Cistern Archive

Grohe nominated for German environment award

We are all now becoming more aware for the need to save our environment and resources such as water, amongst the many products that we sell at UK Bathrooms more emphasis in now being put onto systems such as dual flush cisterns and showering products that are environmentally and eco friendly.

Grohe has been at the forefront in many of the eco friendly items that can be found at our web pages, so it comes as no surprise to us that they have been named for the prestigious German Sustainability Award 2014. As a market leader, Grohe has always recognised that importance of saving resources, water energy and of course sustainable production.

We illustrate a whole range of Grohe products over 170 and one example is the Grohe Adagio Concealed Dual Flush Cistern. This uses the Grohe EcoJoy technology cited as just one reason for their nomination; the system uses 50% less water through their technology.

The Adagio is also insulated against condensation, so you will no longer see unsightly water around the toilet area. Our discounted price for this item includes all the fixing brackets and flush pipe need for a neat efficient toilet system.

The jury has placed the Grohe Company into the top three shortlisted for the “Resource Efficiency” 2014 special award.

Grohe Adagio Concealed Dual Flush Cistern

The elegance of a Matki shower

The trend toward showering rather than bathing in the morning has seen an increasing demand for both wetrooms and elegant shower enclosures and top UK design and manufacturing shower specialist Matki is at the forefront with a comprehensive range of shower products. This collection includes showering products from door enclosures, bath screens and trays to industry leading thermostatic mixers and brassware. From the largest wet room to a clever space saving shower enclosure or a simple ‘in-bath’ shower, Matki offer a shower solution for every situation.

With over eighty Matki products shown in our web pages, we are certain that there will be a product that is just right for you. For example the Matki Curved Wet Room Shower Panel is an elegant but simple approach to proving a wetroom and is constructed with toughened Safety Glass Panel and brace bar stability support.

Another example of a wetroom is the Matki Single Wet Room Panel with Return and Shower Tray and this can be supplied as a 1500 or 1700 size and includes a tray and attractive teak decking

Matki Single Wet Room Panel with Return and Shower Tray

However, shower enclosures still remain as one of the more popular choices for those who prefer the convenience of showering and Matki has a very comprehensive range. The Matki New Radiance Curved Corner Surround includes a slimline shower tray and is available in three sizes, 825, 920 and 1000mm sizes; we also include Matki’s own glass guard which will keep the glass looking new.

For those who may be considering taking out the bath, but prefer not to have a wetroom the Matki Boutique Corner Walk-in Shower Enclosure 1700mm is a great option. Simple but stunning this enclosure with fit neatly into the space where you have removed the bath and we are offering this with the tray and including the Matki Glass Guard to keep it looking as new.

Matki Boutique Corner Walk-in Shower Enclosure

We recommend that you complete your package by using one of the Matki Elixir range of thermostatic shower mixers and accessories. The innovative thermostatic shower valve technology gives a temperature control with a preset limit to prevent scalding, and will work beautifully in low-pressure gravity systems and in those with high-pressure pumps and is perfect when coupled with the Easy Clean Deluge fixed shower head.

Matki shower doors, shower enclosures, shower screens and shower trays are covered by a 10-year guarantee against parts failure, with the initial two-year period also having labour cost cover. Gold and Nickel plated parts, Teak decking and Matki Glass Guard are guaranteed for the initial two-year period only. Matki Elixir and Matki Swadling thermostatic shower mixers and accessories and Matki Fastflow shower wastes are guaranteed for five years.

 

Kinedo shower cubicles

The perfect self-contained cubicle for providing a bathroom or ensuite with a shower a feature which is gaining in popularity as each day passes. Naturally people will still want to retaining and certainly in the winter month using a bath, although increasingly we are seeing a greater number of homes where the bath has been removed and a wetroom installed.

Kinedo shower cubicles are ideal for the DIY specialist as they all come in a flat pack form and can easily be fitted as long as there is a water supply at hand and naturally drainage for the waste, making them perfect for apartments or rental investment properties. The big advantage of these cubicles is that there is no grouting and silicone. Within a morning you can have the cubicle ready for a shower unit to be installed and we would recommend fitting an electric shower as you will only require a cold water supply and an electrical connection.

The unit is designed to fit against one wall, has an inward opening door with full height magnetic seal and carries a full two year guarantee.

Kinedo Consort Self-Contained Cubicle

Shower Cubicles

You can enhance your bathroom by fitting one of the many shower enclosures which are found at our web pages with self contained, corner style to save on space, silicone free which are easy to install and do not require you to tile out the shower area. One example of our easy install packages is the Kinedo Opus Self-Contained Cubicle which is available with either a hydro version or thermostatic. This is an example of one of the silicone free cubicles and is constructed with 4mm safety glass which is toughened and has a frosted glass shower panel. The size is generous too, and is 100mm wide, 800mm in diameter, and 1980mm in height it also includes a chromium towel rail is delivered flat packed for ease of storage and transportation. You would be hard pressed to find a better shower cubicle than the Kinedo which subject to drainage requirements can be easily installed in less than a morning, showing great savings in labour cost with no requirement for tiling, grouting and now no silicone sealant. The unit is currently in our sale and you can buy this at £563.80 below the recommended retail price!

Essential Design Quadrant Shower Package

We believe that we always offer the best possible value in our bathroom and kitchen products, and in our January sale they offer even better value. One example of a shower enclosure that will definitely not break the bank is the Essential Design Quadrant Shower package down by close to £15 for this month. Retailing at a recommended price of £529, we are offering this at the moment for a price breaking £284.05.

For this remarkable price you get a high quality and high specification quadrant enclosure, low profile tray and 90 mm fast flow waste, in 6mm toughened glass which has been coated to allow the water to roll off the glass, taking with it any other dirt, oil or grime, preventing build up. We have not included a shower valve kit and for a small extra charge, you can choose from the many that we illustrate on our web pages and we will be happy to suggest suitable valves on request.

Buy British when it comes to bathrooms

If you were French, as an example, it would not occur to you to buy anything that was not made in France and the same applies to many other nations who will only consider buying goods made in their own countries, so why not do it here?

We at UK Bathrooms sell a variety of bathroom products and we are proud to say that many of the very best of these come from Europe, but equally we proudly display and sell British goods as well. Not least of these is the range of British showers that keep the flag flying here. So if you are considering buying a new shower enclosure or upgrading the bathroom or ensuite, why not buy British. Not only is buying British good for the country and ultimately one another, it’s better for the environment: Think of all those planes, boats, trains bringing bathroom goods all the way across the world and the amount of fuel they use on the long journeys they make. Buying British cuts down the carbon footprint of your bathroom! Four well established and respected companies producing shower enclosures are Simpson, Kudos, Matki and Daryl.

Massive clearance sale

At UK Bathrooms we have built an enviable reputation for providing top quality bathroom products at the lowest possible prices, no nonsense delivery, with a range of products that it will be hard to better. As the year end stocktaking soon comes upon us, we like to move as many products as possible from our warehouse and we are offering an additional 5% discount on any product, which on top of our already low prices means that you can grab a bargain.

For example, the Kinedo Freestyle 2000 Self-Contained Cubicle is being offered at an already heavily discounted price of £679.00 including VAT which is a massive £291 lower than the recommended retail price and don’t forget you are also taking a further 5% if you purchase this or any other product during January. Two versions of this cubicle are available, the Standard version without shower and Thermo which includes an exposed valve and shower set in sparkling chrome and this can be this can be fitted with a normal, or if preferred, an electric shower. The cubicle carries a two year guarantee.

Merlyn Vivid Eight Cube Walk-In Shower Enclosure

One of the better shower enclosures on our web pages but one which will not stretch your pocket, which is why we have included it in our top shower enclosure pages. The Merlyn shower enclosure is sure to add a touch of elegance to your bathroom or en-suite area and is a true walk in option. The Merlyn shower enclosure is designed to fit neatly into a corner or suitable alcove and is complete with its own dedicated shower tray to ensure a perfect watertight fit.

There is a choice of three sizes depending upon the size of your room or alcove1500, 1600, or 1700mm x 800 x 2075mm. The enclosure is finished in high chrome and has the advantage of completely clear glass which is fully protected by the “Mershield” protective spray that repels water and helps prevent dangerous mould from forming, and is constructed with tough 8mm glass for your safety. With a cleverly designed l shaped panel to prevent water from splashing over the floor and is an ideal new enclosure if you are considering updating your current bathroom or you are installing for the first time, this walk-in shower enclosure from Merlyn has everything you need for a stylish shower.

Bonfire night

Another bonfire night has passed and no doubt the Fire Brigades throughout the UK will have had their busiest Monday for many years, but why are we still celebrating an event that took place 407 years ago? Guy Fawkes, although born protestant converted to Catholicism and was part of a plot to blow up Parliament and kill the King James, 1st who was Protestant. At the time Roman Catholics were persecuted and King James passed a law that imposed heavy fines on people who did not attend Protestant church services, which is just one example. The plot to blow up Parliament was discovered and Fawkes along with seven of his co-conspirators was executed for high treason.

So why in this politically correct world that we have today is the discovery of the plot still celebrated? There are the cynics who are convinced that it is the fireworks companies that encourage us to keep the event alive, the amount that is spent on a box of fireworks that only take a few minutes to disappear in smoke would buy many a home a classy shower enclosure. However not everyone celebrates on November the 5th. Guy Fawkes was educated at one of England’s top schools, St Peters in his home town York, the pupils and former pupils of the school, never celebrate the execution of one their old boys, how long will the rest of the UK keep the tradition alive?

How to begin planning your bathroom

It is true that nobody likes an old an outdated bathroom, but many who may have one, wrongly believe that it will cost a fortune to update it to a modern one, it does not have to. First things first, you will need to carefully plan your bathroom before any work begins and you buy anything. The first thing to do is to draw out a plan on graph paper and metric measurements are really advisable as most bathroom

items are now quoted in metric sizes. This should not show the present position of all the pieces in there at the moment, but where the existing pipework is. If the present bathroom is small, you could consider using corner sinks and toilets, also there are now many items which are smaller than standard and look at wall

hung toilets as an example of saving floor space. Once you have the size and position of existing pipework you can begin to look at what you would ideally like in the room and estimate the possible cost. Remember, the bath and other items do not necessarily have to go where they where previously. Essentially you should have a budget in mind and try not to go over this

limit, make a list of priorities, what you need and what may not be essential. A heated towel rail means you don’t need to make room for radiator. Whether there is a window or not, ventilation should be budgeted for not just to remove any smells, but to prevent damage from condensation, remember this work must be carried out by a fully qualified electrician and certified. If you do not have the space for a shower, you have two options, you can omit the bath tub completely and have a shower enclosure or a wetroom, and alternatively if you feel a bath is essential, then you can either have a shower over the bath, or choose a modern shower bath. Finally you will have to consider whether you fully or part tile the room, or have splash backs. Accessories will complete the bathroom, and will include storage such as bathroom cabinets with mirror and lighting. Whatever your final choices are, initial early planning is the most important.