Clearwater BIG bathroom sale

Just two days to go until The BIG bathroom sale at AlbionBKE!

The britton, Burlington and Clearwater sale starts in two days on September 22.

These distinctive bathroom collections are like no other. Appealing to a wide range of tastes and price points, refresh your bathroom with a classical and traditional style, or a sleek and modern feel.

You can take a closer look at britton, Burlington and Clearwater’s fabulous designs ahead of the sale by clicking below:

britton – stylish and modern bathrooms

Burlington – classically styled bathrooms

Clearwater – fabulous yet simplistic bathrooms

Which is your favourite?

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BIG bathroom sale

Full details have been added to the Bathroom sale page. Follow the link below for details.

The BIG Bathroom Sale is on it’s way!

It might be the biggest cliché you love the hate, but there really has never been a better time to buy your dream bathroom.

Eager to know what products will be in the sale? We’ll be teasing one or two here on our blog and on our Facebook page next week.

The sale starts in 8 days on September 22 until November 18.

Can’t wait for the sale and want to start planning your new bathroom now? Please give us a call and we might let you in on the details early…

AlbionBKE Showroom Burton on Trent

This month, B&Q announced the permanent closure of its Homefit service by December 2018. Meanwhile, our complete kitchen and bathroom services remain as simple as ever. Here’s our view on why choosing local means better customer service.

Your local fitters will thank you

While it may seem like I am paid to say this, the fact remains that your local fitters are probably chuffed with the news. It is their full time job, their living, the thing that gets them up in the morning — and they’re no longer competing with one of many multi-billion pound companies taking a slice of the proverbial local-fitting pie.  

When a friend shares a picture of their newly fitted kitchen or bathroom on social media, you pause to study the pictures as if it’s a new Picasso painting. We all do it — either out of intrigue or sheer jealousy at their creation. You take a moment to appreciate the quality of the work.

But how many times do you see a company like B&Q post a picture of Joe Bloggs’ new kitchen down the road?

Local fitters use social media in this way to build trust with their customers. It’s why we proudly share our fitter’s handiwork on our Facebook page at all given opportunities. Here’s a bathroom we completed for one happy customer earlier this year:

Bathroom fitted by AlbionBKE

Speaking from experience (more than 12 years of it, in fact)

Our Managing Director, Dave Jarvis, experienced the B&Q Homefit service firsthand a good decade ago (before AlbionBKE’s inception) but ask him about it again today and the stories will keep on coming. He had a poor customer experience that left him out of pocket wondering what possessed him to upgrade the kitchen in the first place.

Disgruntled ex-customer feelings aside, Dave developed a sixth sense. He knew a good fitter from a bad one from the beginning. It’s one of the many reasons why AlbionBKE leaves its customers with a feeling of balance between affordability and great customer service.

Delivering the moon on a stick

B&Q have a select number of kitchen and bathroom suppliers. What you see in store, give or take a few online exclusives, is what you get. We’ve done some counting and AlbionBKE has access to 2 million kitchen and bathroom products. Yes, you heard right. 2 million. We’re Burton’s largest independent bathroom and kitchen provider.

You’ve heard of the phrase “promising the moon on a stick”? Well AlbionBKE can deliver that moon and it won’t cost you the earth (delivery is even free if you’re in the local area).

You could walk out of our showroom with every brochure we have, but we would recommend that you back your car up to our front door. You can come into the showroom when you want, we’ll design your dream kitchen or bathroom, give you some personal advice and guidance to go away and think about – along with a handful of brochures – while we get to work on your quotation.

Kitchen worktop samples stand

Just look at all these kitchen worktop choices. Photo credit: Chris Upton Photography

You’ll deal with one of our seasoned sales team and we’ll recommend one of our experienced fitters. Have your own fitter you would like to use? We’ll treat your installer like he is one of our own. Your delivery will arrive at an agreed time and with a friendly face at the wheel — who you may have already met during your visit to our showroom. None of this third-party delivery nonsense directing the driver to your door. We’re local and we don’t do vague four hour delivery slots.

Making home improvement accessible for everyone

AlbionBKE’s motto is not only about making things easier for our customers, but making your kitchen or bathroom a place that you love.

From bijou bathroom spaces to specialist bathrooms for disabled people and others with specialised needs, no matter the challenge, our team’s combined industry experience of over 50 years can make your dreams a reality.

Not only do we want to be the leading home improvement company locally, but we will make sure that our services remain simple, easy and affordable, like we have for the last 12 years.

You could say we do everything and the kitchen sink. Pun intended.

AlbionBKE showroom kitchens

Photo credit: Chris Upton Photography

So if you like what you’ve seen on our Facebook page, and you like our way of thinking, come and pay us a visit. We can’t promise the playful puns will stop, but we can promise you’ll walk away feeling you’ve received excellent customer service.

Summer bathroom

Updating your bathroom can add as much as 3% to the value of your home. Here’s 5 ways to make a big splash in your bathroom this summer, without splashing the cash.

Light can bring a whole new perspective to a room, so don’t be surprised when you start to view your bathroom in a different light — both literally and metaphorically — in the summer months.

You don’t have to change your bathroom every time the sun rears its head. No one has the time, energy or money to do that. But you can still draw inspiration from hot seasonal trends to create a cool, fresh and luxurious space.

We’ve fitted some pretty idyllic examples of refreshed bathrooms and shower rooms for AlbionBKE customers in recent months that embrace a fresh and stylish aura.  

Here’s how to make a big splash in your bathroom this Summer, without splashing the cash.

1. Keep your cool

bathroom fan with clock face

Now that’s one smart fan!

These days, you don’t have to worry about working out how to install a new extractor fan that’s in keeping with your bathroom space. It’s time to replace that old, off-white bulky extractor fan with a new one.

There’s a bunch of new slimline styles and finishes to choose from, like chrome, black, lighting

disguised as an extractor, self opening and closing – the list goes on. I’m sure that smart-extractors that sense the steam or unwelcome smells aren’t far from production either.

 

It’s not easy to change where there’s an existing extraction location in your bathroom (because of, you know, the giant hole in the wall), but with so many styles to choose from, you can keep your cool and keep it looking stylish where it is.

Lastly, it’s important to remember to keep your extractor fan clean and follow the manufacturer’s instructions. While it’s not always high on the priority list, it does make a big difference.

2. Spend less time removing the beach from your bathroom

Taking the kids, grandchildren or dogs for a day out to the beach, camping, or any other outdoor activity — all results in the same feeling. You’re apprehensive before the day even begins that you’re the one who will have to clean up the house as you return home and the day’s activities do their worst to the floors, walls and furniture.

Your bathroom can start to resemble the splattered drippings of a Jackson Pollock painting. There are two simple changes that will make your clean up operation feel like less of a mission: wall to ceiling tiles and Aquastep flooring.

3. A bath (or shower) big enough for the family

#Flashdog

We’re sure a third change to Flash detergent may also help… #flashdog

It may seem like a little silly at first, but have you ever imagined what you really look like when your family pile in the bathroom for bath time? Here’s some things to consider:

  • Does your bath have high sides that make it difficult to reach into the bath to help a child wash?
  • Do you have tiles that go high enough to stop water splatter hitting the paint work?
  • Is your bath big enough for those romantic evenings when it’s just the two of you?
  • Lastly, is there enough space to wash the dog?

If you answered ‘no’ to any of these issues, there’s a seriously easy fix. Use our free home design service and we’ll help you measure up your bathroom. We’ll find those extra few inches of space for a bigger bath or shower cubicle that could make all the difference to your daily routine.

Of course, you could always get rid of your bath or shower altogether and replace it with just one or the other. Our advice is to keep a tally of how many times you take a shower versus a bath to make the best decision for you.

This small slice of shower room luxury was installed by us this year, and is a great example of how soaking in the tub can be overrated:

bijou shower room4. Less fuss, more flush

Toilet flushing accounts for a third of water used in your home. Switching to a dual flush toilet conserves up to 80% of water compared to a traditional toilet. In numbers, we’re talking the difference between 14 litres per flush and 2.6 litres. While we’re not here to throw statistics at you, this is undeniably a win-win for your water bill and the environment.

Mereway Bathroom

Vogue White Wood collection from Mereway Bathrooms

If you don’t want to replace your old toilet, then you can retrofit a dual-flush mechanism for as little as £15.

5. Smart storage, minus the dusting

The truth is, no one wants to have to repeatedly clean the talcum powder off an endless number of shelves in the bathroom, just because you need the storage space. Integrated units are the way to go to enjoy a dust-free bathroom for longer.

If you have a small bathroom, consider the space above the door frame for towel storage, or some stylish shelves under the bath. These simple changes will mean no more dashing to the bedroom for another bottle of shampoo, or grabbing your towel off the banister rail.

Back-lighting one or two shelves – or even a mirror – is the perfect way to add a designer feel to your bathroom, without spending a fortune.

Mereway bathroom Adriatic Mussel Collection

Adriatic Mussel Collection from Mereway Bathrooms

There’s never been a better time to add a touch of luxury to your kitchen or bathroom. Pop in to get a quote and you might just get a free cup of tea. There’s a warm feeling you don’t get every day.