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: 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: 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
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