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Getting the Prefect Bathroom Installation for your Dream Home
 
comment_icon Posted on January 2, 2012 at 11:14 am  
 
 

So you have finally managed to get your dream home and are all set to get it renovated and make the look and feel as you have always aspired it to be! From the front lawn to the backyard and from the drawing room to the children’s bedroom, all plans have been made and are in the process of execution. And with the way things are moving, it is only a matter of a few months before you move in! But wait a minute! Have you given a thought to getting the proper bathroom installations done? If no, here is some effective guidance that will help you for the same.

Select Certified Plumbers or Agencies:

The first step that you need to take for getting the perfect Bathroom installation Stockport is to select a certified and credible plumbing agency. For this you can either speak to friends or neighbors who have got the job done from some agency and then call them in for a quote, or check third party websites like Google and others for genuine reviews put by other customers such as you. Finding reliable bathroom fitters in Stockport is an easy task today thank to the magnitude of resources available.

Selecting the Perfect Bathroom Suite:

When you are looking for reliable bathroom fitters in Stockport, also check out the different bathroom suites that you can purchase for your home. There are many different types of suites ranging from the simply Do-it-Yourself bathroom installations to the more expensive Jacuzzi and other fashionable bath accessories and fittings. But do make sure that you have set a definite budget for the entire bathroom installation Stockport for it is easy to overspend given the number of choices available! Also, see if you can buy suites and all different fittings from a single supplier as that will ensure you get good discounts. Moreover, in case of defects or problems you do not have to run around to different people to get the job done in a satisfactory manner.

Also there are many different design styles that are available. Go for one that will compliment your home and will not look out of place. Check out the local outlets of the online dealers if possible to get a proper look and feel of the fittings and also get a perfect quote for the bathroom installation services from different agencies who handle such kind of jobs.

 
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Disabled Bathroom Facilities Grant
 
comment_icon Posted on September 8, 2011 at 3:52 am  
 
 

We specialise in Wet Room and Disabled Bathroom design, installation and adaptation.

Please feel free to give us a call to discuss your requirements or to obtain a quotation.

Below is some useful information taken from the stockport council website.

If you or someone you live with is disabled, a Disabled Facilities Grant (DFG) may help pay for an adaptation.

DFGs are given for adaptations which help people access the main living areas of their home, and for adaptations which improve comfort, safety and independence.

Grants may be:

A) Mandatory

This means that the Council must offer you a grant if you meet the qualifying criteria. For further details please refer to the booklet ‘Disabled Facilities Grants’ produced by the Government Department,  Communities and Local Government (See ‘Related Links’ on the right of this page).

Examples of adaptations that a mandatory grant could pay for are:

  • Installing a stair-lift to help you to get to your bedroom and bathroom
  • Widening doorways and installing ramps
  • Improving the heating system to provide one that is suitable for a disabled persons medical needs
  • Providing accessible bathing facilities, e.g. level access shower in place of a bath
  • Putting light switches and / or plug sockets at a suitable height for a disabled person

The maximum mandatory grant is £30,000. The grant is means-tested for disabled adults needing adaptations to their homes. This means that depending on your financial circumstances and those of your partner, if relevant, you may have to pay something towards that cost of the adaptation. Therefore grant aid is not always available, nor will grants always pay for the full cost of the work. You will be advised of this as early as possible in the grant application process so that you can decide if you wish to continue with your grant application.

Note: since 31st December 2005, means testing for disabled children no longer applies.

The booklet "Adapting Your Home" (see Related Documents) outlines the various stages of the grant application process and the steps involved.

B) Discretionary - Disabled Adaptations Assistance

This means that the Council may choose whether or not to offer you this type of financial assistance  and if so for how much.  There may be conditions  requiring repayment of any money offered. For further details please see the Council’s Private Sector Housing Strategy and Private Sector Assistance and Investment Policy (See ‘Related Documents’ on the right of the page.

Examples of adaptation that a discretionary grant could pay for are:

  • To top up a mandatory grant when the amount given is insufficient to meet the full costs.
  • To help a disabled person (and the family living with them) to move to a property which has already been adapted or one that could be adapted more cost effectively than their own home.

There is no maximum limit for a discretionary grant but it may be secured by a charge placed on the adapted property.

You can apply for a DFG if you are:

  • The owner of the property. You do not need to be the disabled person, for example parents of a disabled child would make the grant application
  • The landlord of a property
  • The tenant of a property. In Stockport, the Council has separate arrangements for adapting the homes of its tenants. For more details please visit the Stockport Homes Adaptations webpage (see Related Links)

Who arranges the work?

You may choose to arrange and supervise the adaptation yourself or you can ask the Staying Put Scheme to arrange everything for you. For more information about the Staying Put Scheme please refer to Related Pages.

How do I apply for a Disabled Facilities Grant?

The Council can only offer you a grant if it considers that the work is necessary and appropriate, reasonable and practicable. As part of the decision making process we ask an Occupational Therapist to assess your needs and we ask that this is done first. So, to start the process;

  • If the disabled person is 18 years or over, please ring the contact centre on 0161 217 6029
  • If the disabled person is under 18 years old, please ring the contact centre on 0161 217 6028
 
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comment_icon Posted on April 14, 2010 at 6:47 am  
 
 

When making changes to your existing bathroom or building a new bathroom it is useful to see what items you can fit into your room before you begin the work. The Bathroom Design ‘Does it Fit’ planning tool will enable you to select various bathrooms items such as the bath, toilet, sink, bidet, shower, or fitted bathroom furniture to give an idea of how and where you can place these items in your bathroom. The plan uses the most popular product sizes available and also allows you to add windows, extra walls etc. You can even place a person to give you an idea of how much room you have to move around in.

The Bathroom Planner is offered as a guide for planning your bathroom, please recheck your measurement manually to ensure there are no mistakes and discuss fully with your local bathroom supplier.

Once you have built your floor plan using the easy menu options, you will be able to print your virtual bathroom design and take it along to your local bathroom supplier.

To start, have your bathroom dimensions to hand, and then Click Here to launch the Bathroom Planner.

 
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comment_icon Posted on April 14, 2010 at 6:36 am  
 
 

Wet Rooms and Steam Showers

The latest trend in bathroom design is the wet room. With today’s hectic lifestyles more of us are looking for opportunities to relax and unwind within the comfort of our own homes, perhaps too pressed for time to afford the luxury of a break away. Investing in the restyling of your bathroom and making it into your own private hideaway of course has the further benefits of adding real value to your home as well as making a stunning focal point.

The wet room has an open shower area which flows into the rest of the room, thus making them suitable for both small and large rooms, giving an illusion of space through their open plan nature.

Wet rooms look stunning; however, it is imperative that they are correctly fitted to ensure that they are fully water tight.  Due to the work involved it is not really an option if you are on a tight budget.

The Bristan Prism walk in panel is ideal for wet room situations. With it anti-calcium finish on the 6mm thick glass it deters limescale deposits therefore providing an easy maintenance product at 1950mm high and 1200mm wide.

Points to consider when fitting a Wet Room:

arrow The whole room will need to be watertight; the technical term is “tanking”. This should be carried out only by a suitable professional
arrow High quality motor and ceramic/carbon seals to ensure longer life and leak-free operation
arrow The floor will need to be raised about 5 cm to accommodate the waste fittings. The floor will need to incorporate a slight slope towards the waste outlet
arrow The room must have enough structural support to take the weight of all the material and products
arrow Ventilation is important to allow the room to dry out; you may also wish to consider installing under floor heating
arrow Position the shower fittings away from the door to ensure that the water drains only into the room
arrow Consider installing a wall hung toilet and basin too or furniture, to add to the spacious feel and to free up the floor
arrow Think about your floor covering carefully; opt for non-slip surfaces
arrow Choose a stylish shower to set off your room. Consider body jets and movable shower handsets as well as a fixed head
arrow You may want to add a screen to save all your bathroom fittings being regularly sprayed with water

If on reflection a wet room sounds to expensive or complicated maybe a simpler option would be a Walk-In Shower - a compromise between the wet room option and a fully enclosed shower cubicle.

For another relaxing alternative a steam room offer the same health benefits of a sauna. The steam works to remove dirt and toxins from the pores and the high temperature relaxes tense muscles. Steam rooms can be installed as a cubicle within your bathroom space to provide a real sanctuary from the stresses and strains of modern life.

Source http://www.shower-guide.com

 
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Ceramic Tile vs Porcelain Tile
 
comment_icon Posted on March 29, 2010 at 2:59 pm  
 
 

Ceramic tile is a mixture of clays and other natural materials. The special clays are mined from the earth, shaped, colored and than fired in kilns. Traditional ceramic tile can be naturally colored and left unglazed like terra cotta, or they can feature colored or highly designed surfaces which can be glazed (finished with a glass surface) either in a high gloss or matte finish. Most ceramic tile has either a white or red body coloration underneath the glazed, colored top layer.

Porcelain tile is a newer form of ceramic tile and extremly popular among homeowners. Porcelain tiles are composed of fine porcelain clays and fired at much higher temperatures than ceramic tiles. This process makes porcelain tile more dense, less porous, much harder and less prone to moisture and stain absorption than ceramic tiles. For these reasons, most porcelain tiles are suitable for both indoor and outdoor installations. Porcelain tiles are also harder to cut due to their density and hardness.

 
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