Baths, Showers, Sinks, Toilets & Bathroom Accessories
When creating a brand new bathroom for your home, the beautiful design of tiled walls and flooring can be the main focus simply because they create a look that is so pleasing on the eyes. However, when it comes to actually use your newly installed bathroom what makes it a pleasure to use?
In order to turn a bathroom into a safe haven of relaxation and zen, having the fittings that give you everything need is key. What do we mean when we talk about bathroom fittings? Anything that is added once the flooring and walls are completed. In short, without having the perfect bath or shower how can you deem your new bathroom perfect for you?
At AJ Ball we work with a range of brands. This means when you select your ideal fittings you get a variety of choice and our design team can offer you truly unbiased advice on what will work for you.
The Perfect Balance Between Style & Function
Even after over 40 years of experience in installing bathroom around East Kent, one thing has rarely changed is that people often leave fixtures as an afterthought. The right fittings can accentuate and lift your design in amazing ways. Fittings don’t just stop at taps & spouts – there are also showerheads, towel rails and more.
Whilst some of the choices seem to be largely aesthetic, there are also plenty of practical considerations which will need to come into play and it is best to know what these are before choosing a particular style: Available space, positioning and waterproofing are highly important and can determine what is most appropriate for your bathroom style and design.
When choosing the finishing touches it is important that you seek out inspiration. Choosing your style early on will help to narrow down the choice of fittings to consider. Your main options are period style, classic or a contemporary look.
Our designers are fantastic and will provide you with many options for your brand new sanctuary. If you would like to start looking before talking to our in house designers you can always flick through interior design magazines, look on pinterest or even instagram accounts to inspire you.
Which Bathroom Fittings Should You Be Thinking About?
While there a range of sizes that are available for your new bathroom, more than likely your biggest choice in this regard is the style of bath.
When looking to achieve a classic look the aim for most is a claw foot bath, with their iconic aesthetic they are a must for those with the budget and style to allow for them. However, if you want the striking look for a more contemporary bathroom opt for a freestanding bath. These draw the eye in the same way but are considerably more modern in style.
In most homes, you will find a recessed bath. While not as visually pleasing as freestanding models they do make the best use of the space available in the bathroom. When selecting this bath type you also usually get a greater degree of flexibility, as we can also install a fixed shower above them which you cannot usually achieve when using a freestanding bath.
For the true feeling of luxury, the ultimate bath to aspire to is a whirlpool or jacuzzi bath. By pushing water jets through additional openings your bath is instantly made more relaxing, and the improved circulation from the additional water pressure is also said to health benefits. The obvious drawback of these systems is the cost, with a more complex install as well as larger cost for the bath itself. That being said if you can afford the cost they will add extravagance and even value to your home!
It can seem like most showers are created equal, however, the cleaning performance you get depends greatly on getting the correct type. At AJ Ball we can install any type of shower you may require as part of your new bathroom.
One of the most common confusions we see in our clients is electric vs. power showers. As confusing as it maybe these are not the same and depending on your needs one can be preferable over the other.
Electric showers use current to heat water, giving you pretty much instant access to hot water and ideal if you also have a smaller hot water supply than most (for example in a flat) then the fact electric showers don’t use this supply is handy.
In contrast power showers use electricity for a different purpose, to increase the water pressure when in use. This means the give the best performance, providing you have a hot water boiler up to the task of providing the extra water needed!
We admit choosing a toilet is probably among the simpler choices in picking your new bathroom fittings. However, don’t be deceived there are still a few options at your disposal and the correct toilet fixture and certainly add more than you may think to you bathrooms look.
For a more traditional look, you can certainly consider the most common type you see in a normal home. A close-coupled toilet is your best option to stay within budget, if you do want to hide the cistern then a back to the wall model will conceal this into part of the furniture. Either model will be available in a traditional lever and dual flush options, with the latter providing superior in terms of water usage.
For more awkward spaces, or just to make sure a room has as much freedom as possible, you could also consider a corner toilet. If you are getting an ensuite remodelled, or a smaller downstairs cloakroom then this is a great option.
To create a more contemporary look in the main bathroom a wall hung toilet is certainly the best choice. While the modern aesthetic is undeniably perfect for the right bathroom this comes at a premium, with installation complex and requiring experts, like our skilled installation team at AJ Ball.
There are a few distinct areas of sinks that you can opt for, with the majority you will find in most bathrooms a variant of the pedestal, which you can get in full, semi and fully wall hung for giving the maximum space. Your choice largely revolves around how much of the bathroom you are willing to change.
A contemporary choice is a countertop basin, which oozes luxury and modern class as soon as you walk into the bathroom. Space is not often saved so if you lack the room to install a countertop sink comfortably we would recommend them, no matter how great they look!
We’ve barely scratched the surface of what bathroom fixings you may need for your new install! Just a few of the other elements you may want to consider include:
Toilet roll holders