The Latest Must-Haves for Your Kitchen

Kitchen must-haves

Interior design trends are constantly changing throughout the year. It’s pretty much Springtime now. That means, we’ll be seeing a lot of pastel colours, geometric patterns and mixed metals across Pinterest and home magazines. And of course next season, there’ll be a whole host of different styles to stick your teeth into. However, if you want to ensure your home will stand the test of time it’s important to invest in good quality, practical appliances.

The right gadgets in each room will give your home a contemporary and welcoming feel, regardless of season or trend! Today, we want to look at the kitchen in particular. What are the latest ‘must-haves’ for the kitchen? How can you add extra functionality to your cooking hub without compromising on style?

Another collaboration with CB Homes…

We’ve teamed up Panorama Kitchens. They are the wonderful company who supply kitchens to our showhomes and any self-builders who choose to go down that particular route.

Based in Liverpool, Panorama really know their stuff when it comes to the design, practicality and domestic pleasure of a kitchen. That’s why when we asked them what they think the latest need-to-haves are, we really trusted their opinion!

Without further ado, let’s get right into it. Here are ten of the most sought-after kitchen appliances and features at the moment:

Latest must-haves in the kitchen

1. Slide and hide ovens by Neff

Slide and hide ovens, as seen on the Great British Bake Off, are exclusive and unique to Neff. According to the German appliances manufacturer, slide and hide will allow you to get ‘closer to your cooking’, ensuring that ‘nothing gets in the way’. But what exactly is a slide and hide oven? Well, it features an ergonomically designed revolution handle which allows you to maintain a comfortable grip when accessing the oven. The oven door slides underneath the cavity when it’s fully open, meaning you’ll save on space. Not only does it let you easily access the meal you’re cooking, but also makes a great focal point in your kitchen – and a great talking point at parties!

2. Steam ovens

There’s no such thing as your basic oven being enough anymore! There are lots of additional features you can find with contemporary ovens – including the slide and hide we mentioned above and some more concepts that we’ll discuss later.

In particular, steam ovens are really handy for those interested in healthier cooking. These contraptions feature a reservoir that must be filled with water for the oven to work properly. Then, heat from the oven turns the water into steam. Food cooked in steam retains moisture better than food cooked in a convection oven – we’re saying goodbye to dry turkey or chicken. Steamed food also tends to retain more vitamins and minerals than food that is boiled. Perfect for vegetable lovers!

3. Ovens with meat probe

Next up in the fancy ovens list, how about a built-in meat probe? The temperature probe lets you cook roasts and poultry to the exact internal temperature you want, taking the guesswork out of determining whether a piece of meat is done or not! And no more scrambling around in draws for a handheld probe… You can use the temperature probe with the oven set to Bake, Convection Bake, or Convection Roast. When you use the probe, the internal temperature is shown on the display when it reaches 100°F.

4. Pullouts

If you’ve got plenty of cupboard space but not sure how to arrange all your pots, pans and foodstuffs? This feature is probably for you. For an easy storage solution, it’s worth investing in pullouts. LeMans were pioneers in inventing corner units that utilise a lot of space for pots and pans storage. Their units offer a great solution with easy access as the pull out swings right across the front of the cupboard door.

5. Flex Induction hob

There’ll be no more messing around at the hob, trying to figure out the best place to place your pans. With FlexInduction, the cooking area can be tailored to your needs, enabling you to cook multiple dishes at once. Essentially, there is no set cooking zone, the hob adapts to your cookware and allows your dishes to be ‘evenly heated’. You can also move your pots and pans around, your hob will remember the individual temperatures of each dish. Using a FlexInduction hob may seem like a luxury to some but we think it’ll be a staple in kitchens of the future!

6. Hot water tap (Quooker)

The world’s first boiling water tap – say hello to Quooker. It speaks for itself – a tap that instantly dispenses boiling water. Quooker is constructed from a worktop tap and a tank underneath. Choose from either an individual boiling water tap which comes with a standard mixer tip or opt for the Quooker Flex or Fusion which combine all three – boiling, hot and cold water.

7. Quartz worktops

Taking over the granite trend, quartz has many more benefits as a worktop material. It is just as strong as granite but is actually more flexible. This means it is much easier to work with during installation. As well as this, quartz is a non-porous material which means it doesn’t require sealing and it’s pretty low maintenance. You won’t have to worry about spillages or damaging it.

8. Curves

A curved cupboard may not be a tech-savvy appliance or necessary function for a kitchen (although it can help you to save room), but it’s certainly a stylish addition. We absolutely love the look of curved kitchen cupboards and think they tie together any perfectly styled kitchen.

9. Self-cleaning ovens

Oh, what’s that? Another gimmick oven? No, this one is actually really useful and could benefit a lot of people especially the elderly or disabled who might struggle to achieve regular cleaning tasks. A self-cleaning oven is an oven which uses high temperatures (around 500 degrees C or 900 degrees F) to burn off leftovers from baking. And it does all of this without using any chemical agents.

10. Wine coolers

Was that the sound of every adult sighing at the thought of a lovely wine cooler? We have to admit, we may have saved the best till last. Although they aren’t the most groundbreaking or pioneering in kitchen appliances, they’re definitely becoming more common in contemporary homes. And they could be the perfect addition to your house as the weather starts to warm up!

The Advantages of Self-Build: Why Choose a Turn Key Service?

Image credit – Jamie Knop

What is Self-Build?

As a company who pride ourselves on decades of experience in building the most beautiful homes, we like to think we have an idea. More often than not, we can so easily fall into the trap of monotonous developments or older homes simply for ease and low cost. However, self-build gives you the true freedom to create the perfect home for you.

Self Build is often used as an umbrella term for different methods of designing and building a home from scratch. The most literal meaning is when an individual will think up, design, plan and build a home themselves – taking control of the management of the site and sourcing of materials. This can be a low-cost route to take but means you will likely have a lot of prior knowledge and time to put into the project. There are also kit homes that are the property building equivalent of Ikea flat pack furniture! Of course, these are less flexible in terms of design but if you opt to ‘do it yourself’, you’ll still be in charge of site and project management – which includes getting your hands dirty.

Understandably, it might put you off if you think ‘self build’ means you have to build the home with your own hands! This isn’t the case and this is where CB Homes come in. You can be as involved as you’d like but the heavy lifting and complex paperwork will be completed by professionals such as ourselves. We can make your dreams of the perfect home come true without you lifting a finger – this is a Turn Key service and it’s what we offer here at CB Homes.

Flexibility and collaboration

As we mentioned, it’s completely up to you how involved you’d like to be! For example, one of our previous self builders wanted triple glazed windows in his home. He sourced these himself from Austria and even organised delivery. This same self builder also sourced his doors from Italy but used a Liverpool-based company for a bespoke staircase. The example here shows just how flexible the self build approach can be for both the client and the builders who are working for you. Think of it as a creative partnership with the same common goal: creating a beautiful, bespoke home perfectly suited to you and your family.

In terms of layout, clients are able to design their new home’s layout to suit their lifestyle and needs. Of course, our experts will be on hand to assist along the way and offer recommendations and ideas. However, it’s ultimately a collaboration between the self-builder and the self-build company. We’ll always be there with advice and help and it’s up to the client in terms of how far they want to go with certain factors, such as sustainability. For instance, if a client wants to incorporate sustainable elements into their home, we can easily work this into the project.

Turn Key homes

So, what does this term ‘Turn Key’ mean, then? As we mentioned earlier, it’s generally the service we offer to our clients here. But of course, as with anything, it’s entirely up to the client as to what they want to get out of the project. A ‘Turn Key’ home is simply a process whereby the client doesn’t need to do anything to make their home complete – we see the project through from start to finish. Once the build is complete, all the client will need to do is turn the key and open the door!

What are the advantages of a Turn Key home?

  • Financial peace of mind – no hidden costs… once the house is complete, you won’t need to worry about additional costs to make your house a liveable home.
  • Less stress with the move – you can have peace of mind that everything will be ready for you and your family to move straight in.
  • No previous knowledge required – we can take care of planning and drawings for you.
  • Problems on site? Not your problem. We will be managing the site and overcoming any issues ourselves. It’s not on your back!
  • Don’t worry about paperwork – land permission, insurance and all these wonderful things are completely our responsibility. You don’t need to strain over paperwork when you opt for a Turn Key home.

Some of our previous self-build homes

There’s no point in us going on about the advantages of Self Build and Turn Key for too long. We understand that people appreciate visuals and this is particularly true when it comes to properties. Take a look at some of our previous self-build homes, which we think were a great success (and so did their owners!). The pictures speak for themselves…

Little Leigh home

Image credit – Jamie Knop

Here is a beautiful example of a self-build property which incorporates a timber frame, brick and block. These images show (quite nicely, we think) just how flexible self-build can be. We can go to town on your designs and your dreams can really become a reality if you choose the right builder for you.

The Woodlands

Here is another example of a fabulous self-build home. As you can see, this property is very different from the previous one but it’s just as visually striking. As we mentioned earlier, clients sometimes like to incorporate sustainability and additional concepts into their build. This is a great example of this – the Woodlands features solar panels, triple glazed windows and a bespoke staircase. In particular, the kitchen boasts off-the-floor casing for ovens and microwave which is a truly bespoke design.

This just shows how flexible and creative we can get with self-build homes! Don’t hesitate to contact us on 01829 730 244 or at for any enquiries on self-build and how we can help you to achieve your dream property.