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No one likes to walk over a freezing cold floor when they’ve got bare feet, especially during the winter months so here’s 10 reasons why you should treat yourself to some under-tile heating. Advances in technology and materials in recent years have made it a more viable option for those looking to add comfort and value to their properties. Quality systems can be purchased for as little as £200. Radiant heat’s draught-free heat is evenly distributed throughout the room. As it gently rises from the floor, it warms the air to living level.
Independent tests have shown that when feet are warm, the air temperature can be lower without affecting overall comfort. The thermostat can be set to four degrees lower than conventional heating methods while providing the same comfort levels, reducing energy costs by 10-40%.
Buying and installing the system is one thing, but is it affordable to run? Extensive tests have been conducted to provide customers with accurate running costs, based on individual usage patterns. Tests concluded that is costs as little as 0.6p per meter per hour to run its highly efficient systems.
Look for thin, dual-core heating wire that won’t raise floor levels and does not have to return to the thermostat, making installation fast. Avoid cheap, PVC-coated wires with low wattage outputs and poor warranty levels as they are more likely to burn out earlier. Products that carry accreditation’s like BEAB and KEMA and offer a lifetime warranty are a good investment.
Electric systems can be set to heat an individual room only where and when it is needed. Tailoring the system’s usage to individual lifestyle needs will maximise savings.
Little luxuries like underfloor heating will add resale value, setting the home apart from the competition and commanding a higher price.
Other heating methods act like a dust traps, creating draughts that spread dust, pollen, and germs, causing major health problems for asthma and allergy sufferers. Underfloor heating reduces draughts and dries wet floors quickly, reducing the moisture dust mites need to survive, while maintaining a healthy level of humidity.
Floor heating frees up wall space for cupboards, cabinets or to create a minimalist look.
Because there are no moving parts, it is quiet. With no radiators to clean, redecorate or replace, there is nothing to maintain, making the lifetime cost very low.
It can be used either as a main source of heat or to simply take the chill off the tiles.
If you’d like to know more about under-tile heating then you can read our information page or alternatively call us on 01305 781709 and we’ll be happy to help.
Not everyone has the luxury of having a large bathroom, and small bathrooms can be more of a challenge to fit in everything you need. Do not despair – with clever storage ideas and the use of a good colour palette even the smallest of bathrooms can have illusions of grandeur.
Here are three small bathroom ideas to help you get the perfect look for your new bathroom.
Vanity units come in all shapes and sizes with drawers and cupboards. To make your small bathroom look bigger use wall mounted units- this will reveal more floor area giving the illusion of a bigger space but you will have somewhere to put all the lotions and potions that can make your room look cluttered. The same principle applies to your ‘throne’- once again a wall mounted loo can give the illusion of a bigger floor area and gives a very modern, sleek look with wall mounted flush plate- and of course all the technical stuff is hidden away behind the wall. We have a huge selection of wall hung vanity units and w/c’s available to order next day. Or if you’re looking for a specific size, colour or finish we can make that for you in our Dorset based factory. Free up wall space by using electric underfloor heating under the tiles eliminating the need for radiators. Radiators can act like dust traps, spreading dust, pollen, and germs, causing major health problems for asthma and allergy sufferers. Underfloor heating reduces draughts and dries wet floors quickly, reducing the moisture dust mites need to survive, while maintaining a healthy level of humidity.
Don’t forget there is plenty of storage space above ground level. Use towel radiators, wall mounted cabinets and shelving to create more storage, be creative and use baskets and crates and storage ladders or floating shelves to display glass jars filled with cotton balls and bath bombs and rolled towels and toilet rolls.
Showering is more popular today than ever and if you don’t have room for both bath and shower then think about a combination of them both and have a shower bath; the best of both worlds. Once again you can save on the footprint of your bathroom by not choosing a ‘P’ shaped shower bath and shortening the length from the most common 1700mm long to a 1600mm. For extra storage use the space under and around the bath with new and clever storage bath panels- every square inch counts in a small room, and it keeps the ‘clutter’ out of sight.
At New Image, we have lots of small bathroom ideas. We can supply storage solutions, vanity units and fitted furniture in bespoke sizes which means that you can maximise storage space even in the most awkward of spaces. We can even supply bespoke bath panels which can be colour coordinated to suit your furniture, tiles or paint choices.
Small bathroom ideas which involve a complimentary colour scheme from the start are nearly always successful. There are clever tricks with colour and shape to help make a small room look even bigger. So once all the necessary bits have been chosen then the fun part can start- what colour?
A neutral colour palette will generally be calming and aesthetically pleasing- choosing whites, creams and greys as the base colour will open up the look and feel of the room and will always look clean and fresh and won’t date. Introduce accents of colour, pattern and texture with décor tiles, listellos and mosaics to add depth and creativity. Then comes the fun part where you can inject colour with vibrant towels, bath mats, posh soaps and accessories- these are the least expensive things to change and if you do change them your bathroom will look brand new all over again but keep your knick-knack’s to a minimum to avoid a cluttered look. Remember that rectangular tiles laid landscape will give the illusion of receding walls and make the room look larger, whereas if tiles are laid portrait the height of the room will be emphasised- so decide which you want enhance.
At New Image, we can offer sample tiles to take away before you make your final choices so you can be 100% confident that your tiles will achieve the look you want.
Tiled bathroom floors are practical and easy to maintain and keep clean and the more of it you can see the larger the room will look. A light floor colour will make the room appear airier but a dark floor would add interest and visual impact.
So, if you use our bathroom ideas, hints and tips and give your small bathroom a makeover you could turn it into a luxurious space with a designer look.
Angela joined our team 2 years ago and is an absolute asset to the company. She not only has a great knowledge of plumbing from her years worked at Weymouth College in the plumbing department, but is our very own creative genius and qualified Interior Designer. Angela spends her days designing beautiful bathrooms for our clients, helping them pick bathroom products, tiles and even paint colours and accessories. When she’s not designing bathrooms she’s dressing them with towels and accessories, ensuring our bathroom displays inspire our customers.
If you are in need of help with bathroom ideas or designing your dream bathroom then call or visit our Weymouth showroom. Appointments are available on request for Angela to visit your home to provide a free, no obligation design and quotation.
Kerrie Phillips, General Manager at New Image.