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The Bathroom Brands 2017 Sale – Everything you need to know

The Bathroom Brands 2017 Sale

It’s that time of year again; the Bathroom Brands Sale has come round again. Leading brands such as Burlington, Clearwater & Britton are running a national promotion where you could save up to 50% on their items. Here some answers to questions we normally get during the sale & at the bottom of the page check out what we here at UK Bathrooms think are the Top 5 deals in the sale!

How Long Is The Sale On For?

The sale will be running from the 30th September to the 12th November. You have plenty of time to research the items you need and get your order in with us. Our prices now reflect (or the soon will) the sale price and this would be the best price we could offer on the items whilst the sale is on, so make the most of it. As soon as the sale finishes on the 12th we will have to return the prices to where they were, and we will not be able to extend it for anyone ordering late.

I don’t need my item straight away, can you store them?

Within reason yes we can. These are great price, so we completely understand you want to take advantage of them now, even if you are not ready to push the button on your new bathroom. Give our sales team a call and we can go through your requirements.

I have seen this in a showroom and I cannot see it on your site, can you get it?

Yes! We do not always have every variation or model on the site (we do try though). If you see an item in the sale elsewhere, get in touch and we will get it priced for you. We supply nearly every possible item from Burlington, Clearwater & Britton.

How big is the discount?

The discount ranges from 20 to 50% depending on the brand and the type of product.

UK Bathroom Top 5 Deals in the sale

Why not take a look at some of the offers we have picked out of the sale we believe are great value:

 

Introducing the SoHo 2 range from Villeroy and Boch

Villeroy & Boch have long been the biggest name associated with bathrooms. V&B are renowned for their great design and world class engineering. As part of their already expansive collection, Villeroy and Boch have refreshed and reintroduced their SoHo collection, with the new SoHo 2.

Subway or SoHo?

We are asked all the time; “is that just Subway?”, “Why do some people still call it Subway?” or “How come it’s not on the Villeroy & Boch website?”. Ok, this bit is a little complicated, originally the SoHo collection was part of a range called Subway, but with the introduction of the newer Subway 2 range the collection was renamed SoHo. So there were two collections called Subway and there sort of still is, some people still call it Subway and some people call it SoHo to differentiate it. The SoHo collection as it was had been around for a few years, so when the new products have been introduced they were named: SoHo 2 (are you still with us here, someone thought that this made sense!). The Subway bathroom collection has dominated bathroom sales for the past decade; it’s the flagship range you think of when you think of Villeroy & Boch. It’s not the cheapest Villeroy & Boch range, but it is far from their most expensive. Now it’s called SoHo 2 the designers have gone back to the drawing board and re-engineered the furniture in the range; they have updated the finishes and used their most recent design

The SoHo collection as it was had been around for a few years, so when the new products have been introduced they were named: SoHo 2 (are you still with us here, someone thought that this made sense!). The Subway bathroom collection has dominated bathroom sales for the past decade; it’s the flagship range you think of when you think of Villeroy & Boch. It’s not the cheapest Villeroy & Boch range, but it is far from their most expensive. Now it’s called SoHo 2 the designers have gone back to the drawing board and re-engineered the furniture in the range; they have updated the finishes and used their most recent design innovations so that for the price, the quality will not be surpassed.

New features

The main differences in the new units are the drawers. The original Subway/Soho unit had one large draw and sub-divided draws within the unit:

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The new Soho 2 unit has two large distinguished drawers, both with soft close mechanisms on them. This offers perfect storage for any of your typical bathroom products. The larger drawer at the bottom can more than handle large bottles:

The new furniture options come in updated finishes, you will always have a white gloss finish (it’s timeless and matches all any tiles). You have now got the option of:

Everyone at the UKB office has had a look at the new units; we think they are great and would easily recommend them to any of our customers. If you are looking to refresh your bathroom and are unsure where to start; Villeroy and Boch is a name you can be confident in, and the SoHo 2 is a range that will suit almost any bathroom layout.

Villeroy & Boch Subway features in our Summer Sale

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ukBathrooms.com is set to save you a fortune on your new bathroom this summer, with our biggest ever Summer Sale now is the best time to shop for your new branded bathroom!

With the latest designs from leading bathroom manufacturers you can spec-out your new bathroom to the highest standard, with quality fittings from trusted and respected market leaders such as Hansgrohe, Roca, Crosswater and many more.

A Villeroy and Boch logo on your ceramicware ensures lasting quality and performance: Villeroy and Boch are one of the most revered, trusted, leading bathroom industry brands and are currently featured in our Summer Sale; there hasn’t been a better time to buy V&B from ukBathrooms! Pronounced “Villeroy” and “Bock” (not Bosch) the German brand is known for its clean European style.

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One of Villeroy and Boch’s most popular ranges is: Subway. These timeless, uncluttered designs exude the true beauty of pure form and function lead design, they are usually Architects and Designers range of choice. The scale of choice on offer means you can fully customise your product selection, creating a bespoke bathroom unique to your family and your home.

Colour OptionsFor example the Subway furniture comes in a variety of colour options and sizes, you also have the choice of a single or a double “his and hers” style vanity unit. Even the handles can be customised, contact our sales team for advice on handle selection. You have a choice of: White, Glossy White, Glossy Walnut and Macassar. Matching tall units are available for those bathroom must haves, decluttering your space and enhancing the envisioned design aesthetic of your new bathroom.

Popular Subway Products

The Subway wall hung toilet is a hugely popular design, with its most appealing feature being completely smooth lines, no gaps or cut out spaces around the sides, just clean shapes and a smooth form. This single piece form helps you create a clutter free aesthetic as well as having the excellent advantage of being easier to clean, and keep clean, no more horrible dust and dirt collecting in recesses around the toilet base!

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A matching Subway Bath from this range will enhance any bathroom space and compliment other items from the design line. Match with free standing or wall mounted brassware to achieve a contemporary high end look that would be at home in a luxury hotel suite, or your new bathing sanctuary!

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Subway furniture vanity units are versatile, practical and simply stunning. Available in a choice of finishes lots of different looks looks can be achieved, pleasing even the most discerning of us! From light and bright whites, to deep rich and warm wood finishes, you can mix and match this range across your entire families bathrooms, kitting out your whole home with high quality products that can meet the tough demands of family life and the breadth of different design tastes we all have.

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Browse the range on the link below, most subway items are in UK stock and can be delivered in 3 to 5 working days, custom furniture can take longer as it is ‘hand made to order’ in their German factory, but the wait is well worth it when your hand-built custom bathroom order arrives, and is fitted and finished in all its splendour!

Just contact our sales team to check lead times and pricing: 01765 694 720.

The Subway range on ukBathrooms.com

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Bathroom makeover tips

With house prices being fairly dormant and many reports showing a decrease in the asking and subsequent selling price, now is perhaps the time to stay put and to undertake some renovations. Estate agents confirm that the bathroom and to some extent the kitchen, is one of the biggest selling points in many houses, so a makeover in the bathroom will pay dividends when house prices stabilise and you do decide upon a move.

Modernising your shower or installing one is sure to be a big selling point; the trend away from baths is fast growing and more people than ever prefer to start the day with a refreshing shower. The Rainshower are very much in vogue now and fitting a Grohe Jumbo Rainshower can be a winner. This is no shrinking violet, but a 400mm head with no less than 252 nozzles to provide a true rainstorm effect; it also has an inbuilt anti-limescale system ensuring a clean sparkling head. The head will work for as little as 0.5 bar, but 3 bar is the optimum. Fitting a booster pump will increase the pressure at the head and we will be happy to discuss this option.

A double basin has that luxury hotel look about it, very contemporary and when built into a vanity unit you not only have the look, but you have plenty of space in the cupboards as well. These improvements will not cost a fortune, particularly when you check out our unbeatable prices.

Grohe Rainshower Cosmopolitan 400mm Jumbo Shower Head

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.

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.

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.

VitrA designer collection

Creating a modern en suite

En suites provide a private area to wash and groom away from the main bathroom and are great for busy families and lifestyles. In this article we’ll show you some of our favourite products for creating the perfect modern en suite, that won’t break the bank.

Shower Enclosure

Simpsons Design View Inward Opening Quadrant Shower
The Simpsons Design View Shower Enclosure is sleek and stylish, and built to last. It’s clean lines and durable 8mm toughened glass make it ideal for an en suite, and it also features a reversible door making installation and positioning easy.

Measuring 1400mm x 900mm and 1950mm high, the Simpsons Design View Shower Enclosure makes a perfect focal point for any modern en suite. It also features a lifetime guarantee for peace of mind and is finished with a silver frame.

Simpsons Design View Inward Opening Quadrant Shower

Shower

Crosswater Solo Fixed Shower Head 200mm

To finish off your shower design, you can’t go far wrong with the Crosswater Solo Fixed Shower Head.

Elegance by Crosswater: a mix of traditional design and contemporary styling making the most of your new bathroom. Wall or ceiling mounted, this elegant shower head provides the best showering experience thanks to its integrated air-fusion system.

This quality shower head is engineered and manufactured to exacting standards, and comes complete with a 15 year manufacturer guarantee.

Crosswater Solo Fixed Shower Head 200mm

Basin

Ideal Standard Concept Cube 40cm Handrinse Basin
The Ideal Standard Concept Cube Basin is perfect for any en suite and can be fitted with an optional full or semi-pedestal and has a choice of 1 or 2 tap holes. Available in gloss white, this basin was designed by award winning designer Robin Levien and comes with a lifetime guarantee.

Offering outstanding value for money, the Ideal Standard Concept Cube Basin is perfect for small bathrooms and en suites alike.

Ideal Standard Concept Cube 40cm Handrinse Basin

Basin Tap

Phoenix CA Series Basin Mixer Tap

Another great statement piece, the Phoenix CA Series Basin Mixer Tap is the pinnacle of style and design. Ideal for both high and low pressure systems, this mixer taps unique design and waterfall effect adds to the visual appeal of your en suite.

This tap is also eco-friendly and comes equipped with an Enviro-Click cartridge, which can save you up to 50% of your water. It is also backed by a 10 year manufacturer’s guarantee for peace of mind.

Phoenix CA Series Basin Mixer Tap

Toilet

Ideal Standard Concept Cube Close Coupled WC Suite

To match in with the basin design, we have chosen the Ideal Standard Concept Cube toilet. Its compact design makes it a great addition to any en suite and comes complete with everything needed to install it straight away.

Designed by the legendary Robin Levien, this stylish toilet has a soft close seat and push button flush to save you water. This toilet features a lifetime guarantee on the pottery so you can be sure of many years of service.

Ideal Standard Concept Cube Close Coupled WC Suite

Bathroom Cabinet

Noble Primo Aluminium Illuminated Mirror Cabinet

The Noble Primo Aluminium Illuminated Mirror Cabinet is lightweight and easy to install. It features a low voltage overhead light for better visibility and an inner shaving socket. It’s compact, yet stylish design is great for small bathrooms and en suites, and is perfectly suited for other Noble Furniture products such as wall units, vanity’s and freestanding units.

Noble Primo Aluminium Illuminated Mirror Cabinet

Bathroom Interior Design Trends for 2014

Luxury is top of the bill for 2014 bathroom interior design trends. Many people are looking for comfort with a touch of luxury when it comes to remodelling their bathrooms. Many of the big design ideas we are seeing, take a nod towards home-spa styles as people look to recreate relaxing and luxury vibes they experience when at a spa. From soft bathroom designs to convenient walk in showers and wetrooms here at UK Bathrooms we can help you with all your bathroom design needs.

Soft Curves and Organic Shapes

Curves are big in 2014, soft and sleek designs from wash bowls to tubs through to accessories. The organic flow of the curves make for a soft and luxurious feel to your bathroom. Bathroom designs have in the past felt boxy, square and uniform however Soft Curves and Organic Shapes from 2014 see us moving away from that. Curved designs add a new dimension to a bathroom, and you can move away from sharp corners, great if you want a practical family bathroom.

Bauhaus Bowls

Check out the newest designs on UK Bathrooms, from Bauhaus, Clearwater and Villeroy and Boch if you’re looking for some Soft Curves and Organic Shapes for your bathroom. (Designs from Clear Water Baths, Bauhaus Sinks and Villeroy & Boch Bathrooms)

Soft Curves and Organic Shapes

Luxury Tiles

Tiles can be a wonderful focal point to a bathroom, whether a patterned tile floor, a feature tiles wall or large tiles to make a statement. For design tips in 2014 there are a couple of design trends to look out for. Large tiles and over-scaled décor are a must, making even the smallest bathrooms seem bigger. Natural looking tiles are also a must, soft natural shades from luxury marble to soft slate. While all white bathrooms are clean and a timeless look, adding some natural colour shades can add a new dimension to your bathroom.

Whether you’re looking to add a statement tile feature to your bathroom or completely covering floor to ceiling, UK Bathrooms have a great selection of tile. Keeping up with the popular trends of 2014, with designs from Villeroy and Boch and Nobel. (Luxury  tiles from Villeroy and Boch and Nobel)

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The Wetroom

Perhaps the humble bath has had its day, or people are looking for more simplicity and ease from showering, but one of the most popular trends we will be seeing from 2014 is the wetroom. Whether they are frameless showers which give an illusion of and airy open space or curbless showers which offer a continuous, seamless look, 2014 is the year of the luxury shower. Wetrooms are much easy to fit into homes now, as technology has advanced, plus it’s also a lot more affordable to get that at home luxury spa/hotel feel.

You can find everything you need here at UK Bathrooms to design your perfect wetroom, bathroom. We have Aqua4ma and Impey packs to get you started, as well as some wonderful frameless showers from Kudos and Matki. And we also have a wide range of shower trays to suit any bathroom from leading suppliers such as Simpsons and Kaldewei. (Create your perfect wetroom from Matki, Kudos, Simpsons and Kaldewei )

Wetrooms

Seamless Storage

Anti-clutter for 2014 as storage becomes key in bathroom design allowing you to store all your items easily away and out of sight, without causing clutter. Clever storage ideas from under-sink cupboards to floor to ceiling bathroom cabinets and floating shelving. There are a number of wonderful options available. Many of the furniture and vanity designs are made as flexible as possible, allowing you to easily fit these great storage options into your bathroom, no matter what the size.

You can find a range of modern and contemporary vanity units, wall hung and freestanding furniture and fitted bathroom cabinets and countertops on UK Bathrooms. Providing you with your storage needs. (Storage from Roca, Nobel and Roper Rhodes )

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Showering the next Level – The Space

As we have mentioned previously, there is a trend of more people opting for showers over a bath, when it comes to bathroom design. The number of baths sold have dropped whilst showers have increased. Manufacturers have also noticed this trend and responded by offering a huge range of showers, shower enclosures and wet room options to help you create your perfect bathroom.

Standalone shower enclosures are a fantastic choice for any bathroom, allowing you space and movement when you shower. They are considered safer than a shower over a bath, and easy to use for people with mobility issues. Plus many shower enclosures come in a range of designs so they can fit any space and work with traditional or contemporary designs.

Matki Curved Corner Sealed enclosure

Shower trays, for standalone shower enclosures can be made from cast stone or heavyweight acrylic in a number of different colours such as the Simpsons Grey Slate Textured Shower Tray. These trays have a lead time of 3-5 days which mean you don’t have to wait to fit your shower enclosure. They have a water tight seal with adequate drainage, so no water escapes from the enclosure. Choose from compact designs with just a small shower tray or a luxurious design which also has more room for one or more people and also a drying tray.

Simpsons Black Shower Tray

To fit your shower enclosure choose from, different sizes and configurations. All enclosures are water tight and come with a choice of openings including; sliding doors, pivot doors and bi-fold doors. Designs can be created to fit the space you have.

Matki Curved Double Shower enclosure

It looks like the UK is heading towards the trend of European style wet rooms. Developments and newer technology have meant that it is now much easier and cheaper to transform your bathroom into a wet room. Kudos Showers described as the “Art of Showering” have a fantastic high quality range which you can use to build a wet room.

Kudos wetroom

The rooms are waterproofed (tanked) and fitted with a walk in shower, they can be fitted with shower screens but it is not necessary. The floor is gently sloped so water can drain away into one spot, away from the toilet or sink, so these areas remain dry. By using non-porous bathroom tiles like ceramic or porcelain, it stops mould and damp being created in the tiles and grout. If you opt for porous tiles you will have to have them treated.

There are a number of benefits to Turing your bathroom into a wet room.

It will open up your bathroom and create a more usable space. This works especially well in smaller bathrooms, as it stops the room feeling claustrophobic. It is also helpful for those with mobility issues.

The luxurious lifestyle of a wet room, works well with contemporary designs and there are a number of touches which add to that; such as underfloor heating and high quality finishes for the tiles.

As well as aesthetics, wet rooms can be beneficial to your home, correctly fitted you will be protected from moisture and damp which can damage walls. Finishes are also long lasting which means you don’t have to worry about replacing your wet room floor.

Manhatten Wetroom

 

Best of British – Kudos

Best of British

During the Best of British Month, we have championed a few great British brands, today we are looking at kudos. These shower products including enclosures and glass panels are made in the heart of the beautiful Lake District. Kudos have been designing and manufacturing high quality showers for over 10 years and are one of only a few who are committed to manufacturing here in the UK. If you’re looking for a strong and durable British made product which is high quality and affordable, and which also comes with a life time guarantee then for new bathroom shower enclosures Kudos is the ideal choice.

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You can choose from a range of bath screens which can be fitted to suit your needs, whether single panel, multi-panel, l shaped shower bath screens or over bath shower panel. The glasses is toughened for extra safety, and comes in different thicknesses to allow you the best protection. The Inspire collection mixes style and performance, with engineered panels which are suitable for everyday use with high performance showers. And which are also stylish and chic, with a minimalist design which would work in any bathroom.

Kudos Sail Bath Screen

The Original Collection, doors and enclosures from Kudos, have been designed to a high standard, with great engineering, design and great value for money. The range of designs available means that you can find a shower enclosure to fit your space, whether you’re completely re-modelling your bathroom or creating a small en-suite bathroom. The collection includes:

• Nylok™ frame levelling system

• Concealed wall post fixings

• Adjustment for out-of-true walls

• Highly polished metal finish

• Suitable for use with power showers*

• Toughened safety glass with Lifeshield™ protection

• KUDOS Sliding doors feature stainless steel roller bearings for ultra-smooth action

• KUDOS Pivot Doors feature Nylok™ and stainless steel hinge mechanism with individual adjustment for precise door closure

• Lifetime Guarantee†

The Infinite collection of the doors and enclosures, feature the great designs and minimalist aesthetics which Kudos champion which makes them “one of the most technically advanced showering enclosure systems available today.” The main features of this wonderful collection include:

• Crystal clear, glass to glass seals

• Chrome effect wall sections

• Chrome plated, cast metal corner joints

• Unique three dimensional adjustment system

• Concealed fixings

• Suitable for use with power showers*

• Toughened safety glass with Lifeshield™ protection

• Lifetime Guarantee†

• KUDOS Hinged feature unique self-closing hinge mechanism

Design is key for Kudos, a lot of thought goes into the collections to provide customers with the perfect shower design to fit in around busy lifestyles as well as look good. The ULTIMATE collection allows you to create a spacious luxury showering area with walk in door-less enclosures. One of the highlights is the ULTIMATE2 Shower Panel which are highly versatile to create the shower area for your needs. With a beautiful minimal design which provides you with protection, but also looks no clutter and takes design to another level.

Kudos Ultimate wetroom screen

Kudos ultimate 2

To create your dream bathroom, using high quality products, manufactured in the UK, take a look at the range offered by UK Bathrooms.

 

Grand Designs Watch – 1950’s House South London

In a leafy suburb of London, young couple Ben and Rachel Hammond and their two children come across an ugly, inefficient and uninspiring red brick property whilst looking for the perfect plot of land. However instead of tearing it down, they decide to completely re-design it.

Retrofitting and re building the home instead of starting a fresh, which is a much harder job, than building a new home on the land. The couple look to change the whole concept of the home whilst keeping part of its structure, well three and a half walls. They are adding a double extension which wraps around the body of the home.

The inside of the home will be open plan with crisp and modern fixtures and fittings. Including modern technologies, creating an eco-friendly property. They are hoping to move into their new home in 8 months whilst they are renting. However projects never run smoothly or finish on time, will this weeks be any different.

The simplicity of the design follows into many of the rooms including the bathroom. With wonderful views out across the park behind the house, the bathroom, is a sleek and modern room. Featuring a soft moulded Royce Morgan Onyx Freestanding Bath and simple taps. The bathroom has a very fresh and light feel. These wonderful free standing baths are available on our website and are perfect if you’re looking at adding a touch of luxury to your bathroom. More items as seen in the show can be found on our Grand Designs page, and others from previous episodes.

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For more Grand Designs Inspiration, check out our Pinterest Featured on: Grand Designs board.