We’ve compiled some detailed information on this page which we hope will aid you in making the right choices for your bathroom or kitchen. We have guides to some of our product categories, which we hope will help give you some advice before you commit to a decision.

Basins

Your choice of wash basin is an important one; one to which you should devote serious consideration, because the basin is such a fundamental component of your bathroom’s design. Obviously, we can’t all afford the most glorious, high-end designer glass affairs, but there are alternatives. There are simple, functional basins, which look inoffensive and do the job for which they were designed satisfactorily. Modern basins can add a touch of flair and individuality to your bathroom, while a classic style can create a sensation of sophistication in your bathroom. Whatever your tastes, there are inspirational styles and aspirational designs abundant.

Along with the designs of the basins, to which we will return in a moment, you should consider the space you have available to you. Making the most of the space you have is essential in a comfortable bathroom, so filling a smaller bathroom with large utilities will make it feel cramped and uninviting, regardless of how good each individual item looks. It’s far better (not to mention more economical) to fill a smaller bathroom with smaller appliances, particularly when it comes to wash basins.

Consider who’ll be using the basin and how often. If it’s for a single bedroom flat, then you can afford to opt for a slightly less functional, more stylish design. If however it’s for central bathroom in a family house, you’ll need a more functional, simpler design to accommodate the use and abuse it will receive. Perhaps you might like to include some storage space under the basin? Or conceal the plumbing? Either way, a basin’s use will generally decide its styling.

There are a few basic types of basin available from us, including glass, steel and ceramic basins, wall hanging basins, corner basins, counter basins, under counter basins, and pedestal basins.

Pedestal Basins

Our steel, glass and ceramic basins are all available in a pedestal design. Pedestals are the most common basin design, because they’re stylish and they’re economical – both monetarily and spatially. If you’re revamping a family bathroom, then it’s to the pedestal basin you’ll probably turn first; and you’ll need to make sure that both the basin and the pedestal itself can be firmly fixed the wall. Since the pedestal design frees up quite a lot of space in a bathroom, it’s possible to have a very large basin on top – very handy for families and space-conscious DIYers alike.

We offer a semi pedestal design too, which down from the basin like an ordinary pedestal but only far enough to cover the plumbing; not all the way down to the floor. Thanks to this design, you can increase the amount of floor space available – perhaps creating a space to store a towel basket or small vanity cupboard.

Wall Hung Basins

Wall hung basins free up more space even than semi pedestal basins, extending directly from the wall without any support from below whatsoever. They’re stylish and highly contemporary, and great if you want to create an industrial design theme by exposing the plumbing under the sink. Alternatively, many wall hung basins are plumbed directly through the wall behind, with no need to expose the pipes at all. A wall hung basin is easy to maintain, and thanks to the lack of any under-basin furniture they’re very easy to keep clean and hygienic.

Counter Basins

Recessed into the worktop surface, counter basins are stylish and modern, and designed for bathrooms which have enough space for large cabinets. If you’re installing a counter basin yourself, then it’s worth bearing in mind that a basin counter can be cut into virtually any style counter you wish. Since the basin is sunk into the countertop – down through the hole you cut – it will cover up any scruffy cuts or scratches made when you cut the hole.

The counter basin will cover any plumbing and, depending on the design, will provide a lot of storage space underneath. They provide a clean, neat aesthetic, helping you make your bathroom look tidy and controlled.

Other Styles

If your after a small basin, perhaps for a secondary bathroom or a small en suite, try a cloakroom basin. These basins are economically designed to preserve as much space as possible, while allowing you enough room to wash your hands comfortably and without making a mess. Alternatively, a corner basin will squeeze itself tightly into the corner of a bathroom, again working hard to maximise your room.

Bathroom furniture should be given the same amount of consideration as the furniture in any other room in your house. After all, it’s one of the busiest rooms, so why cut corners? We offer many different types of furniture for your bathroom, all of which have been designed to offer some extra storage and add a little flair to your bathroom. We divide our bathroom furniture into four different categories: Vanity Units, Bathroom Cabinets, Fitted Units and Good Value Bathroom Furniture.

Vanity Units

A Vanity unit is so easy to install. They usually have a pre-cut top that easily fits around the washbasin with minimal amount of effort. The space under a basin is probably the most unobtrusive way to introduce storage into a bathroom, whilst discretely hiding the water pipes, waste trap and waste pipes.

Whether you opt for a simple cupboard under your basin or something more complex – incorporating drawers and towel rails for example – there will be one in our range to suit you. If space is at a premium in your bathroom, you can choose from our range of slim line and corner vanity units – the ideal choice for smaller en-suite bathrooms and cloakrooms.

Bathroom Cabinets

Traditionally a bathroom cabinet was purely a functional piece of bathroom furniture. While they are certainly still functional, they have also become highly desirable items. While bathroom cabinets serve the same superficial purpose – to create space in the bathroom – they can be used to elevate the style and design of the bathroom too.

If you are pushed for space in the bathroom, then a mirror-fronted unit will eliminate the space taken up by a stand-alone mirror, while creating space for all your toiletries inside. If you’re after high design, then there are gorgeously stylised cabinets available.

Fitted Units

Fitted bathroom furniture creates a vast amount of storage choices and, with the flat surfaces offered by fitted bathroom furniture, you’ll be able to find varied display opportunities and decorative options. It’s also a great way to conceal plumbing and pipe work.

Fitted units represent a more traditional, conventional bathroom, emphasising warmth and practicality over the clean, ultra-modern lines of a minimalist bathroom. Fitted units offer genuine functionality, particularly for families and those with shared and busy bathrooms.

With so many cabinets, draws, shelves and surfaces in a fitted bathroom, you will find that they are easy to keep tidy and comfortable to be in. Plus, they offer almost a complete bathroom package in one go – eliminating the need to build a bathroom a little at a time, as you would if you were buying all the units individually.

Value Bathroom Furniture

While all of our products offer genuine value for money, our Value Bathroom Furniture ranges exceed even the most optimistic expectations. This budget bathroom furniture offers first-class functionality; providing excellent storage capabilities by making the best use of the space available. The items in this range are durable, modern and would suit any busy bathroom perfectly. The bathroom furniture is available in a range of materials and finishes. The predominant material is wood, often with a laminate finish to make it hardy and easy to clean. Surfaces generally feature a laminate material, but at the higher end of the market there are luxurious marble surfaces which look stunning and are resistant to wear and tear.

Aluminium has recently become popular in bathroom furniture, giving bathrooms a minimal, modern and chic atmosphere. This lightweight metal is particularly useful because it doesn’t rust; it heats and cools quickly, is resilient and durable, and looks fantastic too!

Baths

The choice of baths currently available is vast, which is both good and bad news if you’re entering the market for the first time and looking to refit your bathroom. Such a huge choice means that you will almost certainly find something to suit your needs, but it might take some time, patience and research to find it! With such an abundance of baths, there are just three limiting factors which can affect your choice: your bathroom style, the shape of your bathroom (and the space therein) and your budget.

Bathroom Style

Baths are manufactured from three primary materials: acrylic, steel and cast iron. Other materials such as ceramics and a range of metals can be found, but the above are by far the most common. Acrylic – Acrylic baths are vacuum moulded and reinforced with fibreglass and an encapsulated baseboard which gives it its strength and rigidity. These lightweight baths can also be repaired if needed. Acrylic tubs boast a high gloss finish and, because the colour goes all the way through, are resistant to fading. Acrylic is a good insulator, so water stays hotter longer. Tap holes can also be drilled on site in the desired position. Acrylic baths are now also available in super strong acrylic, which offers the strength of cast iron, but without the weight.

Steel – Steel baths are simple, clean and exceptionally strong. Quick to heat up by conducting the heat of the water, steel bath tubs are lighter than the cast iron alternatives, but heavier than acrylic. Tap holes are difficult to drill on location, but it’s best to know beforehand that the bath will fit your existing tap assembly.

Cast Iron – There are fewer and fewer cast iron baths on the market right now, largely because demand has fallen. However, this isn’t because of a lack of desirability! Thanks to the construction, cast iron tubs keep water hot for much longer than any other material, but they are simply too heavy to be practical in most homes.

Cast iron baths are virtually indestructible, and if you want a stand-alone bath then accept no substitute. You just have to be certain that your floors can comfortably cope with the extra weight. Cast iron baths are luxury items, ideal for anyone who wants to indulge themselves in the warmth offered by their bathroom. It’s pretty much impossible to drill tap holes on site, so be sure before you buy that it will fit your existing tap arrangements.

The choice of materials available represents the different design options. Steel baths are cool and modern, particularly in black and chrome surroundings. Acrylic baths put function over style, but suit most types of bathroom – particularly white bathrooms. Cast iron baths are luxurious and stylish, fitting in particularly well if the traditional styling is continued throughout the house. They also look great surrounded by old, wooden antiques and furniture.

Furthermore, all our baths can be fitted with whirlpool systems.

Bathroom Shape & Space

The commonest shape for a modern bath is of course rectangular. It’s a simple tried-and-tested shape with which you can’t go far wrong – as long as the dimensions of the bath fit the dimensions of the space it’s going in! Often a rectangular bath will be mounted to a wall, so you’ll need to look closely at bath panels on at least one side; though this depends entirely on the shape of your bathroom. There are alternatives to the traditional rectangular shaped bath. Corner baths are available to fit most bathrooms, and there are also offset corner baths for unusual or awkward spaces. A corner bath is often a great way to maximise limited space.

If space is a concern, then certainly consider a shower bath. Shower baths are a practical way to combine a shower and a bath in a room which would otherwise only have the space for one or the other. With a shower bath, both appliances are combined in the space of just one appliance.

For more modern bathrooms, there are circular baths too. Some of the bathtubs use different levels underneath, so you can choose to sit or lie in them. You can also find bathtubs designed for those with limited mobility, thus making entering and exiting the tub as easy as possible for everyone.

Budgeting for Your Bathroom

The bath will probably be the most substantial item in your bathroom, requiring the use of more space than anything else. Choosing the right one is essential, so a good bath should be at the top of your shopping list. This is particularly true if you’re buying all the bathroom components individually, rather than investing in a fitted bathroom package.

Generally speaking, steel is the least expensive material. Steel baths are usually enamelled and prone to chipping, and quite easy to produce en masse, but this is reflected in the price.

Only slightly more expensive is acrylic. The process for manufacturing acrylic is a little more complex than steel and is therefore priced accordingly. Cast iron is the most expensive material, but then it is virtually bombproof. Cast iron baths are luxurious and will last forever. If your budget stretches far enough and your floors are strong enough, then cast iron is a warm, relaxing and comfortable choice.

Another consideration is your choice of bath panels. When you’re choosing a bath, make sure you know how it will fit into your bathroom. If two sides of the bath are exposed, then remember to budget for the bath panels. There’s a huge selection available, and the majority are very stylish and relatively inexpensive. You’ll also need to know if your bathtub will arrive with side panels included; in which case you may not need to invest in separate panels at all.

Shower Enclosures

Your shower enclosure can make or break the aesthetic of your bathroom. If your bathroom is gorgeous, a work of design genius, it can all be undone by the wrong enclosure. There are abundant different shapes and sizes, and the entry systems of the shower enclosures vary widely too. The standard shape is a simple rectangular box, but there are also corner enclosures, bi-fold doors, pivot doors, sliding doors, quadrant enclosures, offset enclosures and walk-in styles, including wet-rooms. Each one has advantages and disadvantages, and it’s only your discretion which could limit your choice.

Different Enclosures

Corner enclosures tend to be highly economical in terms of space, maximising the room in a smaller bathroom. They’re very stylish, very modern, and very comfortable. Shower doors are all practical, so you don’t need to worry too much about which style door to go for. They all do their job very effectively, so once again, it’s just the styling with which you need to concern yourself. Sliding doors are smooth and modern, particularly as part of a larger glass structure, while bi-fold and pivot doors reduce the amount of space taken up by the entry system.

A design style which is currently booming in bathroom design is the concept of frameless enclosures. Usually the frames of shower enclosures are made from thin aluminium strips which hold the structure together. But recently, the amount of metal framing has been stripped out, leaving a completely frameless or semi-frameless glass case. This is the most modern look currently taking root in interior design, and it’s easy to see why; it looks sensational.

The frameless design is minimal and clean, but nothing is as minimal and clean as the wet room. The wet room is a relatively new concept in the UK, but it’s been around in northern Europe and North America for some time. Now it’s becoming really popular here too. In essence, it’s a section of the bathroom which has been segregated from the rest by a simple glass panel (usually), but is otherwise left open. As such, it’s a far more versatile design than an ordinary shower enclosure. The floor of the wet room slopes gently toward the waste outlet, so the floor of the rest of the bathroom remains as dry as possible despite there being no real disconnection between it and the floor of the shower.

The Wet Room & Showerbath

One of the most striking benefits of the wet room over a conventional shower is its ease of access for people with limited mobility. There are no sides to negotiate, no doors, no lips or ledges. It is simply an open space, separated slightly from the rest of the bathroom. Space for a wet room can be created simply by removing the bathtub and installing the wet room in its place. If however you’re agonising over whether you should rip out the bath and replace it with a shower, or keep the bath and make do without a shower, then you might want to consider a shower bath. It’s an elegant solution to the problem of space conservation, combining the best characteristics of a bath and a shower and throwing in a few added advantages for free. For example, a shower bath will completely prevent a wet bathroom floor, since most of the falling water is caught inside the bath – particularly if you a re using a large separating screen which blocks the shower from view and supplies a bit of privacy when you’re standing in it. A showerbath is wider at one end for space to stand comfortably, but maintains the unparalleled comfort and relaxing properties of the bath.

Heated Towel Rails

Heated towel rails are available in a wide variety of styles, finishes and shapes, so you can be sure that you’ll find whatever you need to complement your bathroom design scheme. Everything from ball-joint rails through to chic, minimal styles is represented in our range. Towel rails are designed to be compatible with most heating systems, or combinations of systems, particularly hot water heating and electrical heating. We also supply heated towel rails which depend on an internal filament to produce the heat, which means that it can be used independent of any main heating system.

Our heated towel rails are separated into five categories: Tubular, Ladder Style, Contemporary and Designer, Traditional and Electric Towel Rails.

Tubular Towel Rails

Tubular towel rails are available in many different sizes and shapes from flat to curved and square to rectangular, the choice is substantial and guaranteed that one will suit your bathroom or en-suite. The size you need will normally depend on the size of the room you want to heat – typically the larger the radiator, the higher the heat output. All of our tubular radiators are finished in sparkling chrome, which not only looks amazing but is also easy to keep clean. Simply giving it a wipe over with a clean damp cloth will keep it looking brand new for years to come.

When combined with chrome accessories and taps, a tubular chrome towel rail will add a spectacular finish to any bathroom or en-suite.

Ladder-Style Towel Rails

Ladder style towel rails are a modern alternative to a standard radiator.

Ladder style towel rails are designed to warm up your towels and heat your bathroom without the need for a separate radiator rail to hang your towels on.

These towel rails have horizontal bars which span the width of the radiator from top to bottom giving a ladder rung effect. Each bar of the ladder will be heated by either your central heating system, via an oil-filled system or electrically via an electric element that is situated vertically inside the towel warmer.

Ladder towel rails are available in various different shapes and sizes. They can be curved, rectangular or square. There is plenty of choice when it comes to the finish, from a high shine chrome finish to white enamel, and the slightly off white Pergamon.

Contemporary and Designer

Contemporary and designer towel rails can create a dynamic effect in your bathroom, exuding a radical, up-to-date ambience.

These towel rails provide adequate heat output to warm your towels and bathroom at low cost to you. Available in all shapes and sizes with various colour options, you can choose the rail to suit your individual bathroom design and budget.

Contemporary and designer towel rails are generally available mounted on the wall, and are either straight ladder style or bowed front or curved towel rails. They can also have a built in shelf to accommodate fresh towels.

These towel rails are generally available in chrome plated.

Traditional Towel Rails

The traditions of elegance, decorative detail and craftsmanship live on in this authentic range of Victorian/Georgian towel rails. Now combined with the latest innovations in towel airing and heating, you can create a design feature that is as functional as it is beautiful. Whilst keeping that classical traditional look, you can enjoy that wonderful feeling that you only get by snuggling into a warm towel after that relaxing bath or invigorating shower.

These traditional towel warmers have ball joints and period-style cross head valves ensuring the authentic design elements of this classical range. Traditional towel warmers are available in various sizes and fittings, including wall and floor mounted for maximum flexibility, ensuring that there will be one to suit your bathroom or en-suite, no matter what its shape or size is. With traditional towel warmers, you get a choice of finishes from sparkling, high shine chrome plated to that fresh, clean, white enamel finish.

Electric Towel Rails

Electric towel warmers are an alternative to conventional water or oil heated towel warmers. With electric towel warmers, you can have the warmth of a water heated towel but a lot quicker because you don’t have to wait for your hot water system or central heating system to heat up the copper pipes and the radiators in your home first. Electric towel warmers are available in a wide variety of sizes and designs including ladder, straight and curved. Electric towel warmers also come in a range of finishes including satin chrome, sparkling high-polished chrome, white and modern elegant stainless steel.

Plumbing

Plumbing incorporates many different types of fittings. These range from copper solder (end feed) compression (brass) solder ring (pre-soldered/Yorkshire) solvent weld, and push fit. Generally speaking, standard fittings will range from 8mm up to 28mm, but there are larger sizes available depending on the application.

Joints are made to connect pipes at different angles and in various combinations; there are adapters for joining metric and imperial pipe work, and for connecting one kind of a material to another. Plumbing fittings such as valves are made with de-mountable compression joints, so that they can be easily removed for servicing or replacement.

Metric/Imperial Adapters

Copper pipes are now made in metric sizes, whereas pipe work installed in an older house will have been made to imperial measurements, if you compare 15mm (1/2in) and 22mm (3/4in) the difference would be obvious, but metric pipe is measured externally, whereas imperial is measured internally, hence the need in some cases for metric/imperial adapters.

Solvent weld or waste fittings are made from MuPVC and are measured from 32mm (1 1/4in) and 40mm (1 1/2in) upwards; this type of pipe work is fused together by means of a solvent-based glue.

Typically, 15mm (1/2in) pipe is used to supply basins, kitchen sinks, washing machines, some shower application, and radiator flow & returns.

However 22mm (3/4in) pipe is used to supply baths, high output showers, hot water cylinders and main central heating.

Shower Pumps

A shower pump can provide the necessary boost you need to improve your shower’s poor performance, and it can be used any good quality mixer shower or shower panel. Shower pumps are used where the flow rate of the water is insufficient to power a shower, and can also be used to balance the input of hot and cold water for a perfectly stable temperature.

Power showers are frequently manufactured with an electrically driven pump built within the shower unit, and some shower pumps are designed for remote installation, with hot and cold pipes running to the pump then out again to the shower.

Freestanding Shower Pumps

The freestanding shower pumps can also be used to boost the performance of an existing installation; the ideal location for this type of pump is next to the hot water cylinder in an airing cupboard-as low down as possible, so that the pump remains full of water. However there are also pumps, which are designed to perform satisfactorily when mounted at a high level – in the loft for example. There are various pumps available; a single impeller pump will purely boost the hot or the cold feed, where as a twin impeller will boost both, accommodating whole house applications. Shower pumps are connected to your water supply via 15mm or 22mm push fit connectors these have built in isolation valves, and all pumps are bar rated therefore enabling you to choose the correct pump for your application.

Shower Trays

Shower trays – or shower bases – vary in size, from compact square shapes to spacious rectangular models and pentangle sided designs; all of which are modern and would complement a well-designed bathroom. Generally speaking, shower trays are made from materials such as acrylic, steel, ceramic and stone resin.

Your choice of shower tray will depend on several factors, but perhaps the biggest is the space you have available. To enjoy showering to the fullest, you should choose the biggest tray you can, however this leads to another decisive factor; and that’s your budget.

The larger the shower tray, the more expensive it will be, but remember, the shower is an essential part of your daily routine, so you should try to enjoy it as much as possible!

Shower Tray Materials

Stone Resin is the most common material used in the manufacture of shower bases and the material you’re most likely to find in new building projects. Stone resin is easy to clean, hardwearing, durable, attractive and highly waterproof. Stone resin is closely followed by Acrylic resin in shower tray production.

Stone resin trays are substantially heavier than acrylic shower trays, which makes them more difficult to install. Normally, this wouldn’t really make a difference; in fact, the increased weight is an indicator of the tray’s durability and resilience. However, if you need to make a waste trap because you’re mounting the shower tray on a solid floor, this may be a minor problem.

An acrylic tray can simply be raised to make room for a waste trap underneath, whereas a stone resin tray, with its increased weight, can be more difficult to elevate.

Shower trays are generally designed to be fitted into corners and against walls, and they typically range in size between 700mm (29.5 inches) to 1200mm (47.2 inches). Some manufacturers will produce trays to bespoke specifications, and there are plenty of variations in shape and size.

Shower Tray Designs

The shapes themselves are based on the conventions of the bathroom design industry. Therefore, few basic tray shapes will be in sizes common across most residences. These include a pentangle shaped tray – rather like a square missing a corner – and are a great solution for showers in bathrooms where space is at a premium. It can be squeezed into a corner, while allowing enough room for a wash basin and or a WC pan.

Rectangular shapes are common too in unusually-shaped bathrooms (it’s worth pointing out that square trays are the most common) and they provide abundant showering space. A ‘quadrant’ is a quarter circle which again is great for bathrooms with limited space. Quadrant trays tuck neatly into the corner of the room and extend just far enough for you to shower comfortably. Similarly, there’s an off-set quadrant, which has the space and shape of a rectangular shower tray, but with a rounded corner. These last two curved designs work very well with sliding doors.

For a more luxurious shower tray design, there’s a walk-in shower which is like a large P-shape, with plenty of room in which to stand and a narrower section through which you enter and exit.

Showers

After a hard day at work we all like to unwind, and stepping into a nice hot invigorating shower is an ideal way to do that. To get the most from your shower, it’s important that you choose the right one for your requirements.

The Right Shower System

It’s very important to select the correct shower to suit your system. It should be borne in mind that water ‘pressure’ and ‘flow’ are not the same things. To illustrate this point, an instantaneous electric shower delivers water at high mains pressure, but a relatively low flow rate is necessary to allow the water to heat up as it passes through the shower unit. On the other hand, a conventional gravity-fed supply system delivers hot water from a storage cylinder under comparatively low pressure, but often has a fairly high flow rate when measured in litres per minute. Both the hot and the cold water pressures are determined by the height (known as the head) of the water storage tank above the shower. Provided there is at least 3ft between the bottom of the water tank and the showerhead, you should get reasonable flow rate and pressure.

Adding a pump can increase the pressure and the flow, making it possible to choose from a large range of different showers including power showers, as the flow and the pressure ratio can be altered by fitting an adjustable shower head that provides a choice of spray patterns.

Electric Showers

Electric showers are particularly beneficial, since they draw on cold water supplies and heat the water is and when it is required. This completely eliminates the need for a hot water store for your shower, which will eventually save you money on your heating bills, and is good for the environment too. This also allows the user to have instantly warm showers, and it also allows electric showers the versatility to be installed in virtually any home, new or old.

Electric showers are available in a number of power outputs, usually 7.8 kW, 8.5kW, 9.5kW and 10.4kW. These kilowatt measurements ultimately decide the flow rate; the higher the kilowatts, the higher the flow rate and the more powerful the shower. However, higher kilowatt output electric showers are also more expensive.

Most electric showers come complete with a variable power setting to give optimum economy, even during summer months, when incoming mains water will have a higher ambient temperature.

Power Showers

Where possible, power showers are a fantastically invigorating way to boost ordinary gravity-fed showers. Combining a powerful pump with an internal mixing valve, power showers mix hot and cold gravity-fed water, resulting in a strong, refreshing water flow. If the home in which you wish to install a new shower has both a cold water storage tank and a hot water storage tank, then you’re ideally prepared to enjoy the advantages a power shower has to offer. However, you won’t be able to use a power shower in a home which has a combination boiler. Power showers are available with either manual or thermostatic functionality.

Thermostatic Showers

A thermostatic shower holds the temperature of the water between + or – 1 degree Celsius of your chosen temperature. Essentially, this eliminates any sudden drops or surprising explosions of temperature while you’re showering. These rapid changes in temperature often occur when somebody in the house has flushed a toilet or turned on any product which uses mains water, while the shower is in use. A thermostatic shower regulates the temperature of the water by using a thermostatic valve. This allows you to set the water temperature, and the valve will maintain the temperature at this level.

Bathroom Suites

Replacing an old WC suite with a new one is a relatively straight forward procedure, providing you can connect it to the existing soil pipe connections.

Bathroom Suites & Relocation

However, if you’re looking to re-locate or perhaps install another bathroom suite in your home, then you’ll have to connect it to the main soil pipe itself or run the waste directly in to the underground drainage system.

Before buying a new suite you’ll need to decide on the design you’re looking for, and also how much space you have, as they do vary very much in size.

Modern Bathroom Design

Bathroom units are a modern concept in design, allowing you to conceal the cistern behind a unit, the supply and overflow connection are identical to that of a standard cistern but the flushing mechanism is mounted on the face of the panel.

Wall mounted pans are now very fashionable, these are supported by means of a metal bracket or stand unless it is built into the masonry. Using a concealed cistern, this creates a very modern, up-to-date style.

Once decided on the suite, you then have to consider the initial pipe work. Basin taps are normally connected via 15mm copper, bath taps usually 22mm, then the waste outlets from the basin are 32mm (various options of traps available), and 40mm for the bath.

Taps

Stock taps which fall into one of several categories. These categories include mixer taps, designer taps and traditional taps. There has been a significant surge in the popularity of mixer taps in the last few years, and it’s up to the theme you want to create in your bathroom as to which of the tap styles you choose.

There are some technical considerations you need to investigate before you choose and install your taps. Mainland Europe uses high water pressure in a large majority of residences, while the UK has relatively low water pressure. In the UK, our water systems are usually gravity-fed from a tank in the attic; the pressure which eventually causes the water to be ejected from the tap at speed is created by the falling of the water from above, and this is usually referred to as ‘head’. As such, you need to be sure that any taps you choose are capable of working with low-pressure water feed systems; otherwise you may discover you have to install a pressurising system – which will be far more expensive than you originally intended. Check your system before committing to a purchase.

Contemporary Mixers

Our designer taps are at the absolute cutting edge of interior design and bathroom style. They are hugely contemporary, leading the pack in terms of interior fashion and sophisticated style, and can set off a design aesthetic which cascades throughout the rest of your home.

Designer taps can be expensive though, and they’re not for everyone. If you want to develop a contemporary design theme but you’re working to a budget which precludes designer taps, then you’ll probably want to carefully consider one of our mixer taps. As we’ve already established, mixer taps have been undergoing an upheaval in popularity since the early to mid-nineties, and they look set to usurp the more standard traditional dual tap design. Mixer taps are deeply contemporary, clean, cool and sleek, and contribute substantially to an urban feeling in your bathroom. Chrome is the most common finish in bathroom taps, and it’s great for building a modern bathroom with contemporary furnishings. There is a slight trend recently towards more industrial materials and finishes though, like satin chrome, stainless steel or standard steel. Also, the current trend at the moment is a heavy internal emphasis on geometric lines and clean, sweeping curves, evoking older, more traditional styles in an ultra-modern way.

Traditional Taps

For an out-and-out traditional style bathroom then the individual cross-head hot and cold taps remain ever popular, usually finished in brilliant chromium plate. They work particularly well with ceramic basins, and really stand out in traditionally themed bathrooms.

We also offer lever-style taps, which offer the same sense of tradition, but with more practicality and a more European twist. Levers are versatile and stylish, and they’re particularly desirable for those with limited mobility.

New Technology

Our tops offer you an alternative to entirely restructuring your bathroom; new taps will boost the modernity of any bathroom without having to rip out all the other fittings at the same time. We offer taps with in-built waste facilities, which are highly functional and very stylish. A new technology which many of our taps use is ‘ceramic disk’ technology, which replaces the older rubber found in many existing tap systems. The mechanics of this technology are simple and durable: there’s one fixed disk with a hole in it inside the tap pipe and one which turns according to the handle, which also has a hole in it. When the holes in the disks are aligned, water is allowed to pass through. At all other times, the water is completely blocked. This is a simple but highly effective mechanism. Furthermore, since the disks are ceramic, hard water scale and water-borne debris is very unlikely to interfere with the close fit of the two disks.

Shower Valves

Shower valves are designed to allow total flexibility. There are various options available, whether you want an exposed valve, a concealed valve, fixed head or an adjustable riser rail.

Safety & Versatility

Many shower valves have the added benefit of an in-built anti-scald facility called a ‘thermostatic’ valve. The shower valve will automatically adjust its temperature when there’s a fluctuation in water usage, so showering can still be enjoyed without any temperature rise or fall, even when another house member turns on water elsewhere. Should the hot or cold water supply fail, the valve will immediately shut down.

A concealed shower valve is a modern way of concealing any pipe work within a tiled wall, so, in effect; only the valve can be seen creating a minimalist look.

Shower Valve Compatibility

Shower valves are compatible with most supply systems, such as gravity fed systems, combination systems, balanced high pressure systems, and pumped systems. Shower valves can be purchased separately, or with an optional head or riser rail kit. The showerhead will be multi-functional, allowing the operator to adjust the flow accordingly.