Monthly Archives: October 2012

27Oct/12

Karlos Arguiñano Continues to Rely on Silestone

The most popular chef on TV, Karlos Arguiñano, features a new kitchen on the set of his programme on Antena3. Together with Silestone, the choice was made for the new “Suede” finish by the Spanish multinational.

Karlos Arguiñano, the most popular chef on television, is back with a new season of his programme, Karlos Arguiñano en tu cocina (Karlos Arguiñano in your kitchen) on Antena 3, and he does so alongside Silestone®, the world leader in quartz worktops.

Karlos Arguinano Encimera Uses Silestone

Karlos Arguiñano’s new kitchen has several Silestone® worktops in Blanco Zeus and he has opted for “Suede” the new exciting texture by the Spanish brand. The kitchen boasts a matte finish in Silestone Suede. No additional products are required to enhance its tone. It performs extraordinarily against stains and is soft and very nice to touch with total color consistency and quality.

The new kitchen offers beauty, spaciousness, trend, design and high performance appliances…Karlos has been using Silestone for two years to create the most delicious and original recipes.

Silestone is the ideal choice for this area of the home because of its extraordinary physical and mechanical characteristics, including its bacteriostatic property, unique to Silestone, which ensures maximum hygiene in all of its applications.

Since their partnership began in September 2009, Karlos Arguiñano and Silestone® have maintained an excellent relationship and they have been seen side-by-side at various events as well as the visit that the chef made to the multinational in Almería in 2010.

The programme Karlos Arguiñano en tu cocina can be seen Monday-Friday at 12.15 pm on Antena3.

Karlos Arguiñano continues to rely on Silestone®.

27Oct/12

Silestone Institute

Silestone Institute for Hygiene in the Kitchen is a unique non-profit platform in Spain, which is created for the exchange of views, study and dissemination of best practices and good hygiene in the kitchen.

It was created for Silestone antibacterial properties and for the growing interest of society because the kitchen has become the new hub of life in the home.

Its activity areas focus on the kitchen in the home, on professional kitchens and other areas related to the food industry or the hospital sector.

Cosentino tries to give a broader view of the concept of hygiene by focusing on, as well as food safety, other aspects such as choice of materials and furnishings for the kitchen, space distribution, habits, uses, presence, relations and applied technology.

www.silestoneinstitute.com

25Oct/12

New Homes with Silestone in London Attract High Level of Early Interest

London, England – London Square Leonard Street in EC2, a new development of 42 new homes including three show penthouses, has already attracted a number of inquiries just three weeks after being launched.

“We are already receiving an astounding level of interest,” said Rebecca Littler, sales and marketing director of London Square.

Located in a quiet corner of EC2 just off Great Eastern Street, a stone’s throw from Old Street underground station, Silicon Roundabout and fashionable Hoxton Square, the eight storey development’s southerly facade overlooks a private courtyard, with projecting balconies commanding good views over the cityscape below. The three penthouses have dual-aspect panoramic outlooks which take in the City skyline, Canary Wharf and beyond.

The apartments, which start from £565,000, have 21st century specifications including Sky+ and iPod docks with speakers to all bedrooms and living areas. Interiors are contemporary yet classic comprising bespoke high gloss kitchens by Siematic, silestone countertops, hardwood flooring and Siemens appliances. Bathrooms feature porcelain tiling, Duravit sanitaryware and LED feature lighting.

Rebecca Littler added: “Leonard Street is at the very heart of all that London has to offer. Superbly located in one of the most coveted locations in the capital – it is perfectly placed for city workers and creative professionals who want to be part of London’s brightest and most buzzing district.”

Property News – New homes in EC2 attract high level of early interest.

25Oct/12

SileStone in 227 New Hotels Next Year

SileStone in New HotelsCosentino Group doubles its numbers, charging 1.5 million euros from January 2012 to their area of business that includes hotel projects. Cosentino Group, a Spanish multinational world leader in the production and distribution of quartz surfaces and other natural stones, has installed its products since January this year in a total of 107 hotels worldwide and has confirmed the delivery of their products to 227 new hotels for next year.

Since early 2012, the multinational Almeria 1,500,000 euros billed to your area of business “Diversia” which includes hotel projects.

Iconic hotels such as the Burj Al Arab in Dubai (UAE) (only seven star hotel in the world), the NH Eurobuilding in Madrid (Spain), the Casa Camper in Berlin (Germany), The Hotel designed by Jean Nouvel in Lucerne (Switzerland), the Crown Plaza Hotel in Semarang (Indonesia), the Moscovo Hilton in Moscow (Russia), the Sandton Grand Hotel Reylof in Ghent (Belgium), the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Shanghai (China) or the Hotel Grischa in Davos (Switzerland), have the exclusive Cosentino materials inside.

Architects, designers and professionals from the hospitality industry Cosentino valued products for its sustainability, ease of maintenance, durability and design. Materials that are ideal for use as buffets, countertops, counters, common areas, showers, sinks, floors, stairs, etc..

The Silestone quartz surfaces, recycled surfaces Eco by Cosentino, semiprecious stone surfaces Prexury by Cosentino, granites protected by Cosentino Sensa ® and a variety of natural stones make up the vast variety of products and technically impeccable aesthetic Cosentino Group offers.

Cosentino materials are completely adapted to the needs of hotels integrating sustainability with the highest technical and design more successful both in building new hotels in the reform of existing ones.

25Oct/12

Consider Needs & Resale Value With Kitchen Renovation

Kitchens remain the heart of most homes. It’s not only where we cook and eat, but where friends and family gather, children do homework and daily chores are organized and completed. Kitchens provide a sense of comfort and belonging, so it’s good news that kitchen remodels can retain a significant portion of their value.

Before you begin, especially in today’s shaky economy, it’s imperative to select the correct level of remodeling for what you need now, with an eye on your home’s future resale value. Critical factors to assess include the overall budget, how long you expect to stay in your home and what type of kitchens are in other houses in your neighborhood.

According to Remodeling magazine’s 2011-2012 Cost vs. Value Report, midrange minor kitchen remodels or “cosmetic” changes — new countertops, cabinet fronts, a few new appliances, light fixtures and hardware — have an average national cost of $20,000 and get 72 percent return on investment. Midrange major remodels, which include all new appliances, cabinets, countertops, flooring and lighting, have an average cost of $58,000 and a 66 percent return. High-end renovations, which can include structural work or relocating to another area in the home, installing larger windows and replacing all kitchen components, can easily cost $100,000 or more. With a more extensive and expensive renovation, returns fall to the 50 percent to 60 percent range.

Tips in planning your remodel:
Assess your needs and wants. How do you use your kitchen? How many cooks are there? How many daily meals do you cook? What kind of appliances and equipment do you need? Do you eat there? What other activities occur in the kitchen? What are the storage requirements? Is there plenty of natural lighting? Do you want to display any kitchen items?

— List all items you would like to replace and establish priorities. If you are a gourmet cook, you will probably want to splurge on professional-grade appliances.

— Develop an initial itemized budget.

— Research the latest in kitchen design on the Internet, blogs, decorating magazines and even local show houses or model homes.

— Organize your inspirations and thoughts. Houzz.com provides a great site for collecting and storing your ideas.

— Finalize budget and determine the extent of the renovation. For larger projects, hire a design professional to help you navigate the layout and make decisions.

Ways to maximize your budget

— Cabinetry: Most people today are drawn to a sleeker kitchen, which means flat-panel doors such as Shaker-style. These are cheaper than raised panel doors and opulent molding. Also, alder wood, in lieu of cherry or maple, can bring savings on cabinetry.

— Countertops: Stone countertops are most attractive to prospective buyers. Quartz, such as Silestone is a cost-effective material that adds a great look yet has easy maintenance properties.

— Appliances: If you are a serious cook, it will be worthwhile to invest in nicer-grade appliances. Don’t buy extended warranties.

— Flooring: Prefinished hardwood floors, porcelain tile or natural stone remain popular selections. These floors attract prospective buyers.

— Backsplash tile: There are wonderful glass and/or stone mosaics on the market that are affordable and eye catching. Stay away from decorative accent pieces that are priced per single piece. Subway tile, a classic with enduring appeal, provides a crisp look.

Kitchen renovation: Consider your needs, resale value – San Jose Mercury News.