Bathrooms

Our favourite Planet and People Friendly Products!

Whether you’re renovating or building from scratch, nowadays there is an emphasis on ‘eco-construction’ and how we can reduce the impact our homes have on the environment.

From using environmentally friendly building materials to renewable energy and green technology within the home there are many alternative products out there which can make your home more ‘eco friendly’.

Here we take a look at the alternatives and their eco friendly properties.

Calcium silicate Bricks

Unless you’re able to use re-claimed bricks, use calcium silicate bricks which use of less energy and do not produce the same amount of air pollutants associated with firing clay. Calcium silicate bricks therefore are considered to render significantly less impact on the environment than clay bricks. Notable uses of the brick in London include Battersea Power Station and the RIBA building in Portland Place.

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Timber

Wherever possible the use of sustainable timber is the ‘go to’ option for any ‘eco home’. Using sustainable timber such as that which is FSC or PEFC certified stimulates the expansion of managed forests to absorb CO2. FSC certified forests support biodiversity and protect the rights of indigenous peoples. The UK is the biggest importer of FSC certified timber.
Using UK grown timber reduces embodied energy and contributes to the local culture and economy - Milling logs has a comparatively low environmental impact.
Timber is a very safe material to handle. It is non-toxic and does not break down into environmentally damaging materials.

Natural clay plasters

Non-toxic and made from sustainable raw materials, natural clay plasters have breath ability to prevent harmful mold and reduce allergies and asthma plus they are recyclable. (clay works)
Clay expands when wet, the wetter it becomes, the more it resists moisture. This makes it an ideal plaster to use in contact with wood or straw. Clay plaster also regulates temperature and air-moisture.

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Eco friendly insulation

Recycled newspaper, sheeps wool, hemp and plastics are alternatives to mineral based insulation materials and are safer to handle and reduce the homes carbon foot print.

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Hempcrete

Hempcrete is a building material that incorporates hemp into its mixture. Hempcrete is very versatile as it can be used for wall insulation, flooring, walls, roofing and more. It’s fire-proof, water-proof, and rot-proof as long as it’s above ground. Hempcrete is made from the shiv or inside stem of the hemp plant and is then mixed with a lime base binder to create the building material. This mixture creates a negative carbon footprint for those who are concerned with the carbon side of things. Hempcrete is much more versatile, easy to work with and pliable than concrete. In fact, earthquakes cannot crack these structures as they are 3 times more resistant than regular concrete.

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Timbercrete

Timbercrete’s thermal insulation properties out-perform many masonry products by up to 6 times. It’s made from timber waste products and actually traps the carbon that would otherwise end up as greenhouse gas. You save energy for heating and cooling, and each brick, paver and block takes a lot less energy to produce. Timbercrete has excellent sound absorption and acoustic qualities

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Ferrock

Compared to Portland cement (made from chalk and clay and resembling Portland stone in color), which is one of the leading types in use throughout the world today, Ferrock is actually five times stronger. It can withstand more compression before breaking and is far more flexible, meaning it could potentially resist the earth movements caused by seismic activity or industrial processes. One of the unique properties of Ferrock is that it becomes even stronger in salt water environments, making it ideal for marine-based construction projects. And rather than emitting large amounts of C02 as it dries, Ferrock actually absorbs and binds it! This results in a carbon-negative process that actually helps to trap greenhouse gases.

Solar panels


Energy bills have in the past years increased by at least 7% per annum. You can protect yourself from the rising utility bills by incorporating solar panels into your energy mix. This will reduce your electricity bills significantly. Plus through Feed-in Tariffs (FiT) you can get paybacks for the electricity you produce. The Feed-In Tariff is an initiative by the UK Government aimed at helping you to become more self-sufficient and sustainable in your use of energy, whilst earning some extra income. Plus if your system produces more energy than you need, through the generous tariff schemes, you can sell the surplus back to the grid.
Solar panels work all year round. Their full potential is released during the sunny months, but they also produce a considerable amount of electricity during the winter, as well as on cloudy days.
Solar panels need almost no maintenance. Once the panels are installed, you need to keep them clean and check whether any trees begin to overshadow the solar PV array.

Solar water heating systems use solar panels, called collectors, fitted to your roof. These collect heat from the sun and use it to heat up water which is stored in a hot water cylinder. A boiler or immersion heater can be used as a back up to heat the water further to reach the required temperature.

Double Glazing

Double and Large glazing reduces the need for lighting and reduces the cost of heating homes.Traditional windows, with a single pane of glass in them, have a U value in excess of 5. Double glazing used to score over 3, but, over the years, the manufacturing process has undergone a number of improvements and currently the Building Regulations insist that any window you install today should have a U value no worse than 1.6. Some countries like Sweden and Norway use triple glazed windows which have a U value of 1.8 (impressive). However the cost of installing triple glazing and each windows weight means it has an embodied energy* approximately 50% higher than double glazing.

*Embodied energy is the energy consumed by all of the processes associated with the production of a building, from the mining and processing of natural resources to manufacturing, transport and product delivery.

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Wool Carpets

Allegedly, flooring products account for around 40% of a building’s environmental impact and soft flooring will be changed between 6 and 12 times during the 60 years of a building’s life. Whatever the source of these figures, they are a useful prompt to consider the importance of specifying products such as carpeting with an eye to minimising environmental impact. Our thoughts on carpet…. don’t buy carpets but if you do want carpets then go for wool or buy a wool rug.  It is very durable and can last centuries. In some families wool rugs have been passed down from generation to generation making them  family heirlooms.   Other natural materials used to make carpets or rugs are sisal, jute and cotton.

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Pure Glue Eco Plywood

Pure Glue Eco Plywood combines the lightweight nature and decorative face of plywood with a non-toxic, formaldehyde-free glue for improved air quality.

Little Greene Paint Co.

This company produces waterbased paints that carry the industry's lowest eco-rating, with VOC content now virtually zero. This means you don't need to worry about solvent contributions to the atmosphere or any respiratory issues, or the smell; they are virtually odourless.

Oil based paints are traditionally favoured because of their renowned longevity and superb finish. Little Greene oil based paints have been reformulated using sustainable vegetable oils, without compromising on their unrivalled quality.

The paper used in their wallpapers comes from FSC or PEFC certificated sustainable forests; so for every tree used another four are planted. The pigments used to print them are completely non-toxic and the excellent wallpaper paste contains no solvent.

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Air Source Heat Pumps

Air Source Heat Pumps use refrigeration technology to provide heat from a condensing unit. The evaporator side of the heat pump absorbs energy from the air outside the house using it as a source of heat for a properties hot water cylinder, radiators or underfloor heating. If the right unit is installed in the property, an Air Source Heat Pump can provide all the hot water and heating a property requires for 365 days a year.

Grey Water/ Rain water Harvesting

Grey water recycling within domestic homes is the process of taking used water from showers, baths and hand wash basins, filtering it and storing the filtered water for re-use.

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Ground Source Heat Pumps

Ground Source Heat Pumps (GSHP) utilise the heat energy stored in the ground to heat water that can be distributed to the heating system, domestic hot water system and appliances within a building. The GSHP works by passing heat from the ground through buried pipework that carries a brine mixture which converts the heat into higher temperatures for use within the home.

So if you want to make your home more eco-friendly or you would like a free quote on any home improvement project then contact us today!!

Oh and one last note… When sourcing materials take a good look at what constitutes the product or material. If you are unsure about the provenance or ingredient of some product, ask the manufacturer to state where it comes from and what it is made of. If the manufacturer is on top of their game, they will make available an Environmental Product Declaration (EPD). If a declaration isn't on offer, at least check the health and safety sheet for any human toxin content.

Here are a list of ingredients to stay away from:

Alkylphenol
Alkylphenols are a component in phenolic resins, but they can also be found in adhesives, paints and coatings and high performance rubber products..

Asbestos
The history of the use of asbestos culminated in one of the greatest public health tragedies of modern times. Exposure to the former wonder mineral continues to be the cause of one of the most pernicious forms of cancer.

Bisphenol A
Bisphenol A is used as a hardener in making polycarbonate plastics and epoxy resins. Common BPA products include water bottles, baby bottles, food storage containers, household electronics, plastic lenses and DVDs.

Cadmium
Most commonly used in the production of nickel-cadmium (Ni-Cd) rechargeable batteries and as a sacrificial corrosion-protection coating for iron and steel. Other uses include alloys, coatings (electroplating), solar cells, plastic stabilisers, and pigments.

Chlorinated Polyethylene (CPE)
CPE is a versatile material that when compounded with other materials, achieves different properties and products. It is widely used as a thermoplastic elastomer (TPE), rubber and modifier for resins (PVC, PE and ABS)

Chlorobenzene
Chlorobenzene's most high-profile application was in the production of the pesticide DDT. Modern uses are as a solvent in the manufacture of adhesives, paints, paint removers, polishes, dyes, and drugs.

Chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs)
CR is used mainly in the rubber industry but is also important as a raw material for adhesives and has different latex applications such as moulded foam, rubber sheeting, sound insulation and gaskets.

Chloroprene
CR is used mainly in the rubber industry but is also important as a raw material for adhesives and has different latex applications such as moulded foam, rubber sheeting, sound insulation and gaskets.

Chlorosulfonated polyethylene (CSPE)
CSPE’s weatherability, UV stability and adhesion capability have made this material very popular as a commercial roofing material. Other applications include wire and cable sheathing and paint.Formaldehyde
Formaldehyde is used in a wide spectrum of products.  In construction, formaldehyde is still widely used as a binder in insulation products as well as commonly as an adhesive in wood panel products.

Halogenated flame retardants
Flame retardants (FR) are compounds that when added to manufactured materials, such as plastics and textiles, and surface finishes and coatings that inhibit, suppress, or delay the production of flames to prevent the spread of fire.

Hexavalent chromium (aka Chromium-6 )
It's corrosion resistance make it a first choice as an alloy or plating in the production of stainless steel. Hexavalent chromium is used to produce CCA (chromated copper arsenate) that is applied as a preservative in the treatment of structural timber.

Lead
Lead comes with a long history of use, but in recent times we have become aware of its potential to render harm to humans. However, it still plays a role in the construction industry, primarily in roofing applications.

Mercury
Though previously applied to a wide spectrum of products and processes, mercury's toxicity has become highly restrictive of general useage.

Perfluorinated Compounds (PFCs)
PFCs are used to make stain, heat and water-resistant products including fire protection agents, floor polishes and paints. They are also used to manufacture non-stick coatings.

Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs)
PCBs are synthetic organic chemicals that were manufactured for use in various industrial and commercial applications - including oil in electrical and hydraulic equipment, and plasticisers in paints, plastics and rubber products. Useage has become severley restricted in recent years.

Polyvinyl chloride (PVC)
Such is the height of the PVC industry's econmic profile, that critiicism from GreenPeace and others has provoked the producers of PVC into a series of intense and acrimonius confrontations.

Polyvinylidene Chloride (PVDC)
Polyvinylidene Chloride is synthesised from ethylene dichloride. Introduced by DOW Chemicals in 1939, the PVDC monomer is used in the manufacture of barrier coatings, fibres and plastics.

Pthalates
Phthalates are esters of phthalic acid and are most commonly found in plastics, and primarily, in PVC as plasticisers to increase their flexibility, transparency, durability and longevity.

Short-Chain Chlorinated Paraffins (SCCPs) (aka Chlorinated alkanes)
SCCPs are found world-wide in the environment, wildlife and humans. They are bioaccumulative in wildlife and humans, are persistent and transported globally through the environment

 

Our favourite freestanding baths!

Freestanding baths can work to create a stunning focal point for your bathroom while also adding a touch of elegance and personality.

They can often be costly though so, before you invest in a new stylish tub here are some things you should give some thought to.

 

Weight

This shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone, but bathtubs are heavy - especially freestanding ones - and they'll only get heavier once you add a tub so can your home handle the weight of a freestanding bathtub?

Before you purchase your dream freestanding tub (and we've got some lovely examples below) make sure your home can physically withstand the pressure of it all, unless you want to cause some seriously structural damage to your home.

 

Location

Where you position your tub can make all the difference between a stylish and relaxing bathroom, and one that looks horribly cramped. Obviously, if you have a larger bathroom this won't be as much as a problem, but if your bathroom is on the smaller side of things this will be something you'll have to put some thought into.

Consider placing your bathtub somewhere with enough space on either side to stack your toiletries (soaps, shampoos, conditioner, etc) and maybe even a laundry basket. This will make sure you've got enough 'wiggle room' to stop your bathroom from looking a little too squashed together.

For those with smaller bathrooms, opt for a slipper bath model as these tend to fit neatly into smaller rooms and help to give the illusion of space.

 

Style

Freestanding bathtubs act as a statement piece in any room, but what kind of statement you make all depends on the style you go for.

Decide whether you want your bathroom to have a contemporary or traditional look. If you're looking for something modern you might want to go with a tub with a trendy metallic finish or a bespoke paint job to match the room. For a traditional look, you can never go wrong with a classic slipper bath.

Here are some of our favourite freestanding tubs to get you started...

The best indoor trees!

When it comes to making design statements at home, large indoor plants is our favourite trend so far! Most of us know instinctively that being close to greenery makes us feel more at ease with our surroundings. We experience less stress when there are plants around us. Buildings are quieter and more relaxed but, at the same time, more stimulating and interesting. Indoor trees and plants can also

  1. Increase humidity 
  2. Reduce levels of certain pollutants, such as benzene and nitrogen dioxide 
  3. Reduce airborne dust levels 
  4. Keep air temperatures down 
  5. Reduce carbon dioxide levels

 Indoor trees can work beautifully so long as the tree receives the essentials: air, water, soil and sunlight. It’s also important to consider the tree’s growth habits, requirements and ongoing maintenance.Stay away from trees that produce messy fruits, or need to be constantly fertilized or pruned. Of course, you also want to be mindful of plants that have poisonous parts and opt for nontoxic ones if you have kids or pets.

So check out the different styles below and decide which one would complement your home.

Bathroom trends we love!

Wallpaper

Want to make a bold statement in your bathroom? There’s no better way to create a beautiful focal point than with some printed wallpaper. Bathrooms no longer have to be fully tiled to withstand damp and humid conditions. New vinyl and super-strength wallpaper styles are durable and splash proof, so you can create any look you choose in your bathroom, turning it into a dressing room, spa sanctuary or boudoir-style getaway.

TIle patterns

Make sure to opt for innovative, exciting tiling patterns too to add wow factor to your bathroom.There are so many exciting tile patterns to choose from — and so many ways to use them to a room’s best advantage. No matter how you want to alter the appearance or scale of a room, there’s a tile pattern designed to work for you. Our tile pattern guide will give you examples of ways to tranform your home with tile.

Kit-kats

This year in the world of tiles it’s all about the ‘kit-kats’. Gone are the days of metro and traditional bricks – kit-kats are the slightly thinner and longer version. For a modern fresh look try using hand made tiles in neutral tones like soft pink and traditional terracotta. 

fish scales

Fish scale tiles (also know as fan tiles or scallop tiles) have been around for centuries. This classic and elegant shape has been reinterpreted and refined with each new resurgence of this trend. The great thing about a pattern or a shape, is that depending on the colour used, it can either be bold and exciting or subtle and elegant. 

Now that we've shown you our favourite tile trends, decide on your favourite and let us create the most amazing bathroom for you.

What's in or out in 2018!

So we have been looking at the trends for 2018 and here are our ideas for what's hot and what's not in 2018.

IN: Statement Art             OUT: Gallery wall

Is it time for busy (slightly chaotic) gallery walls to be replaced by bigger statement pieces? 

IN: Brass                         OUT: Copper

With copper everywhere nowadays we think the more subtle sophisticated tones of brass will be a massive trend in 2018.

IN: Lavender                      OUT: Millennial Pink

We love millennial pink and we think it will still stick around for a while to come but it looks like shades of lavender are now one of the front runners for 2018!

IN: Terrazzo                        OUT: Carrara marble

We love marble as its classy and long lasting but it looks like Carrara marble is a big hit in the interior design world... lets see what happens!

IN: Herringbone floors       OUT: White painted floors

We love painted floors as it's cheap and transforms the look of any room but it looks like herringbone floors are coming back as the more stylish and longer lasting choice.

IN: Green                             OUT: Indigo

You can't go wrong with indigo as its a classic colour but for an edgier more modern look make sure you go green as this looks like a major colour trend for 2018.

Dark and stormy interiors!

We're getting our spook on for Halloween and we have put together our favourite black interiors. 

Handmade tiles - the hottest trend!

We can't get enough of handmade tiles at the moment, especially the matte varieties. The texture of each tile makes the most boring of rooms super stylish. Whatever shape you prefer - scales, scallops, kit-kat, hexangonal or square, make sure to use handmade tiles somewhere in your home for that super luxe look. Check out our favourites below and call us for a quote!

Statement bathroom floors!

We believe a bathroom can be completely rejuvanated with a statement floor. So whether you use tiles, carpet, paint or wood make sure to give your bathroom floor a new, stylish makeover. Check out our favourites for some serious inspiration and call us for a quote!

Geometric tiles look together with a free standing bath just has that WOW factor.

Geometric tiles look together with a free standing bath just has that WOW factor.

These floral tiles look so fashionable against the clean and modern subway tiles and wooden stools.

These floral tiles look so fashionable against the clean and modern subway tiles and wooden stools.

Add some fun with tiles that stand out and make the room fun and inviting.

Add some fun with tiles that stand out and make the room fun and inviting.

Tiles that pic up on the tones of the freestanding bath and the rest of the bathroom makes it look so chic!

Tiles that pic up on the tones of the freestanding bath and the rest of the bathroom makes it look so chic!

Hexagonal tiles make this bathroom look modern, sleek and looks so good.

Hexagonal tiles make this bathroom look modern, sleek and looks so good.

Mixing up geometric tiles with a rug makes the room playful and fun.

Mixing up geometric tiles with a rug makes the room playful and fun.

Painting the floor the same colour as the walls creating the illusion of more spacious and look so modern..

Painting the floor the same colour as the walls creating the illusion of more spacious and look so modern..

For a traditional look use natural tones together with quality wooden floor boards to give that super luxurious and relaxing feel.

For a traditional look use natural tones together with quality wooden floor boards to give that super luxurious and relaxing feel.

Use a statement rug against simple tiles to give a vibrant and eclectic feel to the bathroom.

Use a statement rug against simple tiles to give a vibrant and eclectic feel to the bathroom.

Chevron wooden flooring which runs throughout the bathroom looks super against the subway tiles.

Chevron wooden flooring which runs throughout the bathroom looks super against the subway tiles.

These simple and elegant geometric tiles give this bathroom that edge.

These simple and elegant geometric tiles give this bathroom that edge.

For that shabby chic look go for painted floor boards which will age with time and will give the bathroom a real unique look.

For that shabby chic look go for painted floor boards which will age with time and will give the bathroom a real unique look.

A persian statement rug which complements the  colour of the bathroom cabinets and stands out against the white walls just looks great!

A persian statement rug which complements the  colour of the bathroom cabinets and stands out against the white walls just looks great!

A white floor just looks super simple, modern, clean and effortlessly stylish.

A white floor just looks super simple, modern, clean and effortlessly stylish.

Wet rooms - a how to guide!

Whatever the size of your bathroom having a wet room is just a must!

So if you want a wet room but you're unsure where to start then here are some tips on how to get the best result.

Installing a wet room is a job for the professionals as a gradient needs to be created along the floor to channel the shower water into a drain and then the entire room needs to be tanked (waterproofed).

Advantages of a wet room

  • A wet room is super-stylish and perfect for creating a contemporary look.
  • As a second bathroom, a wet room can easily increase the value of your home.
  • Great for small bathrooms – removing the bath creates loads more space.
  • Wet rooms are, in general, easier to clean. There’s no shower screen or tray to worry about and if you go for a wall-hung sink and toilet, it’s easier still.
  • If it’s done properly, your floor (the bit under the tiles) is better protected than it would be in a standard bathroom.

Disadvantages of a wet room

  • In small bathrooms, watch out for wet towels and loo roll caused by spray from the shower.
  • You’ll need a professional fitter to waterproof the room – if it’s not done properly leaking water can cause damage.
  • Wet rooms should be tiled from floor to ceiling – and that’s expensive. And if you go for porous stone tiles, they may need to be resealed every few months, which is hard work.
  • Swapping a main bathroom for a wet room could make your home less sellable – buyers want at least one bath.

What type of tiles should I use?

Concrete will give your wet room a rough luxe look. If you are going to use tiles, choose non-porous bathroom tiles like ceramic or porcelain. Porous tiles, such as slate, marble and limestone need sealing every few months to prevent water damage. Only use floor tiles specifically for bathrooms on the floor so they aren’t slippery.

Now that we've given you some tips on how to design your wet room, check out our favourites below for more inspiration and call us today for a quote!

 

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Tropical decor - our favourites!

Tropical decor is bang on trend now summer is approaching. So we have rounded up our favourite ways to use a tropical theme in every room of the house! So whether you use tropical themed murals, wallpaper, artwork, cushion covers or plants just make sure to incorporate this style somewhere in your house! Enjoy!

Top tips for designing a bathroom!

Whether it’s the ultimate retreat to soak away the day’s worries or the busiest room in the house, your bathroom should be functional, easy to clean and safe. Getting to that point can be time-consuming, expensive and messy, but we have some tricks to help you.

MOVE THE UTILITIES

It might cost you more to move the plumbing around, but it could make for a much better layout and even allow you to have a separate bath and shower. 

ALLOW FOR WET & DRY AREAS

Try to keep showers and baths furthest from the door. Keep toilets and vanities closest to the door, so any mess from a shower is kept away from the main traffic areas. Also consider the placement of the toilet; you don’t want it to be the first thing you see when you look through the bathroom door.

MAKE A WINDOW A FEATURE

If moving a window to make way for a shower is not an option, work with it. Provided it is waterproofed properly, surrounded by tiles and features opaque or frosted glass, a window in a shower can be a great feature of the space.

WATCH YOUR GAPS

Tiny gaps between vanities and baths or between the vanity and the wall that won’t fit your hand or arm will be impossible to clean. They will trap dust and water almost straight away. Either make sure you leave enough space to get your arm in there or have no gap at all.

TAPS

Tapware is the jewellery of the outfit and they can make or break a bathroom design. When doing your renovation, buy quality, especially for wall-mounted mixer taps, as replacing them may include removing tiles, which can be costly. 

TILES

The bigger the floor tile, the less grout you need to clean. They also look great with a smaller wall tile in a contrasting colour.

HEATING

Underfloor heating is pure luxury and  well worth the expense. However if your budget is limited  heated towel rails and heat lamps are a good affordable alternative. 

BASINS

If you can incorporate two basins then DO IT!. With two basins, theoretically no one will ever again spit toothpaste on your hand as you're trying to wash up. However it's better to have more bench space and only one basin, than two large basins and no room for anything else.

 

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Now let us create the most amazing bathroom for you. Just give us a call and we'll design everything down to the smallest detail. Trust us- you won't be disappointed!

Designing the ultimate shower - top tips!

Deciding what type of shower to have in your bathroom is a big decision! Especially if you want that wow factor.

Digital Shower

A ground breaking alternative to electric, mixer and power showers, the digital shower is a modern work of bathing art. Packed full of technology, digital showers are both eco-friendly and user friendly thanks to their abundance of functionality and settings. Settings on a digital shower are designed to be customised, which means the user can select their preferred, optimal shower experience from pressure and temperature to water output. Digital showers typically sport a minimal design aesthetic and make a space saving, stylish addition to any bathroom suite.

Electric Shower

Electric showers offer hot water on demand. They work by channelling cold water from the mains into the unit, which is then heated by an element within. As well as having instant hot water, one of the biggest advantages of an electric shower is that it isn't affected by problems with the boiler, so even if the central heating system acts up, you can still lather up under a soothing stream of hot water.

Mixer Shower

A modern unit, a mixer shower as the name suggests mixes hot and cold water together. This mixture occurs in the shower valve where the temperature is regulated and compensations are made for the drops in pressure and loss of either hot or cold water, which can sometimes be the case if a tap is turned on in another part of the house.

Power Shower

If you've ever been to a spa or a luxury hotel and hopped in the shower to feel water pounding your skin, chances are you've experience a power shower. Great for the circulation, a power shower offers an invigorating wakeup call and the great news is they can be used in homes that have low pressure as the shower system includes a pump to boost water flow. 

Now you've decided which shower will work best for you, here are some tips on how to make your shower the most stylish out there!

Design a beautiful and functional shampoo niche. Don’t stick one of those little pre-made corner shelves in your shower. Inset it into the wall. Build it out large, with some unique tiles. Make it a design feature.  Use the countertop material in other places around the room, like as a shelf in the shampoo niche, on the shower seat, on the shower curb top. It brings quality and a more custom look to the space. 

Do a trendy square drain in the shower. It typically fits with the tile layout better, and then you can select the finish to match the plumbing fixtures. There are even beautifully custom designed drains that make a personal statement. 

Consider a zero entry shower - wetroom style! They look modern and create a seamless look thereby visually expanding the space. 

A rolling glass barn door type enclosures are particularly luxurious — that is if you have the space!

New technology, such as steam showers, heated towel bars, heated floors, televisions mounted behind the mirrors, etc. are all extras that people are beginning to install in their bathrooms.

Selecting the right shower head is important and there are many options. A standard, wall-mounted shower rose is practical and cost effective.

Installing showers on a rail are great because they are adjustable, so can suit all members of the family, the shower head is removable which makes washing young children and washing your hair easier and it also makes cleaning the shower area a breeze.

Another option is a dual shower, which has both a shower on a rail as well as an overhead shower rose. This allows you to stand directly underneath or use the handheld shower if you don’t want to wet your hair. This option works well in the family bathroom, but is also a practical choice for the ensuite too.

The ultimate in luxury is a ceiling mounted shower rose, providing a hotel-style experience. This is a great selling point, especially for an ensuite, however, bear in mind this will also incur additional plumbing costs.

If you have a spacious bathroom then opt for a double shower - say no more!

Now you know what you want, let us create the ultimate shower for you! Just give us a call!

Why we love Crittall!

Crittall metal-framed windows were first invented in the 1880s, and enjoyed a heyday in the art deco era. Today, they are having a resurgence as doors onto a garden, a room divider or good old-fashioned windows. Metal framed glazing has never looked so good. Scroll down and check out our tips on how to use them in your home!

The use of crittall to separate areas of the house and creating two separate entrances just looks so impressive!

Crittall is a great way to add light to a small dark space like a hallway.

Crittall allows you to frame the outdoors and bring some ultra cool style to the living areas.

Crittall is a great way to separate living and dining areas whilst still keeping that open plan feel.

Crittall adds some classic and contemporary style to any room.

Use crittall to show off your personal collections whilst still giving you the option to have some privacy.

Crittall is a great way to frame an interior courtyard and create a dramatic look.

Crittall doors can be used as wall replacements to separate the bedroom from the rest of the house keeping the house light and airy.

Crittall is a great way to separate a little space like a utility from the rest of the home.

Use crittal doors to separate the dining area from other parts of the house whilst still letting the light in! 

Now you know how crittall can make your home super stylish contact us for a quote and let us design the house of your dreams.

Parquet - the new ways to use it!

Like other wooden floor designs, parquet is incredibly resilient, so investing now means you will be blessed with a floor that will look good for decades. It can also be easily tweaked to match your changing tastes over the years. Paint it, sand it down, stain it or just give it a coat of varnish, its versatile nature means you can adapt it to suit almost any style or colour scheme. Here are some brilliant ways in which it can be used around your house...

Chevron parquet can make a narrow space look wider!

Chevron parquet can make a narrow space look wider!

Hexagonal parquet works in both modern and traditional homes!

Hexagonal parquet works in both modern and traditional homes!

Try parquet on a statement wall for a ultra sleek modern look!

Try parquet on a statement wall for a ultra sleek modern look!

Use parquet in the bathroom for a warm and luxurious feel.

Use parquet in the bathroom for a warm and luxurious feel.

Mansion weave parquet is great for difficult shaped rooms!

Mansion weave parquet is great for difficult shaped rooms!

Fans of minimalist, try painting your parquet white for that ultra modern look.

Fans of minimalist, try painting your parquet white for that ultra modern look.

Why not try staining or painting your parquet for that contemporary twist on the classic flooring.

Why not try staining or painting your parquet for that contemporary twist on the classic flooring.

 

Now that you've seen some oft he way parquet can be used around the home, contact us for a quote or call us for a chat!

Tile inspiration for jaw dropping bathrooms!

We adore bathrooms which have been cleverly designed and decorated and we just love that tiles are bang on trend once again! Tiles create a real statement and a sense of pure luxury and you deserve a bit of luxury! So chose your favourite tile and let us create a dreamy bathroom for you!

Bathroom Trends 2017!

Is your bathroom in need of a makeover? Then check out these hot new bathroom trends for 2017. We just love them and we love to create bathrooms which have the wow factor!

Make the bath the centre of attention.

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Try a wet room style with a barely there shower screen!

If you want a more modern look to your bathroom then try raising the bath on a statement plinth for that contemporary feel.

Using copper, brass or rose gold fixtures combined with floral wall paper to give your bathroom that luxurio

Bathrooms Goals!

We love a gorgeous bathroom which is practical and stylish and a place to retreat and relax. If your bathroom needs some tender loving care then check out these bathrooms for some serious inspiration. Then give us a call so we can create your dream bathroom.

This gorgeous bath combined with the wooden flooring is just dreamy!

This gorgeous bath combined with the wooden flooring is just dreamy!

Try a contemporary design with hand-less drawers and a statement bath to die for.

Try a contemporary design with hand-less drawers and a statement bath to die for.

Try concrete in your bathroom for that raw industrial feel.

Try concrete in your bathroom for that raw industrial feel.

Tired of waiting for your partner to finish using the bathroom? Try a double vanity for a super stylish and practical solution.

Tired of waiting for your partner to finish using the bathroom? Try a double vanity for a super stylish and practical solution.

These brass fixtures make a fantastic statement against the modern tiles!

These brass fixtures make a fantastic statement against the modern tiles!