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What are the most important aspects
of the bathroom?
Bathrooms need to be a relaxing and enjoyable space.
For me, a connection to outside visually and even
physically is wonderful. I like simple finishes, calm colours
as well as good ventilation and natural light. It's also
important that bathrooms are easy to maintain and clean.
What would you have on the floor?
I would have stone or burnished concrete in a natural
finish. It can be heated for winter, it's cooler for summer,
and it's easy to look after.
What's on the walls?
A glass splashback to the shower and the bath. I have one
at the moment and love it, as there's no grout to get dirty.
I don't like tiling on all the walls, and I like to have some
wall space in either render or painted plasterboard, both
of which can be treated to be water resistant.
What's on the benchtops?
Stone. Again, in natural finish because it's easy to clean
and maintain, and it's durable.
For the lighting?
The lighting would be LED for sure. I try to keep lighting
fairly low-key and use as much natural light as possible.
I really like roof windows in bathrooms, as I love to be able
to see the sky.
I have a glass roof in the ensuite, which I'll hopefully be
able to enjoy if it's ever finished!
For the fixtures and fittings?
I prefer the vessel-type basins, and a bath that's either
free standing or part of the floor.
Most importantly, a WC that you can clean around for
ease of maintenance... and in white!
An extra-special touch
For concrete, stone or tiled bathrooms, underfloor heating
is fantastic. It feels very luxurious in winter.
I also really like heated towel rails, and have found one
where you can run hot water from the shower through
to the towel rail.
This is great as it allows you to heat your towels while
you're having your shower, and the running water heats
everything without using additional power.
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