The Helium Quality Guide

January 4, 2018

Welcome to The Design By Helium Quality Guide. 

 

 

 

As a local attentive business we love to stay & support local where ever we can. That's why all our kitchens are manufactured in one of Britain's most industrial cities. Famous for it's strong history & contributions to the British manufacturing industry, all our kitchens carry the Made in Manchester badge with pride.

 

Our manufacturer is a family owned & run business with more than 30 years of kitchen manufacturing experience who serve the entire country with beautifully British kitchens. Every single one of our projects are unique & so each & every kitchen is completely made to order.

 

Here at Helium we are so passionate about our kitchens that we created this comprehensive guide that gives you all the technical information you need to know about our products. All of our furniture products are constructed with the greatest of care & attention to detail; which enables us to provide you with a beautiful & robust kitchen that is of a superior quality & that will outlive many other brands.

 

 

The summary of a helium kitchen

All of our kitchens are manufactured with:

  • High quality, responsibly sourced European EGGER board,

  • Machine aided manufacturing processes,

  • 2mm PVC edging,

  • Stainless steel shelf pegs,

  • Heavy duty cabinet legs,

  • Blum integrated soft close hinges & runners,

  • A range of carcase colours available to suit,

  • A beautiful selection of versatile door ranges.

Continue reading for a more in depth view of our products.

 

Quality Materials & Construction

 

The quality of a Helium kitchen is second to none & it all starts with using only the best materials & manufacturing processes. All of our cabinets are manufactured from EGGER board. The EGGER brand is associated with extremely high standards of quality which gained the FIRA Gold accreditation for product excellence. This accreditation means the board has been rigorously tested and approved for use in the furniture manufacturing industry. EGGER are also a very Eco conscious brand & are committed to sustainable forest management.

 

All of the joints on our cabinets are secured by cam, pin & dowel fixings which are placed & fixed by computer aided machinery with a 0.2mm accuracy level. This way of manufacturing & jointing is much more superior to the standard screwing methods as it reduces board penetration & any human error; which in turn reduces waste.

 

 

EGGER boards are known for their:

Unmatched strength

Life long durability 

Moisture resistency 

Wide range of colours & textures

Complimenting products such as doors & worktops for a unique design.

 

 

 

 

EGGER boards are also available in a wide range of colours. So unlike some competitors which may offer a selection of white, cream & beech coloured carcasses; your Helium kitchen could boast, oak, American walnut or even concrete interiors. It's details like these that make your kitchen unique from the rest.

 

 

Every single one of our units are delivered to your home in a fully rigid, pre-built condition. This eliminates any human error & speeds up the installation process; unlike some flat pack manufacturers which require every cabinet to be put together, on site, by hand. This can be extremely time consuming & can result in an inferior build quality.

 

All cabinets come as standard with a fixed 18mm back panel to create a sturdy & robust unit. 

 

 

Unlike some of our competitors that use 0.4mm edging tape we secure a 2mm PVC edging (shown above) to all of our units which is completely sealed to ensure that no water, dirt or moisture can penetrate the body of your kitchen. 

 

 

Quality components

 

Exceptional quality components are imperative to building a kitchen that will last. To ensure a strong & functional kitchen we use only the best stainless steel shelf pegs to supports your possessions & heavy duty cabinet legs to ensure proper support is given to the likes of quartz & granite worktops.

 

Your hinges, lift ups & drawer runners are the key working parts that keep your kitchen functioning on a day to day basis. They provide luxurious soft closes as standard to every single one of our kitchens, easy to open storage & they support the weight of your drawers & accessories. For these reasons we use only the best components from Blum. Their industry recognised products & innovative technologies offer the support that you & your kitchen require. So sure their products are the best, Blum offer a lifetime guarantee as standard on all of their products.

 

 

The combination of our precisely manufactured furniture mixed with Blum components ensures that a Helium kitchen is equal to or if not above the standard of most British and European furniture brands.

 

 

Quality Materials - Door Fronts

A quick reference guide to the Helium door range. We use only superior materials, paints & finishes to ensure your finished kitchen is both a stunning & practical space.

 

 

ALLESTREE

Beaded shaker,

21mm thick, 5 Piece ash door with veneered centre panel,

Contemporary 80mm stile & 11mm beading,

Painted to order in 28 bespoke matt colours,

Curved & glazed doors available,

Available in made to measure sizes.

 

 

 

 

BAYSTONE

In- Frame classic shaker,

20mm thick, 9 Piece ash door & frame,

Contemporary 90mm stile,

Painted to order in 28 bespoke matt colours,

Curved & glazed doors available,

Available with decor book hinges to complete the look.

 

 

 

 

 

COSDON

Contemporary slab door,

18mm thick MDF slab door,

Painted to order in 28 matt & 16 gloss bespoke colours,

Available in made to measure sizes,

Available as a standard kitchen or as a German style handle less,

Use Aluminium framed doors for a glazed accent,

Available to accent with any doors from the MODA range.

 

 

 

EASTDON

Classic shaker door,

21mm thick 5 piece ash door with veneered centre panel,

Contemporary 90mm stile,

Painted to order in 28 bespoke matt colours,

Curved & glazed doors available.

 

 

 

 

 

TORBERRY

Contemporary slab door with fine edge detail,

22mm thick MDF slab door,

Painted to order in 28 bespoke matt colours,

Curved units available,

Use Aluminium framed doors for a glazed accent.

 

 

 

 

 

 

QUALITY APPLIANCES

Helium has a very strict policy of only recommending appliances from brands that we trust. Your appliances are a fundamental part of your kitchen & especially if you're a keen chef you'll need appropriate functions & features to make your life easier & to make preparing meals even more enjoyable.

 

Our preferred & trusted brands consist of German brands, Bosch, Neff & Miele, across the ranges they provide an incredible amount of functions & features including the Neff slide & hide door & the new Home Connect appliances from Bosch for all you tech lovers & gadget gurus! Miele which needs no introduction at all provides unbeatable German quality & technological advancements over all other appliance brands; with each appliance tested to last for 20 years you know you're working with the best in your new kitchen.

 

 

For larger freestanding appliances such as fridge freezers & integrated wonders like dish or refrigerator drawers, Helium prefers Fisher & Paykel. A contemporary brand from New Zealand that boasts modern & innovative products & a beautiful range of contemporary range cookers.

 

 

 

Extraction is a major aspect of any kitchen; & with open plan living becoming increasingly popular it's so important that all kitchen smells & fumes are filtered from the space, quickly & efficiently.

 

That's why for extraction we choose only ELICA, the AIRchitects. Elica is an an Italian brand which specialises only in extraction. They provide an unbeatable range of beautifully designed products that are both functional & stylish. 

 

Weather your searching for a feature piece, something completely hidden or an impressive gadget, Elica has the perfect option for you & your kitchen.

 

 

Expert Design

With almost 10 years experience focused directly on kitchen design, I've been trained by some of the best companies in the industry including Bosch, Neff, Siemens, Miele, Nobilia (Germany) & Leicht (New York); so you can be sure that you'll receive answers to all of your questions & information about all of your chosen products.

 

Each & every kitchen is designed to suit your brief, your budget & your space, to make sure that you get the most out of your new kitchen.

 

Helium provides an incredibly high quality design for every project no matter how big or small. Clear plans, elevations, virtual tours & photo realistic images mean that you can see exactly how your finished space will look.

 

 

 

 

INSTALLATION & PROJECT MANAGEMENT

Unlike some of the larger showrooms, each & every one of our projects is nurtured from start to finish. Our kitchens are not treated as sales figures but as the individual projects that they are. No matter the size, all of projects are treated with the same respect & given the same friendly & professional support. We are very hands on & make regular site visits to assess the works; & provide you with daily updates to keep you in the loop.

 

As with any creative project there can often be small snags & unfortunately there can sometimes be damaged or missing items from deliveries; these things happen from time to time & it's completely normal. However, it's the way in which we deal with these situations which makes us stand out from the rest. Replacements are ordered immediately & snags are recorded on site & arranged to be rectified as soon as possible. A simple & stress free process in which you will be updated at every step of the way.

 

 

OTHER SERVICES

Although Helium focuses predominately on your kitchen. We work alongside some quality local trades too & are able to make recommendations for builders, tilers & painters too. So whether you are seeking a refurbishment to an existing room, or you'd like to remodel your interior or even add an extension; choosing Design by Helium to supply your new kitchen will gain you access to our network of trusted local tradesmen.

 

Installing a kitchen can be messy job, but Helium is attentive & proactive in making sure that your property is respected & you can move back into your space as soon as possible. While our fitters always sweep up & remove any kitchen waste from your property; we also use a local cleaning service to clean all the saw dust & debris from the internals of your kitchen; allowing you to move right back in once all the services are up & running.

 

Treated yourself to a Quooker tap or another cool gadget? No problem at all, I'm always happy to arrange a quick visit with you once they're all connected & working to show you how to safely use your new products with confidence & ease.

 

It's small touches & actions like these that make us incredibly proud of the HELIUM brand.

 

 

So there you have it, a (slightly longer than intended) & detailed overview of everything you need to know about our products & services. If you have any other questions about our ranges or services, leave us a comment below or get in touch via the contact page.

 

 

See you next time,

Francesca

 

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​​​​​​Do you want to connect with other people who are undertaking kitchen projects too? Head over to the THE KITCHEN DESIGN GROUP on Facebook for ideas, inspiration, discussions, reviews & also tips & advice on renovating/building your dream kitchen. Anyone can join & get involved so be sure to add friends & family who may be interested too!

 

 

 

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