A Bathroom Renovation Project: Choosing the Right Bathoom Suite
by Brent Heyes
Continuing on from the first stage in this project: "A Bathroom Renovation Project: Where Do I Start?" I've now spoken with the very helpful people at BathroomTrade and determined which bathroom suite should be installed in each of my bathrooms...
A shower unit is made up of several components and although you can purchase an all-in-one shower "kit" or "pack", I've opted to select each component on its own merit. A shower unit is composed of three main elements, the shower tray, the shower enclosure and the actual shower itself.
TrayMate shower trays offer an optional Easy Plumb Shower Kit that makes raised installations, such as my own, easy and safe to install. This allows a plumber to build the raised platform and tile before installing the actual tray. This will inevitably save me time, money and help prevent damage to the tray whilst tiling.
I've chosen the TrayMate 1200mm x 900mm Offset Quadrant Slimline Shower Tray in White as this has the deepest internal depth of any shower tray on the market allowing the tray to hold more water. Logically this would act as a safety feature in the event of poor drainage or a blockage.
Manhattan are one of the leading brands in shower enclosures on the market. The general feeling seems to be that Manhattan equals quality. This may be because Manhattan design and engineer their shower equipment in Britain, that's a point always worth noting!
To match the shower tray, I've chosen a Manhattan New Era 1200mm x 900mm Quadrant Shower Door in Chrome. It comes with Manhattan's trademark Easiclean technology, 6mm toughened safety glass and magnetic cushioned seals. These are the features that make the difference between an ordinary shower enclosure and a luxury shower enclosure and ultimately extra brownie points for me when my wife uses the shower!
MX are an industry leader in thermostatic valve technology and provide a wide range of showers to suit all tastes.
I've chosen an entry level MX Atmos Sigma Thermostatic Bar Mixer Valve and Kit in Chrome. This is a concealed shower valve suitable for all UK water pressures with a traditional sliding rail. This will help with the height difference between my wife and I.
I asked BathroomTrade for the largest vanity unit they could offer for my downstairs bathroom and a slightly smaller version for the upstairs bathroom (due to space limitations). They recommended LWCC, a growing brand offering quality at an affordable price. Sounds good to me!
For downstairs we've chosen the LWCC Concorde 1050mm White Vanity Unit with 1 Tap Hole Basin in White and upstairs the LWCC Concorde 750mm White Vanity Unit with 1 Tap Hole Basin in White. These are essentially the same unit in different sizes. The 1050mm version is the largest single basin vanity unit on the market with a large washing area and plenty of room for bathroom paraphernalia on either side of the basin. It also boasts exceptional storage space and soft close hinges on all doors.
When I started looking at toilets, I couldn't believe the variety. A toilet's a toilet, right? Wrong! There is a multitude of different types and features, depending on your specific situation.
In the end I chose the same toilet for both bathrooms; a Vitra Milton Toilet. Vitra is a globally renowned brand, boasting exceptional quality in terms of their pottery and feature list. This particular toilet has a dual flush mechanism (3 or 6 litres) and has been supplied with a BathroomTrade universal soft close toilet seat.
Again the variety of taps is quite incredible. I've chosen a Vitra Q-Line Mono Basin Mixer With Pop-Up in Chrome. I like to have the ability to control the water temperature coming out of the tap. This is only possible with a mixer tap. Vitra are second to none in terms of quality.
Choosing the right bath has been one of the most difficult decisions. In our situation we've decided to go for an offset corner bath without a shelf to make the most of the available space and allow two people to share the bath.
We've chosen a LWCC 1500mm x 1000mm Offset Corner Bath in White without tap holes so we can place the taps centrally, allowing two people to comfortable share a bath top to tail!
So, that's the bathroom suites sorted. Now I need to talk to my contractor and make a plan for removing the old bathroom suites, decorating, tiling and installing the new suites.
Stay tuned for the next stage:
A Bathroom Renovation Project: Replacing the Downstairs Bathroom