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The Beauty Of The Freestanding Bath

March 14, 2012 in Baths, Freestanding Baths

By the main university in Manchester sits a statue of Archimedes experiencing his eureka moment; he’s in a freestanding bath and water is pouring out as he looks poised to spring out, naked. In an old chocolate advert a woman luxuriates in a freestanding bath, which is overflowing as she enjoys a chocolate bar and music plays on in the background. In the madness of King George one of the lasting images is of the King bathing and Westerns seem incomplete without protagonists enjoying a scrub in a battered tin bath.

Freestanding baths are strongly iconic and there is a definite imagery associated with them: of luxury and relaxation, of decadence and contemplation. For this reason, many people would love to fit them within their homes but the perceived cost of them puts many off as well as a fear of what is actually involved in fitting one and the attendant plumbing.

In truth, freestanding baths are barely more complicated than a more conventional bath. Many of them can actually have pipework fitted within them and even the taps and wastes can be fitted as part of the bath itself or easily onto the edge of the bath. However, if you are fitting something like a traditional slipper bath or a bath on legs, then you’re probably going to want to consider running external plumbing, as much as an aesthetic choice as a practical consideration.

Even this external plumbing is easy to fit, however; it comes with standard fittings and is a standard diameter and made from chromed metal. If you choose to run standpipes up the side of your bath you will find that you have as great a choice of taps and fittings as you would with any conventional installation and this will allow you to find the perfect taps to create the mood and atmosphere that you are striving for in choosing to fit a freestanding bath in the first place.

With some of the more modern designs of freestanding baths you have the facility to place the wastes within the skin of the bath, and you can also use this to fit an overflow filler. This lets you fill the bath from where the water would normally drain if it was overfilled. Some of them even allow you to fit conventional taps as you would on a fitted bath, although it is a decision for you to make according to your preferences as to whether you think this spoils the line of the bath. Remember that it will be the focal point of your entire bathroom because of the strong statement it makes, and that you must consider this when accessorising and finishing around it.

Freestanding Baths Aren’t Just For Traditional Homes

February 19, 2012 in Baths, Freestanding Baths

For many people the image of freestanding baths is forever entwined with an old fashioned enamelled bath on feet on a wooden floor in a room full of old fashioned furnishings and decoration. Although a great many freestanding baths are traditionally designed, and beautiful with it, it is also possible to find much more modern designs that wouldn’t look out of place in a minimalist or post-modern home.

Traditional freestanding baths incorporate feet to raise the bottom of the bath from the floor and, when choosing one, pick feet that tie to the other fittings in the room. Typically this may include things like towel rails, toilet flushes and door handles. The baths themselves may be of a double ended, roll top or slipper design and you should pick one with lines and curves that marry to the rest of the fittings in the bathroom. Bear in mind that a lot of traditional basins and toilets tend to be more ornate than their modern equivalents, but a bath with that level of ornate detailing will look odd and overly fussy. Usually all taps and wastes are external fittings so the bath will have pipes running alongside it which will impact on where you can place it and the layout of the room overall.

Modern freestanding baths tend not to incorporate feet or are on feet that are more plainly designed. They may sit on the floor directly and will not always have an exposed bottom. They usually have sleeker lines and a more minimalist line. They are available in angular designs or more curvilinear shapes, depending on whether you want to evoke a bubble or block in your overall design. They can have internal wastes and taps so there is nothing to detract from the line of the bath and to simplify plumbing.

When placing freestanding baths please be aware that they usually need space around them, both for things like plumbing and access and generally to make sure that they don’t look odd within the room. For this reason they tend to be used in larger rooms, although there are now some innovative designs that are smaller and clever decoration will enable you to put them in a more confined space.

Freestanding baths have benefited from the advances in technology in manufacturing, whatever their design. Many are now made from an innovative dual layer process whereby two layer of thick acrylic make the internal and external sides of the bath, with an insulation layer between them. The acrylic is further reinforced with fibreglass and the bottom contains a bonded resin encapsulated base that is both very strong and thermally excellent. Typically these baths remain warm to the touch and retain their heat incredibly well.

Whatever design you choose, you can be sure that you will benefit from the latest designs, incredible quality and great prices.

Modern Slants On Traditional Favourites

January 18, 2012 in Bathroom Furniture, Baths

One of the brilliant things about bathroom design is that, although you think that the basic function of the room doesn’t really change over the years, people are always finding new and different ways to do things. There are many products that we (our customers and even ourselves) tend to think of as old and traditional and when a new variation on them comes out that brings them up to date and challenges our expectations it is genuinely exciting.

A case of this is our range of freestanding baths. I don’t know about you, but my lasting memory of the free standing bath is the old Cadbury’s Flake advert where a lady reclines in a free standing bath that then overflows as she relaxes and enjoys her treat. The bath had a curved lip, was curvy and had curved claw and ball feet. For many years I had this image of the freestanding bath and they do seem to feature far more in traditional designs than in more modern designs.

However, we have recently brought out our range of modern freestanding baths. These are exciting and modern pieces, with minimalist designs and strong lines. They are made of the most modern materials and feature designs that perfectly tie to post modern or minimalist surroundings. They don’t have feet and will benefit from minimal and sleek designs while still offering the maximum in pampering luxury. You can go for age old decadence without compromising your modern sensibilities.

All our new baths are made from dual layer acrylic for a beautiful finish that will perfectly complement gloss white bathroom furniture and modern suites. This acrylic is dual layer 5mm, which means it is incredibly strong and hard-wearing. This acrylic has an inner layer insulated with fibreglass and stone resin to further enhance the thermal properties of the bath (to ensure that it stays warm and comfortable), ensure it is leak proof and to make sure the bath stays absolutely rigid (which is important considering it will be unsupported yet have to hold the weight of water and a bather within it.)

Ideally these beautiful baths will form the centre piece of your dream bathroom, to show that you have found the perfect way to marry the traditionalism of a freestanding bath with the modern and minimalist style of your home. Although they are a traditional feature, they are brought all the way up to date and are the most modern and attractive style imaginable. Coupled with a modern suite, fitted bathroom furniture and one of our stylish heated towel rails, you can create the modern bathroom that takes all the lessons in pampering from the past and brings them up to date with modern technology and design.

Building A Bathroom Around A Free Standing Bath

December 23, 2011 in Baths

Taking a bath is relaxing and fun. However, if your bathroom lacks a proper design and accessories you may not have fun in there. In order to ensure your bath is inviting and relaxing, here are a few ideas on designing your bathroom.
The main items in your bathroom are the bath, shower and taps. If you decide to have the bath and shower, they should be well chosen to create elegance. You should choose a bath with a beautiful design and of quality, which will act as the main attraction of your bathroom. To truly act as a focal point, the bath should also stand freely in the middle of your bathroom, at least ten centimetres away from any wall.

In addition, you should purchase a quality showerhead that will enhance the look of your bathroom. It should also complement the bath in order to create harmony. You can either choose to have the showerhead fixed on the wall or ceiling depending on the shower floor.

The design of the taps on the other hand should be just right to match with the bath and shower. They should also enhance the design of the bath instead of playing it down.

The other thing that should add to the appeal of the bath and shower is the surface. The walls and floors should be made from material that is water resistant and with colors that match with the bath. The material of the surfaces should also be easy to clean in order to ensure a clean and hygienic bath always. In addition, it should be slip resistant to avoid accidents.