28Nov/121

A Shoppers Guide on Buying the Right Shower Enclosure

Written by Ashraf/QS Shower Quadrants

A shower enclosure is a luxurious way to shower so buying one should be a wise and informed decision because it is an investment that is going to be a part of your bathroom for a long time to come. The right shower enclosure not only changes the aesthetics of your bathroom but also improves it dramatically. Modern day enclosures offer quality, technology, style and facilities that are limitless and cater to even the smallest of spaces with ease.

If you think an enclosure is going to cramp your style then think again. There are various types of shower enclosures available in the market such as Shower Quadrants, D Shape Quadrant, pentagon, rectangle and many more, which gives ample of showering space. A selection of a shower enclosure solely depends on the bathroom space and the fact, that there should be no obstacle in opening and closing of the doors.
Consider the shape of your cubicle. As mentioned above one can find great looking shapes such as square, quadrant and D shape, Pentagon as well as contemporary and trendy shapes that gives a sophisticated feel. Make the most of your floor area as well so that you have more room to move about in the shower.

Everyone wants a shower enclosure that will suit the aesthetics of the bathroom and economize space. Apart from shape, shower enclosures differ by opening and closing nature of it. A well animated gifs of shower enclosures have been presented here, so that one can better understand the opening and closing of shower doors. Sliding shower doors are common types in quadrants or rectangular type cubicle, while as bi-fold doors are ideal for recessed installation. The other type of shower door that is most commonly used is pivot or hinged door.

When it comes to the material and finish, most of shower enclosures or shower doors along with side panels are manufactured from toughened safety glass for an extended life. Choices can vary from clear to beautiful patterned glass. Once a shower door is selected then an appropriate side panel can be selected. Apart from doors and side panels one can customise the look of their shower enclosure by selecting appropriate frames. Shower enclosures are available in frames with dark or light chrome or silver finish and give a modern look and feel. Apart from chrome and silver there is one more option, which is widely accepted by home owner and i.e. white. Frames with white finish accords well with any bathroom, especially with traditional style bathrooms. There are also frameless style shower enclosures available which gives an ultra-modern and urban look in any bathroom.

When you select a shower tray, make sure it is a water-tight with an enclosure and have adequate drainage. Most of the shower trays now come with fast flow shower waste, which helps approx. 10 litres of water drained within seconds. Shower trays are made from different materials. Most of them are made from stone resin or acrylic capped stone, and in a variety of shapes and sizes. Ranging from luxurious design, such as slim line shower tray; they feature compact styles for those with a constraint for space and non-slip surfaces, the choice is limitless.

Along with very stylish shapes, today’s enclosures come to you with features like body massage jets, storage shelves and built-in seats so that you can enjoy steam showers. There are those that also have a therapeutic treat on the floor for your feet with jet sprays.

Last but not the least make sure your enclosure has gone through a ‘Corrosion Test’. Good standard companies do an anti-corrosion salt test on all the metal fittings so as to maintain the untarnished finish of the shower. Once your shower enclosure is installed, you will find yourself looking forward to retreating and relaxing in it day after day.

Author Bio : Ashraf is a blogger and writes for QS Shower Quadrants, the on-line store for designer shower enclosures. You can follow him on twitter @ashrafpistawala

28Nov/120

Would Hiring an Architect Improve Your Home Building Experience

Written by Michelle/AQVA Bathrooms

When embarking on a home building project your total budget will determine what you can and can't realistically expect to have in the finished product. However, when it comes time to deciding what costs you will keep and which ones you will cut it can be very tempting to strike off what appear to be overly expensive professionals such as architects. But would hiring an architect improve your home building experience enough to warrant the hefty service fees?

Extras vs Professional Services

As tempting as it is to allocate a good portion of your home building budget to luxury extras instead of professional services, doing so could see your dream home turn into a living nightmare. Ask just about anyone who has undertaken a substantial building project and they will reveal just how many stops, starts, blunders and headaches they endured! The question really is 'Can you afford not to engage the services of an architect?'.

Highly Skilled

So what benefits are to be gained from employing an architect? The most obvious benefit is that architects are highly trained professionals who are skilled in such a variety of areas that they are valuable across multiple aspects of your home building project. Whether it be the floor plan, interior design elements, the project timeline or getting through the red tape of building permits, architects can help you with all of that and so much more.

Network Benefits

Along with the skills that an individual architect can offer you, they can also introduce you to other trusted professionals that you will require. From engineers through to carpenters, an architect will have extremely good connections that they can recommend to you. Why risk engaging contractors who you know nothing about when you can gain access to individuals who have earned the trust of your architect. Think about it. Just one unreliable or unscrupulous contractor can cause major havoc for your project timeline, costs, quality and finally your sanity.

Your Dream into Reality

Most importantly, an architect has the ability to turn your dream home into reality. They will ensure the vision you have of your new home will come to life just as you expected and indeed, even improved upon. Furthermore, a home that boasts excellent functionality and stunning design will increase in value, making your investment all the more worth it. And remember, if you have to wait a little longer for things such as your landscaped garden to afford the services of an architect, it will be worth it in the long run. No one wants to end up with a delayed project that costs you money and that in the end doesn't live up to your dream

If you want your home building project to be completed within a reasonable timeframe with the least amount of headaches then hiring an architect is ideal. That way you'll gain a solid home that is highly functional as well as visually pleasing and enjoy your home building experience all the more. It has to be said that home building is certainly not for the faint hearted but with the right professionals on your team things will indeed run more smoothly and you'll be more than pleased with the finished product.

Author Bio :

Michelle is a contributing author and writes for AQVA Bathrooms. She is been designing and advising bathroom renovation for over last 10 years. She specialises in installation of modular bathroom furniture and electric showers.