Posted on: 17th Dec 2013
There are now more accessories than ever to keep the modern bathroom fully functioning and limit any negatives in getting yourself clean this winter.
Gone are the days where the bathroom was a place of necessity and hindrance, only used for the sole purpose of personal hygiene – small, cramped rooms that resembled something practical and functional, and needed to take up as little space in the house as possible.
A Place for Pampering
Today, the bathroom is seen as a place for pampering, relaxation and an escape from the stresses many people face in daily life. Larger rooms are sacrificed to create the ultimate bathroom space as more and more hours are spent in this new, tranquil arena.
Since the focus on a luxury bathroom has become more prevalent we have seen an increase in original and creative accessories to complement such a stylish room.
In the Deep Midwinter
During the winter the bathroom would once have been considered a cold and unwelcoming place but thanks to these improvements opinions have waivered.
One of the biggest, must-have, accessories for the winter is the heated towel rail. Since the turn of the century demand for towel rails has seen an almost exponential growth, and it is easy to see why.
The repeated scenario of having to leave the shower and dry in the cold, with a coarse towel is a daily grind for the majority of the British public. With a heated towel rail it keeps the towel soft and warm to provide instant satisfaction for the, suddenly cold, user
Posted on: 18th Nov 2013
Whether it is in the kitchen sink, the bath tub or that brand new stylish basin unit that you had installed, having a blocked plug hole is inconvenient and unpleasant.
It is probably the most common problem to occur in modern plumbing systems, as general the materials used and the designs incorporated minimise most other faults. However, a blocked plug can occur for many different reasons which is why they can happen annoyingly frequently.
Of course when it does happen it isn't usually a reflection on your cleanliness or maintenance any more than it is on the design of your fittings. The causes are usually simple and straightforward and can mostly be solved with a little application and few DIY skills.
When you do get a blocked drainage system of any kind it is important to tackle it swiftly as it can, in some rare cases, reflect a more serious underlying problem.
So what are some of the most common causes of blockages?
1. Foreign Objects
By far the most common cause of a blocked plug hole is because something has become stuck somewhere in the system. Although we don't realise it, a lot of material such as hair and soap in bathrooms, and fats and food waste in the kitchen, end up going down the plug hole.
Sometimes for various reasons this can accumulate further down the pipes and ultimately build up over time to cause a blockage which is only noticed when a slowing of draining water becomes an actual pool that refuses to budge
Posted on: 28th Oct 2013
Although a bath may be the centre focal point for many bathrooms, the basin is used far more regularly and as such, is an important part of any choice of suite. In fact, the wide range of basin styles, their supporting structure and the taps that go with them, means you can mix and match to make your bathroom a uniquely personalised design.
Traditional styles based on Victorian originals are still immensely popular but modern, contemporary designs offer a varied choice when it comes to both stylistic decisions and functional design. It is certainly the contemporary basin and mixer tap combinations that are the most exciting elements when designing a modern bathroom, so what should you be looking for?
Victoria Plumb has a wide range of top-end designs that offer high quality materials and workmanship while being extremely affordable. Choosing a basin design that sits on a counter top, can allow for a wide range of flexibility.
Whereas a traditional pedestal style basin can suit period homes and more traditional suites, those looking for a more modern and practical solution can pick and choose between different solutions; from counter tops that feature semi recessed basins through to glass or marble structures with a choice of basin styles on top.
The style of tap you choose doesn't simply reflect an overall design choice, as it can be a standout feature that brings its own unique slant to a suite – although it must still fulfil a vital function.
A mixer tap should provide hot and cold water in exactly the proportions you want with an easy-to-use mechanism. That's why all our taps at Victoria Plumb are manufactured to the highest specifications, utilising the latest ceramic disc technology.
There are as many styles of contemporary basin taps as there are basins themselves, and the chance to mix and match means that you can come up with your own unique combinations
Posted on: 13th Aug 2013
As opposed to a classic floor pedestal basin, wall mounted basin units save space while still looking elegant. They are also known as “cloakroom” basins, given the tendency for this versatile style to be chosen for less spacious en suites and cloakrooms, and can be found with dimensions as small as 360mm x 250mm.
Installing a wall mounted basin does not mean giving up on a pedestal, if that's the style you'd prefer. Semi pedestals save space and have a more contemporary appeal than the classic floor pedestal.
Sometimes a semi pedestal will mean that plumbing may have to be concealed and this can be a problem depending on how your walls are built. If the semi-pedestal isn’t for you, there is always the stylish option of keeping the piping exposed
with a bottle trap. This can also be boxed in if required. Wall mounted basin units are also available as corner units, making them especially useful in small and cramped rooms.
One of the major benefits of a wall mounted basin unit is that it can be fixed at any height; which is very useful if you need to install a small basin in a child's bathroom, for example. They are also much easier to clean without a pedestal and especially so if the plumbing is concealed
Posted on: 13th Aug 2013
If you’re considering giving your bathroom space an extensive makeover, then there are a few tips and tricks you might want to know about. Whether you’re going for warm and traditional or minimal and contemporary, it is important to ensure that the room gets a lot of light. Fortunately, there are a few simple ways to help achieve this. So here are a few things you might want to consider.
Where are the Windows?
The windows of your bathroom are, of course, the source of the room’s natural light. One of the best tips for making a room appear even lighter is to position a bathroom mirror on the adjacent wall. This will help bounce the light across the room and make the whole atmosphere a lot more bright and airy.
Choose a Big to Mid-Sized Mirror
When positioning a mirror on the adjacent wall, you must make sure that the mirror itself is large enough to be able to bounce a substantial amount of light. If it covers a fairly large portion of the wall, it will do a great job. Mirrors are also great at making a room appear bigger than it actually is