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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.

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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.

Incredible “carpet” brick laying machine

Brick roads have been around for centuries, as they were easily repairable when damaged and could tolerate excessive amounts of water due to natural drainage amongst the cracks. They looked great too!

Newer adaptations of brick roads allow water to be infused through the cracks back into the ground again, but due to the labour intensity involved tarmac remains the most common surfacing material. Tarmac is not only more cost effective, is saves a lot of time and can be laid quickly and efficiently.

Laying out the red carpet - Tiger Stone style!

Laying out the red carpet - Tiger Stone style!

This may start to change thanks to a clever new machine known only as “Tiger Stone” introduced by Netherlands based construction company. The device works to create a flawless, sustainable brick surface, seemingly magical, but all thanks to taking clever advantage of gravity. An angled plain is loaded with bricks by the operator.

As the machine inches forward over a sand based layer, the hopper allows the Tiger Stone to lay out 400 meters of road a day, with a potential width of 6 meters. Impressive Stuff!

Workers ensure the "brick carpet" looks it's best!

Workers ensure the "brick carpet" looks it's best!

Trust the Trustmark?

If your looking for a trader to complete some work on an upcoming project, be it a builder for your new extension or plumber for your bathroom renovation, be sure to look out for the TrustMark approval icon. TrustMark is a government backed trade approval body from which some 30 schemes operate including the Federation of Master Builders or the National Federation of Home Improvement. Any firm found on the publicly available database found on www.trustmark.org.uk, has had its work and financial status regularly checked. They even support a user-friendly complaints procedure should you need to raise any points after work completion.

Be weary however, as the TrustMark is by no means a guarantee that your project will run smoothly. TrustMark states that necessary checks are made on registered companies regularly, however small print shows that checks are carried out by a roster of “approved scheme operators” and may not necessarily be up to date. TrustMark also relies very much on some trade bodies carrying out checks themselves – and there is anecdotal evidence around of some homeowners who have relied on TrustMark only to find themselves caught in dispute.

The key to using the TrustMark is to be realistic with any expections you may have.  It also provides a great place to start when looking for a realible source of traders names who are more than likely to be reliable, but it shouldn’t be seen a quick way of selecting a trader and getting work started as soon as possible. Be weary to ensure that you get the bathroom of your dreams or that extension you’ve been waiting for without any hiccups.

Source: Homebuilding Magazine