Not being one to moan (ahem) I’m trying to remain chipper, but HOW DIFFICULT is it to get a builder to come and do work on your house? Our kitchen/diner plans have completely stalled as the builder we thought was the best one is really busy (and also much more expensive than the others). I understand the whole paying more to get good quality thing, but it seems everyone else does too as he’s rather in demand.
Still, until then, I’m consoling myself with plenty of internet window shopping. Whilst rummaging around on the interwebs, I’ve discovered some pretty incredible new technology:
Take, for example, the rush of appliances that can be controlled with a smartphone app. After Hive, the interactive app that allows you to control your central heating and hot water, the next steps are even more clever: switch your coffee machine on from your bedroom before your feet hit the chilly kitchen tiles, or set your slow cooker so your casserole is ready as you walk in the door. Clever eh?
Taking this even further, LG have just launched ‘HomeChat‘ – a process that literally involves your appliances keeping in touch with you, and vice versa, so your washing machine will drop you a text when it’s finished washing your whites, and you can text your oven to make sure it’s pre-heated ready for when you get home with your ready meal! I don’t think it’s available in the UK yet, but it sounds very clever.
Legal and General provide their customers with an interactive house, where they can roam from room to room clicking on items to check out different policy options.
Style-wise, I’m loving the way some companies are making functional things look beautiful. As we’re planning an island unit with a build-in gas hob, I did have to scratch my head a bit to work out how an extractor fan could magically dangle from the ceiling. However, looking in to it further, it turns out that there are some beautiful extractors that look just like pendant lights (in fact, some contain a light too). This one is by ELICA and I found it on Pinterest:
If, like me, you want a TV in your kitchen but find those big black boxes a bit too much, take a look at Samsung’s beautiful 32″ LED HDTV with clean, white edges. Perfect to pop up on the wall in the kitchen, and beautifully unobtrusive too.
And how about this gorgeous take on a fridge from Amica? This means that rather than suffer ‘white goods syndrome’ when your appliances ruin your beautifully designed dream kitchen, or having to hide them away behind cupboard doors, they become a beautiful feature instead. Available this month, hopefully, the new fridge freezers come in black or white gloss finishes and, except for a small LCD display on the door, present a beautiful, glossy exterior to your guests.
In the words of Veruca Salt, don’t care how, I want it now!