The Koivu Blog

Stories, thoughts and ideas from the world of Koivu kitchen design

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5 reasons we love plywood

Plywood is increasingly recognised as a wonderful, versatile material.

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5 Food festivals this summer

A perfect way to taste cuisine from all over the world

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Appliances in focus: Extractors

Shielding guests from cooking mess and smells

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What are VOCs and do you need to worry?

VOCs can be found in many common household items

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Kitchen Design Ideas from the Interior Style Pros

Where do you even start to create such a multifunctional space?

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How can you choose a more sustainable kitchen?

What do we mean by sustainable?

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Should I choose an induction hob?

What is an induction hob? How do they work?

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Is flexitarianism the future?

What are the benefits of reducing meat and animal product consumption?

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The Koivu Story

Doug and Keren, husband and wife team behind the Koivu brand certainly have the kitchen design credentials.

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7 Questions to ask when you’re choosing a kitchen fitter

Get value for money and protect yourself from any mishaps

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How to budget for your new kitchen

Filling in the blanks with costs and options.

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Kitchen Trends – What’s hot for 2019?

Create a room that’s more than just for cooking.

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Christmas kitchen

How to design your kitchen for stress free Christmas Dinner prep.

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Grand Designs - Design your kitchen:

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Part 1: Budget & Appliances

For many people the idea of planning your own kitchen can be a little overwhelming. It’s hard to know where to start, and even one trip to a kitchen showroom will make you realise just how many things you need to think about.

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Part 2: Cooking

The ability to cook is a vital part of your kitchen and with so many different options available, it’s something you’ll need to give plenty of thought to.

We share our advice from 20+ years designing kitchens.

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Part 3: Worktops & Units

Here, we talk about the next part of Doug’’s speech at Grand Designs Live, about choosing worktops, units and making sure you get the look you want.

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Part 4: Other things to think about

Here we bring you the final part including the importance of lighting and other things you will need to consider.

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Boiling Water Taps

When designing your new kitchen, you may have come across the idea of a boiling water tap. But what exactly are they and what do you need to know to help you choose the right one for your space?

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Types of Kitchen Worktop: A Summary

Choosing the right kitchen worktop is vital to the success of your design. But with so much choice, how can you work out which is the best material or style for you?

Read on for a summary of each of the most common types of kitchen worktop, and their key features

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A Kitchen at the Barbican Centre

Recently we had the privilege to be asked to design a kitchen for an apartment in the culturally significant Barbican Estate in London. Find out about the famous Barbican Centre and how our project went.

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