Here are our top three reasons we think the bathroom is THE most important room in the home.
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Bathroom Cladding, Lifestyle

Why is the bathroom so important?

The bathroom is among the most used rooms in your home. Aside than the bedroom, it’s where we essentially begin and end each day, and is often used as a retreat from the outside world. In fact, did you know that the average person spends one and a half years of their lifetime in the bathroom?

It’s easy to forget how important the bathroom is until you really need to use it and it’s occupied or if there’s a plumbing issue!

Here are our top three reasons we think the bathroom is THE most important room in the home.

It’s one of the most valuable rooms in the house. A bathroom makeover, if done right, can add significantly to your property’s value. TV property expert, Phil Spencer, has suggested that a new bathroom can add as much as three percent to the value of our homes if the space is practical and well-planned.

Value can be added through something as simple as covering up ceiling imperfections with some fantastic, and affordable, cladding and using quality tiles with good grouting. It may be simple but it’s effective.

It sets the tone for your entire home. Both guests and family will use your bathroom, so the appearance and atmosphere of this room is one of the most important things to consider. The bathroom suite, furniture and accessories such as candles, artwork, plants and towels can all play a major role in setting the tone for the rest of your home.

It’s the perfect place to retreat. The bathroom is pretty much the only place in the home where you can escape and not be disturbed. If the door’s shut, generally others won’t enter! The bathroom can offer a space of solitude and, if designed well, can be a great place to unwind and escape from the stresses of the day.

We take the bathroom for granted a lot more than we would like to admit so the questions are what’s the state of your bathroom and is it time to give this room a little TLC?

Find out how we can help you create your dream haven that’s tailored to suit your requirements. Read our tips here and pop in and visit us in our new showroom at 12 Perth Court, 11th Avenue, Team Valley Trading Estate, Gateshead, England NE11 0NJ.

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Lifestyle

Out with the old bathroom? Don’t chuck it, reuse it!

Are you looking to upgrade or renovate your bathroom and not sure what to do with your old suite and furniture?

It’s your responsibility to ensure that waste is disposed of responsibly, if you fail to do so, you could face financial penalties. But have you thought about the alternatives rather than a trip to the tip?

Upcycling, recycling, repurposing and salvaging are all fantastic alternatives to simply sending stuff to landfill. Here are just a few ideas to get you going.

Take it outside. This is especially great if you’re a keen gardener and looking for interesting places to grow your flowers or vegetables; your old toilet, sink or bath can be the ideal place. Baths are the perfect depth to grow vegetables or could be used as a small pond. Sinks or toilets can be used for trailing flowers, and you could even turn a sink into a water feature with the addition of a pump.

Give it away. Often, the reason we want to replace the bathroom is because we fancy a change, rather than because it’s broken. Websites like Freecycle and Gumtree will let you advertise your old bathroom suite for free, and it’s the responsibility of the person collecting the items to pay and organise for collection.

Make a bathtub sofa. One of the most fashionable ways of reusing an old bath is turning it into a sofa or a chair. Baths turned into sofas are often sold in upmarket interiors shops for thousands of pounds, but if you want to do something similar you can either take on the job yourself or ask a local craftsman to help you out. Metal baths tend to work better than plastic ones, but whatever the sort of bath you have, you’ll have to cut it in half length-wise, put on feet for support, smooth off any rough edges and add lots of comfy cushions.

Remember, most items are recyclable! Almost anything can be recycled from your bathroom. Porcelain and ceramics are excellent candidates for recycling as they can be crushed ready for use again. Taps, radiators and copper pipes are often welcomed by recyclers and put to work again in some capacity.

It’s exciting to think about how your new bathroom will look when it’s installed, but it’s also definitely worth considering where your old fixtures and materials will end up so that you can do some good with them rather than just sending them to landfill.

Get advice and create your new dream bathroom with our expert installation service. Visit our new showroom today at 12 Perth Court, 11th Avenue, Team Valley Trading Estate in Gateshead.

 

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Fashion, Lifestyle

Five top tips when choosing your next bathroom

Your bathroom is one of the most important rooms in the house. As we increasingly seek to make the most of precious downtime, its status has been elevated and we often now renovate our bathrooms with relaxation and pampering in mind.

Here are our five tips to help you plan your next bathroom, whatever the size or budget, that makes a splash for all the right reasons.

Assess your needs. The most important thing to work out your key priorities. Think carefully about who will be using the bathroom, how often, and your likes and dislikes.

If it’s a family bathroom you may wish to factor in ample storage space or if you’re a busy couple, it may be worth considering having two basins to make getting ready less chaotic. If you use your bathroom to relax in, a freestanding bath and somewhere close by to store candles and magazines would work a treat.

Plan the layout. Don’t change the layout just for the sake of it. If it works for you, leave it.

If you do want to change the layout, it’s important that you measure your bathroom carefully and note positions of pipes, doors and windows. Do drop in to see us for advice to ensure that you maximise your space and avoid costly mistakes.

Remember storage. Storage is the key to keeping your bathroom neat and conducive for a relaxed environment. Toiletries and cleaning products rarely display well, so cupboards, recessed shelving, vanity units and cabinets should all be considered to keep clutter at bay.

Get inspired. Selecting your style will help you decide from the huge range of fittings available, as well as colour schemes, lighting, flooring, cladding and tiles are all good ways to refresh the room. Gather inspiration from interiors magazines and collate a checklist of what appeals to you, whether that’s a classic, period or a contemporary look.

Talk to friends and colleagues who’ve completed similar projects and ask them about their experience and any pitfalls they may have encountered.

Finalise your budget. Whether you have a small or large bathroom, you’ll want to get the best for your money. Deciding on a budget means you can prioritise where to spend and where to save. For example, to achieve a luxurious spa environment investing in just one beautiful piece, such as a freestanding roll top bath, and showing it off against a budget-conscious backdrop would work very well.

Following these tips will go a long way to help you refine the changes and elements to incorporate that will make a lot of difference to your bathroom and your enjoyment of it.

For more advice and guidance when choosing your next bathroom, please do  get in touch!