A Shoppers Guide on Buying the Right Shower Enclosure

Written by Ashraf/QS Shower Quadrants

A shower enclosure is a luxurious way to shower so buying one should be a wise and informed decision because it is an investment that is going to be a part of your bathroom for a long time to come. The right shower enclosure not only changes the aesthetics of your bathroom but also improves it dramatically. Modern day enclosures offer quality, technology, style and facilities that are limitless and cater to even the smallest of spaces with ease.

If you think an enclosure is going to cramp your style then think again. There are various types of shower enclosures available in the market such as Shower Quadrants, D Shape Quadrant, pentagon, rectangle and many more, which gives ample of showering space. A selection of a shower enclosure solely depends on the bathroom space and the fact, that there should be no obstacle in opening and closing of the doors.
Consider the shape of your cubicle. As mentioned above one can find great looking shapes such as square, quadrant and D shape, Pentagon as well as contemporary and trendy shapes that gives a sophisticated feel. Make the most of your floor area as well so that you have more room to move about in the shower.

Everyone wants a shower enclosure that will suit the aesthetics of the bathroom and economize space. Apart from shape, shower enclosures differ by opening and closing nature of it. A well animated gifs of shower enclosures have been presented here, so that one can better understand the opening and closing of shower doors. Sliding shower doors are common types in quadrants or rectangular type cubicle, while as bi-fold doors are ideal for recessed installation. The other type of shower door that is most commonly used is pivot or hinged door.

When it comes to the material and finish, most of shower enclosures or shower doors along with side panels are manufactured from toughened safety glass for an extended life. Choices can vary from clear to beautiful patterned glass. Once a shower door is selected then an appropriate side panel can be selected. Apart from doors and side panels one can customise the look of their shower enclosure by selecting appropriate frames. Shower enclosures are available in frames with dark or light chrome or silver finish and give a modern look and feel. Apart from chrome and silver there is one more option, which is widely accepted by home owner and i.e. white. Frames with white finish accords well with any bathroom, especially with traditional style bathrooms. There are also frameless style shower enclosures available which gives an ultra-modern and urban look in any bathroom.

When you select a shower tray, make sure it is a water-tight with an enclosure and have adequate drainage. Most of the shower trays now come with fast flow shower waste, which helps approx. 10 litres of water drained within seconds. Shower trays are made from different materials. Most of them are made from stone resin or acrylic capped stone, and in a variety of shapes and sizes. Ranging from luxurious design, such as slim line shower tray; they feature compact styles for those with a constraint for space and non-slip surfaces, the choice is limitless.

Along with very stylish shapes, today’s enclosures come to you with features like body massage jets, storage shelves and built-in seats so that you can enjoy steam showers. There are those that also have a therapeutic treat on the floor for your feet with jet sprays.

Last but not the least make sure your enclosure has gone through a ‘Corrosion Test’. Good standard companies do an anti-corrosion salt test on all the metal fittings so as to maintain the untarnished finish of the shower. Once your shower enclosure is installed, you will find yourself looking forward to retreating and relaxing in it day after day.

Author Bio : Ashraf is a blogger and writes for QS Shower Quadrants, the on-line store for designer shower enclosures. You can follow him on twitter @ashrafpistawala

Would Hiring an Architect Improve Your Home Building Experience

Written by Michelle/AQVA Bathrooms

When embarking on a home building project your total budget will determine what you can and can’t realistically expect to have in the finished product. However, when it comes time to deciding what costs you will keep and which ones you will cut it can be very tempting to strike off what appear to be overly expensive professionals such as architects. But would hiring an architect improve your home building experience enough to warrant the hefty service fees?

Extras vs Professional Services

As tempting as it is to allocate a good portion of your home building budget to luxury extras instead of professional services, doing so could see your dream home turn into a living nightmare. Ask just about anyone who has undertaken a substantial building project and they will reveal just how many stops, starts, blunders and headaches they endured! The question really is ’Can you afford not to engage the services of an architect?’.

Highly Skilled

So what benefits are to be gained from employing an architect? The most obvious benefit is that architects are highly trained professionals who are skilled in such a variety of areas that they are valuable across multiple aspects of your home building project. Whether it be the floor plan, interior design elements, the project timeline or getting through the red tape of building permits, architects can help you with all of that and so much more.

Network Benefits

Along with the skills that an individual architect can offer you, they can also introduce you to other trusted professionals that you will require. From engineers through to carpenters, an architect will have extremely good connections that they can recommend to you. Why risk engaging contractors who you know nothing about when you can gain access to individuals who have earned the trust of your architect. Think about it. Just one unreliable or unscrupulous contractor can cause major havoc for your project timeline, costs, quality and finally your sanity.

Your Dream into Reality

Most importantly, an architect has the ability to turn your dream home into reality. They will ensure the vision you have of your new home will come to life just as you expected and indeed, even improved upon. Furthermore, a home that boasts excellent functionality and stunning design will increase in value, making your investment all the more worth it. And remember, if you have to wait a little longer for things such as your landscaped garden to afford the services of an architect, it will be worth it in the long run. No one wants to end up with a delayed project that costs you money and that in the end doesn’t live up to your dream

If you want your home building project to be completed within a reasonable timeframe with the least amount of headaches then hiring an architect is ideal. That way you’ll gain a solid home that is highly functional as well as visually pleasing and enjoy your home building experience all the more. It has to be said that home building is certainly not for the faint hearted but with the right professionals on your team things will indeed run more smoothly and you’ll be more than pleased with the finished product.

Author Bio :

Michelle is a contributing author and writes for AQVA Bathrooms. She is been designing and advising bathroom renovation for over last 10 years. She specialises in installation of modular bathroom furniture and electric showers.

Olympic Games and renting

Written by Mark Stroud

For most, the Olympic Games means a 16-day celebration of sport as the greatest spectacle on the planet comes to Britain. However, London 2012 also brings with it a number of implications for the capital’s property market – for some welcome, but others, very much unwelcome.

It’s no surprise that many landlords are taking advantage of the increased demand for room lets ahead of the Games. For them it’s a golden opportunity to make some quick cash with fans willing to pay a premium for a place to stay near the Games’ sites.

Many landlords have hiked their rental prices by five or six times the normal rate for the period of the Games and some in east London, home of the Olympic Park, by as much as 20 times, according to media reports.

One lettings agent described the increases as a simple case of ”supply and demand”, but a number of property experts suggest it’s a move that could end up costing landlords money, particularly if they’ve evicted an existing tenant to do so. They argue that a potentially lucrative short-term let isn’t worth losing a reliable, corporate tenant for and having to pay the costs associated with re-marketing the property.

And what about the tenants? One day you’re paying £600 per week for a house share in Whitechapel and the next the landlord is threatening to evict you unless you cough up £3,000 per week. Homeless charities have condemned the ”greedy” landlords taking advantage of the high demand for homes to evict tenants. They say rents are simply unaffordable for Londoners living in Olympic boroughs and claim the problems will remain long after the Games have left town.

But has the demand for short-term lets been exaggerated? London tourism chiefs expect the Olympics to attract around a million people to the capital in the form of spectators, journalists, businesspeople and Games officials. That’s on top of the 1.5 million tourists London sees in a typical August and all will require somewhere to stay.

With London hotels fully booked well in advance of the Olympics rooms to rent are expected to be scarce. For some time, there have been stories of an inevitable last-minute scramble to secure short-term rental deals; even of people prepared to pitch tents in gardens.

It’s not just landlords who expect to cash in on the influx of tourists. Large numbers of locals have decided to leave the capital for the duration and rent out their properties. However, as the Games draw closer, it is being claimed that many landlords have jumped the gun by hiking prices and evicting tenants and that the rush for short-term lets won’t materialise.

Some estate agents have warned London’s rental market has become flooded, that many properties will remain un-let and that, contrary to belief, supply is actually outstripping demand. One agent even commented that ”landlords are outnumbering tenants”.

Landlords are faced with another problem. Many are looking to let their properties for at least two weeks but are finding substantial numbers of tourists only want to book three or four nights.

Regardless of the pros and cons, it’s clear the Olympic Games will see a dramatic increase in short-term lets and have a significant impact on London’s property market.


How Changing Your Flooring Can Change Your Whole Home

Written by James Rowland

Whilst it’s not something you might immediately think of when considering how to give your house a facelift, your flooring can really affect the whole look of a room.

Since flooring and floor coverings like carpets are generally a major expense, most people don’t change them unless and until their existing flooring or floor covering gets worn out, spoiled by stains or faded by exposure to light. If your carpet has been spoilt by something like a stain or burn mark that has occurred accidentally, it’s always worth checking your home insurance policy to see if it covers you for accidental damage. Weigh up the cost of the excess and the effect on any no-claims bonus you have built up against the cost of replacing the carpet at your own cost before making any claim.

So what can you do with your floor other than fit a carpet? Well, have a look under your carpet first. There are many homes that have hidden gems of original floorboards or tiles under their carpets that can be restored to bring out their natural beauty with relatively little cost or difficulty. Sanding down floorboards and varnishing them takes perhaps a couple of days if you hire an industrial sander (but make sure you wear a suitable mask to protect your lungs and make sure there are no gaps around your door so that the dust doesn’t make its way round your entire house).

Buffing up and re-grouting original tiles and replacing any cracked ones will take a day or two (if you can’t find a similar enough tile to replace a cracked one, use one of the original ones from around the edge of the room, perhaps where a settee will ultimately sit, to replace it and fit another tile to replace the one that you won’t see).

You can always fit a new wooden floor (avoid vinyl or laminate in high-use areas – they don’t last long and are a false economy) or new tiles. Or you can pour on some concrete or floor-filler to create a flat surface and then paint it however you want: all one shade, or patterns, stripes and so on. You need to be sure of your own artistic skills if you’re going for this option and you need a good eye for colour, too. If you’re opting for a painted floor, you’ll need to add a rug to soften the room and make it warmer if that particular room requires it.

There is one problem with creating a new floor, though – once it’s finished, you’ll look at the rest of your room and realise that the walls need painting and your furniture needs replacing too…

How to Install a Mixer Shower

Written by Screwfix

Mixer Showers are not as complicated to install as it may look like. However, you must have a solid understanding and knowledge of how they work before you proceed to a DIY project.

There are several types of showers that are installed in a property so make sure you know how to work it. A mixer shower takes in cold and hot water feeds from your boiler system then mixes both feeds in a chamber that is within the shower unit. It then enables you to control the temperature and the rate of flow through dials and levers. It applies the same principle in your kitchen as well.

General Installation Guidelines

First of all, when you go to a DIY Store, buy a tap head and a mixer tap. Installing shower fittings and bathroom showers differ greatly depending on the particular product at hand. Every product is made differently and its best advised to follow the manufacturer’s instructions which come with the product. Hence the instructions below are not intended to be used as detailed fitting directions:

1. Heating System for the Mixer:
If you have a heating system installed in your property, you can rely on it for heating the water. However, when you purchase the shower mixer valve, make sure it is suitable for the particular heating system. Most central heating systems in properties can also heat up the water but not always; for instance, you may have an immersion heater and electric radiators for providing hot water. The common types of hot water systems are:

Standard vented cylinder, which features low pressure collected cold water and low pressure collected hot water

Combination boiler, which does not store hot water or cold water

Unvented cylinder, which features mains/high pressure cold water and mains/high pressure stored warm water

2. Water Pressure:
In order to get your home shower mixer to work, make sure you have water pressure of at least 0.1 bars. If the pressure is not up to 0.1, you will need to use a pump to get the flow working.

3. Thermostatic or Manual Mixer:
Although manual showers are relatively cheaper and simple to use, they involve a high risk of scalding. Compared to that, a digital thermostatic mixer allows flexibility and you can adjust the right temperatures accordingly. Therefore, if the budget allows, get the thermostatic one.

4. Distances and the Height
According to Grohe recommendations, if the body height is about 1.8 metres, the shower mixer should be approximately 1.262 metres. Accordingly, the head showers should be 2.373 metres.

5. Mounting
Although there are different designs available but chiefly they fall into two categories: surface and recessed mounted showers.

Recessed shower valves are used on hollow walls. The advantage is that the valve body and the supply pipes can be accommodated behind the wall, hence giving a neat appearance. These are ideally used in small cubicles. Surface mounted valves enable the valve to be visible, where the pipework is installed right on the surface.

Company Profile:

Screwfix is the UK’s largest direct and online supplier of trade tools, accessories and hardware products. With over 30 years’ experience in the industry, we despatch tens of thousands of parcels every week for next day and weekend delivery to tradesmen, handymen and serious DIY enthusiasts all over the UK.

To view the full range of mixer showers from Screwfix customers can visit our website.

Colors, libido and other body functions

How do you choose your wall colors? Or what color do you want your sofa to be? How do you make that decision?

I had a friend back in high school who painted his room orange. He had read from some magazine that scientific experiments showed that orange increased the libido of geese by seven percent, and he thought that for some reason it would be a smart move to follow the example. I don’t know what the effect was on him – he was a young man, not a goose. And normally teenage boys really don’t need any boost for their libido.

Color can also be used as a healing method, suggested some ancient Chinese therapists. This practice was known as chromotherapy and here’s something about this treatment:

-Red was used to stimulate the body and mind and to increase circulation.

-Yellow was thought to stimulate the nerves and purify the body.

-Orange was used to heal the lungs and to increase energy levels.

-Blue was believed to soothe illnesses and treat pain.

-Indigo shades were thought to alleviate skin problems.

More from here: http://psychology.about.com/od/sensationandperception/a/colorpsych.htm

An orange bedroom in Singapore. The Normal Room member who posted it wrote that it’s his old bachelor’s pad (wink wink nudge nudge).


Themed Home Theaters

Written by James Helliwell

Many families have looked into building home theaters as a great way to provide the ultimate television and movie watching experience for the family and for when guests come over. Move theater style seats, huge projection screens or televisions, and top of the line sound systems are all purchased in an attempt to get a great home theater. However, for people who want to go above and beyond in their home theater, there are themed home theaters. Themed home theaters are a great way for people to really set their home theater above the rest, and provide a truly impressive home theater experience.

There are several ways to go about creating a themed home theater. First, you must decide on a theme. There are many potential themes available. When selecting one, consider who you’ll be sharing your home theater seating with, and what type of things will be viewed most. For example, if you typically use your home theater for sporting events and have your friends over to watch the game, consider having a sports themed home theater. You could deck out the entire room including the seats with logos from your favorite team or teams, so the entire room is a complete dedication and representation that you’re a huge fan. This is a great way to truly enjoy a game, as you’re surrounded with support for your favorite team. Another option is to make the home theater resemble a sporting venue. For example, you could paint the walls in murals to resemble a baseball field or football stadium. You could also arrange for custom theater seats to be more like seats at a sporting event. This would really enhance the experience of watching a game, as it would seem like you’re actually at the event.

If your home theater is typically going to be used by your kids and their friends, you’ll likely want a theme aimed at younger children. Consider having characters from their favorite movie or TV show all over the room. Another option is to have several characters from different shows. This helps the kids feel like they’re completely surrounded by the show or movie, with characters and items from movies surrounding them.

You can also do a theme that’s completely unrelated to movies or television, but that helps enhance the home theater experience in general. For example, having a beach or tropical theme can be a great way to help your home theater ”take you away”. The walls could be painted to look like a beach, and decorations could be beach themed to add to the room. This way, no matter what you happen to be watching, you’ll always feel like you’re on vacation. If you don’t like the beach, you can do the same thing with a mountain view, a forest, or any other type of location that you enjoy and would like to spend more time in.

No matter what theme you decide on, you can be sure that having a theme is a great way to make your home theater even better, and set it apart from everyone else’s. Having a themed home theater ensures that you will truly enjoy your entertainment experience, and every time you use your home theater, it will be absolutely incredible.

Fresh water and poo shouldn’t mix

I went to the local aquarium the other day. Among the fishes and corals they had a big tank with a toilet seat standing in the middle, big dull looking fishes swimming around it. A sign next to the tank said that the capacity of the tank was 30 000 litres, equal to the amout of water a two-person household uses every year flushing toilet. People are using fresh water to dispose human waste. That’s a a lot, especially in this world of climate change and warming temperatures. Soon fresh water will be a scarcity – it already is in some areas.

A long time ago a solution was posted on Normal Room. The image showed a combined toilet/sink. The water used in washing hands went straight to the toilet’s water container, and was then used to flush the toilet. Excellent – no problem flushing the turdies with dirty water! The photo was posted from Japan, so I assume that it’s a japanese invention. That naturally doesn’t surprise anyone, I believe. That kinda combination is also a great way to save precious space in bathrooms.

A toilet seat in Hiratsuka, Kanagawa, Japan


Interior design (or no-design) is the new rock’n’roll?


I believe it was Johnny Rotten who once said that the purpose of rock’n’roll is to deepen the generation gap. It’s not like it use to be anymore. Rock’n’roll doesn’t shock anyone. Middle aged people don’t even get shocked by death metal, or violent gangsta rap. The ones who are now in their sixties grew up with the Stones and Led Zeppelin. They’ve seen it all, the holy trinity of sex, drugs and rock’n’roll. There’s nothing so disturbing that could be used as a tool to voice generations frustration and anger. Except one thing – actual filth and dirt. Even though todays parents in their youth have spent their friday evenings hanging out in sleezy clubs listening to noise and thumping and consuming all kinds of illegal and legal products, they still want to keep their homes nice and tidy. A home needs to be in order. But look at the photo below. This decoration definitely is repulsive to the older ones! This is today’s punk and grunge and whatever. Pure rebellion. You over 40, admit it, you don’t want this to be your home? Just an idea of it makes you feel sick, Just like Johnny Rotten screaming ”God save the Queen, she ain’t no human being” made your parents feel ill.

A living room!


Bed quotes, part 2

What’s money? A man is a success if he gets up in the morning and goes to bed at night and in between does what he wants to do.

– Bob Dylan

I once had a rose named after me and I was very flattered. But I was not pleased to read the description in the catalogue: no good in a bed, but fine up against a wall.

– Eleanor Roosevelt

It’s no treat being in bed with me.

– Howard Stern

A sold-out house my first night back. Do you have any idea what kinda pressure that is? I could have been at home in my warm bed, playing Nintendo.

– Richard Pryor

I was changing a light bulb over Groucho Marx’s bed, so I took my shoes off, got on his bed and changed the bulb. When I got off the bed he said: ’That’s the best acting you’ve ever done.’

– Elliot Gould

Sometimes, an afternoon spent in bed with someone can be the most important thing in the universe.

– Malcolm Wilson

If you think you’re too small to have an impact, try going to bed with a mosquito.

– Anita Roddick

Why can’t you share your bed? The most loving thing to do is to share your bed with someone. It’s very charming. It’s very sweet. It’s what the whole world should do.

– Michael Jackson

Thank God we’re living in a country where the sky’s the limit, the stores are open late and you can shop in bed thanks to television.

– Joan Rivers

No matter how big or soft or warm your bed is, you still have to get out of it.

– Grace Slick

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A master bedroom in Hollywood Hills, Los Angeles, USA


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