 

 

Thursday, 21 July 2016 12:38

Supply and Design Only - Todd

 

Supply & Design Only

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When Jo and Todd extended their home in Warwick they knew they wanted a larger kitchen, a utility room and to replace their dated 60’s kitchen.  They had a builder on board so did not need a company to fit the kitchen but were looking for some help with the design. 

After a disappointing start with one of the major high street DIY stores they were delighted to find Tina and the team at Modern Homes.

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"The service we received from Modern Homes was amazing, so much better than the lack lustre approach we had first experienced,” says Jo. “As soon as we had our initial consultation with Tina we realised that she knew her stuff. She thought through every small detail and understood how it could all work together. She has years of experience in designing practical but beautiful kitchens, so she helped us plan where everything should go.

"They were always available by email or on the phone, which was very reassuring. With complicated design and dealing with builders, not everything can go exactly to plan, but they dealt with every small issue quickly and professionally. We could tell they wanted us to be completely happy with the kitchen, and we are.”

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Jo loves many things about her new kitchen from the bin that is  tidied away so that the  dog can longer break into it -  his plans have been foiled now and he’s even lost weight, to the  bar seating area where she and Todd relax and just enjoy the space.

"We can’t recommend Modern Homes highly enough,” concludes Jo.  “Everyone has commented how superb our new kitchen looks!"

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Modern Homes provided 'Design and Supply' service including:

Grey gloss kitchen
AEG appliances including oven, hob, dishwasher, sink, fridge 
Granite work surfaces.

 

Monday, 18 July 2016 08:57

Urban And Industrial

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Urban And Industrial – The Latest Looks From Mereway

Kitchen trends come and go and whilst everyone loves a cream shaker we are very excited about the urban/industrial look, achievable with the latest addition to the Cucina Colore range from renowned British brand Mereway.

The new Concrete finish looks like concrete and feels like concrete but is so much easier to install and look after, as well as being much more affordable.
 
Cucina Colore includes an eclectic range of colours and textures that provides opportunities to combine with metallic or woodgrain doors and design individual kitchens full of interest and drama. 

The new striking Concrete finish is seen here complementing the Tobacco Oak with Grey Satin and Dark Bronze Satin handleless profiles.  The island incorporates the newly launched UrbanTop with a concrete worktop and end panels.  The Tobacco Oak units are also finished with a matching UrbanTop in Tobacco Oak.

Concrete is just one of the new finishes that have been added to Cucina Colore’s Futura and Lastra collection, call into the showroom find out more.

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