13 Client Supply Items – Bathroom – sanitary ware and water pressure

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Unless you have a small apartment, you most likely have more than one bathroom to design and equip. A typical house has a powder room/guest WC near or under the stairs to the first floor, and upstairs there will be at least one family bathroom, and perhaps an en-suite per each of the more private levels. If you have a loft, you will probably have a bathroom there too (here is an example of one of loft bathrooms we designed). 13 Client Supply Items – Bathroom

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In bathrooms, there are several “good practice” rules, most of which are pretty much common sense. We like to avoid placing a WC unit in front of a door and prefer the first item you see, when you walk into a bathroom, to be either a sink and vanity unit with a nice mirror or a window.

Baths and showers are best when none of their parts overlap with a window, and tiling inside goes up full height. This is particularly important when having also an overhead shower in the bath.

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The size of the bathroom can pre-define our choices, but in any case there is always room for a great design. If there is more space, we can consider a freestanding bath and a floor mounted tall tap. Whereas if the space is just about the width of a bath, you can create a very neat design by making a tiled front panel and creating a niche shelving in the wall behind for all the items you need. 13 Client Supply Items – Bathroom

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When it comes to toilets, they come as close coupled and concealed cisterns. The latter is when you have a nice flush button on a surface resembling a wall, and the former gives you an exposed cistern and easy access to it, if you need to.

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Storage space is one of the key elements when planning a bathroom, as no-one would like to have their nice design spoiled by clutter of tens of tiny toiletry items laying around. A vanity unit with drawers or shelves is always helpful to have under a sink.

When choosing a more Victorian look of a pedestal basin, or a contemporary one with, for example a minimalistic basin installed on a countertop, one may want to use a bathroom mirror with storage behind or, if there is enough room in the bathroom, have some cabinets placed nearby. 13 Client Supply Items – Bathroom

It is also possible to make use of some more ‘awkward’ spaces, such as the space created above a toilet when having a toilet with a concealed cistern, by building a bespoke cabinet.

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Taps come not only in their different forms and sizes, but you will need to choose whether you would like to have thermostatic mixers – one tap, or a traditional hot and cold tap. Next, they may be coming out of the wall, from the sink or be standing on top of a vanity unit worktop. This is the occasion when the sink becomes more of a “bowl”, literally.

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Believe it or not, but the actual water pressure plays a great part in options available for designing a bathroom. Water pressure tends to be an issue in most properties. Thames Water, the prevalent supplier, only guarantees 1 bar pressure, which is reduced greatly by the time the water serves any first floor bathrooms, and is almost completely gone by the time it reaches the loft level.

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Replacing your old water tank with a new combi(nation) boiler does not improve water pressure. For this you need to install a megaflo system, which is a large storage tank, with pumps, that greatly improves water pressure. This means you can have that big walk-in shower with an appropriately sized large shower head.

Each one of these rooms can have a distinct style, different from its immediate surroundings. It is a good idea to keep one bath in the property – or if you are more of a shower person, a walk-in shower is a very stylish option. 13 Client Supply Items – Bathroom

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