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  1. Its a Liebherr. They are designed to open within the width of their body. SUperbly designed and engineered product. Well worth every penny they cost.
  2. Lets get to basics - Historically fitted kitchens across Europe has been 720mm carcase and 150mm plinth to make 870mm plus 38mm laminate worktops to make 908m, nominally 910mm. This sort of goes back to the 30's. Modern European kitchens have moved to a different system to optimise manufacturing to a now more or less standard height of between 780-795mm with a smaller plinth of 100-120mm depending on the manufacturer. Only the most basic European and all English kitchens stick to the 720mm+150mm system. Think about this giving you both a higher working height (average European is about an inch taller since 1930's) and using the plinth space for storage. So the first question to ask is why did your kitchen end up at below even the 870mm height without worktops? Was the kitchen installed on the bare floor without taking the height increase of the floor covering taken into account? Once also need to factor in worktop thicknesses. Historically laminate tops were 38mm but with modern materials this has gone down to 30mm, 20mm and even 12mm. This needs to be compensated while setting up the kitchen to ensure that the end worktop height is still ergonomically sound. Were any conversations had with the kitchen designers in this respect. OP and his other half are tall so I would recommend at the height of the worktop should be closer to the 925mm mark. In summary there is no such thing as a standard height so leaving this to the architect is no good unless you had signed off on elevations showing specified heights. Also bear in mind that a kitchen should be set up to have a level worktop hence the feet are adjusted from the highest point in the kitchen to accommodate uneven floors. Its not unusual for a floor in a modern build to run out by 5-7m across 4-5m kitchen so your working height is going to be a specified height usually from the highest point unless otherwise agreed with the client.
  3. All of the major ones are affected. There are very few that make everything in Europe/in-house and these are in a much better position. I know Novy is virtually unaffected. VZUG has some extended lead times but they make almost everything in Switzerland. Some of the entry level stuff from Turkey and italy is not that badly affected.
  4. The appliance delay fiasco continues. This started with the pandemic and BSH group shamelessly blamed it on huge consumer demand when this clearly wasn't the case. BSH group has a terrible track record of supply chain management over the past 5-6 years and they were perhaps 'managing' the situation. As the news has got out the narrative from them has changed to reflect the truth. As it happens there are only a handful of manufacturer unaffected by this so order with a 3-4 month lead time in mind. With respect to delivery - Most retailers will stipulate a window to report damages and this is only reasonable. If you were to take delivery and store it for months, then understandably the retailer would be within their rights to turn down any reports of damaged goods outside their stipulated window. With respect to warranty - Your warranty starts when you install and register your warranty. In case a warranty has not been registered, your proof of purchase (invoice) is treated as the warranty date so it becomes vital that you register your warranties in a timely manner. If an appliance is faulty (not damaged) at installation, the manufacturer usually reserves the right to inspect and offer a replacement or repair at their sole discretion. If you have had an appliance sitting in storage awaiting installation and proves to be faulty at installation this isnt necessarily a problem.
  5. Only works if you arent having any under worktop appliances. 76cm is very low.
  6. All ceramic scratches. The premium ranges from Bora, Novy and Gaggenau use K Ceramic which the mainstream ones use Schott Ceramic. K Ceramic is a harder more scratch resistant material. But if you are going to buy a nice hob and be scared of scratching it, buy a cheaper one that you will use. Like others have said, its a tool - dont become a slave to it.
  7. The reason they cant call is a F&B colour as that is trademark protected. So they can only do a colour match. This will leave you with a slight colour varition but its perfectly acceptable. Dont be under the impression that you can buy a painted kitchen and paint over it if you dont like it. Spray painted kitchens use a 2 part polyurethane paint and this cures after spraying. If you need to paint over you need to sand the paint, reprime and paint it and its not going to be be cheap. If you hand paint it you wont get the finish.
  8. Let me try and clarify a few points about this- The doors that DIY use are all almost exclusively EU made. No local employment generated The hardware is mostly to exclusively Austrian. No local employment. The chipboard is locally made partly from UK grown timber and mostly imported EU grown timber. Machinery is mostly Italian or German. Handles etc are mostly EU made. Obviously the carcases are cut and assembled in the UK but I cant see how this is calling it a British kitchen. Its about as British as the new Land Rovers made in Slovakia. Having been in this kitchen game for a while the reason we have turned our focus to exclusively German products is three-fold - Quality is better. The detailing is far better. Components and chipboard is better. Finishing is better. Reliable supply. When they give us a delivery week it gets delivered that week. A week before we get a half day delivery window and it gets delivered. In 15 years of working with German suppliers we have had 2-3 deliveries that didnt make the delivery week and all due to factors out of the deivery drivers control. Competitive pricing - For the quality of product delivered the prices are sensible. Not cheap. But sensible pricing. I have tried numerous British suppliers and regretfully unless one goes to the very top end of the market (£50k+), its nothing but trouble. British manufacturers simply do not invest enough to be able to deliver.
  9. Worktop will need a proper batten to rest on. Dishwasher you can fit easily in a 600mm gap. Dont need anything wider as it will only show unsightly gaps. You have plenty of space.
  10. I woould say almost certainly yes but you could check by removing the drawers or extending the drawer and looking up through the door.
  11. Fair play. It does say here are no warranties on it though. If they have cost engineered it, I wonder if thats affected its ability to resist stains.
  12. iQ White Quartz from International Stones (made by Cosentino) - As far as I know (and I have been in this industry only 15 years the only brand of quartz they make is Silestone. A little google search on Internation Stones shows they they are an importer of stone. Some of their material colours are the same as Silestone but their website also curiously says their materials match technologies used by Silestone, ceasarstone, Compac etc. Both statements are unlikely to be true. So I am of the opinion that they import Chinese quartz in colours to match Silestone. Something isnt adding up. Good luck with your warranty. If it is Silestone, someone from Cosentino will visit wearing branded clothing and inspect. If not, its anyone's guess what you have got.
  13. Indeed. Oxalic acid has a pH of 1.3 making it a very strong acid (in the hydrochloric/sulphuric/nitric acid territory). It therefore follows that the concentration in Rhubarb has to be very very low else you wont have teeth left as you eat your rhubarb. What brand of quartz have you got? Have to tried contacting your supplier for remedial action?
  14. When I said it doesnt stain, I meant foodstuff. Not strong acidic or alkalis, solvents or suchlike. I am things used in normal everyday cooking. And they will not stain the worktop as they are only very mildly acidic or alkaline. Resin is actually quite inert. The most likely reaction is from the acidic/alkaline material reacting with the quartz content. Or solvent reacting with the resin.
  15. It is not possible to permanently stain quartz.
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