Minimal in design and only slightly asymmetrical, the Desco tubs designed by Vittorio Longheu are not only very stylish but also very precious, keeping alive the finest and most sophisticated Italian handcrafting tradition. Eclipse is an egg-shaped freestanding tub designed by Marco di Paolo for antoniolupi. It's designed to be stylish, versatile, sophisticated as well as ergonomic and practical. A small storage shelf is seamlessly integrated into the continuous form of the tub, becoming a very practical feature which makes total sense and complements the design perfectly. What could be more poetic than a bathtub carved by water? On that note, we present to you the Epoque tub which is made out of a block of Amazzone stone carved with water. Its form and design are simple, fluid and sculptural with an emphasis on simplicity and contemporary elegance but also on the natural qualities of the material used.
When it comes to decorating, specialist tile paints can give you a new look without the hassle and expense of retiling. Alternatively, consider using board panels – waterproof boards that can be easily secured to the bathroom wall. They come in plain or patterned designs, and some even give a tile effect. If most of the walls are tiled but some surfaces are painted, simply changing the colour of the paint can achieve a whole new look. And because of the relatively small amount of wall you have to paint, it will take less time and money than redecorating an untiled room. Do make sure you buy paint that's suitable for bathrooms though – ideally, you want to go for an anti-mould, gloss paint. After this, it is a matter of accessorising. Consider buying new curtains or blinds, perhaps adding a new shower curtain or panel, or even putting down a new floor (vinyl's cheapest).
But price clearly isn't the main driver for everyone – 49% of people who used their own installer did so simply because they prefer to and 21% did so because they always use the same tradesman. It's also worth thinking about whether it would be cheaper for your installer to get your bathroom for you, as some companies, such as Travis Perkins and Plumb Center, sell directly to trade, sometimes at cheaper prices. Electrical works, including the installation of lighting, fans, sockets or electric showers should be carried out by a Part P-registered electrician. To find a reliable local tradesperson, check Which? Trusted Trader for recommendations of tradespeople who have been through our rigorous checks. Once your new bathroom or en suite is complete, make sure you gain the relevant building regulations approval, including drainage, electrics and ventilation, and checking that any glass meets the required safety standards. You might need to prove that you've done this when you sell the house.
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