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House buyer finds the bathtub removed!

We are often told of some strange things that happen when buyers move into a house that they have bought, but the latest one was something new to us at UK Bathrooms.

Apparently it all started when the buyers refused to pay the seller for the carpets that they intended to leave, for which they wanted £13,000 and were prepared to throw in the curtains and lighting fittings. They refused on the grounds that a price had been agreed and were told that it included those items and contracts had been exchanged. However, they were completely shocked when they arrived in their new home to find that the bath had been taken out! Now the sellers were at fault here and the law states that the price struck between buyer and selleris fixed on exchange of contracts, and cannot subsequently be changed by one party without the agreement of the other.

We are not sure what kind of bath they removed, but we are told that it was a Jacuzzi bath and if it was similar to the Phoenix Ancona Luxury Double Ended Bath that we feature in our luxury baths web page, we can fully understand how attached they may have become to the bath! The Phoenix Ancona is offered by us with a choice of three systems; a whirlpool with directional jets, jets for the back and feet and two air flow controls, or an air pool which features an on/off switch and Airspa jets. Alternatively you can have both systems.

Perhaps if the vendors had contacted us, we feel sure that with our unbeatable prices, we could have supplied them with a Jacuzzi bath, probably cheaper than it has cost them to remove and replace the bath they took form the house they were selling!

Phoenix Ancona Luxury Double Ended Bath

Crosswater Digital Solo Single Shower Controller

Every day we see more products that are entering into the digital age that can be used in our bathrooms and the very latest which we have added to our portfolio is an exciting Crosswater product for use in the shower. We have a number of new Crosswater items at our web pages which are very much 21st century and we have to say that we are all very impressed with this new shower controller.

Crosswater Digital Solo Single Shower Controller

The Solo pack illustrated is a simple single control which adjusts a single interface and processor unit. The control indicates a different colour for the temperature of the water, cold is blue and as the control is turned it changes through various shades until the maximum is obtained, naturally this is red. The unit has an inbuilt memory and with retain your preferred settings up to a maximum of three.

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 We offer three options for the Crosswater Digital Solo Single Shower Controller and these are the single hand operated controller, the same hand operated controller but with a pump and a remote control so that the shower can be operated outside of the shower cabinet. At our web page a video is available to demonstrate the ease by which the Solo is operated and if you combine this with one of the Crosswater shower heads with LED lighting, the result can be pretty spectacular.

Men are from Mars and women just want a freestanding bath!

As part of our look into the bathroom habits of us British we have decided to shake it up a bit and ask men and women about what their dream bathrooms would look like. Based on our findings we’ve put together some concept images of the most popular bathroom features for each gender and the differences are striking.

The bathroom is often regarded as a place to unwind and relax, but it seems that men and women’s views differ quite a bit. Men preferred to have a bathroom filled with the latest technology and gadgets, whereas women preferred a modern and classic style.

During our research we polled 2,874 men and women and asked them if they preferred a modern or classic style bathroom. 57% of males said that they preferred a modern bathroom compared to just 28% that liked a classic style; the other 15% said that they liked a mix of classic and modern design.

In contrast, 74% of women said that their dream bathroom would mix both classic and modern styles, 14% said that they liked a modern bathroom and 12% wanted a purely classic design.

Participants were then asked what features their dream bathroom would have from an extensive list; the most popular answers were used in our concept images and were as follows:

Men

  1. Multimedia TV – 71%
  2. All-in-one urinal and toilet – 66%
  3. Floor sunken bath – 49%
  4. Neon lighting – 31%
  5. Glass/smoked glass walls – 28%

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Women

  1. Freestanding bath – 71%
  2. Walk-in shower – 61%
  3. Floor to ceiling windows – 42%
  4. Feature bathroom cabinets – 42%
  5. Spotlight and feature mirror – 33%

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As you can see from our concept images there is a big difference in what men and women want when it comes to their dram bathroom. Our director, Peter Gregg commented on the research and said:

“We know that on most things, men and women have a completely different view, and a bathroom is no different. Here at ukBathrooms, we strive to understand our customers and the bathroom needs of the nation. This research allows us to not only understand the fundamental differences in men and women when it comes to their bathroom, but also gives us scope to adjust our products and services to meet these needs.”

Install Shower Wall Panels instead of Tiles

When installing a shower area or constructing a wet room, it is vital that the walls are fully waterproofed. Over the years, tiles have been the most effective way and whilst they are still widely used, recently shower panels have been developed and these modern shower panels offer a smooth clean and attractive surface. Shower wall panels offer a great alternative to tile, they are easy to keep clean, will stay fresh looking for years and never need re-grouting. Panels can be fitted to almost any surface, including concrete, chipboard even over old tiling, labour costs are reduced because they are easy and fast to install.

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Shower panels are available in a range of no less than eleven distinctive colours including Arctic, Stone, Ice, Silver Travertine, Soapstone Sequoia, Travertine, Dolce Macchiato, Dolce Vita, Ivory Marble, Vanilla Quartz and White Quartz. These beautiful and distinctive finishes are virtually indistinguishable from real quartz, travertine or mineral. When correctly installed, the shower panel will be leak free, a sleek and smooth surface and very easy to keep clean and free from dirt.

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The panels are in kit form and this kit comes with two 1200mm post formed panels, and one 1200mm panel fitted with a tongue and groove cut, adhesive is supplied with the kit. For more information about the colours available plus our unbeatable price, check the product page for the colour range and full specification.

Three exciting new products at ukBathrooms

As one of the country’s leading online bathroom providers, we are always on the lookout for new products to add to our extensive portfolio and we have just added three new items which we would like to describe to you.

Bathroom mirrors can be used to create a feeling of space, but naturally they perform a very useful function when we shave, adjust make up and comb or brush our hair. The Bauhaus Essence Backlit Oval Mirror will create a subtle soft lighting mood to your bathroom and can be hung in either a portrait or landscape configuration. The lighting is provided by low wattage, low cost LED lamps which are simply operated through an infra red switch. Condensation on the surface of the mirror will not cause a problem either, as the Essence has de-mister pads which will quickly ensure that this are condensation free. The mirror is available in two sizes 500mm by 800mm or 400mm by 800mm.

Bauhaus Essence Backlit Oval Mirror

Free standing baths are now a feature in many bathrooms and whilst the retro styled Victorian and Edwardian baths offer a period of elegance, modern freestanding tubs are very much today’s bathroom choice. The April Haworth Double Ended Freestanding Bath is a bath that display pure elegance and class and is from the design team of the market leaders April. Displaying subtle curves and natural lines, designed to allow you to lie back comfortably whilst you soak and ease away the day’s stresses and strains. This beautiful white bath is designed for use with floor standing or wall fitted taps, ensuring that the clean lines remain unbroken.

April Haworth Double Ended Freestanding Bath

We believe that bathroom cabinets are a must have item for every bathroom to keep toiletries and other items stored and easily to hand when needed. We feature a large number of cabinets on our web pages, but this latest comes complete with Quattrocast basin. The Aqua Arc Bathroom Cabinet with Basin is available in four distinctive colours, black, ocean, reef and white in either a left or right handed configuration. The very clever and elegant use of space is provided by a single drawer and two cabinets which will give plenty of space for bathroom toiletries and other essentials. The interior is fitted out with a glass shelf and the doors are soft closing. A stylish and spacious cabinet that is sure to enhance any bathroom or en-suite shower room.

Aqua Arc Bathroom Cabinet with Basin

Essential ‘P’ Curved Shower Bath Pack

The shower bath is an ideal solution for a bathroom where it would be difficult to have a separate shower cubicle. The “P” shaped bath allows the user plenty of space in which to move around whilst taking a shower without being intrusive in the bathroom.

There is another advantage to having the Essential ‘P’ Curved Shower Bath Pack as it allows more room to stretch out and also give plenty of elbow room to the user. These baths are luxurious and have been designed with comfort in mind for the bather and room for taking a shower. They are moulded in high quality Luctite acrylic and the bath is available in either left or right configuration. The material is warm and very easy to clean and has the benefit of a five year guarantee.
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The package also includes an elegant toughened glass curved screen to prevent water splashes and also has a chrome towel rail fitted to it. The bath is available in two sizes 1500(w) x 750/900(d) mm or 1700(w) x 700/850(d) mm in the case of the end of the bath not being fitted close up to a wall a matching end panel is available from the extras list with a fitting kit and water seals included in the package.
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The 1700 version complete package is available from us at a discounted price of just £329.95 which is a massive saving of 58% on the recommended price of £780.00 saving you £450.05; we are never beaten on price at UK Bathrooms. nike cortez sale

Essential P Curved Shower Bath Pack

South East homes feature the most expensive bathrooms in the UK

As part of our research into Britain’s bathroom desires, our latest study has found that people living in the South East spent more money on their bathrooms than those in the rest of the UK. The study found that the average South East resident spent over £6,000 on their new bathroom compared to those in Wales who spent just under £2,000.

We asked 1,949 men and women homeowners in the UK that had upgraded their bathrooms in the last 12 months how much they had spent on renovating their bathroom. The figures were compiled and the average amount of money spent was broken down by region. The South East came out on top with an average of £6,130, with homeowners north of the border in Scotland coming second with an average of £5,320.

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Here is a breakdown of the different regions and there average spend:

  • South East (£6,130)
  • Scotland (£5,320)
  • London (£5,101)
  • Yorkshire & Humberside (£4,463)
  • East of England (£4,295)
  • North West (£4,042)
  • West Midlands (£3,840)
  • South West (£3,687)
  • Northern Ireland (£3,191)
  • East Midlands (£2,560)
  • Wales (£1,945)

The participants were then given a list of bathroom products and asked to indicate which bathroom item they spent the most amount of money on, the results were then sorted into regions once again:

A jacuzzi was the most expensive bathroom product

A jacuzzi was the most expensive bathroom product


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Our director Peter Gregg talked about our latest study saying, “According to our results it seems that those living in the South East are the likeliest to spend the most amount of money on upgrading their bathrooms, whilst also being the area to splash out the most on luxury items such as a Jacuzzi! While £6,000 may seem rather excessive, if you have a beautiful bathroom with all the fittings, just think how much you could save on spa days! Seriously, though, it’s important to have a refuge, which is somewhere to escape from the everyday grind in absolute peach and tranquillity, and for many people that refuge is the bathroom.”

He added, “A lot of the items that areas spend the most amount of money on seem to be relative to the area, such as Scottish participants splashing out on underfloor heating for the colder times up over the border! What we can see from the results of our survey, however, is that a bathroom is personal, with different areas spending more on bathroom items that will provide them with the luxury experience to suit their lifestyle.”

HIB bathroom mirror cabinets

If there was just one thing that you could add to a bathroom which may have just had the essential sanitary ware replaced, we consider that the bathroom cabinet with a mirror would be essential.

The mirrored bathroom cabinet enables you to store all the essential items that are needed every day, such as shaving items, make up, and toiletries. A bathroom should be free from general clutter and the bathroom cabinet is the ideal place to ensure it is tidy. But, it can do more, such as having a mirror on the front for personal grooming. It also can have the function of being illuminated which means that you can see to shave or adjust make up and it also has the dual function of providing subtle lighting for the bathroom.
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HIB has one of the largest and most exciting ranges of bathroom cabinets and the lighting that they offer many forms of lighting, down lighters, back lit and LED, the range is all embracing. The HIB Austin LED Illuminated Cabinet is just one from the range of 171 cabinets and mirrors that we display at our web pages. The Austin has modern back lit LED lighting which ensures low electricity consumption, whilst at the same time being very bright. The cabinet features soft closed doors and has good storage capacity being 630mm high, 500mm wide and a good 165 deep. Another advantage that we are offering on the HIB cabinet is free delivery, this on the top of our discounted price, which is 25% less than the recommended retail figure. nike cortez sale

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Add a modern touch to your bathroom with the VitrA designer collection

The name of VitrA is well known in the heating and sanitary world, and with good reason, not only is it responsible for being the third largest supplier of ceramic bathroom products, but as you might expect from this company, steeped firmly in the traditions of the Turkish bathing culture, stunning design is second nature to them.

At UK Bathrooms, we have been at the forefront in promoting VitrA products and at our web pages, you can see displayed no fewer than 123 products from the company. Naturally it would be very difficult to feature all the products here, but we would draw your attention to just five of them that are slightly different.
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These are stunning countertop basins from the VitrA Designer Collection, ranging from round, oblong, oval, square and rectangular. These products are manufactured form mineral resin, which allows VitrA to fashion these items into classic designer basins that feature a crisp edge, shallow in depth, that do not have tap holes or an overflows, which would break up the smooth appearance.
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Designed as countertops, they are ideal for either a wall mounted tap set or a pillar style mixer, deck mounted. Finished in cool pure white, this neutral colour will blend naturally into whatever the decor of the bathroom or ensuite where it is situated. All of these fashionable items are available at unbeatable discounted prices and 0% finance is available.

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Bringing 21st century technology to your bathroom – Vado Identity Taps

As if by magic the Vado Identity waterfall taps, controlled cleverly by a unique digital touch screen which allows the change of temperature at the touch of a button! This is truly futuristic technology and with the water falling down the spout, changing in colour provided by LED lights, from blue to purple and from purple to red according to the temperature that has been selected on the touch screen.

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You can choose between an open a wall mounted open channel spout or one mounted on a deck to fill the basin or bath and the open channel is a feature that is a wonderful blend of high chrome and LED lighting. The Vado system works well with low pressure plumbing, which it is not unusual to find in UK homes, working perfectly at just 0.5 bar.

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The wall mounted completely digital touch screen which gives the bathroom an ultra-modern look that is sure to add style to any type of bathroom decor. A warm or hot bath is yours at the touch of a button and the temperature is easily gauged by the colour of the water running down the waterfall effect spout. The concealed control unit has the assurance of a 12 year guarantee from the manufacturer, supplied through UK Bathrooms at the lowest discounted prices to be found anywhere. cheap nike free run sale