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En Suite Bathroom Ideas

23 Jun 2016 12:38:32

Having an ensuite in your home has many benefits:

• It is extremely convenient to have a bathroom just steps away from your bed.
• It feels like a secluded, luxurious space
• En Suites are very sought after and can add financial benefits to your home


En suites are generally small spaces, significantly smaller than the main bathroom yet fulfilling the same role. Your en suite can still be a fully functioning room whilst being stylish and sophisticated.


Plan ahead, think about the requirements you have. Your En suite will obviously have to have a toilet and basin. Do you have space for a bath or shower enclosure? Plan your layout. There are many options of shower enclosures available to suit all spacial needs.



Maximise the space available to you. Wall hung toilets and basins are a great way to give the idea of more floor space. Wall hung units are much easier to clean around too! You should also consider corner units, which as the name suggests, fit directly into the corner of your room. There are many corner basins to choose from, some even with a vanity unit. Choose large floor tiles with contrasting grout too, this will also give a spacious feel.


Maximise all the natural light that is available to you. Natural light is your greatest asset, if you cannot have a full window consider a sky light. Careful use of LED lighting and mirrors can really compliment the features in your bathroom.


Consider the ventilation, adding a shower or bath to a bedroom will create additional moisture vapour, so the room will require ventilation to prevent condensation problems. Fitting an electric extractor fan through the wall or ceiling is inexpensive. It’s also a better way to ventilate your room than opening a window, which loses heat and isn’t very secure.


Keep your colours neutral. By staying neutral and bright, you will create an illusion of space. Loud colours can shrink the appearance of your room.

Posted in Design Guide By Katie Norris

Which basin should you choose for your bathroom? A basin is just a basin right? Wrong!! In fact, there is a very wide range of basins on the market – Here is a short break down of each type to help you decide which one is the right for you and your home.


Full Pedestal Basins

Pedestal basins are the most popular and are generally the cheapest too. The pedestal supports the basin while also concealing all of the pipework. Pedestal basins are available in various shapes and sizes and with a choice of tap holes, making them the smart choice for both classical and modern bathrooms. Pedestal sinks sometimes come as part of a set along with a toilet and cistern, such as the Legend or Melbourne sets. It can be tricky to clean around them, as there is a gap between the pedestal and the wall.


Wall Mounted/ Semi Pedestal Basins

Wall mounted basins are great if you are tight on space in your bathroom, because they don’t touch the ground, they give the illusion of space. They usually come with a bottle trap underneath which runs back into the wall. We recommend that you choose a white bottle trap as it is easier to keep clean. Consider your need for space when opting for a wall-mounted unit. These tidy units are ideal for cloakroom bathrooms where storage is not a necessity.


Cloakroom Basins

Cloakroom basins are a fantastic space saving solution for the smaller toilet or guest bathroom. Usually consisting of a 1 or 2 tap hole basin and a half pedestal or chrome bottle trap, the cloakroom basin is a perfect choice if you’re a bit short for space.


Corner Basins

As the name suggests, corner basins fit into the corner of your bathroom at a right angle. This makes them ideal for cloakrooms, WCs or any smaller bathrooms. These are available in various sizes and come in wall mounted, with a full pedestal or even with a vanity unit to give additional space to a small area.


Vessel Basins or Counter-Top Basins

Vessel basins usually consist of a full sink, which sits fully on top of floating shelf or supportive unit. These are a great choice if you want a sink that can hold a large quantity of water, be careful when choosing a vessel basin; ensure that the measurements are suitable for your family’s needs and that the vessel basin is not too tall, making it uncomfortable to use.


Vanity Units

Vanity units come complete with a basin and are great for storage. Vanity units are not just an option for larger bathrooms, they come in various widths; 400, 450, 500, 550, 650, 750, 850 & 950mm. They also come in various shapes, even allowing you to place one in the corner if needed. There is also a choice in basin shape to suit your preference.

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For a convenient showering experience, a walk-in shower enclosure would appear to be the best option for modern day living with a luxury designer style in your bathroom. Walk ins have become increasingly popular in the last 10 years, as they have become the ultimate choice in both practical and stylish showering.


1. Easy Installation

Unlike wet rooms, walk in shower enclosures are easy to install due to them being fitted directly onto a shower tray. Unlike wet-rooms, your walk-in shower does not require your bathroom floor to be tanked with multiple layers of sealed matting to stop water seeping out and creating a leak. With an ultra slimline shower tray, which can be, fitted flush with your bathroom floor tiles you can create a wet-room style shower without the impracticality and additional costs associated.


2. Low Maintenance


Walk-in showers offer excellent value for money as a product that requires very little maintenance. The minimalist shower is designed to utilise its practical purpose and shows true ingenuity of purpose over design. The simplest of designs are sometimes the best, with a walk-in shower you do not have to be concerned with consumable parts such as seals/ door handles/ rollers which may require replacements in time. The walk-in shower enclosure requires very little maintenance; a simple warm soap water solution to clean the glass and tray will be all that is required to keep it looking as great as the day you purchased it.


3. Easy Access

Walk ins allow plenty of space to get in and out with ease. Walk Ins are very suitable for persons who would normally have difficulty getting in or out of a bath or shower enclosure. Fitted on top of a 25mm or 40mm slimline tray makes our walk ins the ideal solution to mobility problems.


4. Life Time Guarantee

When shopping for a brand new shower enclosure you may look at the guarantees given with the product you select. It is a great idea to buy guaranteed products; it not only makes you feel assured that you are buying a quality product but also shows that the product is made to a high standard that the manufactures will stand by.


Our range of walk-in shower enclosures benefit from lifetime guarantees. We recommend looking at a shower enclosure designed to match your criteria. If you are renovating a property for sale than a shower door will suffice but if you are looking to remodel the family bathroom that you will continue to use for years to come, then think about the practical use of the enclosure of daily use. If you plan to live in your home in your elderly age and need a bathroom designed to grow with you then the walk-in would be the most appropriate shower enclosure for you. The walk-in shower looks stylish and it's ease of use with lifetime guarantees and minimal maintenance means it is the perfect shower enclosure designed to last.


5. Stylish

The walk-in shower is not only the practical choice it looks amazing too. Shown on the pages of many interior magazines the walk-in shower is becoming the popular stylish choice for 21st century living. Walk-in showers come in a variety of sizes which you can select for the appropriate use of your space this also allows for smaller bathroom to still cater for a bath and separate showering facility.


Our range of walk-in showers benefit from a high quality 10mm toughened safety glass which provide that extra luxury style but also feature a innovative stone resin 25mm slimline shower tray which can be fitted to be flush with your bathroom floor. This range also features easy clean treated glass like the Aquaspa range which is added onto the glass in manufacturing, easy clean treatment is acts as a clear blanket over the glass to reduce calcium and limescale build up ensuring your shower sparkles just like the day your purchased it.

Posted in Design Guide By Katie Norris

The cloakroom bathroom is usually the smallest space in your home, tucked away under the stairs or stealing some space from other rooms – but don’t over look it. You can still have a functioning space that is stylish while still providing space for all your cleaning products, cosmetics and towels.


Plan your space, get out your measuring tape and get planning. Every millimetre counts in such a small space, more so than any other room in your home. Don’t forget to account for door openings and ventilation if you don’t have a window.


Every cloakroom bathroom needs a toilet and a sink. But, just because they are a necessity doesn’t mean that you have to settle for the most basic designs. There are many options for sinks. Compact units are a great solution to a narrow space. Consider wall hung basin units. Leaving open space on your floor will create an illusion of space and it makes it easier to clean.


Keep your walls light and bright. Be colourful on one wall if you desire but generally keep it neutral. Stick with white sanitary ware too, trust us – white will give an illusion of space and will stay modern and fresh looking. To further add the illusion of space add a mirror over your basin, these are available with LED optical lights and mirrored cabinets behind to create some storage space.


Every room in your house should offer some amount of storage even your cloakroom bathroom. Think about displaying your towels and pretty knick knacks on wall shelves and hiding the rest in a vanity unit. Vanity units don’t really take up any extra space as they are only as wide as the sink resting on top. There is a whole range of vanity unit.vanity units for you to consider, ranging from larger units, 950mm wide to smaller units as little as 450mm. The vanity units that we offer at Shower Enclosures Direct come in a variety of shapes too, we even offer a compact corner unit to maximise the space you have to play with.


If you have some space left over, why not think about a tall boy unit? These units are tall and narrow and can be sat into a corner, maximising your storage but not impeding on your precious space!

Posted in Design Guide By Katie Norris

Small Baths

27 May 2016 15:47:22

Are you missing out on your sacred bath time because you feel your bathroom is too small to fit one in? Well think again! Bathrooms come in all shapes and sizes, at Shower Enclosures Direct we supply a range of smaller baths which cater for everyone’s individual needs, ideal for squeezing into small spaces.Read More
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Summer-ise Your Bathroom

24 May 2016 10:43:33

We are getting closer to the summer season. Are you petrified about inviting your guests around for a Barbeque because you feel your bathroom isn’t presentable? Maybe your bathroom just doesn’t feel like you anymore. Not to worry, we have come up with some top tips to get your guest bathroom looking ship shape!Read More
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Deciding on having a traditional bathroom is one thing but actually sticking to this theme can be difficult. Many people get side tracked by all that is available and eventually end up with a mix of styles varying from contemporary to eclectic to traditional. We are here to help you follow through your dream of a traditional bathroom.Read More
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Perhaps you have a tight space in your main bathroom or you need ideas for your down stairs loo or ensuite. What is the best way to maximise the space you have, ensuring that your room looks great but is fully functioning?

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Avoid the common bathroom mistakes when it comes to designing your new make-over.


Renovating a bathroom can be costly, so we always recommend the old-fashioned approach ‘by failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.' Benjamin Franklin.  Taking the plunge and going ahead with a brand new bathroom renovation provides many challenges. Overcome any hurdles that may arise by researching / asking questions and confirming your dream design is achievable.  Read our blog for further top tips when renovating your bathroom.

As a business trading for over 10 years and a collective 50 years of experience within the trade; we have come to hear some of the most common and bizarre mistakes not only from d.i.y enthusiasts but also  professional fitters.

 

Here is an email from a customer, which highlights common mistakes that occur when installing a new shower enclosure: this email highlights many components which have  resulted in the entire enclosure needing to be uninstalled and fitted again.

“I am writing to you for any advice you may be able to offer. I purchased from you a 800 x 1200 quadrant shower enclosure and tray
It was fitted by a plumber with over 40 years experience, but who managed to make a mess of the job.
Firstly, he fitted the shower tray up against the bare plasterboard wall. Secondly, he then fitted two Multipanel boards over wall tiles before, Thirdly, fitting the shower enclosure which resulted in the outer edge of the frame overhanging the tray lip by 10mm instead of sitting in a central position.
This has resulted in water leaking onto the bathroom floor. He has returned twice to "reseal" with silicone sealant without success.

I have added more sealant which holds for a week or two before the water finds a way through to the bathroom floor again. I was wondering if you have any ideas as to what I might try to rectify the problem, would it be an idea to remove the sealant on the inside edge of the shower in the hope that the water will find an easier path BACK into the shower tray and so prevent leaking through the outside seal onto the floor ?

I realise you must be busy with your work but any time you might find to help me and reply would be greatly appreciated, I am at my wit's end.”


1: Fitting a shower door / or enclosure:


As the name suggests we at Shower Enclosures Direct specialize in shower enclosures and shower doors.  Shower Enclosures are straightforward to install on the premise that the instructions provided are followed. Every shower enclosure/ door is made and designed to fit slightly different in relation to manufacture, so regardless if you are a professional fitter who has countless years of experience you will be required to follow the instructions.

A common pitfall upon installation is that the shower enclosure/ door purchased will not fit into the space. Purchasing a shower enclosure can be costly so ensuring that the dimensions you have taken will allow for the enclosures width is essential. Purchasing the wrong sized enclosure not only provides additional costs but also expensive delays on your renovation.  Plan your space with a shower enclosure / door in mind, avoid any unusual sizes and stick to a width, which is roughly a round the nearest 100mm. Consider that most shower enclosures and other glass doors/ panels have an adjustment, which allows the glass to reduce by 30mm by concealing further into the wall profile. By sticking to these measurement rules you will find it easy to select your dream glass shower panel from any reputable retailer. If you have an odd sized space to fit your door/ enclosure then your builder may require to cut a channel into the wall to slot the shower into; alternatively you will need to get a custom glass panel cut bespoke for your bathroom.

2: Burying a shower tray:


Burying a shower tray is a common phrase that is used when a plumber / installer have tiled (either thick tiles or excessive amount of adhesive) on top of the tray and as a result, the enclosure / door will not fit.  Fitters like to fit a shower tray in two ways, the most common way to fit a shower tray is against the wall and then tile on top. Other fitters like to fit a shower tray on top of the tiles, as it will be easier to replace in the future. If you are purchasing thick tiles then ensure that once you account for the adhesive that the overall width that is taken can be accounted for within the adjustment range of the shower enclosure/ door. If you have buried your tray too far then you will only have two possible resolutions; take the tray out and tile behind or replace the shower enclosure (more than likely the width will be slightly out of reach for any standard sized shower enclosure).
Read our blog for step by step instructions on fitting a shower tray.

3: Silcone covers a multitude of sins:

Never silicone the inside of your shower enclosure or door.  When a fitter silicones the interior of any shower cubical you will eventually end up having a leak. Allow the water from your shower to run through the aluminium wall profiles, as the external of your shower cubical will be sealed the water will then run freely back into the shower tray and drain away. By sealing the shower enclosure internally, the water will be forced to find a way to exit and eventually cause a leak.
Use silicone sparingly, silicone is used to create a water tight finish for your shower enclosure. Please avoid caking on the silicone to achieve a fitted finish. Your shower product should be fitted to a perfect finish before any silicone gun is picked up.

 

4: Cutting shower seals:

The seals provided with your shower enclosure/ door are already made to fit and there should be no reasoning for your fitter to cut the seals. The most common leak that occurs in shower enclosures comes from altered seals.

5: Handle with Care:

What is toughened safety glass?

Read our blog for further information on toughened safety glass.

The very nature of any glass product is the fact that it is fragile goods and should be at all times handled with care.  Although every shower product is made from toughened safety glass this does not mean that, they are indestructible (a common misconception).  A shower enclosure/ door is most vulnerable on installation, the edge of the glass if struck to hard can cause the glass to shatter upon impact.  Whilst installing the shower door ensure that the edges/ corners of the glass are protected at all times, we do suggest that you have a spare set of hands for installing as this will allow for the installer to fit the shower door with ease.

6: Design and Use:

Consider how your products work in your bathroom space.  For example if you have a small bathroom and you purchase a pivot shower door can you afford for the shower door to project into the room and will it come into contact with anything else? The same philosophy applies for bath screens, when opened will it hit a basin tap? A general guide for space around a toilet is 600mm wide allowing for comfort when in use.  Although you may have grand designs for your bathroom space you may have to face the realisation of the space you have to work with, consider each product and how it will affect the general use of your space. There is nothing worse then spending a small fortune on a complete bathroom renovation and coming to the realization that the space does not work for you. Address your criteria and what you need from the space, how do you currently interact and use your bathroom on a daily basis already and then work from there.

7: Plan for the future:

When designing your bathroom, think about your future needs for the space. Consider the potential for your own growing family and the change of your bathroom requirements, which follow suit. Don’t plan your bathroom around todays trends, think long term and how you will use your bathroom come 10 years. A successful design will need to be timeless; as bathroom renovations are costly, it is not feasible to change styles every couple of years.
Buy quality, quality doesn’t necessarily mean additional costs. Purchase bathroom products with long warranties and from reputable companies with years  of trading within the industry.

 

 

Posted in Design Guide By Jess John

Make the most of your small en-suite?

The complete bathroom en-suite planning and design guide;

Lucky enough to have an en-suite in your home but not know the best way to make the most of this valuable space. Planning a successful en-suite interior can provide additional challenges in comparison to a standard family bathroom. Some en-suites are designed to utilise small available spaces within bedrooms/ attics and therefore can at times create challenging spaces to work with.

Typically, a bathroom en-suite is small and provides challenges in terms of finding products to fit into the space. Unusual head height within a en-suite means standard size shower enclosures/ doors cannot fit.

So how do you tackle your en-suite bathroom design and what pitfalls should you avoid at all costs; our blog provides excellent tips to ensure a successful finish for your home.

Bath V Shower;

En-suites should remain a place for practical purposes. A family bathroom is a perfect place to get a soak in the bathtub but your en-suite should be designed to enhance your daily routine. We recommend the use of showering facility over bathing for your en-suite (obviously if your space permits and you are luckily enough to benefit form a great sized en-suite then why not indulge in comfort and have a bath tub fitted too).  For the average sized en-suite a standalone showering facility will allow you to create a modern space to meet your demands and fast paced lifestyle.

What type of shower enclosure should you fit in your en-suite?

Is space a premium, are you tackling an angular/ sloping pitched roof within your ensuite or is the head height simply too small to fit a shower enclosure? The only remedy for challenging bathroom en-suites is to fit in a wet room. Once you start looking for a custom shower enclosure to meet your exacting needs then you will realise that costs can quickly spiral out of control, purchasing something which is not standard provides additional headaches and you may realise you will need deep pockets to finish of your grand design idea. A wetroom showering facility creates a functional and practical space for showering within small spaces; the open design creates a versatile en-suite design which suites challenging shaped rooms.

Alternatively, for en-suite bathrooms that benefit from a better head height clearance a quadrant curved shower enclosure may provide the best space saving showering enclosure for your room. Quadrant shower enclosures have a curved design, which utilises space but also provides ample room for showering.  A quadrant shower enclosure fits into the corner of a room but are limited within sizes available ranging from popular sizes such as 800x800mm / 900x 900mm and 1000x1000mm. If you are looking for a particular size such as 1000mm x 760mm you may find the best solution looking at a range of shower doors to meet your style, complete the look with a matching side panel to fit your space.

 

Sanitary Ware:

Shopping for a new sanitary ware set for your en-suite; we recommend a wall hung toilet for en-suites. The practical and space saving design of a wall hung toilet allows you to keep your bathroom clean and clutter free with ease, creating a minimalist finish. Alternatively think about including a built in wc and vanity unit ensuring additional storage for your en-suite, there are many styles of bathroom furniture to choose from and match your design. Whether you want a traditional 4 piece toilet suite but can’t afford the space most manufactures create the same style suite but in different sizes which may incur a slightly higher price but allows you to create your dream en-suite bathroom.

Introduce light:

An essential for any small bathroom or en-suite is the introduction of light. Having a natural light source in your en-suite not only creates a fresh finish but also has an impact on we feel about the space. If you do not have a natural light source in your en-suite we recommend using a light colour pallet for the overall finish, you can also purchase daylight light bulbs which can emulate the feeling of natural light. Use a large mirror to bounce light and create a larger feeling within a small sized en-suite.


 

Posted in Design Guide By Jess John
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