Websites of the Week- 19th-23rd September 2011

September 23, 2011 at 12:29 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Annette's websites of the week

finerdaybannerFinerday- I was reading an article earlier this week which spoke about the ways in which youngster are actively helping older people get online. The article went on to mention a site called ‘Finerday’ an online network designed for older people.  

Created with sharing in mind the free site encourages users to utilise its features by adding photographs, creating slideshows and sharing fond memories with friends and family via digital means- it’s cleverly thought out to adapt a sharing community. Ultimately offering an easy way for its users to stay in touch and importantly avoid becoming lonely and isolated.


The site is a brilliant tool as it has the ability to store great content from precious family photographs and favourite family stories. Additionally it’s extremely simple to use and is the perfect way to stay in touch with your close ties. 

There are lots of initiatives to get people online, particularly elderly people. For example this week is Age UK’s itea and biscuits week a great event which combines learning new technology skills with socialising. Finerday seems to be the latest online venture actively encouraging online interaction for older people, something which I will always support.

Grand Designs- You might have already read our exciting news that a Bath-Knight was installed into one of the bathrooms featured on this week’s Grand Designs. All installations are important to us however, high profile jobs inject a little excitement into the office which is always nice.

As you can imagine this week I’ve spent some time on the Grand Designs website and I have to say that for fans of the show it really is a great online outlet. With the opportunity to re-watch episodes and get tips from Kevin McCloud on redesigning homes and all of the problems which might occur.


The site also features a suppliers list, which is really handy if you see something which you would like in your own home as you can simply contact the suppliers direct. Furthermore the site includes a great selection of features on unique builds and interesting interior offering inspiration for anyone who is planning on undertaking a home makeover themselves.

Watch the Bromley episode of Grand Designs featuring Penny and Paul Denby’s home on 40D here.


Card Aid- Today I read that we’re only 92 days away from Christmas, which I’m sure you will agree with is a rather scary thought. I’ve also noticed that lots of retailers are already stocking Christmas goods including the all-important Christmas cards.

Acard_aid_logos a business we send lots of greeting cards wishing our suppliers, employees and friends well. I always ensure that Bath-Knight sends charity cards where the processes go to a good cause.

Conveniently I stumbled upon a great Christmas card site this week Card Aid, who stocks an enormous variety of cards from traditional prints to more modern, funky designs and fantastically all of the profit from these cards, goes to charity!

What really struck me about this particular site is that users can design customised cards. Simply design a the card however you like, maybe use a family photos, a drawing or grandchild’s school painting and upload to the site.  Then you can send your very own card to all of your nearest and dearest with the knowledge that you’ll be contributing to a great cause in the process.

Bath-Knight installed in Channel 4 Grand Designs home

September 22, 2011 at 4:25 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Earlier this year I received a telephone call from a pre-existing Bath-Knight customer who was planning on moving house and would therefore need a new Bath-Knight installed.  Such calls aren’t too out of the ordinary as lots of customers’ circumstances change and go on to affect their bathing needs, which we are more than happy to assist with.

However, this specific call was somewhat different as it came with a surprising story. The lady who called was Mrs Penny Denby from Keston, Kent. With a decision to change the family living arrangements Penny had invited her mother Jean to live with herself and husband Paul, ultimately offering Jean more company and a family orientated space to enjoy life in.


Along with understanding Jean’s desire to remain as independent as possible, Penny knew that her mother was an enormous fan of her Bath-Knight and would struggle without it. So Penny called on Jean’s behalf and also explained the extraordinary home which her mother would soon be enjoying. 

Interestingly the Denby’s home and its story was picked up by Channel 4 who decided to feature it in their famous property design programme ‘Grand Designs’. As Penny and husband Paul had actually decided to demolish their previous home of 23 years to rebuild a modern, efficient family home that would fulfil the needs of the whole family in its place.

grand design inside the house

For Penny’s mother the house had to be accessible and offer her a space of her own, and of course included the essentials which make her life more comfortable and enjoyable. On the top of Jean’s list was a Bath-Knight which allowed her to enjoy a long soak in the bath.

Working around a host of architectures, construction workers and designers the Bath-Knight fitters installed a Bath-Knight Deluxe to the delight of the Denby’s as now Jean could look forward to a relaxing bath in her spectacular new home.

As a thank you gesture the team were invited to visit the Grand Designs home during a trade show in early April of this year. Bath-Knight’s Digital Marketing Assistant Katie went along to view the Bath-Knight Deluxe and tour the house.

Bath-Knight in Grand Designs

I’m told by Katie of how fantastic the properly is from its modern architecture, magnificent open spaces and contemporary finishes. She continued to explain how the property has been thought out extremely well to ensure that it’s beneficial to everyone, quite impressively including an elevator which easily transports people from upstairs to down- a true Grand Designs home!

Katie was also lucky enough to speak with Penny and Jean who graciously spoke of the sheer pleasure which her Bath-Knight has provided over the years, ‘I love to have a bath, I hate showers, which is why I get so much enjoyment from the Bath-Knight. It’s like enjoying a normal bath again; you can’t even notice that the Bath-Knight is there’. Jean also went on to declare her delight to see such a tidy installation in her new bathroom.

grand designs bromley

The Sylvan Glade Grand Designs home has been a fantastic project to be involved with and it’s a true testament to the Bath-Knight for the Denby family to use our service once again in their new home. I’ve personally found that this particular installation offers a great chance to boast of how discreet the Bath-Knight truly is, sitting so beautifully inside a contemporary designed home (it’s such a pity that it we didn’t catch a glimpse on last night’s show) which I am sure the Denby family will enjoy greatly.

Watch Grand Designs featuring Penny, Paul and Jean’s home on 4OD now- click here.

Excitement for Bath-Knight as seen on Grand Designs

September 21, 2011 at 12:56 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments
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There is an air of excitement in the office today as the Bath-Knight could possibly be seen on Channel 4’s Grand Designs this evening.

As earlier this year we worked on an installation in Kent, where the customer’s home was to be featured in the show hosted by Kevin McCloud.

The house’s transformation from a Georgian home to a contemporary, modern piece of art which is truly original will be shown on Channel 4 at 9pm this evening -fingers crossed we’ll catch a glimpse of the Bath-Knight!

Grand Designs Sylvan Glade

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