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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.

 

 

The Alternative Showering Experience

Di Vapor offer a variety of shower cabins that provide an exciting and unique alternative to the standard shower enclosure. Whether you prefer being drenched by vast quantities of water from overhead,  consider yourself a quick in & out shower person or someone that needs to be left alone for 30 minutes – Di Vapor define the alternative shower experience.

We’ve decided to take a closer look at the current Di Vapor range offering you a detailed insight into some of the key products on offer. It’s easy to get lost in a long list of features from a multitude of different styles, but deciding on what’s important to you can be a good place to start.  When looking for a new shower enclosure, what’s the most decisive factor for you?

STYLE

Possibly one of the most essential aspects when redesigning any showering space is deciding on your style – What do you want your shower enclosure too look like? Do you have a particular colour scheme to work with? Perhaps you have a shape in mind or are limited by certain work space restrictions? Picking a cabin with a style that suits your needs is the first step towards building your dream.

The Savona Steam Shower Enclosure by Di Vapor

When it comes to style, The Savona leads the race as one of our most popular contemporary designed steam shower enclosures within the range. A  straight lined glass construction throughout combined with low step entrance keeps the Savona the centre of attention. A sleek set of 6 massage jets across the back keeps things simple, whilst offering 2 different shower heads adds variety. Two words that sum up the Savona quite nicely: Sleek Simplicity.

FUNCTIONALITY

The bathroom has always been an important part of any home, offering basic practical needs on a day to day basis. However, many of us have began to utilise our bathroom as a space to relax and unwind, through the multitude of technological developments for the house & home. It’s never been easier to transform the basic bathroom into a home spa haven, complete with relaxing whirlpool bath and private sauna steam room.

The Superior Steam Shower Enclosure by Di Vapor

If maximum functionality and a prominent list of features are important to you, the Superior may be the choice for you. Offering a corner whirlpool bath complete with water & air jets, powered by individual built in pumps, soaking away the stress couldn’t be easier. In the same 1350mm x 1350mm footprint, you also get a fully functional steam generator with time & temperature settings, combined with FM radio and speaker system. A private steam room in your very own home – What more could you ask for?

BUDGET

The most common constraint for any home renovation; How much money do you have to spend? Being limited by a sensible budget does not mean that you can’t achieve your dream bathroom. Di Vapor maintain a high level quality throughout the entire range, but the prices are not as high as you might think. Affordable options are available without compromising on features or quality.

The Garda Steam Shower Enclosure by Di Vapor

We’ve picked the Garda shower enclosure as a perfect example of this; Quality without the hefty price tag. For less than £1000, you can have yourself a completely free standing glass shower enclosure complete with two shower heads and hydro body jets. As an added bonus, this enclosure also comes complete with a fully programmable steam generator for private steam bathing. Who said that your home spa haven would never happen? With options like the Garda available, it’s never been easier.

Whatever your limitation, we hope that this article has helped you understand how easy it is for you to have the alternative showering experience. Long gone are the days of glass shower screens & wall mounted electric showers – The alternative showering experience is available for everyone.

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For more information on the unique showering alternatives offered by Di Vapor visit http://www.divapor.com today.

 

7 tips to consider when adding an en suite

These days many potential buyers consider at least one en suite bathroom a must-have for the master bedroom. However, if you’re looking to add an en suite to one of your bedrooms you don’t want to fall into the trap of just adding any old shower enclosure in an unused airing cupboard. You want the en suite to be attractive and seem as spacious as possible so that it gets the use it deserves. Here are 7 top tips to consider when planning your en suite addition:

1 – Water & Drainage

It’s important to check your water supply and drainage accessibility – If you cannot access the main soil pipe then you will need to install a macerator thus increasing the overall cost of your installation. If at all possible, you should look to back your en suite onto an existing bathroom so that you have easy access to supplies and drainage points:

2 – Electrics & Pipework

Be sure to plan all pipework and electricity supply cables carefully, ensuring that they are well hidden whenever possible. Be sure to utilise your ceiling or under floor space if you have it, as exposed pipework and cabling can instantly make a small space look overcrowded. En suites are generally small to begin with, so look to gain space wherever you can!

3 – Ventilation

Remember that ventilation is now a Building Regs requirement. When planning anything within a small space, it’s important to implement good ventilation to ensure plenty of fresh air is circulated throughout the room.  This prevents any build up of mould and ensures the keeps the space feeling comfortable.

4 – Insulation

Be sure to insulate the entire area properly to prevent condensation, especially if the en suite has one wall as an outer brick wall. This will also help to keep the area feeling warmer and more enjoyable to use, especially in the upcoming colder winter months!

5 – Minimalistic Design

When consider what furniture and bathroom equipment you will be using in the en suite, look to keep your design minimal and maximise the available space.  This can be achieved by using all glass shower enclosures with low profile trays, small hand basins with vanity storage below, and wall mounted toilets.

6 – Colour & Light

The average en suite stands at around 2.5m so space isn’t something most of us have in abundance. Look to utilise a single colour scheme so the eye doesn’t become distracted, and utilise mirrors and decorative spot lights wherever possible. A large mirror covering one wall can instantly create the feeling of space, whilst a window can bring in all important natural light.

Never underestimate the importance of natural light!

Never underestimate the importance of natural light!

7 – Be Creative

Not every en suite addition needs to be limited to a small space added to your master bedroom. Of course, the toilet area needs to be private but other additions can potentially be placed in the bedroom area. Why not consider a freestanding bath at the end of the bed, or even a sealed freestanding shower cabin mounted in one corner. The options you have with the suppliers available these days is endless.

Inspired? Start planning your en suite today, and if there’s anything else worth mentioning just leave us a comment below!

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

10th Annual Sauna Championships!

It’s that time of year again – Quite the challenge if you ask me, but one that these folks take on board with great dedication. The concept – Stay in the sauna the longest and you win. Seems pretty simple really, but when you realise the temperatures they’re playing with, this is no relaxing endeavour. This is an event that works up a great deal of sweat whilst competitors simply sit still.

The 10th Annual Championship took place in Heinola, Finland, over the space of a weekend with 160 men and women from 23 countries pitting their wills against one another. It was to no surprise of the audience, to see the Finns dominate for the 10th year running.

Finnish born Timo Kaukonen won the men’s only event by lasting in the sauna for 3 minutes and 46 seconds. The women’s title was taken by Russian born Tatyana Arkhipenko with an impressive 3 minutes and 9 seconds.

Now you may be scoffing at those times, especially with my use of the word “impressive”. However, please take into account that the saunas they used were heated 110C with half of litre of water being poured onto the stones every 30 seconds! This makes it everything a relaxing sauna isn’t, which is normally heated to around 70-80c.

Organiser Ossi Arvela admits “It’s no fun after two or three minutes. It’s difficult to watch.”

DIY Plumbing – online!

A new resource has been launched to allow would-be plumbers to have a go at some do-it-yourself plumbing around the home. Not only is this an opportunity for those interested to develop their own understanding and skill set, it’s a great way to save money on that new shower enclosure installation you’ve been planning by completing the work yourself.

Heating and Plumbing solutions (http://www.heating-and-plumbing-solutions.com) provide an endless resource of guides from working with plumbing basics to more complex tasks such as installing a new bathroom suite or changing your boiler.

The service is available immediately for an annual fee of £30 per year. Considering the costs you may save doing the work yourself this really is a “no brainer”. There is even an online support service that allows you to discuss plumbing matters and any questions you may have with the experts.

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