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December 2015

Buildmumahouse Top 5 best buys of 2015 at the Winter Sales: Cheaper!

December 27, 2015

I’ve been on a mission this year to find kit out the house that I built for my mum. From showers to loo roll holders, from kitchen taps to soap dispensers and everything in between.

I have been looking for great design, well-built products that are also very practical – these are things that support independence and addresses reduced mobility needs.

So, if you have or if you know someone with reduced mobility, if you are a carer for an elderly friend or a relative, take a look at  my top 5 Winter Sale best buys – I’ve bought them, they work… And now they are CHEAPER!!

All prices as spotted by me on the company websites 10pm 27th December 2015 click through via the links for the latest deals…

1. Arc Bathroom Taps Range from CP HART

This is what I chose for my mum’s house and I was happy to pay FULL price. I love the design of these, almost an art deco modern look that compliments most bathroom styles from Victorian to a sleek modern natural stone tiled bathroom.

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I love that there are so many options in this bathroom range from sink taps that are separate or mixer, to the shower controls. The dual control temperature and flow give you flexibility to adjust heat or flow or there is a separate or a built in diverter that switches from an over head to a hand held shower. This shower range is ideal for either a family with the needs of different ages or for someone who needs the extra flexibility of a hand shower option to shower when you are sitting. The lever controls are ideal for anyone with poor grip and the smooth edges are ideal for arthritic (or soapy) hands, the mixer options prevent scalding. To top it all, the Arc range is exclusive to CPHart, you can be sure that are getting high end quality at an ‘Own Brand’ price.

Sounds complicated? Just tell the CP Hart sales advisor what your needs are and they will specify everything you need – that’s what I did and it all worked out really well.

The deal that I have found includes:

Arc Mono Basin Mixer:  £245.70 INC VAT    LIST PRICE: £378.00

2. BRITA Torlan 3-Way Dispenser Tap with Cartridge + FREE Installation

Don’t you just hate humping all that mineral water into your trolley at the shops? Now double that when you buy it for someone else and your arms will soon resemble Stretch Armstrong’s. Bring on the BRITA filtered water tap at Robert Dyas

Ok, I also bought this on offer but I didn’t need the free installation… I bought it before we even started building the house.

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The lines of this tap look good, it feels well made, the levers are easy to understand and they work smoothy – great for anyone elderly or with arthritic hands and unlike the BRITA water jug there no heavy water jugs to lift. I love this model because the separate lever for the filtered water makes it economical to use. Take advantage of this price, but also of the free installation, after all it’s easy to change the filter (carers this may fall to you) but installing a tap is certainly not my cup of tea.

 

 

Winter Sale price: £164.99 Was:£275.00

3. The Memory Jogger: Lakeland Kitchen Memo Blackboard 

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It’s cheap, it’s simple, it’s pretty, it’s handy, it’s invaluable …and now it’s really cheap. Use this chalkboard to leave a simple message: Supper is in the fridge! or a gentle reminder to Put out the Bins! or note a number to call. Simples. Love Lakeland.

 

Winter Sale price: £4.45 Was: £8.89 

 

 

4. Joseph Joseph C-Pump Soap Dispenser, Red / Grey at John Lewis

Anything from the Joseph Joseph range is going to be fun, clever, well thought out details, universal design and made from good quality plastic. This liquid soap dispenser works by inserting your hand palm up into the ‘c’ and pushing down with the back of your hand – no uncomfortable small, narrow nozzles to push down, and as it’s usually the palm of your hand that’s dirty – this is more hygienic. Good for my mum, good for me, great for the grandchildren.

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Ours are green but at this price, grab one in red.

 

 

 

Reduced to Clear Now: £14.00 Was: £19.00

 

5. John Lewis Amaury Striped Glass Touch Control Table Lamp

I wish we had found this style when we were buying a touch lamp, this is the one that got away. John Lewis own brand it has an elegant striped glass shade and chrome effect finish- the shape would work well on a bedside table.

Touch lamps are great when you wake at night or when you are dozing off at night; gently touching the lamp switches it on at a low light level, then again to make it brighter then again to turn it off. You don’t have to fiddle with a switch in the night. The touch lamp is an elegant solution and this is an elegant lamp.

My number 5 top buy and the best discount of all, at 50% 

 

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Its Reduced to Clear Now £30.00 Was: £60

 

If you spot any sale items that look good, are well designed, suitable for reduced mobility or anyone at any age go to the contact page and sign up to leave a comment…. or drop me an email at buildmumahouse@gmail.com and I’ll spread the word. Happy hunting!

Downsizing Christmas SOS

December 20, 2015

You don’t have to be the John Lewis ‘man in the moon’ to feel a bit blue at Christmas Time. Downsizing and moving to a new area can leave you feeling a bit out of sorts leading up to Christmas. There are so many benefits: closer to family, lovely snug new home, but you’re further from old friends, there doesn’t seem to be enough space for jolly decorations and where would a Christmas tree fit?

…..And did the decorations survive the move?

What’s the point?

It seems that Christmas time can be lonely for anyone living on their own and having their first downsized Christmas. We suddenly realized that this was happening under own noses. We had a Christmas SOS and it’s worked. A gentle nudge and we’re all back in the swing of things.

Let’s start with the tree …at B&Q we found a LED lit tinsel table top tree Continue Reading…

The Outdoor Shower That’s Very Welcome Indoors

December 6, 2015
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I recently had the opportunity to see a number of new showers that have been launched at CP Hart showrooms in Waterloo, London. I’ll let you know just what I think of these new models over the next few weeks.

However, I can’t wait to talk about Jee-O 365 showers. They are a range of outdoor showers and basin tap controls that are beautifully sleek, robust and highly engineered in stainless steel, but have clever and refined design with controls that are easy to use by anyone.

According to Jee-O, this range has been installed in amazing locations such as the Maldives and Los Angeles but I think they could be just fantastic in a UK indoor wetroom. They are made up of one freestanding unit and a minimalist wall mount, so they look sleek and modern. Personally, I love the urban styling and think they would save space in any size room. The controls are actually part of the unit and are beautifully designed. I had a go with them and they are very easy to use and easy to grip by anyone young, old or with soap or sand in their eyes!

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Jee-O seem to be bringing a fresh approach to outdoor showering and bathrooms in general. The driving force behind the company is Lammert Moerman a product designer and, rather unexpectedly, former Dutch BMX champion. And if it seems a stretch from hurtling round on a souped-up Chopper to manufacturing bathroom installations, the secret is in the engineering: cycles require the sleekest design combined with the greatest performance – Moerman simply couldn’t see why the same principles shouldn’t to be applied to bathrooms.

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My favourite shower in the range is Jee-O Original Freestanding Shower Mixer. I know it’s been designed and specified for use outdoors, by the hot tub or pool, but not many of us have those and I’d love to see one of these freestanding showers in my indoor wetroom. I like that it’s just one unit and it’s attached to the ground, leaving the walls clutter free. But most of all, it’s the design of the controls that appeal to me: easy, clever and witty. An inbuilt stainless steel chunky ring replaces fiddly taps and with a very user-friendly positive and smooth action controls temperature and water flow.

And in a brand-focused piece of design, Moerman explains that elements of the shower and controls have been inspired by the company’s logo:

“The “J” stands for the iconic shape of the shower … that looks just like an upside down “J”. The “O” stands for the characteristic ring or button that regulates the shower gradually from closed to open, from cold to hot.”


Clever stuff, and I can’t see Triton pulling that off!

Another version of this model worth mentioning is the Jee-O Original Freestanding Shower Mixer And Handshower where a hand shower has been integrated. I was really pleased to see this option, as it would be perfect for children or anyone in your family who needs the flexibility to sit and shower.

In this range there is also a matching basin mono mixer, a chunky spout with a ring control built in – again easy to grip with soapy weak hands – full control of the water flow and perhaps more importantly, temperature.

The second highlight for me is the Jee-O Soho Progressive Freestanding Shower Mixer Hammercoated Black Matt shower. Moerman explains that the inspiration was from urban cool Soho of the New York district rather than London’s Bohemian quarter. Like the rest of the range, this model is cast in stainless steel but this one has a hammer-coated black matt finish that gives it a tough, Batman meets jet-fighter look. I love the styling – it’s bold and thorough, with Jee-O detailing around the lever control. Not only does the showerhead take its inspiration from industrial pipework but, surprisingly, it also has a very good shower pattern. It may look like it belongs in the Batcave, but it’s nice to know that Bruce Wayne will have a nice shower in the morning.

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For me, the design of the controls isn’t as innovative as Jee-O Original but I love that the controls are lever handles with a progressive smooth action and that they are coated by a rubber skin – reduced mobility friendly and always warm to the touch, which is great for anyone with arthritis. I love the urban cool look and think this one would be stunning with Gotham City Metro tile work.

I’m so pleased to have discovered this range – this blog isn’t a month old and already my quest for stylish, future-proof home fittings is bearing fruit!