Posted on: 15th Nov 2013
Without wanting to go into too much detail (or any detail for that matter) we all spend a significant portion of our life on the toilet. While this may not seem like big news there is one hurdle which we must all overcome – the choice of toilet seat.
Style and Comfort
There are two main considerations when choosing a toilet seat. The first is style and the second is comfort. The seat has to work well with the style of the room. It has to fit, in a design sense, and work aesthetically.
Go for an oak toilet seat in a modern minimalist bathroom and it will look out of place. The reverse is also true. A minimalist seat in a country style bathroom will look odd so you need to try and match the style of your seat to the rest of the room.
Bold or Subtle?
The toilet seat can also either be a design statement or it can be something that simply nestles with the rest of the features
Posted on: 6th Sep 2013
If you were in America and asked where the loo was, the chances are that you would be met with a funny, puzzled look. If you asked where the toilet was, you would be met with a slightly more disapproving look. The thing is that we all have different ways of asking about the conveniences.
In America they refer to the toilet as the bathroom. To actually use the word toilet is considered slightly bad form. That begs the question, however, where did the word loo come from and why is it so particular to us Brits?
“Watch out for the Water!”
There are several theories about the origin of this strange word for the toilet that we use in Britain. The most commonly cited reason for our use of the word loo is that it comes from the cry of "gardyloo!". This in turn comes from the French term regardez l’eau, which translates literally as "watch out for the water". Servants would have shouted this in medieval times when they were emptying chamber pots into the street. This was frequently done from the upstairs windows of buildings, so it was certainly very good advice
Posted on: 9th Jun 2013
When bathroom space is an issue, you might want to consider using a concealed cistern for your toilet. These cisterns are easy to install and sit out-of-sight behind a wall, attached to the toilet pan.
They even fit above the ceiling or in a wall cavity or stud-partition space (some concealed cisterns are as thin as 75mm) so all that's visible is the flush. They can contribute to a cleaner, more elegant looking bathroom but fulfil all the functions of a standard close-coupled system.
So, what do you need to know about them?
Size and Location
Concealed cisterns are only going to be an option if you have the space. Check the height and depth of your partition carefully against the array of concealed cistern sizes available.
Remember that concealed cisterns are only viable for a back-to-wall pan which makes them the only real option for a wall hung toilet. When shopping for a unit compatible with this type of toilet you should be looking for a concealed cistern that incorporates a hanging frame.
This frame will sit behind the wall and carry the weight of the pan as well as providing a neat housing for the cistern itself. Whatever the pan, make sure it's fully compatible with the cistern you want beforehand