There’s more to renovating your bathroom than you realise

So you have made the decision to renovate your bathroom…

It’s an exciting time with a multitude of possibilities. No doubt you’ve got at least one Pinterest board dedicated to the cause, plus a stack of magazines and mood boards ready to provide inspiration. But where do you even begin?

When it comes to renovating your bathroom, there are always the obvious requirements. You will need a new toilet, basin and bath. They’re pretty much a given, although there is a lot of flexibility in your design choices and how you choose to space them out. You may be able to move everything around to gain more space, or you might want to add or remove an item (for example, a bath or shower) to gain extra room.

These key fixtures and fittings will dictate the overall style of the room; for example, if you choose ornate and elaborate designs, you’ll likely be looking for something more vintage and rustic overall. If you pick something very sleek and modern, you’ll probably be after a minimalistic, industrial or art deco space. However, while thinking about these aspects of your bathroom is important, they’re not the only things you need to consider design-wise.

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New innovative In-wall toothbrush charger

Bathroom electronic solution specialists ProofVision have launched a innovative electric toothbrush charging station compatible with all Oral B and Braun Electric Toothbrushes.

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Designed to address the problem of untidy cables from conventional charging units, the In-Wall Toothbrush Charger is compatible with all Oral B and Braun toothbrushes and offers a simple to install and convenient solution for homeowners looking to create a sleek bathroom design. Not only is the charger a great addition to any new bathroom design, but it can also be fitted in existing bathrooms to replace unused shaver sockets.

We at Rubberduck Bathrooms seen the launch of this new product at the KBB show on 4th March 2018, which offers full compatibility with Oral B/Braun electric toothbrushes. With the unit fitting flush into the wall and a charging base for charging and storage of the toothbrush, the In-Wall Charger maximises space and provides a unique addition to a bathroom space.

ProofVision’s William Uttley commented: “We’re excited to announce our latest solution, which will be launched at the KBB show. Consumer research has shown that customers are often frustrated by the clumsiness and inconvenience of charger cables around their bathroom. The In-Wall Charger from ProofVision provides a perfect solution which is safe, smart and adds a unique feature to any bathroom.”

Source: New innovative In-wall toothbrush charger

Reasons why to install a PVC Ceiling – Ceiling Cladding

I Love a uPVC ceiling in a bathroom. For me it ticks all the boxes, easy to install, levels a ceiling nice and hides a number of issues and holes in ceiling without having to plaster.

For my customers they are easy to clean and never need painting. No more mold on the ceiling.

Advantages of a plastic ceiling

The main advantages of a plastic ceiling derive from the properties of plastics, for example:

Plastic is a non-hygroscopic material and does not absorb water, the advantage of this in a bathroom is that steam from the bath or shower will not be absorbed into the ceiling. So unlike a traditional plastered ceiling which can go mouldy from steam absorption, plastic ceilings will not go mouldy.

Plastic ceilings are easy to clean using any household cleaners or a damp/dry cloth. Plastic ceilings  just need a quick wipe from time to time to keep them looking like new.

Plastic ceilings do not need painting. No more weekends spent painting and repainting bathroom ceilings with expensive paint. Plastic ceilings come in the chosen colour ready to install.

Easy to install, Plastic ceilings are easy to install with limited tools. A competent DIYer can install a plastic ceiling in a couple of hours with only a hand saw, screw drill or staple gun and a silicone gun and can be installed over an existing plastered or artexed ceiling.

Can be installed with downlights and is a great way of concealing wiring. Downlights, also known as spot lights, are popular upgrades in bathrooms and kitchens but require additional wiring runs and holes to be drilled in the ceiling. Plastic ceilings are perfect for covering over the damage to the existing ceiling caused from the downlight installation, so no need for the ceiling to re-plastered skimmed and painted.

Plastic ceilings can be installed on a wooden or metal framework.

Plastic ceiling can be used as a suspended ceiling.

Source: Reasons why to install a PVC Ceiling – Ceiling Cladding

Fitting A Comfort Height Toilet With Bathroom Furniture

Fitting a comfort height toilet with bathroom furniture has been a problem for me, and other bathroom designer and installers, for many years. Comfort height BTW toilets have been available to buy but have always been trouble or even unable to be installed on furniture. But not any more!

Comfort Height Toilets, also known as raise height toilets, offer a toilet pan that is height than a standard toilet. This makes going to the toilet more comfortable for taller people and for the elderly.

When installing a higher toilet this mean that the flush inlet hole is also raised, this in turn means that the cistern had to be raised, this would mean that the top of the cistern would often sit higher than the worktop height on furniture not allowing it to fit correctly. The only options would then be to cut the flush pipe to a length which was unworkable or to raise the entire run of furniture and add higher height plinths. This would then also raise the height of the basin which could then be hard to lean over making brushing of teeth and washing of faces uneasy.

But Not Anymore!

Tavistock, the makers of the popular Vortex Concealed Cistern, have been working with designers and installers from Roper Rhodes to develop a comfort height concealed cistern. This slimline dual flush concealed cistern has been specially designed and developed for use with comfort height back to wall toilets. When fitting a comfort height toilet with furniture it is difficult or impossible (depending on height of the furniture) to install a standard concealed cistern. This comfort height concealed cistern with it bottom entry inlet allow for easy installation of comfort height toilets with furniture.

Source: Fitting A Comfort Height Toilet With Bathroom Furniture

Linda Barker Collection from Multipanel to debut at KBB

Multipanel, the UK’s leading brand of waterproof decorative wall panels for bathrooms, is to launch its new 2018 collections at the Kitchens, Bathrooms and Bedrooms (KBB) exhibition in Birmingham on 4-7th March.

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In developing this year’s product offering, Multipanel has partnered with celebrity designer, Linda Barker, who will attend the show to launch the Linda Barker Collection for Multipanel, a range of 13 beautifully crafted waterproof panels, inspired by materials from the natural world such as stone, marble and wood.

The much-loved interior designer has been helping the British public transform their homes with stylish and imaginative ideas since her first television appearance in 1994, as a presenter on Changing Rooms. More recently, Linda, who initially trained in fine art, has won many plaudits for her commercial work, including her kitchen range for Wren Kitchens, sofas for DFS and cabins for Thomson Holidays.

“For too long,” says Linda, “the bathroom has taken a back seat in our homes. And even though the possibilities for decorating are endless, it’s often the cost and the long downtime that a bathroom space needs whilst work is carried out, that stops us in our tracks.”

“I was therefore excited to discover just how much quicker and more cost effective the whole bathroom makeover could be. Completely waterproof panels from Multipanel are easy to install, and importantly for a busy household, the downtime is kept to a minimum. What’s more, unlike traditional ceramic tiles, no grouting is required, which means a beautiful mould-free future for the renovation.”

Developed with the design loving house renovator in mind and for those looking to emulate the top bathroom trends in an affordable way at home, the Linda Barker Collection offers many stylish options for making the most of any bathroom space.

The Collection makes use of recent advances in laminate design technology. These allow much larger realistic true scale images to be printed on each panel, authentically replicating, for example, the look of real slabs of Calacatta marble, fossilised timber or patinated corten steel — all at a fraction of the cost of the real thing.

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There are three colour and texture strands to the Linda Barker Collection from Multipanel:

 Elements: subtle hues combined with an incredibly solid appearance —perfect for achieving an ultra-modern industrial look.

– Wood: a weathered look exuding gentle warmth and texture.

– Stone: the authentic look and feel of real stone and marble.

A luxurious spa look is achieved with Calacatta Marble (Linda Barker Collection) feature wall and Sicilia flooring (Click Range).

For more information please visit Multipanels Website.

Source: http://www.multipanel.co.uk/multipanel-news/linda-barker-collection-from-multipanel-to-debut-at-kbb/

Showerwall Panels are becoming more popular – but how do you fit them?

Showerwall boards and bathroom cladding is becoming more and more popular in the bathroom industry with both professional installer and DIYers, but how exactally do you install them?

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There are a number of different wall panel manufactures and brands out there and lot and lots of different ranges to choose from, so depending on the type of wall boarding you have chosen, the installation method can vary.

Showerwall who are one of the largest manufacturers of bathroom wall boards have created the below how to video guide to help installers and DIYers to learn and understand the installation process.

I thought i would share this video with your all in hope you found it helpful and educational. If you would like more information on ShowerWall please visit their website.

How To Create the Perfect Couple’s Bathroom

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Designing your new bathroom should be given the proper time and attention it deserves, as one of the most important rooms in your home. As women and men, we often want different things out of our bathroom, so designing a his and hers, couple’s bathroom is a great way to ensure harmony in the relationship and throughout the home. It is also a cost-effective way to ensure that your own needs are met, helping you to feel comfortable, and that you have a space you enjoy sharing.

Rubberduck Bathrooms, who are an online and High Street bathroom retailer have produced a nice guide to making the perfect couples bathrooms. Follow the link below for more more information.

Source: How To Create the Perfect Couple’s Bathroom

New Wall Panel On The Block

Ive been installing Lustrolite for a couple of years now and it was always the only product of it kind, but now they have competition!

Wetwall, who are well known for there MDF based wall boards, launched their own range of high gloss glass effect acrylic boards last year called Wetwall Acrylic which I have used a couple of times when stock of Lustrolite has been unavailable. Wetwall also have a larger range of colours available.

But now there is a new kid on the block!

Multipanel by Grant Westfield are a big name in the bathroom wall panel industry with their range of boards including MultiPanel, PolyPanel, TilePanel, DigitalPanel, SoundPanel, CleanPanel and flooring in the form of TwinFloor Click and Stick and now they have their own range of Glass Effect acrylic board called Reflect.

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Multipanel Reflect Range with a crystal clear acrylic front and solid coloured acrylic at the back, these panels create stunning depth that gives the illusion of glass. Choose from our range of colours that best complement your interiors to create a unique and modern twist in your shower enclosure. These 4mm thick panels have a hard-wearing finish and are easily cut and fitted to add a sense of luxury to any bathroom”

http://www.multipanel.co.uk/products/walls/reflect

Safari, new colour from Lustrolite

Lustrolite have launched a new colour, Safari, in the UK.

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Safari Lustrolite has been available in Australia, where Lustrolite is manufactured, and in the US for a number of years but hasn’t been available in the UK until now.

Lustrolite Safari wall panels are available to buy in the UK as of January 2015 and can be purchased/preordered now online.

About Lustrolite

Lustrolite is an award winning high gloss acrylic wall panel. It’s the perfect material to create stunning bath and shower walls, and kitchen backsplashes.

Lustrolite is a replacement to tiles and looks like back painted glass. With a special hard coated top layer for extra scratch and chemical resistance, cleaning and maintaining your panels is nearly effortless.

Photo from http://www.houzz.com/uk/pro/snookphotograph/chris-snook

Ventilation and Extractor Fans in your bathroom

The bathroom in a home was considered to be the area where persons tend to offer much less significance while constructing. However, nowadays the people give lots of attention to the bathroom building and designing. But still several of persons missed out the ventilation while designing the bathroom. Generally the bathrooms in the home are very humid or damp and air of the bathroom tends to have more moisture. And thus more moisture can result rotting of the ceiling and walls and this can cause the few structural damage as well. The bad thing about the moist surroundings is that these promote the growth of the bacteria, molds, mildew and several of other microorganisms.

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To overcome this problem, you must install the Xpelairbathroom fan in your bathroom. These fans are really very effective and at the same time very attractive. These bathroom fans are manufactured to eliminate the bathroom odors and decrease the quantity of the moisture. It might pull this out of the air as you’re taking a bath so that the mold is not capable to develop or grow at all.

The bathroom has to be appropriately ventilated. Few bathrooms have the standard ceiling fans fixed in them; however they don’t perform the needed job of eradicating the moisture and the dampness from a bathroom. The most excellent bathroom fans which can be fixed in the bathrooms are the extractor bathroom fans. These fans can remove bad smells, foul odors , eliminate moisture as well.

The good extractor fan for the bathroom has few standards which have to be fulfilled. If you previously have the extractor fan for the bathroom however are not definite about the fan’s effectiveness then you can perform some very simple test. You just hold the tissue paper on a grill of an extractor fan. If an extractor fan in the bathroom is efficient then the piece of the tissue will be held to a fan grill. This is really a very effective method by this you can judge the performance of your extractor fan.

First of all you should decide what size of a bathroom fan you want in your bathroom. The size of the bathroom fan can be settled on with a size of the bathroom. If you have a big bathroom in the home then you should install the bigger bathroom fan if the size is small then you should not install the big bathroom fan in your bathroom.

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