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Steam Showers pay for themselves!

Many of us do not need a reason to purchase a steam shower enclosure for our own home, as there are already many obvious explanations including health and relaxation benefits. One reason that may have already been overlooked by yourself and many others is how much financial gain you can get from installing a steam shower in your home. According to real estate experts, individuals who install steam showers or saunas can expect to gain back at least 5 times what you initially paid for it, increasing the overall value of your home.

The Cascade Duo – A popular 1200mm x 900mm corner model

In addition to this, having a steam shower or private home sauna immediately makes your home unique and compelling to buy. Luxury additions such as these are considered just that – Luxurious. If a potential buyer finds themselves torn between your home and another with very similar price tags, the inclusion of a sauna or steam room may be the exact thing that sways them towards you. Not only does it increase the overall value of your home, you improve the chances of selling your home quicker.

A typical freestanding steam shower enclosure combines standard showering features such as a shower head, with the added benefit of a steam generator. Users can then enjoy a 30 minute steam session followed by a cold invigorating shower to wash away all the toxins – All in the same space. There is no need to allocate the steam generator at another point in the house, as typically they are built onto the back of the unit itself. This results in a straightforward installation that’s completed at a fraction of the cost of a wet room.

Unlike a wet room, you dont’ need to worry about creating a water resistant enclosed area, inclusive of membrane and selective tiling. Furthermore, you need to ensure your door system is air tight to ensure that water and steam alike stays in the room. Creating a waterproof membrane can be quite costly, especially if not done correctly in the first place.

If you’re looking to add instant proven value to your home, consider the option of a steam shower enclosure when upgrading your bathroom. You’ll be benefitting both your body and your wallet.

2014 Design Trend Update by Di Vapor

Here at Di Vapor we try our very best to keep on eye with what’s on trend, without focusing purely on the bathroom space. Knowing what styles people look for around the home can often reflect certain trends that can appear in bathroom design.

The growing popularity for glass shower enclosures generated the introduction of two new cabinets, The Verona & The Venice, meeting the need of glass construction throughout with modern design. Glass as a material keeps natural light as a priority, keeping rooms bright and welcoming. The need to keep our living spaces open and alight is reflected on a few trends that have taken hold this year.

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LIGHTING

Having a well lit living space is something we all consider when it comes to home design, but sometimes we can often miss even the most basic principles. An ongoing trend that has fast tracked it’s way to the top is the need for professional lighting consultants. Experts with years of experience can take the space that you’re working with and maximise your lighting options, taking full advantage of the natural light available within the room.  They can also advise on which light systems would suit your space best, whilst considering the best possible energy efficient option.

MATERIALS

Recent figures have shown that a rising demand in the use of manmade materials throughout the home has drastically impacted the number of options available to work with. In addition, manmade materials are often customisable, making them work well within your requirements at very little cost. New resin technology allows any base material to be wrapped in a 3mm thick liquid cement that sets silky smooth, remaining cool to the touch whilst visually maintaining warm natural stone tones.

Kerlite is another manmade material wonder offering heatproof & acid proof properties whilst maintaining a high level of tensile strength. This non pourous material makes it a superbly versatile option for a surface top or splashback. Furthermore, the manufacturing process allows for a number of different shapes and sizes – No design is too extreme.

GLAZING & GLASS

We’ve seen it used in modern housing developments, replacing walls and supports for maximum light coverage – Using large glazed glass panels has quickly becoming a key trend for both the kitchen and bathroom. Large bi-folding glass doors to a kitchen allow for plenty of natural light to pour in, whilst offering an attractive entrance to a garden space.  Using glass as a divider within a room such as the bathroom helps to divide the floor space without interrupting the flow of natural light. The rising use of glass as a feature over the last decade has quickly  become a staple trend, set to continue strong throughout 2014.

COLOUR SPLASH

Current colour trends demonstrate the desire for natural colour tones pairs with blue & grey as supporting base colours. Accent pieces are back offering the more daring designer a chance to be loud without being too harsh.  A splash of lime green or ruby red can quickly raise the mood of a room, whilst also offering a unique way to highlight small features.  For a flawless tried-and-tested way of introducing colour,  combine light neutral colours with a bright colour offering.

 

 

Glorious Glass is the Material of Choice

A recognised and established trend expected to continue making an impact throughout bathroom design is the remarkable way in which glass can be used as a raw building material. Architects and designers across the globe are continuing to find unique and attractive ways to incorporate glass into home renovations, paving the way for both practical and unusual solutions for the bathroom.

There are obvious benefits to utilising glass, with the most apparent being the sense of an increase in natural light. The passive characteristics of glass allow daylight to pass through without limit, creating a brighter and more welcoming atmosphere. Furthermore,  using glass helps to create a seamless finish like no other, guaranteed to take centre stage in any  bathroom renovation.

Below are a few of our favourite examples of how glass can create a truly striking finish;

Floating Glass Sink by Prizma Studio

This take on the classic bathroom sink demonstrates how something as simple as flowing water can be transformed into majestic beauty. Complete with an invisible drain, transparent wall fixings and a clever internal glass support structure, the sink seemingly floats in situe.

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Modern Glass Cristalli Bathtub by Novellini

For the ultimate in opulence, this futuristic approach to transparent bathing is as striking as it is magnificent. Constructed almost entirely from glass, the  straight edged sides meet the upward curves of each end providing a minimalist, unique modern finish like no other.  The freestanding side mounted taps add a hint of chrome, finishing the bath in true European designer fashion.

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Floating Glass Shelving by Adatto 

Storage is an ongoing problem for every household, with the bathroom being no exception. In no time at all, one can expect a wealth of shampoo bottles and body washes cluttering any available surface – Where does it all come from? This unique take on the floating shelf provides an ample wall mounted platform to keep untidiness at bay, with no limit to how many you could have.

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Glass Block Dividing Walls – Various Suppliers

Perhaps a blast from the past, the use of glass block tiles became frequent fare in the 1980’s with many home design moguls incorporating them into the kitchen and bathroom. The truth is, when used right, a glass block wall is great way of dividing space within a room without losing all important natural daylight. The added element of frosting maintains privacy, whilst being an extremely versatile material to work with.

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Frameless Glass Shower Enclosure by Twyford

This list wouldn’t be complete without the introduction of a frameless glass shower enclosure – a proven solution to help create a luxury hotel spa escape within the privacy of your own home. Walk in showers usually comprise of a single large glass panel mounted against an adjacent wall, creating a protected open-plan showering space for the user. Combine with a monsoon overhead shower and let the deluge begin!

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Freestanding Glass Shower Cabin by Di Vapor

Taking a slightly different approach to the frame-less walk-in shower, the enclosed glass cabin provides a practical glass showering solution as it eliminates the need for a waterproof membrane or any additional tiling. There’s a wealth of different sizes and shapes available so decide on your room limitations before you start shopping.  The Venice by Di Vapor provides an ample sealed showering space with dual shower heads, body jets and removeable bench seat.

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Designer Glass Bathroom Mirror by Affinity

The introduction of a large mirror can drastically transform the look & feel of any room, instantly increasing the levels of natural light within the bathroom. This designer example is not only sizable, the side mounted lighting creates a striking mural on an otherwise ordinary wall.  If you haven’t already looked to fit a large mirror in your bathroom, it’s one of the easiest and quickest ways to transform your space.

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If you’ve got a unique example of glass being used in the bathroom, be sure to send it through to us via Facebook.

 

Kevin McClouds top 5 green tips

As more and more homeowners begin to make the subtle shift towards eco living, many “off the shelf” products now make it even easier to make your home eco-friendly. With the upcoming Grand Designs Live exhibition being held in Birmingham at the NEC, Kevin McCloud reveals his 5 top tips towards making your home greener!

Getting Started

  • How do I get started? If your wondering what to do and what not to do in your quest to becoming the leading eco-warrior on your street, start by grabbing yourself a copy of Little Book of One Planet Living by Alastair Sawday. This book cleverley demonstrates how eco living can provide more choice and not less, whilst giving a key insight into sustainability and reusing everyday materials.

Reduce your energy usage

  • In order to green your home, the primary objective is to reduce the amount of energy it consumes. A simple, cheap and effective way to get started is to to go around every door and window sealing off any draughts. You can purchase  many different vareities from your local DIY store, and the results can be simply astonishing.

Use planet friendly products

  • Insulate, insulate and insulate! Double insulatation in the attic area is crucial in reducing heat loss from your home. Heat rises when inside a building, so be sure to keep it inside your building to reduce your overall energy bills. Ecowool is made from recycled plastic bottles, whilst Blackwool is made from Welsh sheepswool. Great planet friendly alternatives to the usual stuff!

Utilise an electricity monitor

  • Cut your overall energy consumption by fitting an electricity monitor – You’ll be surprised which devices in your home drink the most juice! Standby switches are useful to electronics such as TV’s, and if you looking to change supplier head towards Ecotricity or Good Energy. Aerator taps in your kitchen and bathroom will save you water, along with varible flush toilet cisterns.

Keep the heat in

  • Thick curtains or shutters for your windows will keep heat in and cold out. Even poorly fitted, cheap shutters can have a dramatic effect towards keeping heat inside your home, whilst offering increased security also.

Head over to Grand Designs Live this October 2010 – Will you be going?

Source: Grand Designs Live

Find a trader today!

If you’re looking for a particular trader to help you along with some of your home improvement plans, a good place to start is the Free Index. To find plumbers, plasterers, builders and architects alike try heading over to this online directory, which also features other services such as home removals, solicitors, shower installers and even estate agents. The method used on the site is fairly straightforward but very effective at the same time. You can get five traders to quote on a job that you may have available by filling in an online form. You can then follow up with a review after the work is completed.  The site itself doesn’t have reviews for every trader on their database, but more are being added each day.

A useful section on the site is the “Materials” section, which works in a similar way to getting quotes. For example, if you’re looking for someone to provide bathroom equipment and furniture, you can see each company in your area compiled in a neat list complete with any reviews if they have them, and photographs of past projects that they have worked on. If you’re a trader looking for work, there is a job directory section on there too.

http://www.freeindex.co.uk

De-clutter your Cloakroom!

The cloakroom is easily one of the most neglected spaces in the home, quickly becoming host to store all unnecessary clutter from around the home, despite the fact that it almost always has great potential for a second bathroom. One way to take advantage of this space is to transform it into a downstairs toilet and washroom or mini bathroom. Here’s a few great options worth considering:

  • Under Stairs Cloakroom –  Simplicity is the key – It’s important to not over clutter the area. Small wash basins safe space both visually and practically. Combining a large wall mirror with bright Matt colours can provide a sense of openness. Utilising a heated towel rail is great way to keep the area feeling warm in the winter, whilst providing an attractive feature.
  • Cloakroom – If your lucky enough to have a larger space to work with, it may the case that you want to create a second bathroom in your home for guests and friends alike. Incorporating a second shower is a great idea if you have a large family. With so many 900 x 900 shower designs and smaller available on the market, your bound to find something that works for you. In addition to the added convenience, a second shower is guaranteed to add extra value to your home.

A cloakroom bathroom solution makes the most of a small space, with stylish and contemporary detail adding a touch of glamour and practicality to any home. With complete solutions starting from as little as £1000, it’s a great investment for any homeowner that’s guaranteed to provide long term rewards.