Toilet design: Intelligent bathe designs for awkward areas

Loos with out-of-the-ordinary shapes are a typical prevalence in lots of tasks, making it essential to specify bespoke options or give you methods to work round tough options. Lisa Hibberd discovers a number of the finest choices, and hears about some key design concerns.

“Designing a bathe enclosure in a clumsy space can appear fairly daunting however there’s a good vary of specialists and product options now obtainable to make sure shoppers can get essentially the most out of their area,” says Lorraine Walsh, bespoke design marketing consultant at Merlyn. “With the provision of bespoke tub screens, wetroom panels and wall profiles, hinges and handles, designers have the pliability to create fashionable but useful showering experiences in areas they could have by no means thought of appropriate. We at all times suggest working with a devoted bespoke design group, with in depth expertise in creating bespoke options, whether or not it’s rising the peak of a bathe door, working round dwarf partitions or incorporating completely different angled cuts. To make sure the simplest and classy answer is specified, designers should consider all of the choices for the bathe area and structure on the design stage earlier than any work has commenced. That is additionally actually necessary if there are any picket parts within the room similar to door frames or beams. The glass can not sit flush with any wood-based options because the moisture will trigger the wooden to rot. A ten-15mm hole between the glass and the wooden is advisable to stop any issues.”

The Merlyn bespoke specification team worked closely with Waterloo Bathrooms on the prestigious Cashel Palace hotel renovation. This historic property featured a variety of unique spaces, each requiring different bespoke solutions. MERLYN supplied a total of 70 shower enclosures, featuring varying heights, notch cuts and sandblast strips

Perfect for creating a showering space in a tight alcove, Roman’s 900mm wide Innov8 Bi-Fold has frameless, inward opening doors made from 8mm toughened safety glass, with 180º pivoting action

Max Finaldi, MD of The Bathe Lab, agrees that any quirky options should be made clear firstly. “For a bathe to suit completely into a clumsy area, we have to have all the info upfront. For instance, if the angle of the sloped ceiling is barely out or if we aren’t conscious of restricted ground area in a toilet, it might hinder your complete design and manufacturing course of. The very last thing a buyer needs is a bathe that’s barely off-size or one which causes leaks. All of our View Assortment bathe areas might be customised to suit the consumer’s wants. When you’re working with a sloping ceiling, a recess bathe area similar to our View 05 or View 03 is a well-liked possibility. The glass might be minimize at an angle to fit alongside the sloping ceiling whereas hinged doorways supply privateness and good splashback safety. If it is single notches or cut-outs which can be wanted – similar to these accommodating a beam – then one thing so simple as our View 01 mounted display may be the best possibility – particularly if the consumer is searching for good accessibility.”

Installed for Malibu Bathrooms, The Shower Lab’s TSL View 05 M2M – Inline Panel + Door + Inline Panel recess enclosure is a prime example of how sloping ceilings can be seen as a benefit rather than a hindrance

Designed with bespoke projects in mind, Acquabella’s Base Slate tray is available in a wide range of sizes, starting from 800 x 800mm

“In attics, lofts, under-stair areas, transformed garages and even basements, the place a standard bathe enclosure can’t be accommodated, a custom-made enclosure will guarantee a precise match and may incorporate exact dimensions with out compromising on model or high quality,” feedback Natalie Paley, nationwide gross sales supervisor, retail and service provider, Coram UK. “With our Sealskin duka vary of enclosures, each single enclosure is tailored, inside 4-6 weeks, to exactly match its setting. Specification of a wetroom ground may show useful for unusually formed rooms. A trimmable ground former, like Impey’s Aqua-Dec EasyFit might be minimize to dimension to adapt to the size of the room, whereas sustaining the proper drainage gradient. This removes the requirement for a bathe tray, and permits for larger design freedom in a clumsy area. Every of our Sealskin duka enclosures is manufactured to order, no matter the place it will likely be put in; this could possibly be underneath a sloping roof or round boxed-in piping. Each product is minimize with millimetre precision to the size provided, giving the designer confidence and freedom to discover new choices by way of structure, form, and dimension.” 

Sealskin’s duka pura 5000 made-to-measure enclosure and Impey’s Aqua-Dec Easyfit wetroom floor former have created a stunning wetroom area in this conversion

Given the task of creating a bathroom solution that would be accessible for guests of all ages, Interior designer Charlotte Jarega specified the Sealskin duka pura 5000 enclosure for her client, incorporating a hinged door, full side panel and bespoke tailored side panel to fit perfectly around a purpose-built seat. The enclosure was placed onto an Impey Aqua-Dec Easy Fit shower floor and tanked with Impey Waterguard waterproofing solution

Bev Brown, MD of Lakes, reviews that – alongside wall-hung bogs and basins – bifold, quadrant and nook entry showers are nice choices when ground area is tight, making use of the room’s corners and maximising area. “These confronted with sloping ceilings and beams, nonetheless, could discover it harder and that is the place lowered top bathe enclosures are additionally answer. One other space-saving thought is a pivot bathe, the place a swivel hinge mechanism sits between the door and body and permits you complete entry while not having plenty of room for the door. A walk-in or walk-through bathe with single glass panel is one other glorious thought for awkwardly-shaped rooms. Unobtrusive in model, the glass wall can even create a way of airiness. Rooms similar to loft areas won’t profit from plenty of pure gentle, however including in as a lot as potential can even assist open the room as much as the attention. Subsequently, contemplating the place you possibly can finest optimise pure gentle is essential. For instance, should you’re designing a brand new rest room in a loft conversion, take into consideration including a skylight above the bathe to let the pure gentle pour by whereas nonetheless sustaining privateness.” Designers may utilise LED lighting throughout the bathe enclosure with a view to create a softer, extra enjoyable setting.

Ideal for problematic spaces which lack natural light, Lakes’ Ambient walk-in features concealed LED lighting in the wall mount that emits a soft glow of light along the edges of the glass when the embedded PIR sensor is triggered, helping to create a private, gently-lit sanctuary

Available in 130 different options, RAK Ceramics’ RAK-feeling shower tray gives designers plenty of options when it comes to tricky bathroom spaces. It’s made from RAKSOLID, a durable mix of natural minerals and resins with an anti-slip matte finish

“For these working with compact or advanced rest room areas, space-saving hid bathe valves are perfect for a toilet design answer as a result of the mechanics of the product are behind the wall, while additionally offering a glossy and modern end,” advises Paul Bailey, chief, product administration, Lixil EMENA and Grohe UK. “It isn’t solely design flexibility that hid showering can supply but additionally extra personalisation of the person area by way of structure. Positioning of a bathe valve in an uncovered system is restricted by the size of the bathe hose nonetheless this limitation is eradicated with a hid bathe system, providing the liberty to create a really bespoke showering area.”

Grohe’s Eurosmart Cosmopolitan perfect shower set with Tempesta 210 is shown here in a neat alcove shower setting

Measured and installed by Matki Installations, this project showcases Matki’s EauZone bespoke hinged door in 10mm glass with a cutout and angle in the glass hinge panel to accommodate a sloping ceiling and built-in seat

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