Posted on: 2nd Apr 2014
Your choice of whether you install a shower enclosure or a bathtub will have an enormous effect on your mornings every day for years to come, so you need to decide very carefully exactly which is best for you.
There are many factors to consider when deciding between the two, relating to the design and proportions of your bathroom, your personal needs, your family’s needs and your preferences.
Here is a breakdown of the five key questions to ask yourself, to help you make this essential decision:
1. How much space do you have available?
Some bathrooms simply won’t be able to accommodate a full-size bathtub and you need to look at the proportions of the bathtubs on the market and measure your space carefully to see if any can fit.
If your bathroom is of a certain size, you may simply have to install a shower enclosure rather than a bathtub.
2. Do you even need to choose?
If you have space available for a full-size bathtub and don’t want to limit yourself, a shower fixed above the bathtub, with an accompanying shower bath installed, may be the perfect compromise.
3. What are you realistically going to need?
Some live fast-paced, busy lifestyles and simply don’t have the time to take a relaxing bath every morning. If you’re one of these racy individuals, you don’t want to cut yourself off from the time-efficiency of a shower enclosure
Posted on: 26th Mar 2014
A morning shower can be great for waking yourself up and for a quick and convenient clean, but there's nothing quite like a luxurious bath at the end of a busy day. Many modern bathrooms have both, or even combine the two in a space-saving shower bath.
The right bath for you will depend on a number of factors. Personal tastes, requirements and practical issues such as the space you have available, mean that there's no single bathing solution that's perfect for everybody.
Double-ended baths and roll top baths offer stylish and luxurious options for bathrooms of all styles and sizes.
What is a Double-ended Bath?
A double-ended bath can be comfortably used in either direction. This means that a single bather can sit at either end or alternatively two bathers can use the tub at the same time – perfect if you have children who require a daily bath. Double-ended baths come in a wide variety of styles and sizes but a common feature is that the plug and taps are generally situated in the centre, meaning nobody gets 'the tap end' with an uncomfortable plug to sit on!
What is a Roll Top Bath?
The 'roll top' of a roll top bath refers to the rim of the tub, which curves gently with no sharp edges. This rounded edge gives a pleasing aesthetic effect and can also be more comfortable getting in and out of the bath.
Beyond this distinctive rounded edge, roll top baths come in a wide variety of shapes and styles and can be made of different materials
Posted on: 10th Feb 2014
Where fashion leads, interior trends often follow.
Monochrome has been particularly popular on the catwalks for the past few seasons now, and it’s a trend that has filtered down to interiors too. But although very current right now, it’s also a look that is timeless, which means that it’s a great choice for a space like the bathroom. Once you’ve invested in a new bathroom suite you probably won’t want to update it in a hurry so it’s important to choose a décor scheme that will endure. This is particularly true if you are going to be tiling the space as well, as tiles aren’t something you can cheaply and easily replace.
Black and white are soul mates, like yin and yang - seemingly opposite ‘forces’ that are actually interconnected and interdependent. Black absorbs while white reflects. Put them together and they pack a punch, creating design schemes with real impact.
Here are a few reasons why black and white works particularly well for bathrooms:
It never goes out of style
Black and white is a timeless combination that won’t date. It will look good for years, and you won’t need to update it in a few seasons when colour trends change
Posted on: 8th Jan 2014
Did you know today is actually Bubble Bath Day?!
According to Punchbowl. com: People have been enjoying warm baths for thousands of years. In Ancient Rome, bathing at a public facility was part of the daily routine for most citizens. A trip to the Roman baths might include a dip in the caldarium (hot tub), a brief break in the laconicum (sauna), and a refreshing swim in the frigidarium (cold pool). It’s important to indulge in a luxurious soak every once in a while. A bubble bath can help open up your pores, cleanse your skin, and relax muscles. ”
So who are we to argue with thousands of years of tradition? Why not jump into a nice deep, warm bath, with plenty of bubbles. Relax with a cheeky glass of wine (forget those New Year’s resolutions for a few hours!), put on some soothing music and break out the candles, for some peaceful “me time”!
If your bath tub isn’t the most welcoming, take a look at some of our stunning freestanding, roll top baths – the absolute height of luxury but at very affordable prices.
Are you planning on celebrating Bubble Bath Day? Let us know by leaving a comment below!
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