Hello, this is the Blog for Bathrooms at Source Online shop and my name is Simon and i will be waffeling on about various aspects of the bog flogging industry.
Well you decide what colour this Vos shower valve is?
They call it a brushed black colour but we say gunmetal grey.
Before this colour came out i would of had |Inox taps if i was doing my bathroom again.
But now i would have this finish from the Vos range,
even though i know getting a matching mirror will be a pain in the butt.
I just think it will age really well where i don`t think ranges like the Crosswater Mpro brushed brass taps will.
Brushed brass is the in colour in the bathroom industry at the moment
But what does the colour brushed brass look like?
Well the honest answer is that it depends on which brand you buy.
The 3 taps below are from 3 different brands are 3 different versions of that colour.
The one on the left is from an American tap brand called Graff.
The one in the middle is Vos from Just Taps Plus.
And the one on the right is MPRO from Crosswater
Now we look at these taps every day just as you would do in your bathroom,
and the general feeling in the showroom is the the Graff and Crosswater versions are a bit gaudy.
We all prefer the more muted tones of the Just Taps Plus Vos tap.
Water Regulation Compliant Bathroom Short Shower Hose 50cm
This is the hose you need if you want to avoid build regs pulling you up about cross contamination
from your shower or bath to your basin or toilet.
In reality you will fit it for a couple of days and then go back to hose you can actually use.
But this is the modern reality of all faith building regs.
Anyway for less than a tenner delivered you can get round a problem that will cost you another building regs £150 inspection.
Anyway it is a good quality tiny shower hose that looks really good and is very tough
Built in parts are often from European manufacturers such as Zucchetti and Hansgrohe etc.
But are getting more and more comman in the UK through brands like No Code.
A built in part is the part that you never see but has all the gubbings to make the pretty face part work.
Typically a built in part is a first fix item for you bathoom, so your plumber needs this in the first few days.
The front part only goes on at the end after the tiling and everything else is dione as is a second fix ite.
Just as well really as Zucchetti UK tend to have a lot of the built in parts in their London warehouse.
But typicall have to order the outside parts from Italy and they tak 2 to 3 weeks.
So the golden rule for Zucchetti is to buy as early as you can.
A typical example of a built in part is shown below
It is all very well all these new colours coming out in the bathroom industry.
Like brushed brass and gunmetal grey/ brushed black taps but what goes with them.
The taps and shower valves are hear but where are the matching shower doors and heated towel rails that match these.
Companies like Just Taps Plus have got an excuse as they do not make heated towel rails and shower doors.
But Crosswater do and there is no excuse in my mind for not having matching products.
One company who are at least ahead of the game are Bathroom Origins from Hainault in Essex.
Who to their credit have bourght out black accessoies and more imprtantly brushed brass coloured mirrors.
The one shown in this picture is called Docklands and is in our Wandsworths showroom front window.
What is the smallest bath in the UK?
Well there are Japanese sit tubs that are sold over by Omitub which are only just over a meter long.
These tubs are very deep and are to be sat in as the name implies.
There are some silly 1200mm baths but the first practicle rectangular bath size is the 1400mm size.
Which the Kaldewei Eurowa contract bath version of this size you can buy for under about £160
This is the normal steel version and not really thick like a super steel bath but if it is installed by a competant
plumber will be fine to shower in.
We would always prefer to put a shower door and tray in a 1400mm wide space.
But this country are still behind Europe in that houses and flats are hard to sell if they only have showers and no baths.
Which is ridiculous as nearly everyone of the younger generation shower but they still know a bath is essential for a resale.
So they end up having to put a very small bath in the bathroom which you can`t really bathe in or i at 6`5 couldnt for sure.
This country and although we are moving away from Europe for good or bad? we should lose the must have a bath at all costs nonsense.
Have you ever wandered what action man would look like after a night on the tiles?
Well here is you answer as made by Laura and Tammy here for Marc`s 21st Birthday.
I personally reckon he was on a double date with both Cindy and Barbie :)
and while those 2 were doing their hair he was woofing down the £1 shots.
Oh dear action man i bet those eyes are swivelling now.
Gunmetal Grey Colour Bathroom Taps.... the next big thing in bathrooms in the UK
There have been lots of black and brushed brass taps and shower valves that have arrived this year.
But this Vos range from Just Taps Plus is not like anything else in the market today.
just taps call this colour brushed black but we say it is a gunmetal grey colour.
I personally think this is the best colour in the bathroom industry ever.
The pictures that Just Taps Plus have do not always show how this colour really looks,
and it is a very hard colour to describe but we think it is more gunmetal grey than black.
I saw quite a few bathrooms in Las vegas with this colour taps but the designs were terrible.
They were like an gaudy 1970`s penthouse design but they all looked pristine and had been fitted for years.
The picture you can see is the basin tap of the Vos range that we have on display in our wandsworth Showroom.
We also have a shower valve from this range in our London showroom.
The other great thing about the Vos range is that it is a complete range with 1, 2 and 3 outlet valves.
It is not often these days that something in the bathroom industy excites us but this colour and style do.
An encapsulated toilet is a toilet that is fully back to wall just like the picture.
This means it is fully against the wall with no spaces.
This looks really neat and tidy and also there are no spaces for the dirt to get in,
so cleaning of this is easy and they tend to look good for longer.
BUT do no not buy one unless you have checked with your installer that it can be fitted!!
This is because they are very hard to fit unless you have access to this toilet from the back.
To fit a toilet you need to connect the soil pipe that takes away your waste to your toilet,
and you can see by looking at this toilet that there is no where for the installer to get hios hands into.
Now there are other ways to connect to the soil pipe with a more flexible connector.
But you must check with your installer that he can do this before you purchase one of these encapsulated toilets.
An open back toilet is what it say and comes with a scooped out section at the back of the toilet.
Customers normall buy an open back toilet out of necessity rather than for it`s looks.
Although they often look far superior to an older fashion toilet that occupied the same space before.
The reason why these are so popular and need is thatquite a few toilet soil pipes come out of the floor,
and unless your plumber has access from the wall behind the toilet the more fully back to wall toilet cannot be fitted with these stacks.
Wheras if you have an open back toilet the plumber can attach the soil stack to the toilet through the open back of this toilet.
I hope this makes sense?