There’s no denying it, a gorgeous and inviting luxury bath really is the holy grail of any new bathroom renovation and there are now more designs than ever to choose from. A statement freestanding tub is a real show stopper and definitely becomes the single point of focus for your new bathroom.
How Much is Too Much to Spend on a Luxury Bath?
But how much is too much to spend on a luxury bath? There is a particular bath in our showroom that is quite something to look at. Every single day numerous clients always ask that one crucial question. How much is that one? When I say the price out loud the response is usually the same…. Silence, often open mouthed silence, while they digest that large sum of money, then there is the follow up question (usually from the person controlling the budget)… Is a luxury bath really worth over $5,000?
I have to say though, when it comes to Victoria & Albert’s range of volcanic limestone baths, the Toulouse in particular, without a doubt is worth the money. The Toulouse truly is a luxury bath in every sense of the word. It is the crème de la crème of premium baths with its French inspired double-ended design. Victoria & Albert uses QUARRYCAST material which is rich in natural volcanic limestone and the added bonus is it’s warm to touch and exceptionally easy to maintain. Personally I think the Toulouse is one of the most elegant baths I’ve seen. Thankfully though, Victoria & Albert are aware that not everyone has the budget for one of these beauties so they also offer a wide range of other, equally beautiful and not quite as expensive, baths.
This is really good news because we all know how important it is to stick to your budget when renovating your bathroom (and how easily and quickly you can exceed it if you get carried away). When it comes to selecting your new bath, my advice would be to get the best quality you can afford. Victoria & Albert are the leading luxury bath manufacturer and understand that quality counts if you want your new bath to stand the test of time and continue to maintain its beautiful appearance after many years of use. The Victoria & Albert range includes some of our best selling baths, so if it’s beauty and quality you’re after then you can’t go wrong.
For more information on selecting your new bath, contact Bourne Bathroom & Kitchen Centre.
If you’re anything like the rest of us you love to soak in a beautiful deep tub filled with bubbles and luxuriate in the warmth, peace and tranquillity but rarely find the time to do so. We all lead such busy lives that we seldom find time to indulge in some of life’s most simple pleasures. This leads me to the topic of today’s blog which is about bath selection for maximum use. Let’s face facts, no one wants to fork out a large sum of money for a gorgeous fashionable bath that they never use.
Things to Keep in Mind When Selecting Your Bath
When you’re embarking on your bathroom renovation there are a few things to keep in mind when selecting your new bathtub to increase the chances of it getting used a little more frequently.
Choose a Bath You Absolutely Love
Select a bath that looks inviting and has a real wow factor that stops you in your tracks every time you look at it. Chances are you won’t be able to resist and you’ll find yourself making the time to enjoy it.
Positioning Your Bath
Be sure to get some valuable expert advice in deciding on your final bathroom layout. You want to make the most of your available space and ensure your new enticing bath is the focal point of your bathroom. This way you’ll be reminded that you invested in a little luxury and will continue to be encouraged to use it.
Keep It Clean
In selecting your bath make sure you consider how easy it will be to clean and keep clean. Go for clean lines and a durable surface that just needs a quick wipe down in order to keep it looking clean and inviting.
Keep All Your Bathing Necessities on Hand
Have a selection of your favourite bathing products both on hand and on display so that when the opportunity arises all you have to do is fill up, jump in and enjoy.
Install a Lock on Your Bathroom Door
This would have to be one of the easiest and cheapest ways to ensure your new bath gets maximum use. It’s a great way to ensure you are able to lie back, relax and enjoy the experience without any unwanted interruptions. It also means that if you’re tempted to spend a little extra time indulging in your new found luxury, you can!
In summary, if you want to make the most of your new bath, be sure to have it as the focal point of your new bathroom and keep everything on hand so you can add a little well deserved luxury to your life.
For more information on selecting your new bath, contact Bourne Bathroom and Kitchen Centre.
A well designed bathroom can make a house a home. We spoke to builder Michael who’s been renovating bathrooms for several years, to get some tips for anyone thinking of taking on the job.
Consider Your Space
Before you do anything you need to take accurate measurements of the room. One of the biggest mistakes I see people make is buying fixtures and fittings that are too big for their bathroom. The size of your room will affect the type of suite you buy, the mounting styles you need, and the storage solutions you choose.
If you have a very small bathroom you’re going to need to think about maximising your space with things like corner basins, wall hung toilets, and vanity units. Those with bigger spaces to work with can think about things like freestanding baths, and separate shower units.
Sit in the Bath
This tip is vital if you’re buying a bath tub. Before you spend your hard earned money on a swanky new bath, sit in it at the store. I’ve spoken to so many clients who get a new bathroom fitted, and then find the bath’s too small. This could be avoided if you try it out in the shop.
Most bath retailers have no problem with you testing a tub for size; in fact some will probably encourage it.
Tip If you only have a tight space for a bath then get the deepest one you can find.
Think About the Flooring
Carpet is a horrible idea in a bathroom, but I still see people using it. It’s impossible to keep clean and gets wet and stale very quickly. Instead opt for a ceramic, stone, or marble tile.
These are strong, durable, and most importantly water proof. If your budget will stretch, you can install under floor heating which is a lovely feature. Not only does it feel great when you step out the bath, but it also helps dry spillages quicker. This means less slipping.
Vanity Units for Storage
If you don’t have an airing cupboard in your bathroom you’re going to need some sort of storage solution. Vanity units provide excellent storage and have the added bonus of being the perfect home for your wash-basin.
You could also look at wall-hung cabinets that provide useful storage space. Corner cabinets look stylish and fit perfectly in a smaller bathroom.
Create Space With a Mirror
A large bathroom mirror creates a focal point in the room, and also gives the impression of space. I’ve worked for clients who bought themselves the smallest mirrors possible and it does make the room seem more cramped.
You can dress up your bathroom mirror even more by getting yourself some specially installed mirror lighting.
Buy a Quality Toilet
Don’t skimp on the quality of your toilet. You want one that’s comfortable and going to last. From experience, toilets with longer bowls and seats tend to be the most comfortable on the backside!
Install a Dimmer Switch
Dimmers can be picked up very cheaply and add a real dynamic to the lighting of the room. There’s nothing like turning the lights down low and enjoying a hot bath. Likewise, if you’re having a shave you want the option to have the brightest light possible.
Consider Calling A Professional
Renovating a bathroom is a big job, so you should only “do-it-yourself” if you’re confident in what you’re doing. A mistake can be very expensive further down the line (e.g. think burst pipes and flooding!).
I’ve been renovating bathrooms for a long time, and some of the toughest jobs I’ve had were clearing up after someone else had tried to fit their own new bathroom.
It can be done, but unless you know what you’re doing, my biggest tip is call in a professional!
For more information on renovating your bathroom contact us.