Turn your Costa Blanca home into a tropical paradise

With 320 days of sunshine a year, living on the Costa Blanca certainly feels like paradise. That explains why many people like to style their homes, terraces and gardens to reflect the warmth and beauty that surrounds us. That means light or warm colours – pure white, cool beige, sunshine yellow and Valencia orange work well – in natural materials like wood, rattan, glass or bamboo.

A style that works particularly well in our homes is inspired by the tranquil beauty of Bali. Blending the design of this tropical island with the Mediterranean lifestyle works a treat, particularly in areas where we relax the most – the bathroom and outdoors. Here are a few ideas of how to bring Bali into your Costa Blanca home.

In your bathroom, natural stone looks wonderful when creating the Bali look. Stones such as marble and granite in light tones are timeless, relaxing and look beautiful. You can use natural stones on your bathtub, floor, sink and sink countertops for a consolidated look. Add some ferns or other leafy green plants to complete the Bali effect. 

Take a look at our fine selection of bathroom fixtures from leading manufacturers to see how we can design a Bali-style bathroom that suits your needs.

If you don’t fancy stone floors, wood works well. If your bathroom is predominantly white, either dark or cool-toned wood will look splendid.

The Bali look is ideal for outdoor spaces where you want to chill out. Like in your bathroom, green plants work a treat. Ferns and palms will look amazing and you could also add a couple of aloe vera plants or even herbs for different plant textures and shades of green.

Water features add to the ambiance. You could have a small pool or a water feature made of stone, which will look stunning and also add the relaxing sound of water to complement the look of your Bali-style garden.

Use natural materials for your garden furniture. You could take a trip to Gata de Gorgos to look at the selection of locally-made rattan furniture.

If you’re thinking about an outdoor kitchen, again, think about using light colours in natural stone so your work surfaces are both durable and aesthetically pleasing. We will be happy to talk to you about designing a Bali-style outdoor kitchen. Read here to see what our professional team can do to ensure you get a quality kitchen of your choice.

We hope we’ve given you some ideas on how to create a corner of Bali in your home on the Costa Blanca. Feel free to get in touch to talk to us about designing your bathroom or outside space.

Sanchis bathroom products for design lovers

If your bathroom needs a makeover and you’re looking for a style that is as original as you are, take a look at Sanchis products.

Not only will you be investing in quality, designer-style creations, you’ll be helping the local economy too. Sanchis is based in Alzira in the Valencia Community, just 78 kilometres north of the Kevin Jones showroom in Benitachell.

Sanchis is a family business whose professionalism has kept it at the head of the market since it launched around 60 years ago. 

You’ll find a superb range of styles but all have a timeless elegance which will grace your bathroom for many years. The designs can be customised to suit your tastes and to fit into any space in your bathroom. 

The 10 collections are categorised into three distinct styles – fresh, natural and sophisticated – enabling you to choose the one that best suits your individual qualities.

If you have a small bathroom, such as a downstairs loo or a compact en-suite, ‘normal-sized’ bathroom furniture can be overwhelming – that small space looks even tinier. This is what makes the Mini range from Sanchis so adorable. It’s an informal line launched as a solution to small bathrooms. You can have stylish bathroom furniture with sufficient storage space. For instance, the compact sinks have cupboards underneath with enough room for your beauty products.

The Ritual collection by Sanchis combines versatility and sophistication. Designed by the creative studio Isho Design, the collection is inspired by the water ritual which forms part of Oriental culture. The concept is based on the balance between two elements that complement each other to perfection. 

The sinks, like the spring from which you collect water, represent the act of cleaning yourself. The furniture, as a natural and pure raw material, represents the cat of taking care of yourself and pampering yourself. The two pieces fit together to achieve the ideal balance between basic need – water – and pleasure – pampering.

Among the Elegant styles is the gorgeous Dune collection inspired by the classic bathroom furniture in grand houses. Dune is designed for homes with bags of personality. The lines are exquisite and speak of modernity alongside the glorious glamour of old Hollywood.

Talk to us about getting the right bathroom and accessories for your home on the Costa Blanca.

How installing solar panels can cut your electricity bill in Spain

With electricity prices climbing upwards, we’re all looking for ways to reduce our bills. There’s only so much we can do in the way of unplugging appliances when we’re not using them rather than leave them on standby. And making sure we put a full load in the washing machine each time.

With 320 days of sunshine every year on the Costa Blanca, it makes sense to convert the sun’s energy into electricity, especially when studies show that installing solar panels on your home in Spain can cut your monthly electricity bill by around 25-30%.

Solar energy is totally renewable- we’re never going to run out of sunshine – clean and environmentally friendly. Solar energy does not produce any CO2 emissions. It is silent, unlike wind turbines, for example. It’s accessible anywhere, even in remote locations, and is easy to install.

What is solar energy? 

Solar energy is a renewable energy source harnessed from the sun. Solar energy is the heat and light from the sun which can be harnessed to produce electricity or hot water.

“The amount of sunlight that strikes the earth’s surface in an hour and a half is enough to handle the entire world’s energy consumption for a full year,” according to the US Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.

It’s no wonder solar installation has grown rapidly in Spain since 2018 – Spain’s greatest energy resource is sunshine! 

Solar power can be generated through huge photovoltaic plants or through PV or solar panels on your own home. The largest PV plant in Spain is the  Núñez de Balboa photovoltaic plant in Badajoz which can supply green energy to 250,000 people.

Installing solar panels in Spain

How do photovoltaic panels and solar panels work?

Solar technology converts that sunshine into electrical energy through photovoltaic panels. This energy is used to generate electricity or can be stored either in batteries or thermal storage to be used later. 

The photovoltaic system transforms solar radiation directly into electrical energy. The solar panels contain PV cells which absorb energy from the sunlight. This energy is then converted by the PV cells into electricity.

Solar thermal energy uses thermal solar panels – or collectors – which transform solar radiation into heat. These can be used to heat water for residential or industrial use and the energy can also be used to produce electricity.

The most widespread use of solar energy is through the installation of photovoltaic panels, according to Repsol.

Photovoltaics can be used to power anything from homes and commercial businesses to small electronics such as road signs or calculators. 

Contact us for more information about installing solar energy in your home in Spain. 

Add style and sparkle to your bathroom with stunning Swarovski crystals

Your bathroom is a space for pampering, putting on make-up, having an at-home spa day, or styling your hair. So why not make the experience even more glamorous by adding Swarovski crystals to your bathroom decor? 

The exquisite Swarovski crystals are a wonderful way to add timeless elegance to your bathroom without spending a fortune. Simply change a couple of accessories elevated by Swarovski crystals. You can get bathroom accessories from toilet roll holders to towel rails embedded with stunning crystals. 

We can’t recommend these Bathco bath porcelain washbasins with Swarovski crystal designs enough. There’s a lovely range of basins and so you can choose one which will complement your existing bathroom style or even add a washbasin to add contrast and really stand out in your bathroom.

We suggest you take a look at these designs before you plan your bathroom upgrade or redesign. They are sure to give you plenty of ideas on how to create the perfect bathroom for you and your individual needs. You may find that adding a few matching accessories or a couple of features, such as the bathroom sink, is all you need to give your bathroom a completely new, fresh look.  

Instantly create a luxury bathroom

It’s amazing how luxurious your bathroom looks and feels by adding a few sparkling crystals to the room, especially when the light streams in and bounces off them.

If your bathroom is predominantly white or a light colour, for example, then the Baroque Silver washbasin with Swarovski crystals can be used as a standout feature. This porcelain washbasin designed with flowers is both very romantic and elegant. It is also timeless and so you can reuse the washbasin whenever you redesign your bathroom.

Other designs are more minimalist if you want to add a hint of glamour without going overboard on the glitz. For instance, the white forest washbasin is suitable for both modern or classic bathrooms. The design in the porcelain bowl is exquisite while being discrete.

Again, all the Bathco basins can be kept for your new bathroom every time you decorate. 

If you are planning to redecorate your bathroom or want ideas on adding accessories, such as these patterned sinks with Swarovski crystals, come and talk to us about your specific requirements.

What’s not to love about self-cleaning toilets?

It’s not really surprising that cleaning the toilet is top of the most-hated domestic chores.  

However, we’re all aware of how important it is to keep our toilet bowl and seat sparkling and germ-free.

That’s why we’re sure you’re going to be interested in these self-cleaning toilets. You can let your toilet do the job you hate the most – and let it clean itself!

Not only that, get yourself a sleek, modem self-cleaning smart toilet and you can say goodbye to a  standalone bidet too. These toilets will not only clean themselves but they’ll keep you clean too.

With the bidet function, you can control the position of the nozzle as well as the temperature and pressure of the water. Some are activated by remote control while others have a side panel on the toilet.

We love the Roca In-Wash Smart Toilets as they’re chic, minimalist and multifunctional. They’ll look smart in any bathroom and are compact enough to fit in the smallest of spaces. If you’ve ever planned an ensuite or downstairs toilet but felt you didn’t have enough room, now could be the time to think again.

With the Roca Smart Toilets. we particularly love the user detection feature and that there’s a night light. This handy little light means you don’t have that sudden shock of a bright light in your sleepy eyes when you turn on the bathroom light at night. Nor do you risk disturbing others – particularly useful if you have an ensuite bathroom.

How does a toilet self-clean?

There are various ways the toilet cleans itself. The most obvious way is when the toilet flushes, it releases strong jets of water which wash the sides. Some models come with quick and deep clean cycles which you activate with a button. This fills the bowl with water and cleaner which is released from a cartridge. 

Also, how annoying is it when someone forgets to flush? That’s no longer a problem with the Roca In-Wash Inspira Smart Toilet as it has built-in sensors which detect when someone moves away from the toilet and flushes automatically. 

Another feature means you can wave your hand in front of the toilet to make it flush – a fun way to encourage youngsters to flush when finished.  

With the Roca models, for example, you can choose In-Wash smart toilet models which don’t have a cistern. Instead they use In-Tank® technology integrating the water tank into the toilet bowl. This takes up between 10cm and 20cm less space than a toilet with cistern.

Also the Rimless Vortex design creates a powerful flush combined with 360º water flow to cover the entire bowl. This provides a quality flush using the minimum amount of water. The In-Wash® with In-Tank® models also have Supraglaze® coating, which impedes the buildup of dirt and lets any residue slide off.  

Come and talk to us about the various models, sizes and functions so we can find the right self-cleaning toilet for you at the right price.

Create a luxury bathroom with marble effect tiles

Marble has been the luxurious material of choice since the Parthenon temple was built in the mid-5th century BCE. Think of the most impressive buildings and monuments in the world such as the Taj Mahal, the statue of David, the Washington Monument and the Leaning Tower of Pisa and the go-to material is marble.

It’s no wonder many top hotels, including Raffles Hotel Singapore and the Waldorf Astoria New York Hotel, have built majestic marble lobbies to impress guests. Hotel bathrooms are also often made of marble to surround guests with peaceful, pampered elegance.

Now you can recreate this sophistication in your own bathroom, thanks to Kevin Jones.

Have an elegant bathroom with the marble look without the marble price

The on-trend way to modernise your bathroom is with marble effect tiles and panels. You get all the advantages of marble, namely:

  • Timeless elegance
  • Sophisticated designer bathroom
  • Long-lasting materials combining both simplicity and strength
  • A beautiful finish that will never lose its shine

And a few extra bonuses, such as:

  • Real marble is porous and so can stain and scratch easily while marble effect tiles are not porous and don’t stain
  • Marble effect tiles are low maintenance and easy to clean
  • You can have the marble look at a fraction of the price of real marble
  • Marble effect tiles and panels are durable and easy to install

Different looks you can achieve with marble effect tiles

The characteristic veining of marble can be used to create many different effects. It looks as hot in contemporary styles as well as traditional neo-classical designs for walls and floors. For instance, a white tile with fine grey veins is versatile enough to adapt to contemporary and classic environments while brown or cream marble effect tiles can add warmth to your bathroom. 

Traditional checkerboard floors have been popular for centuries and you can get the look for your bathroom floor using black and white marble effect tiles. 

You can transform your bathroom with eye-catching grey tiles to serve as a base colour for your bathroom. 

For small bathrooms, white marble effect tiles will make your room look larger. Darker colours such as black marble with gold veining add a dramatic and contemporary feel. Marble mosaics also create a modern, fresh feel while adding texture to your walls. 

Marble effect panels for walls or showers are also a fabulous way to make a bold statement to your bathroom. As it’s only being used for a small part of your bathroom, you can afford to go for a brighter colour or contrasting texture or colour to the rest of your walls.

How marble effect tiles are made

Marble effect tiles are made from porcelain, which is a ceramic material. It is traditionally made from kaolin – also known as china clay – and petunse or pottery stone fired at very high temperatures. Panels can be made from porcelain and also wood or plywood.

How to clean marble effect tiles

A good natural cleaner for ceramic tiles is to half fill a spray bottle with white vinegar and add the same amount of water. You can add some orange or lemon oil for a pleasant scent. Just spray on the tiles and wipe down. For textured tiles, you can mix three cups of baking soda with a cup of warm water to scrub the tiles and grout. You can also buy tile cleaners but you just need to check they are PH neutral.

Get in touch to discuss the right marble effect bathroom tiles and panels for you and your budget.

Boiling hot water tap and sparkling water in one

Imagine being able to turn on your kitchen tap and add sparkling water to your drinks as well as in cooking to make the best fluffy batters, pancakes and waffles, for example. 

Not only is it super convenient, you’re also helping the environment – no more sparkling water bottles to recycle. And it saves you carrying one-use plastic water bottles home from the supermarket. 

By installing a sparkling water tap, you’ll never run out of fizzy water again. At Kevin Jones, we can install an instant boiling hot water tap and sparkling water tap in one.  

How does a sparkling water tap work?

A sparkling water tap comes with an under-sink filter, carbonator and chiller. First the water is filtered and then chilled before being carbonated. 

Some systems, such as Grohe Blue, allow you to choose how much fizz you want in your water. You simply turn the handle to select chilled water that can be still, semi sparkling or fully carbonated. 

How do boiling hot water taps work?

Boiling water taps are becoming increasingly popular as they provide boiling water instantly – no need to wait for the kettle to boil for that much-needed cup of coffee or tea or patiently waiting for a saucepan to heat up. They also work out more economical than boiling a kettle.

With a boiling water tap, there is a tank under the sink which is plugged into the mains and the water supply. This heats and stores the hot water, so every time you turn on the tap you get hot water.

Amazing range of finishes and styles for your taps

As with our regular taps, the boiling hot water tap and sparkling water in one tap are available in a wide range of finishes and styles. You’ll easily find one to suit your kitchen. 

They are available in anthracite, brushed copper and gold finishes for anyone who wants to make a bold statement in the kitchen. Sleek chrome and stainless steel finishes are available for a more understated look. You can also get taps in classic styles.

Get in touch to find out how simple, efficient, environmentally-friendly and cost-effective it is for you to serve sparkling water and hot water straight from the tap. 

Read our blog about boiling hot water taps to see the benefits they bring to save you time and money.

Ways to Make the Most of Your Small Kitchen

The kitchen, regardless of the size, can be the heart of the home. It’s a place to gather, cook, eat, pay bills, do homework and share special moments. Making it functional and aesthetically appealing can be a challenge especially when you have a cramped space that leaves you starved for storage and counter space.

The key to maximizing the limited space lies in smart planning. Here’s how to make the most of your pint-sized kitchen.

1. Keep Your Kitchen Scheme Simple

Nothing makes a room look bigger like light coloured walls. Light coloured walls reflect light helping spaces look bigger and brighter. Therefore, consider painting your kitchen walls white or any other bright colour, using composite, white stone or stainless-steel worktops, white or frosted glass cabinet doors and white splashback tiling.

In addition to using bright colours, emphasize your natural sources of light to make the room look brighter and larger. A sunlit room feels more spacious and eliminates shadows that can make an enclosed space feel smaller. If you’re low on light, consider using reflective surfaces, translucent shades, and tall windows. Professional builders on the Costa Blanca can give you ideas for skylights, transoms and other high windows that can help shed light in your small kitchen.

2. Prioritize Perfect Positioning

If your kitchen has a U-shaped layout, think about whether extra-slim drawers or cabinets will allow you to optimally position your key appliances. You may want to embrace the magic triangle – placing the stove, refrigerator and sink within one or two steps from one another. Positioning appliances the right way will make your kitchen more efficient.

3. Clear Away Clutter

This is probably the best space-saving trick you’ll ever learn. In a small space, it is imperative to do away with items that encroach on space. Cabinets, for instance, encroach on space, so consider getting rid of them. Switch to drawers to achieve maximum usability of the available space. For a custom built kitchen, you can hire quality builders to install drawers that suits your preferences. Rows of drawers look chic and organized, even if their content is not. Additionally, they allow easy access to items, unlike cabinets which require scouring and can cause cluttered space as items pile up on the counter as you cook.

4. Choose Pint-Sized Appliances

When it comes to kitchen appliances, big isn’t always better. There is a variety of smartly designed appliances for small spaces. Consider purchasing such appliances so you won’t have to sacrifice precious space to shoehorn them in.

5. Leave No Kitchen Storage Opportunity Unused

Identify spaces that are underutilized and use those areas to store kitchen items. Consider unused corners, between shelves, below the sink, at the back of cupboards and windowsills. You can use these areas as hanging space, placing cup hooks or for occasional storage. Also, consider the space on walls and doors – you can add hooks, a magnetic knife board or utensil rail on the sides of your cupboards or hung racks over a door. Adding extra shelves in corners can help make your kitchen more efficient. If you have a custom built kitchen, use overlooked areas like the space above doors, the cabinet toe kick and ceiling for clever storage spaces.

6. Use Savvy Shelving Options

Be smart with storage solutions such as shelving and cupboards by looking beyond the common options. Builders on the Costa Blanca have ideas that you can use like including modular units that are built into the wall and can be accessed from either side.

7. Make Spaces Multi-Functional

Whenever possible, add pieces that can pull double-duty in your small kitchen. A folding table, for example, can provide a spot where you can prep meals and dine without taking up valuable floor space. You can also have quality builders create an island or peninsula that can provide extra storage space and act as a useful worktop for food preparation.

8. Clean as You Go

Cleaning as you go helps keep your pint-sized kitchen organized. Cooking in a small kitchen can get out of control very quickly – one minute the space is neat and tidy, and the next minute you have teetering piles of dirty dishes, pot, and pans everywhere.

There you have it! These eight tips will help you maximize the space you have and ensure it functions the way you want. If you’re looking to create an efficient and functional kitchen in your Spanish home, call us at [+34] 966 493 051.

Flooring for homes in Spain

Spain is a choice destination for buying holiday homes and regular dwellings. Luckily, the existing real estate market satisfies this demand adequately. However, some people are pretty specific about their dream homes hence, they prefer custom built homes. With a reliable team of builders like Kevin Jones and his team of professionals, your building project becomes stress-free and pretty rewarding. You only need to explain your vision and ideas about the custom-made home, and the builders execute it. (more…)

Wintering a pool in Spain

When the summer months draw to a close and autumn begins to settle in, making swimming in your pool an uncomfortable prospect, then it is time to start preparing it for winter. This is a crucial part of pool maintenance and will have a large bearing on the longevity of your pool. We have put together some general tips for wintering your pool in Spain here but for extra help or information make sure to contact good quality builders for more.

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