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Creating a home spa with the Cascade

Di Vapor have been supplying shower enclosures for almost a decade, working with a varied level of customer bathroom requirements. We thought it would be a good idea to talk about one of our popular corner quadrants cabins under the spotlight this February – The Cascade steam shower enclosure. If you’re looking at renovating your bathroom or shower space, it really doesn’t get much better than this.

The Cascade (S-DV6007) Quadrant Steam Cabin

Divulge in the dream bathroom

If you’re in the middle of a bathroom renovation, you’ll be familiar with what’s available in the marketplace. Buyers tend to go down two routes – ultimate practicality or luxury at any cost. Cabins from Di Vapor provide a delicate balance of both, ensuring that you have an option for everyday showering whilst providing a solution to relaxing in your very own private spa.

With most renovations limited by the space available, it is important to remember that a steam room doesn’t require a large 3m x 3m space or bigger. All that’s really needed is space of approximately 1m x 1m – enough room to fit a one person cabin. Di Vapor offers plenty of one person solutions including the The Cascade quadrant shower enclosure, standing at a size of 900mm x 900mm.

A Collision of Contemporary

The Cascade achieves a contemporary look by combining bold features with straight edged transparent glass panels. The simplified design is coupled with a practical large bench seat, offering comfort to the user during a 30 minute session.

With the cabin being constructed from a combination of reinforced acrylic fibreglass, aluminium and glass, the sheer weight of such material requires a strong foundation. This is provided through a raised acrylic fibreglass reinforced tray (for easy plumbing) that’s also finished in white for continuity throughout. This unit would settle well in a brightly decorated bathroom finished in large black or white marble tiles – this is your home spa haven after all!

All the bells and whistles

Now it’s all well and good if something looks the part, but can it provide everything that you need in order to class the Cascade as a complete home spa solution. To get things started, the Cascade comes complete with an overhead monsoon shower mounted flush into the top piece – perfect for getting completely drenched. This is coupled with a handheld shower (great for cleaning) and hydro massage body jets lined across both back panels.

But it’s the built in steam generator that really appeals to the wellness cravers amongst us – a simple press of a button kick starts a constant flow of warm steam into the cabin. Temperatures can get up to 60 degress celcius but for health and safety reasons, it’s important that you don’t stay in for too long – 30 minutes is enough for most users. Partner this with a fully programmable FM radio and you’ve got yourself a true spa escape in the comfort of your own home.

For more information on the Cascade steam shower, head on over to Di Vapor today. There’s something for every size, shape and taste so be sure to take a look – your body will thank you for it.

 

Salt Baths shown to Soothe Arthritis pain

A new study completed by Vincent Compan at Manchester University’s Faculty of Life Sciences has shown that bathing in saline solutions can ease the agony of arthritis. Simply soaking in a bath filled with your favourite bathing salts can help reduce the inflammation that a growing percentage of the population experience each day through arthritis. “The research has been said to open up exciting new opportunities, with endless potential to help so many patients” said Dr Compan.

The research demonstrated how soaking in a saline solution can cause the cells that cause arthritis to “dehydrate” resulting in a reduction of the swelling that can become painful for sufferers. The salt showed the same results when injected directly into the body or when absorbed through the skin when soaked in a saline bath. The research reflects the common beliefs shared by those that make annual visits to natural hot springs. These springs are extremely high in saline levels, causing them to often be resorted to by patients looking for a “natural miracle cure.”

A National Issue

More than 10 million people currently suffer from the pains of arthritis, causing crippling pains and inflammation within joints commonly found in the hands, feet and limbs. Many sufferers are in constant agony to the point where daily life can become stressful. At present there is no cure for arthritis, but there are a number of both commercial and home remedies available for sufferers to help ease the pain and slow the condition down considerably.

Commenting on this research, a spokesperson for the charity Arthritis Research UK said “It’s been known for some time that salt solutions can have some benefits towards the aches and pains of arthritis , but it never been known why this was the case. This study has shed some light on this and by identifying the molecular target for these hyper tonic solutions we can hopefully block the molecule that progresses inflammation” – Daily Mail 21/09/2012. 

The Ultimate Home Remedy

In addition to the above, it’s common knowledge that breathing salty air can reduce the inflammation and swelling of airways. Salt therapy can also be used to ease asthma, chronic bronchitis, sinusitis, ear infections, hay fever, most respiratory allergies and even cystic fibrosis.

Combining the benefits of salt therapy with the warming comfort of a steam room is something that anybody can install in the comfort of their own home. Di Vapor offer a variety of different sized free-standing steam rooms that can be installed in most environments including bathrooms, en-suites, extensions, garages and even bedrooms.  For more information on sizing and features, visit the following link: http://www.divapor.com/steam-showers.php

Di Vapor also offers a walk-in bath for those with mobility issues. Our exclusively designed glass hinged door is specially designed to open and close easily, for simple independent bathing. Add a few bath salts for the ultimate soothing relaxation experience. More information can be found here: http://www.divapor.com/varedo-walk-in-bath/walk-in-bath.php

 

 

6 Bathroom Trends of 2014 to help you stay on track

Here at the Healthy Hideout we would like to wish all of our readers a very Happy New Year and prosperous 2014! We’ve decided to take a look at the top 6 bathroom trends that will sweep through homes across the nation, so if you’re short for inspiration on your renovation, keep on reading.

Vintage-Style Bathroom Vanity

1. Vintage-style Fittings

They’ve been around for a long time, but the addition of second hand vintage fixtures and fittings can bring a much needed warmth of nostalgia to any room. With the 1920’s at the forefront of most bathroom renovations (think high wall mounted cisterns with a pull chain), you can be sure to see Buckingham Palace style elegance popping up on wanted lists.

2. Rimless WC’s

With a very much quiet introduction into the UK marketplace over the last few months, rimless WC’s are poised to make an impact on UK bathroom design. With a wealth of attractive designs, rimless WC’s are more hygienic & easier to clean when compared to conventional WC’s.

3. Frameless Shower Enclosures

When given the opportunity to install a frameless shower enclosure, many would find it hard to say no. Sleek seamless design combined with unobtrusive doors (or lack thereof) can make quickly transform a standard looking bathroom into a contemporary home spa haven.

4. Colourwatch – Monochrome

We saw a lot of pastel colours last year, complimenting the uprising trend of “up-cycled” vintage furniture. We predict that colour may take a bold turn in 2014, reverting to the ever reliable boldness that a monochrome black & white palette can bring.

5. Texture & Materials

There’s been a strong prominence of gloss finishes in both bathrooms & kitchens over the last decide, but the abundance of matt finish options available for everything from tiles to kitchen worktops points towards another design shift for 2014. Other popular finishes & textures include linen & wood grain – great for feature walls or natural work surfaces.

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What do you think will be big in bathroom design this year? Be sure to tweet us your feedback @divapor – We’d love to hear from you.

5 ways of making your project affordable

If you’re planning an upcoming home renovation project such as a bathroom or kitchen, you’ll quickly realise that funds disappear when not managed properly. Budgeting your project down to the last “nut & bolt” can be a menial task, but this attention to detail can save you headaches in the long term.

In addition, sourcing financial support from a number of widely available options can help spread the cost of your project, allowing you concentrate on the finish rather than the finance. Here are 5 top ways of making your project more affordable:

A Home Improvement Loan

Many people turn to a home improvement loan when it comes to financing a renovation, with many banks offering competitive products that are quick and easy to apply for. They work in the same way a personal loan would, with different banks offering different deals depending on your circumstances. As with anything, shop around for the best possible interest rates as they can vary from 5% – 8% depending on your credit rating.  Providing you tick all the boxes, you’ll get the money straight away so your project can be finished quickly and efficiently.

Retailer finance

With an abundance of suppliers in the marketplace, competition has never been stronger. Many retailers now offer their own versions of finance deals to help make your dream kitchen or bathroom become a reality quicker than you’d expect. The interest rates are often very low making retailer finance an affordable option for anyone, with some of the larger retailers offering 0% finance on complete supply & fit options.

Credit cards

Many of us would instantly turn our noses up at credit cards, branded with the image of high interest rates and unrealistic minimum payment options. However, credit card companies have changed their methods in a fast track way to attract new customers, offering 0% interest on purchases for those with strong credit ratings. Be sure to pay off your amount within the grace period (or switch it to another card) as you may face interest rates of up to 25%.

Using your mortgage

The previously mentioned options are all quick and easy ways of getting your project started, but some people now are utilising low interest rates as a way of paying for large projects. By re-mortgaging your home to suit a better finance deal, you’ll often find yourself with a larger source of funds to work with. This isn’t a quick option however as the entire process can take time, not to mention potential fees which can be upwards of £500.00.

Plan & Save

At the risk of not confiding with the ways of modern society, you could always plan your project well in advance, using good old fashioned saving to gather the necessary funds. It’s the way it’s been done for many years before the dawn of credit! Put away a little each month for a set period of time to pay for your renovation, leaving no trail of credit repayments when you settle down to your first hot soak in your new bathroom. There is no better feeling!

How did you plan for your project? Let us know on Twitter @divapor or visit our newly renovated Facebook page!