almost certainly noticed that designer bathrooms, along with designer
kitchens, designer dresses, sunglasses, and everything else designer,
have been “the rage” over the last few years. Although as a bathroom
fitter working in and around Nottingham, I'm still sometimes left
working out exactly what a designer bathroom is!
Most of the
bathrooms I fit look extremely nice when they are finished. Especially
if my customers will let me steer them away from some of the obvious
pitfalls and traps of bathroom layout. Most of the rooms I fit would
pass as designer bathrooms if that means they look elegant and stylish,
as well as being a functional place to have a wash or shower.
Unfortunately some of my customers are determined to go their own
way (which is fair enough - it's their house after all) disregarding my
suggestions, and far from ending up with dream designer bathrooms, end
up with a “dogs breakfast” of suite and fittings.
the problem is trying to achieve the designer look in a bathroom which
is simply not big enough to take the huge shower tray, or free-standing
bath to name but two examples. Ideas for designer bathrooms seen in magazines or grand hotels
often don't work in a three-bed semi-detached house in West Bridgford.
There simply isn't room, the room is the wrong shape, or the plumbing
isn't up to it – without spending thousands of pounds on re-plumbing
half the house.
If you're thinking of a designer bathroom –
whatever that phrase means to you, I urge you to exercise a little
caution. Over the years I've done a fair amount of rectification work
where the best intentioned efforts to fit top-of-the-range baths,
basins, toilet and showers have resulted in serious problems. I've had
to attend to
- shower trays that don't drain because they are fitted straight to the floor and the drainage runs uphill.
shower valves that leak because fitting them is way beyond the
understanding of the average plumber more used to central heating pipes
- leaking toilets where the cistern
has been buried under marble tiles – looks nice, but valves can't be
maintained without destroying hundreds of pounds worth of marble
and many more.
you want to have something special, something with designer style,
fitted, make sure you use a bathroom fitter (like me) and not an
everyday plumber. It will possibly cost more but you won't be left with
a half finished room when the plumber walks away because it is just too
difficult! Yes, it has happened. There are, of course, some
plumbers/gas fitters who can jump between fitting boilers and fitting
bathrooms, but they are few and far between.
suggestion is always be aware of the limitations of the space available
and be realistic about what can be achieved. It's much better to fit a
suite that is in proportion and is suited to the space, rather than try
and shoe-horn in designer fittings and be disappointed with the result.