Blog https://www.cphart.co.uk Our C.P. Hart blog brings you exclusive updates on our activities, the latest product developments, industry trends and company news. Be sure to check back regularly for new articles on the blog. Weds, 23 Sept 2020 00:00:00 GMT https://www.cphart.co.uk en hourly 1 2020 Design Trends https://www.cphart.co.ukhttps://www.cphart.co.uk/blog/2020-design-trends/ https://www.cphart.co.ukhttps://www.cphart.co.uk/blog/2020-design-trends/#comments Tues, 28 Apr 2020 00:00:00 GMT https://www.cphart.co.uk/blog/2020-design-trends/ <p>Trends in <a href="https://www.cphart.co.uk/luxury-bathrooms/">luxury bathrooms</a> often take inspiration from the wider world of design – whether that be interiors or the catwalks of Paris, Milan and London.&nbsp;&nbsp;C.P. Hart’s Head of Design shares his top design trends following a visit to the Maison &amp; Objet trade fair in Paris at the beginning of the year…</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Burnt Orange</strong></p> <p>Moving on from last year’s pink and coral and following trends in fashion, 2020’s interiors are a cloud burst of oranges in a juicy variety of earthy and burnt tones. &nbsp;Radiating warmth, energy and relaxation, orange hues pair beautifully with neutral browns and rust reds.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><img alt="" src="https://www.cphart.co.uk/images/blog/blog-orange-4.jpg" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Arches &amp;&nbsp;Lozenges</strong></p> <p>Inspired by classic and deco architecture, arches are being recreated everywhere – from doorways, windows and niches, to mirrors, booths and room dividers.&nbsp; Classical grandeur is now having a very modern lease of life, and these curves are most definitely in the spotlight right now. In addition to doors, windows and architectural detailing, arcs and lozenge shapes are particularly dominant within furniture and mirror categories. We have many mirrors in this shape that look particularly impressive when mounted above a pair of basins.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><img alt="" src="https://www.cphart.co.uk/images/blog/blog-arches.jpg" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Fluted Textures</strong></p> <p>Fluted glass, pleated fabrics, bands of wood, grooved marble, machined porcelain and strips of metal are all transforming plain or dull surfaces into stylish, tactile planes. These textures add the perfect flair and finishing touch to virtually any product, space, or building and can be added to bathroom walls or to the side of a bath to offer depth and character.&nbsp;Standing tall, these etiolated bands, once popular in the 1960s and 70s are once again all the rage and finding their way into all material mediums.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><img alt="" src="https://www.cphart.co.uk/images/blog/blog-fluting.jpg" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Natural Wood</strong></p> <p>Timber is a classic material, often stained, varnished, painted or in other ways manipulated for certain effects.&nbsp; Now we are seeing a resurgence of natural, stripped back timber in its original colours and even allowing its imperfections to shine through. It’s back to nature, and a return to honest, pared back design.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><img alt="" src="https://www.cphart.co.uk/images/blog/blog-natural-wood.jpg" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Semi-Circles</strong></p> <p>Although closely connected to the ‘Arches &amp; Lozenges’ trend, the semi-circle still manages to grab the spotlight as its very own category. Broken circles and crescent shapes are everywhere in design currently. The combination of offset curved organic shapes, with angular lines, is a new take on previous geometric trends. Mirrors, lighting, tiles, storage, ceramics and kitchenware – this shape is covering all bases.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><img alt="" src="https://www.cphart.co.uk/images/blog/blog-semi-circles.jpg" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Classic Blue</strong></p> <p>As the Pantone colour of the year, it was no surprise that Classic Blue would be out in force.&nbsp; From furniture, to wall paint and coverings, to tableware and light fittings, blue is a colour we are going to see much more of in all aspects of design. &nbsp;Classic blue in all its shades pairs beautifully with brass or gold, or with green for that ‘Peacock’ combination.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><img alt="" src="https://www.cphart.co.uk/images/blog/blog-blue.jpg" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Our award-winning designers are&nbsp;still working remotely via email, telephone and video - from initial layout planning and 3D CAD renders to product and style advice, they are on hand to help. To speak to a member of our experienced team, please call us on 03458 731 121 or email <a href="mailto:contactus@cphart.co.uk">contactus@cphart.co.uk</a>.</p> <p>Trends in <a href="https://www.cphart.co.uk/luxury-bathrooms/">luxury bathrooms</a> often take inspiration from the wider world of design – whether that be interiors or the catwalks of Paris, Milan and London.&nbsp;&nbsp;C.P. Hart’s Head of Design shares his top design trends following a visit to the Maison &amp; Objet trade fair in Paris at the beginning of the year…</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Burnt Orange</strong></p> <p>Moving on from last year’s pink and coral and following trends in fashion, 2020’s interiors are a cloud burst of oranges in a juicy variety of earthy and burnt tones. &nbsp;Radiating warmth, energy and relaxation, orange hues pair beautifully with neutral browns and rust reds.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><img alt="" src="https://www.cphart.co.uk/images/blog/blog-orange-4.jpg" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Arches &amp;&nbsp;Lozenges</strong></p> <p>Inspired by classic and deco architecture, arches are being recreated everywhere – from doorways, windows and niches, to mirrors, booths and room dividers.&nbsp; Classical grandeur is now having a very modern lease of life, and these curves are most definitely in the spotlight right now. In addition to doors, windows and architectural detailing, arcs and lozenge shapes are particularly dominant within furniture and mirror categories. We have many mirrors in this shape that look particularly impressive when mounted above a pair of basins.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><img alt="" src="https://www.cphart.co.uk/images/blog/blog-arches.jpg" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Fluted Textures</strong></p> <p>Fluted glass, pleated fabrics, bands of wood, grooved marble, machined porcelain and strips of metal are all transforming plain or dull surfaces into stylish, tactile planes. These textures add the perfect flair and finishing touch to virtually any product, space, or building and can be added to bathroom walls or to the side of a bath to offer depth and character.&nbsp;Standing tall, these etiolated bands, once popular in the 1960s and 70s are once again all the rage and finding their way into all material mediums.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><img alt="" src="https://www.cphart.co.uk/images/blog/blog-fluting.jpg" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Natural Wood</strong></p> <p>Timber is a classic material, often stained, varnished, painted or in other ways manipulated for certain effects.&nbsp; Now we are seeing a resurgence of natural, stripped back timber in its original colours and even allowing its imperfections to shine through. It’s back to nature, and a return to honest, pared back design.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><img alt="" src="https://www.cphart.co.uk/images/blog/blog-natural-wood.jpg" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Semi-Circles</strong></p> <p>Although closely connected to the ‘Arches &amp; Lozenges’ trend, the semi-circle still manages to grab the spotlight as its very own category. Broken circles and crescent shapes are everywhere in design currently. The combination of offset curved organic shapes, with angular lines, is a new take on previous geometric trends. Mirrors, lighting, tiles, storage, ceramics and kitchenware – this shape is covering all bases.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><img alt="" src="https://www.cphart.co.uk/images/blog/blog-semi-circles.jpg" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Classic Blue</strong></p> <p>As the Pantone colour of the year, it was no surprise that Classic Blue would be out in force.&nbsp; From furniture, to wall paint and coverings, to tableware and light fittings, blue is a colour we are going to see much more of in all aspects of design. &nbsp;Classic blue in all its shades pairs beautifully with brass or gold, or with green for that ‘Peacock’ combination.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><img alt="" src="https://www.cphart.co.uk/images/blog/blog-blue.jpg" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Our award-winning designers are&nbsp;still working remotely via email, telephone and video - from initial layout planning and 3D CAD renders to product and style advice, they are on hand to help. To speak to a member of our experienced team, please call us on 03458 731 121 or email <a href="mailto:contactus@cphart.co.uk">contactus@cphart.co.uk</a>.</p> 0 Virtual Design Service https://www.cphart.co.ukhttps://www.cphart.co.uk/blog/virtual-design-service/ https://www.cphart.co.ukhttps://www.cphart.co.uk/blog/virtual-design-service/#comments Mon, 20 Apr 2020 00:00:00 GMT https://www.cphart.co.uk/blog/virtual-design-service/ <p>All this time at home has reminded us just how important ‘home’ is.&nbsp; What better time to plan improvements? And even during lockdown we are here to provide advice.&nbsp; Our award-winning designers are still working remotely via email, telephone and video - from initial layout planning and 3D CAD renders to product and style advice.</p> <p>If you would like a free consultation, please follow our 5-step bathroom design process below.&nbsp; Isolation need not prevent you from creating the perfect bathroom design.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>STEP 1 – MEASURE THE ROOM</strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Please take basic measurements of any room that you are planning to renovate.&nbsp; Include wall measurements of the length and width of each room, recording where doors and windows are positioned, and please note the ceiling height and the height of the windowsills. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>STEP 2 - TAKE PHOTOS OF THE ROOM</strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Photos of each room in high resolution, will be invaluable.&nbsp; It’s best to include the windows, doors and ceiling.&nbsp; Please also take a photo of the boiler(s) in your property so that we have an early indication of likely water pressure.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>STEP 3 - CREATE A MOOD BOARD</strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Download images from our website, or explore our Pinterest and Instagram profiles, to find examples of bathroom styles that you like, to help us understand your taste.&nbsp; Don’t worry if you haven’t yet decided - our team can help by exchanging design ideas with you.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><img alt="" src="https://www.cphart.co.uk/images/blog/virtual-design-service-1.jpg" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>STEP 4 - EMAIL THE MEASUREMENTS, PHOTOS AND MOOD BOARD</strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Please email the room measurements, photos and mood board to <a href="mailto:designservice@cphart.co.uk">designservice@cphart.co.uk</a>.&nbsp; To send images we recommend using file transfer services such as WeTransfer or Dropbox.&nbsp; Please include your name and postcode in the email.&nbsp;</p> <p>For our professional clients, please transfer information in CAD or DWG.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>STEP 5 - WE WILL CONTACT YOU!</strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Our expert team will be in touch within 24 hours to arrange a phone or video consultation about your bathroom project.</p> <p>If you have any questions, or would like to speak to our team before submitting your project details, please email <a href="mailto:designservice@cphart.co.uk">designservice@cphart.co.uk</a>.&nbsp; Whatever your enquiry, we would be pleased to help.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><img alt="" src="https://www.cphart.co.uk/images/blog/virtual-design-service-2.jpg" /></p> <p>All this time at home has reminded us just how important ‘home’ is.&nbsp; What better time to plan improvements? And even during lockdown we are here to provide advice.&nbsp; Our award-winning designers are still working remotely via email, telephone and video - from initial layout planning and 3D CAD renders to product and style advice.</p> <p>If you would like a free consultation, please follow our 5-step bathroom design process below.&nbsp; Isolation need not prevent you from creating the perfect bathroom design.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>STEP 1 – MEASURE THE ROOM</strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Please take basic measurements of any room that you are planning to renovate.&nbsp; Include wall measurements of the length and width of each room, recording where doors and windows are positioned, and please note the ceiling height and the height of the windowsills. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>STEP 2 - TAKE PHOTOS OF THE ROOM</strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Photos of each room in high resolution, will be invaluable.&nbsp; It’s best to include the windows, doors and ceiling.&nbsp; Please also take a photo of the boiler(s) in your property so that we have an early indication of likely water pressure.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>STEP 3 - CREATE A MOOD BOARD</strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Download images from our website, or explore our Pinterest and Instagram profiles, to find examples of bathroom styles that you like, to help us understand your taste.&nbsp; Don’t worry if you haven’t yet decided - our team can help by exchanging design ideas with you.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><img alt="" src="https://www.cphart.co.uk/images/blog/virtual-design-service-1.jpg" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>STEP 4 - EMAIL THE MEASUREMENTS, PHOTOS AND MOOD BOARD</strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Please email the room measurements, photos and mood board to <a href="mailto:designservice@cphart.co.uk">designservice@cphart.co.uk</a>.&nbsp; To send images we recommend using file transfer services such as WeTransfer or Dropbox.&nbsp; Please include your name and postcode in the email.&nbsp;</p> <p>For our professional clients, please transfer information in CAD or DWG.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>STEP 5 - WE WILL CONTACT YOU!</strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Our expert team will be in touch within 24 hours to arrange a phone or video consultation about your bathroom project.</p> <p>If you have any questions, or would like to speak to our team before submitting your project details, please email <a href="mailto:designservice@cphart.co.uk">designservice@cphart.co.uk</a>.&nbsp; Whatever your enquiry, we would be pleased to help.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><img alt="" src="https://www.cphart.co.uk/images/blog/virtual-design-service-2.jpg" /></p> 0 Impact of Coronavirus on Home Improvement https://www.cphart.co.ukhttps://www.cphart.co.uk/blog/impact-of-coronavirus-on-home-improvement/ https://www.cphart.co.ukhttps://www.cphart.co.uk/blog/impact-of-coronavirus-on-home-improvement/#comments Mon, 20 Apr 2020 00:00:00 GMT https://www.cphart.co.uk/blog/impact-of-coronavirus-on-home-improvement/ <p>At a time when the world has come to a standstill, and the planet seems to be recovering from less pollution and human interference, consumers are increasingly turning towards ethically sourced products and home wellness.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>At C.P. Hart we are using this time to consider what improvements we can make to our already eco-friendly portfolio of bathroom products. Sustainability and responsible consumption is more important than ever and products that can offer this will continue to see a surge in popularity.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Clients are looking towards hygienic options, such as the TOTO Washlet that has self-opening seats and technology that cleans the bowl before and after each use. Taps that turn on and off automatically will also hugely reduce the transmission of bacteria, as will ceramicware with hygienic glazes that promote easy cleaning.&nbsp; More en-suites will be created, as private spaces to clean and bathe will be prominent in people’s minds while incorporating easy clean surfaces with less clutter too.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="https://www.cphart.co.uk/toto-rx-wallmounted-pan-washlet/"><img alt="" src="https://www.cphart.co.uk/images/blog/effects-corona-2.jpg" /></a><em>Toto RX Washlet</em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Our homes have never been as much of a sanctuary as they are now, and right at the centre of that is the bathroom – our zone for wellbeing, relaxation and hygiene. Isolation has forced us to live at a slower pace of life and has the benefit of making people realise what is important. Spending substantially more time in our homes, we are being forced to create sanctuaries, looking around us and seeing what can be improved, what we can change and what we would prefer to have around us.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>We will find ourselves wanting to elevate our homes after this experience is all over, to enhance our own sanctuary, and never more will the saying ‘Buy once, buy well’ be more appropriate. &nbsp;Home spa products could become more popular too, as people may prefer to stay in their own safe spaces. Adding elements such as larger or multi-function shower heads, body jets or upgrading a shower enclosure to a steam. &nbsp;With additional time to research and buy online, consumers are becoming increasingly savvy, buying higher quality products that will offer longevity and value for money in the long run.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><img alt="" src="https://www.cphart.co.uk/images/blog/effects-corona-1.jpg" /><em>Duravit HygieneGlaze is available on all toilets and&nbsp;urinals&nbsp;- seen here on the SensoWash Starck F</em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>This time of reflection has definitely caused people to pause and look at the bigger picture. Never in living history have we had a situation where our personal independence has been so reduced and altered the way we live, work and socialise. Just as our design ethos changes after recessions and periods of austerity, so will it now. We believe consumers will move back to ‘Honest Design’&nbsp;- choosing stripped back, natural pieces with organic shapes and materials.</p> <p>At a time when the world has come to a standstill, and the planet seems to be recovering from less pollution and human interference, consumers are increasingly turning towards ethically sourced products and home wellness.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>At C.P. Hart we are using this time to consider what improvements we can make to our already eco-friendly portfolio of bathroom products. Sustainability and responsible consumption is more important than ever and products that can offer this will continue to see a surge in popularity.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Clients are looking towards hygienic options, such as the TOTO Washlet that has self-opening seats and technology that cleans the bowl before and after each use. Taps that turn on and off automatically will also hugely reduce the transmission of bacteria, as will ceramicware with hygienic glazes that promote easy cleaning.&nbsp; More en-suites will be created, as private spaces to clean and bathe will be prominent in people’s minds while incorporating easy clean surfaces with less clutter too.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="https://www.cphart.co.uk/toto-rx-wallmounted-pan-washlet/"><img alt="" src="https://www.cphart.co.uk/images/blog/effects-corona-2.jpg" /></a><em>Toto RX Washlet</em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Our homes have never been as much of a sanctuary as they are now, and right at the centre of that is the bathroom – our zone for wellbeing, relaxation and hygiene. Isolation has forced us to live at a slower pace of life and has the benefit of making people realise what is important. Spending substantially more time in our homes, we are being forced to create sanctuaries, looking around us and seeing what can be improved, what we can change and what we would prefer to have around us.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>We will find ourselves wanting to elevate our homes after this experience is all over, to enhance our own sanctuary, and never more will the saying ‘Buy once, buy well’ be more appropriate. &nbsp;Home spa products could become more popular too, as people may prefer to stay in their own safe spaces. Adding elements such as larger or multi-function shower heads, body jets or upgrading a shower enclosure to a steam. &nbsp;With additional time to research and buy online, consumers are becoming increasingly savvy, buying higher quality products that will offer longevity and value for money in the long run.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><img alt="" src="https://www.cphart.co.uk/images/blog/effects-corona-1.jpg" /><em>Duravit HygieneGlaze is available on all toilets and&nbsp;urinals&nbsp;- seen here on the SensoWash Starck F</em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>This time of reflection has definitely caused people to pause and look at the bigger picture. Never in living history have we had a situation where our personal independence has been so reduced and altered the way we live, work and socialise. Just as our design ethos changes after recessions and periods of austerity, so will it now. We believe consumers will move back to ‘Honest Design’&nbsp;- choosing stripped back, natural pieces with organic shapes and materials.</p> 0 Top 5 Tips for Bathroom Planning https://www.cphart.co.ukhttps://www.cphart.co.uk/blog/top-5-tips-for-bathroom-planning/ https://www.cphart.co.ukhttps://www.cphart.co.uk/blog/top-5-tips-for-bathroom-planning/#comments Weds, 15 Apr 2020 00:00:00 GMT https://www.cphart.co.uk/blog/top-5-tips-for-bathroom-planning/ <p>Whether planning a new bathroom or renovating an existing scheme, there are a number of considerations to make at the planning stages, to ensure a smooth process. <em>Yousef Mansuri, Head of Design at C.P. Hart, </em>shares his top 5 bathroom design tips.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>LAYOUT</strong></p> <p>When planning a bathroom, always start with the layout. This layout of the scheme is primarily dictated by the position of the soil stack pipe for the toilet&nbsp;and whether it can be moved or not. The toilet has stricter limitations than moving pipework due to the fall of the waste.</p> <p>Once you know where this is positioned, you can start thinking about where the basin, bath and shower will go. Pipework tends to be more flexible when it comes to repositioning. Once you have your layout and therefore measurements, the exciting part starts – you can create your mood boards and choose your products. Make sure you don’t forget about towel rails and heating when considering all of this. One big mistake we often see is once having left the shower, people have to walk across the bathroom to reach their towel.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><img alt="" src="https://www.cphart.co.uk/images/blog/bathroomplanning-1.jpg" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>LIGHTING</strong></p> <p>Bathroom lighting is as important as positioning the sanitary ware. The overall mood and atmosphere of the bathroom is dictated by the lighting scheme, so this should be decided prior to signing off any designs.</p> <p>Make sure you consider lighting without relying too heavily on downlights. Although these are fantastic at giving an even covering of light, they are not the most sympathetic and can often take the charm out of a room, leaving it looking clinical. Try using two lighting circuits, one for the downlights and another which includes more inventive feature lighting, such as recess lights, under basin lights, wall lights and marker lights fitted to the floor to up light the bath.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><img alt="" src="https://www.cphart.co.uk/images/blog/bathroomplanning-2.jpg" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>SHOWERS AND WETROOMS</strong></p> <p>The first thing to consider with a shower is the type of floor you have. Be it a tray or tiled floor, an anti-slip option is essential. Many steel trays offer an anti-slip option and composite trays are often matt in finish for additional grip. If tiling the shower floor, it’s incredibly important to choose a matt finish tile for grip, rather than a gloss, which would be dangerous.</p> <p>If opting for a wetroom, there are several designs available, from ultra-minimal frameless options to the bold statement black Cryttal styles. It’s important to note, that if the width of the panel is larger than 1100mm, you will require a bracing bar for stability. These can either be fixed to the wall or the ceiling, depending on the design. Some homeowners, however, prefer an entirely enclosed shower rather than a walk-in. The benefit of this is that the heat is kept within the showering space.&nbsp;Finally, for toe tingling luxury why not consider under-floor heating?&nbsp; Warm tootsies and a self-drying floor!&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>BATHS</strong></p> <p>Baths come in many different shapes, styles and materials, and consequently there are baths for every budget, style and need. Freestanding stone, composite and cast iron baths are at the high end of the price spectrum and offer substantial benefits compared to inset steel and acrylic tubs. Composites are warm to the touch and can be repaired easily, while cast iron baths arguably have the best heat retention properties.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><img alt="" src="https://www.cphart.co.uk/images/blog/bathroomplanning-3.jpg" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>BRASSWARE</strong></p> <p>Brassware is one of the the most important elements of any bathroom. As working parts with continuous water flowing through them, they need to be durable enough to withstand the wear and tear of daily use. Of all the elements that make up a <a href="http://www.cphart.co.uk/modern-bathrooms/">modern bathroom</a>, we recommend investing in quality brassware to ensure longevity. Most brassware is wall mounted which makes it much harder to fix. Therefore, paying more for brassware at the beginning will pay dividends later on.</p> <p>It’s also important to pick products that suit a property’s water pressure. Older Victorian properties for example, typically do not have suitable plumbing to give enough pressure for large overhead showers.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><img alt="" src="https://www.cphart.co.uk/images/blog/bathroomplanning-4.jpg" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>For assistance planning a bathroom, the C.P. Hart Design Service is still open for virtual consultations. From initial layout planning and 3D CAD renders to product and style advice, please call us on 03458 731 121 or email <a href="mailto:contactus@cphart.co.uk">contactus@cphart.co.uk</a>.</p> <p>Whether planning a new bathroom or renovating an existing scheme, there are a number of considerations to make at the planning stages, to ensure a smooth process. <em>Yousef Mansuri, Head of Design at C.P. Hart, </em>shares his top 5 bathroom design tips.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>LAYOUT</strong></p> <p>When planning a bathroom, always start with the layout. This layout of the scheme is primarily dictated by the position of the soil stack pipe for the toilet&nbsp;and whether it can be moved or not. The toilet has stricter limitations than moving pipework due to the fall of the waste.</p> <p>Once you know where this is positioned, you can start thinking about where the basin, bath and shower will go. Pipework tends to be more flexible when it comes to repositioning. Once you have your layout and therefore measurements, the exciting part starts – you can create your mood boards and choose your products. Make sure you don’t forget about towel rails and heating when considering all of this. One big mistake we often see is once having left the shower, people have to walk across the bathroom to reach their towel.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><img alt="" src="https://www.cphart.co.uk/images/blog/bathroomplanning-1.jpg" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>LIGHTING</strong></p> <p>Bathroom lighting is as important as positioning the sanitary ware. The overall mood and atmosphere of the bathroom is dictated by the lighting scheme, so this should be decided prior to signing off any designs.</p> <p>Make sure you consider lighting without relying too heavily on downlights. Although these are fantastic at giving an even covering of light, they are not the most sympathetic and can often take the charm out of a room, leaving it looking clinical. Try using two lighting circuits, one for the downlights and another which includes more inventive feature lighting, such as recess lights, under basin lights, wall lights and marker lights fitted to the floor to up light the bath.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><img alt="" src="https://www.cphart.co.uk/images/blog/bathroomplanning-2.jpg" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>SHOWERS AND WETROOMS</strong></p> <p>The first thing to consider with a shower is the type of floor you have. Be it a tray or tiled floor, an anti-slip option is essential. Many steel trays offer an anti-slip option and composite trays are often matt in finish for additional grip. If tiling the shower floor, it’s incredibly important to choose a matt finish tile for grip, rather than a gloss, which would be dangerous.</p> <p>If opting for a wetroom, there are several designs available, from ultra-minimal frameless options to the bold statement black Cryttal styles. It’s important to note, that if the width of the panel is larger than 1100mm, you will require a bracing bar for stability. These can either be fixed to the wall or the ceiling, depending on the design. Some homeowners, however, prefer an entirely enclosed shower rather than a walk-in. The benefit of this is that the heat is kept within the showering space.&nbsp;Finally, for toe tingling luxury why not consider under-floor heating?&nbsp; Warm tootsies and a self-drying floor!&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>BATHS</strong></p> <p>Baths come in many different shapes, styles and materials, and consequently there are baths for every budget, style and need. Freestanding stone, composite and cast iron baths are at the high end of the price spectrum and offer substantial benefits compared to inset steel and acrylic tubs. Composites are warm to the touch and can be repaired easily, while cast iron baths arguably have the best heat retention properties.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><img alt="" src="https://www.cphart.co.uk/images/blog/bathroomplanning-3.jpg" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>BRASSWARE</strong></p> <p>Brassware is one of the the most important elements of any bathroom. As working parts with continuous water flowing through them, they need to be durable enough to withstand the wear and tear of daily use. Of all the elements that make up a <a href="http://www.cphart.co.uk/modern-bathrooms/">modern bathroom</a>, we recommend investing in quality brassware to ensure longevity. Most brassware is wall mounted which makes it much harder to fix. Therefore, paying more for brassware at the beginning will pay dividends later on.</p> <p>It’s also important to pick products that suit a property’s water pressure. Older Victorian properties for example, typically do not have suitable plumbing to give enough pressure for large overhead showers.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><img alt="" src="https://www.cphart.co.uk/images/blog/bathroomplanning-4.jpg" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>For assistance planning a bathroom, the C.P. Hart Design Service is still open for virtual consultations. From initial layout planning and 3D CAD renders to product and style advice, please call us on 03458 731 121 or email <a href="mailto:contactus@cphart.co.uk">contactus@cphart.co.uk</a>.</p> 0 Our award-winning design service https://www.cphart.co.ukhttps://www.cphart.co.uk/blog/our-award-winning-design-service/ https://www.cphart.co.ukhttps://www.cphart.co.uk/blog/our-award-winning-design-service/#comments Mon, 23 Mar 2020 00:00:00 GMT https://www.cphart.co.uk/blog/our-award-winning-design-service/ <p>At C.P. Hart, we offer a comprehensive professional design service. We have nine dedicated interior designers based in various locations across the business, with 2 having recently won prestigious national design awards; kbbreview Best Bathroom Design (£10,000-£25,000) for Rebecca Milnes of our <a href="https://www.cphart.co.uk/showrooms/primrose-hill/">Regent’s Park Road showroom</a>, and The Designer Magazine added Emma Scott from the <a href="https://www.cphart.co.uk/showrooms/manchester/">Manchester showroom </a>to ‘The Designer List 2020’ hailing all those in the design community that deserve to be recognised for their flair, originality and hard work.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Each of the professional interior designers at C.P. Hart are qualified to degree level before joining the team, and continue to receive ongoing product training throughout their C.P. Hart career. As part of their ongoing design education, they each visit design shows in the UK, France, Italy and Germany, where the latest trends are reported.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><img alt="" src="https://www.cphart.co.uk/images/blog/design-service-blog-1.jpg" style="height:650px; width:650px" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Depending on the level of design service you require, we offer two options; Premium and Deluxe. All product lines in the C.P. Hart portfolio are included within the design packages, including <a href="https://www.cphart.co.uk/bathroom-furniture/">furniture</a>, <a href="https://www.cphart.co.uk/toilets/">sanitaryware</a>, <a href="https://www.cphart.co.uk/taps/">brassware</a>, <a href="https://www.cphart.co.uk/tiles/">tiles</a>, <a href="https://www.cphart.co.uk/bathroom-accessories/bathroom-lighting/">lighting</a>, <a href="https://www.cphart.co.uk/heated-towel-rails/">heating</a>, <a href="https://www.cphart.co.uk/bathroom-accessories/">accessories</a>, <a href="https://www.cphart.co.uk/bespoke-saunas-and-showers/">home spa</a>, and wellness.&nbsp; We can also make recommendations on wallpapers and paints to complement the designed schemes.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>As part of the service, you will receive mood boards&nbsp;based around your brief, ideal colour scheme and materials as well as initial 2D CAD floorplans. 2D CAD elevations and 3D visuals will then be produced as the design comes to fruition and you are satisfied with the layout and selection of products.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><img alt="" src="https://www.cphart.co.uk/images/blog/design-service-blog-2.jpg" style="height:650px; width:650px" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Two members of staff oversee every design project; both a qualified designer and a sales associate, meaning that all aspects are thoroughly checked resulting in a smoother running project.&nbsp; We also liaise with suppliers and manufacturers on your behalf ensuring that delivery times are factored into the installation process.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Our knowledgeable team can offer help and assistance with choosing the best combination of products to suit your needs within the parameters of the room– sloped walls, low ceilings, water pressure … we will have a range of suitable products for you. With <a href="https://www.cphart.co.uk/showrooms/">15 showrooms across the UK</a>, visit your nearest to speak with an expert, or alternatively call us 03457 731 121.</p> <p>At C.P. Hart, we offer a comprehensive professional design service. We have nine dedicated interior designers based in various locations across the business, with 2 having recently won prestigious national design awards; kbbreview Best Bathroom Design (£10,000-£25,000) for Rebecca Milnes of our <a href="https://www.cphart.co.uk/showrooms/primrose-hill/">Regent’s Park Road showroom</a>, and The Designer Magazine added Emma Scott from the <a href="https://www.cphart.co.uk/showrooms/manchester/">Manchester showroom </a>to ‘The Designer List 2020’ hailing all those in the design community that deserve to be recognised for their flair, originality and hard work.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Each of the professional interior designers at C.P. Hart are qualified to degree level before joining the team, and continue to receive ongoing product training throughout their C.P. Hart career. As part of their ongoing design education, they each visit design shows in the UK, France, Italy and Germany, where the latest trends are reported.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><img alt="" src="https://www.cphart.co.uk/images/blog/design-service-blog-1.jpg" style="height:650px; width:650px" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Depending on the level of design service you require, we offer two options; Premium and Deluxe. All product lines in the C.P. Hart portfolio are included within the design packages, including <a href="https://www.cphart.co.uk/bathroom-furniture/">furniture</a>, <a href="https://www.cphart.co.uk/toilets/">sanitaryware</a>, <a href="https://www.cphart.co.uk/taps/">brassware</a>, <a href="https://www.cphart.co.uk/tiles/">tiles</a>, <a href="https://www.cphart.co.uk/bathroom-accessories/bathroom-lighting/">lighting</a>, <a href="https://www.cphart.co.uk/heated-towel-rails/">heating</a>, <a href="https://www.cphart.co.uk/bathroom-accessories/">accessories</a>, <a href="https://www.cphart.co.uk/bespoke-saunas-and-showers/">home spa</a>, and wellness.&nbsp; We can also make recommendations on wallpapers and paints to complement the designed schemes.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>As part of the service, you will receive mood boards&nbsp;based around your brief, ideal colour scheme and materials as well as initial 2D CAD floorplans. 2D CAD elevations and 3D visuals will then be produced as the design comes to fruition and you are satisfied with the layout and selection of products.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><img alt="" src="https://www.cphart.co.uk/images/blog/design-service-blog-2.jpg" style="height:650px; width:650px" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Two members of staff oversee every design project; both a qualified designer and a sales associate, meaning that all aspects are thoroughly checked resulting in a smoother running project.&nbsp; We also liaise with suppliers and manufacturers on your behalf ensuring that delivery times are factored into the installation process.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Our knowledgeable team can offer help and assistance with choosing the best combination of products to suit your needs within the parameters of the room– sloped walls, low ceilings, water pressure … we will have a range of suitable products for you. With <a href="https://www.cphart.co.uk/showrooms/">15 showrooms across the UK</a>, visit your nearest to speak with an expert, or alternatively call us 03457 731 121.</p> 0 Our Response to Coronavirus https://www.cphart.co.ukhttps://www.cphart.co.uk/blog/our-response-to-coronavirus/ https://www.cphart.co.ukhttps://www.cphart.co.uk/blog/our-response-to-coronavirus/#comments Weds, 18 Mar 2020 00:00:00 GMT https://www.cphart.co.uk/blog/our-response-to-coronavirus/ <p>Our showrooms are open, but we do encourage you to book an appointment to ensure that a sales consultant is available to answer any questions.</p> <p><br /> Appointments or virtual consultations can be booked using our |online form//DWAT|, or by emailing or telephoning your nearest <a href="https://www.cphart.co.uk/showrooms/">showroom.</a> Alternatively, if you have any questions, our Customer Services team is available to help - please call us on 0345 600 1950 or email <a href="mailto:contactus@cphart.co.uk">contactus@cphart.co.uk</a>.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Our priority is to ensure that your visit to our showroom is enjoyable and safe, for you and our colleagues. With these aims in mind, please read the following guidelines below; these are confirmed in a signed statement <a href="https://3991c41ee10a4c2a2d45-d5ee6f693f1118050ed931a11ebfbf52.ssl.cf3.rackcdn.com/staying-covid-19-secure-poster.pdf">here.</a>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <ul style="padding-left:10px;"> <li style="padding-bottom:10px">If you have COVID-19 symptoms, however mild, or are in a household where someone has symptoms, please do not leave home but instead call to re-arrange any appointment.</li> <li style="padding-bottom:10px">We request that you attend the appointment with no more than one other adult, either your trade professional adviser, or your partner. We regret that children will not be allowed into the showroom until Covid-related restrictions have been lifted.</li> <li style="padding-bottom:10px">Your sales or design consultant will meet you at the showroom entrance and will accompany you while you are in the showroom. Please wear a mask while in the showroom, and do ask our sales or design consultants to wear face masks too, if you would prefer them to.</li> <li style="padding-bottom:10px">When you arrive at the showroom, please wash your hands and dispose of the paper hand towel in the lidded bin provided or use our anti-viral sanitising gel.</li> <li style="padding-bottom:10px">We have installed Sanitising Stations throughout the showroom, with face coverings, anti-viral gels, anti-viral hand wipes and gloves. &nbsp;Please use whichever of these you need.</li> <li style="padding-bottom:10px">We will reserve two hours for your appointment. To minimise face-to-face contact, we will aim to finalise the details of your bathroom design and product preferences with you at this meeting, so follow up meetings can be online or by telephone meetings, if these are needed.</li> <li style="padding-bottom:10px">Please observe social distancing guidelines during your visit; and please wear a face mask.</li> <li style="padding-bottom:10px">We accept that first-hand inspection is the best way to properly experience a product’s quality. Please feel free to do so, but we respectfully request that if you touch any products you should please say which to your consultant; he/she will wipe them with anti-viral wipes so they are safe for our next customer.</li> <li style="padding-bottom:10px">We have set up safe presentation areas: <ul style="padding-left:30px"> <li>These are clearly marked by tape on the floor.&nbsp;</li> <li>At our clients’ discretion, Perspex screens are available for use in any presentation.</li> <li>In addition, you will have access to your own monitor. &nbsp;The consultant will use his/her laptop to show you any product information or images on your monitor. &nbsp;</li> </ul> </li> <li style="padding-bottom:10px">If you need to use the toilet during your visit, your consultant will lead you to the customer toilet. There are separate, sanitising guidelines in each toilet.</li> <li style="padding-bottom:10px">Any payment will be taken by contactless payment methods.</li> </ul> <p>Thank you for your co-operation; and we very much hope you have an enjoyable and constructive visit.</p> <p>Our showrooms are open, but we do encourage you to book an appointment to ensure that a sales consultant is available to answer any questions.</p> <p><br /> Appointments or virtual consultations can be booked using our |online form//DWAT|, or by emailing or telephoning your nearest <a href="https://www.cphart.co.uk/showrooms/">showroom.</a> Alternatively, if you have any questions, our Customer Services team is available to help - please call us on 0345 600 1950 or email <a href="mailto:contactus@cphart.co.uk">contactus@cphart.co.uk</a>.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Our priority is to ensure that your visit to our showroom is enjoyable and safe, for you and our colleagues. With these aims in mind, please read the following guidelines below; these are confirmed in a signed statement <a href="https://3991c41ee10a4c2a2d45-d5ee6f693f1118050ed931a11ebfbf52.ssl.cf3.rackcdn.com/staying-covid-19-secure-poster.pdf">here.</a>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <ul style="padding-left:10px;"> <li style="padding-bottom:10px">If you have COVID-19 symptoms, however mild, or are in a household where someone has symptoms, please do not leave home but instead call to re-arrange any appointment.</li> <li style="padding-bottom:10px">We request that you attend the appointment with no more than one other adult, either your trade professional adviser, or your partner. We regret that children will not be allowed into the showroom until Covid-related restrictions have been lifted.</li> <li style="padding-bottom:10px">Your sales or design consultant will meet you at the showroom entrance and will accompany you while you are in the showroom. Please wear a mask while in the showroom, and do ask our sales or design consultants to wear face masks too, if you would prefer them to.</li> <li style="padding-bottom:10px">When you arrive at the showroom, please wash your hands and dispose of the paper hand towel in the lidded bin provided or use our anti-viral sanitising gel.</li> <li style="padding-bottom:10px">We have installed Sanitising Stations throughout the showroom, with face coverings, anti-viral gels, anti-viral hand wipes and gloves. &nbsp;Please use whichever of these you need.</li> <li style="padding-bottom:10px">We will reserve two hours for your appointment. To minimise face-to-face contact, we will aim to finalise the details of your bathroom design and product preferences with you at this meeting, so follow up meetings can be online or by telephone meetings, if these are needed.</li> <li style="padding-bottom:10px">Please observe social distancing guidelines during your visit; and please wear a face mask.</li> <li style="padding-bottom:10px">We accept that first-hand inspection is the best way to properly experience a product’s quality. Please feel free to do so, but we respectfully request that if you touch any products you should please say which to your consultant; he/she will wipe them with anti-viral wipes so they are safe for our next customer.</li> <li style="padding-bottom:10px">We have set up safe presentation areas: <ul style="padding-left:30px"> <li>These are clearly marked by tape on the floor.&nbsp;</li> <li>At our clients’ discretion, Perspex screens are available for use in any presentation.</li> <li>In addition, you will have access to your own monitor. &nbsp;The consultant will use his/her laptop to show you any product information or images on your monitor. &nbsp;</li> </ul> </li> <li style="padding-bottom:10px">If you need to use the toilet during your visit, your consultant will lead you to the customer toilet. There are separate, sanitising guidelines in each toilet.</li> <li style="padding-bottom:10px">Any payment will be taken by contactless payment methods.</li> </ul> <p>Thank you for your co-operation; and we very much hope you have an enjoyable and constructive visit.</p> 0 Environmentally friendly bathrooms https://www.cphart.co.ukhttps://www.cphart.co.uk/blog/environmentally-friendly-bathrooms/ https://www.cphart.co.ukhttps://www.cphart.co.uk/blog/environmentally-friendly-bathrooms/#comments Tues, 11 Feb 2020 00:00:00 GMT https://www.cphart.co.uk/blog/environmentally-friendly-bathrooms/ <p>Modern design has to increasingly consider sustainability, not just because of the environmental impacts of the manufacturing processes and the materials used, but also the waste materials and the constant discarding for newer and more exciting designs – be that in fashion, interiors or products.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Leading interior designer, Peter Mikic, speaks openly about his desire to ensure his designs are sustainable. We have chatted with him about his new collection on display here at C.P. Hart to learn how they meet his discerning criteria.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><img alt="" src="https://www.cphart.co.uk/images/blog/peter-mikic-blog-1.jpg" style="height:650px; width:650px" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>‘Design isn’t perfect, nor should it be’, says Mikic. ‘In fact the real beauty comes from imperfection and knowing that it’s OK.’ His main objective when creating this room was to design products that would stand the test of time both in quality and in design terms – ensuring that they wouldn’t need to be replaced only a few years down the line. The mantra, ‘buy cheap buy twice’ could not be more appropriate here. While the elements within his collection will set you back a few pretty pennies, they are built to last. Using solid brass components in the shower screen, for instance, means they won’t rust or break.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The style of the room is mid-century Italian, offering a timeless space.&nbsp; It won’t date but would still look as fresh and current 10 years from now. The chandelier is vintage and sourced by Peter, while the wall sconces are from his own collection. You can visit his studio in Notting Hill by appointment only.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><img alt="" src="https://www.cphart.co.uk/images/blog/peter-mikic-blog-2.jpg" style="height:650px; width:650px" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Peter has chosen to use waste materials within the manufacture of the items in this collection, meaning that their very existence has reduced landfill. The hard wood flooring is of recycled shipping pallets from London’s shipping yards, and the tiles – a modern take on Terrazzo – are created from ceramic and porcelain off-cuts.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Even the bath has been manufactured from an eco-sustainable composite material and is recyclable. &nbsp;All the metal in the room has been left in a living finish, meaning it will patina over time.&nbsp; This ever-changing effect makes the room become more beautiful as it ages. &nbsp;This timeless, natural, interest with materials rather than colour ensures that the room by its very design is environmentally friendly; by using quality materials that won’t go out of style.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><img alt="" src="https://www.cphart.co.uk/images/blog/peter-mikic-blog-3.jpg" style="height:650px; width:650px" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>To find out more about our current sustainable collections, book an appointment at your <a href="https://www.cphart.co.uk/showrooms/">nearest showroom</a> to guarantee a consultation with one of our experts.</p> <p>Modern design has to increasingly consider sustainability, not just because of the environmental impacts of the manufacturing processes and the materials used, but also the waste materials and the constant discarding for newer and more exciting designs – be that in fashion, interiors or products.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Leading interior designer, Peter Mikic, speaks openly about his desire to ensure his designs are sustainable. We have chatted with him about his new collection on display here at C.P. Hart to learn how they meet his discerning criteria.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><img alt="" src="https://www.cphart.co.uk/images/blog/peter-mikic-blog-1.jpg" style="height:650px; width:650px" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>‘Design isn’t perfect, nor should it be’, says Mikic. ‘In fact the real beauty comes from imperfection and knowing that it’s OK.’ His main objective when creating this room was to design products that would stand the test of time both in quality and in design terms – ensuring that they wouldn’t need to be replaced only a few years down the line. The mantra, ‘buy cheap buy twice’ could not be more appropriate here. While the elements within his collection will set you back a few pretty pennies, they are built to last. Using solid brass components in the shower screen, for instance, means they won’t rust or break.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The style of the room is mid-century Italian, offering a timeless space.&nbsp; It won’t date but would still look as fresh and current 10 years from now. The chandelier is vintage and sourced by Peter, while the wall sconces are from his own collection. You can visit his studio in Notting Hill by appointment only.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><img alt="" src="https://www.cphart.co.uk/images/blog/peter-mikic-blog-2.jpg" style="height:650px; width:650px" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Peter has chosen to use waste materials within the manufacture of the items in this collection, meaning that their very existence has reduced landfill. The hard wood flooring is of recycled shipping pallets from London’s shipping yards, and the tiles – a modern take on Terrazzo – are created from ceramic and porcelain off-cuts.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Even the bath has been manufactured from an eco-sustainable composite material and is recyclable. &nbsp;All the metal in the room has been left in a living finish, meaning it will patina over time.&nbsp; This ever-changing effect makes the room become more beautiful as it ages. &nbsp;This timeless, natural, interest with materials rather than colour ensures that the room by its very design is environmentally friendly; by using quality materials that won’t go out of style.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><img alt="" src="https://www.cphart.co.uk/images/blog/peter-mikic-blog-3.jpg" style="height:650px; width:650px" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>To find out more about our current sustainable collections, book an appointment at your <a href="https://www.cphart.co.uk/showrooms/">nearest showroom</a> to guarantee a consultation with one of our experts.</p> 0 C.P. Hart Shortlisted For National Design Awards https://www.cphart.co.ukhttps://www.cphart.co.uk/blog/cp-hart-shortlisted-for-national-design-awards/ https://www.cphart.co.ukhttps://www.cphart.co.uk/blog/cp-hart-shortlisted-for-national-design-awards/#comments Thurs, 09 Jan 2020 00:00:00 GMT https://www.cphart.co.uk/blog/cp-hart-shortlisted-for-national-design-awards/ <p>One of C.P. Hart’s designers has been shortlisted for a prestigious National Design Award, with the event to be held at the Hilton Metropole in March this year.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><img alt="" src="https://www.cphart.co.uk/images/blog/nationaldesignaward5.jpg" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Rebecca Milnes of C.P. Hart’s <a href="https://www.cphart.co.uk/showrooms/primrose-hill/">Regent’s Park Road showroom</a> has been shortlisted as a finalist in the ‘Bathroom Designer of the Year – Project Cost £10,000 - £25,000’ category for the kbbreview Retail &amp; Design Awards 2020.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><img alt="" src="https://www.cphart.co.uk/images/blog/nationaldesignaward6.jpg" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>All the shortlisted designers in each category are invited to a presentation in central London at the end of January to present their design, including the client’s specifications and the reasons why they came to their final design. Rebecca will present her original design, created using a CAD programme, as well as images of the final project and will then take part in a Q&amp;A session from major designers in the home interiors industry – good luck Rebecca!</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="https://www.cphart.co.uk/winchester-freestanding-bath/"><img alt="" src="https://www.cphart.co.uk/images/blog/nationaldesignaward4.jpg" /></a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Rebecca’s design, whether successful in winning the ultimate prize or not, will be filmed and the images will be displayed at the awards presentation evening in March in front of the entire industry; so it’s a huge achievement to even be shortlisted. Everyone at C.P. Hart is very proud of Rebecca and we all wish her the best of luck with the presentation and the judging too.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="https://www.cphart.co.uk/duravit-luv-washbowl-600mm/"><img alt="" src="https://www.cphart.co.uk/images/blog/nationaldesignaward2.jpg" /></a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Also shortlisted from C.P. Hart is the <a href="https://www.cphart.co.uk/showrooms/manchester/">Manchester showroom</a>, for Bathroom Customer Service of the Year Award! Good luck to all the staff in the <a href="https://www.cphart.co.uk/showrooms/manchester/">Manchester showroom</a>, and well done for being recognised for your continued and excellent customer service!</p> <p>One of C.P. Hart’s designers has been shortlisted for a prestigious National Design Award, with the event to be held at the Hilton Metropole in March this year.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><img alt="" src="https://www.cphart.co.uk/images/blog/nationaldesignaward5.jpg" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Rebecca Milnes of C.P. Hart’s <a href="https://www.cphart.co.uk/showrooms/primrose-hill/">Regent’s Park Road showroom</a> has been shortlisted as a finalist in the ‘Bathroom Designer of the Year – Project Cost £10,000 - £25,000’ category for the kbbreview Retail &amp; Design Awards 2020.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><img alt="" src="https://www.cphart.co.uk/images/blog/nationaldesignaward6.jpg" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>All the shortlisted designers in each category are invited to a presentation in central London at the end of January to present their design, including the client’s specifications and the reasons why they came to their final design. Rebecca will present her original design, created using a CAD programme, as well as images of the final project and will then take part in a Q&amp;A session from major designers in the home interiors industry – good luck Rebecca!</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="https://www.cphart.co.uk/winchester-freestanding-bath/"><img alt="" src="https://www.cphart.co.uk/images/blog/nationaldesignaward4.jpg" /></a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Rebecca’s design, whether successful in winning the ultimate prize or not, will be filmed and the images will be displayed at the awards presentation evening in March in front of the entire industry; so it’s a huge achievement to even be shortlisted. Everyone at C.P. Hart is very proud of Rebecca and we all wish her the best of luck with the presentation and the judging too.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="https://www.cphart.co.uk/duravit-luv-washbowl-600mm/"><img alt="" src="https://www.cphart.co.uk/images/blog/nationaldesignaward2.jpg" /></a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Also shortlisted from C.P. Hart is the <a href="https://www.cphart.co.uk/showrooms/manchester/">Manchester showroom</a>, for Bathroom Customer Service of the Year Award! Good luck to all the staff in the <a href="https://www.cphart.co.uk/showrooms/manchester/">Manchester showroom</a>, and well done for being recognised for your continued and excellent customer service!</p> 0 Cielo Design Centre https://www.cphart.co.ukhttps://www.cphart.co.uk/cielo-design-centre/ https://www.cphart.co.ukhttps://www.cphart.co.uk/cielo-design-centre/#comments Weds, 27 Nov 2019 00:00:00 GMT https://www.cphart.co.uk/cielo-design-centre/ <p>December 1st will see the opening of a dedicated, exclusive and one of a kind Cielo design centre within the C.P. Hart flagship Waterloo showroom.&nbsp;The &lsquo;showroom within a showroom&rsquo; concept is the first of its kind in the UK and second globally only to the Cielo design centre in lower Manhattan, New York.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Opening in time for Advent in the UK&rsquo;s largest premium bathroom showroom, the design centre will showcase a colourful new range by Italian artisan ceramic and bath manufacturer, Cielo. The design centre will become a destination for anyone wanting to purchase or specify Cielo in upcoming projects. Interior Designers can meet clients within the Waterloo showroom to show them at first hand the inspirational palette of exclusive baths and basins, a rainbow selection in 16 colours.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><img alt="" src="https://www.cphart.co.uk/images/blog/CIELODESIGNCENTRE-1.jpg" style="height:650px; width:650px" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Cielo is steeped in contemporary design heritage. Based in the heart of Italy, the founder and master craftsman, Antonio Coramusi, first began producing sanitary ware in the early 1900s. But from these humble beginnings, Cielo now creates exclusive collections of sanitary ware, washbasins, shower trays, baths, toilets and urinals revolutionising the bathroom experience with unprecedented shapes, sizes, thicknesses, surfaces and colours.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>To quote Alessio Coramusi, Cielo CEO, &ldquo;I wanted to rediscover and pay tribute to our roots. Our company is what I call a real laboratory of ceramics.&nbsp; The production is characterised by a sartorial approach and a strong link with the values of craftsmanship.&nbsp; Through constant stylistic research and an innovative approach to the choice of materials and shapes, we place the quality of our product and design at the centre of our research&rdquo;.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The Cielo design centre in Waterloo covers nearly 750 square feet, exclusively. &nbsp;It features 5 key room sets and 2 cameos, plus a central basin pedestal display. &nbsp;Each of the following different designs within the Cielo collection will be on display:</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><img alt="" src="https://www.cphart.co.uk/images/blog/CIELODESIGNCENTRE-2.jpg" style="height:650px; width:650px" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>I Catini &ndash; designed by Andrea Parisio &amp; Giuseppe Pezzano</strong></p> <p>The I Catini collection features the Catino Tondo (round), Ovale, Doppio (double) and Recttangolare basin systems that create a unique and signature look in a stylish contemporary bathroom setting. &nbsp;Each basin shape gives the opportunity of combining a simple structured steel stand in 3 finishes with a choice of 16 coloured matt ceramic basins and the added advantage of a marble shelf or storage drawer.&nbsp;&nbsp; The collection can be completed with a selection of accessories, mirrors and mirror cabinets.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Narciso &ndash; designed by Andrea Parisio &amp; Giuseppe Pezzano</strong></p> <p>Narciso brings the dressing room into the bathroom.&nbsp; The large vanity basin console has an innovative &ldquo;beauty&rdquo; case with a convenient mirror in the lid and plenty of storage, ideal for makeup.&nbsp; The new Doppio (double) and mini version can be enriched with a full range of accessories including a side mounted towel rail, leather laundry bag and drawer combinations.&nbsp; The steel frame is available in 3 finishes to compliment the 16 colours of matt ceramic basins.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Elle &ndash; designed by Andrea Parisio &amp; Giuseppe Pezzano</strong></p> <p>Available with Tondo (round) or ovale shaped bowls, Elle has a classical linear style that expresses the innovation and craftmanship of Italian made ceramics.&nbsp; The basin appears suspended and features a practical splashback, available in 16 matt ceramic colours framed in a metal structure in 3 finishes including popular matt black.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Siwa &ndash; designed by Andrea Parisio &amp; Giuseppe Pezzano</strong></p> <p>Siwa is a majestically refined basin console that offers a unique balance of mirrors with structured storage.&nbsp; The washbasin is available in 16 matt ceramic colours that gives a striking combination with the 4 wood finishes for the stand.&nbsp; The stand can have a simple shelf or storage drawer.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><img alt="" src="https://www.cphart.co.uk/images/blog/CIELODESIGNCENTRE-3.jpg" style="height:650px; width:650px" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Plinio &ndash; designed by Andrea Parisio &amp; Giuseppe Pezzano</strong></p> <p>When it comes to an extra-large basin, Plinio delivers generous functionality with finesse.&nbsp;&nbsp; The soft lip around the ceramic basin, available in 16 matt colours, adds balance and harmony whilst appearing to float, almost on stilts.&nbsp; The wooden stand offers customised storage including natural leather baskets and matt lacquered drawers.&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Delfo &ndash; designed by Andrea Parisio &amp; Giuseppe Pezzano</strong></p> <p>Delfo makes a powerful statement with both ceramic and wood. The ceramic washbasin sits on an oval shaped ceramic tray, both available in all 16 matt colour finishes.&nbsp; The wall hung cabinets feature either a classic smooth front or an elegant ribbed design in 5 light to dark finishes, including Eucalyptus.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Multiplo &ndash; designed by Andrea Parisio &amp; Giuseppe Pezzano</strong></p> <p>Multiplicity is what makes Mutiplo such a dynamic and versatile collection.&nbsp; It can start with a simple design of a ceramic top combined with a variety of ceramic basins, to a more complex solution with a mixture of open and closed storage.&nbsp; The design possibilities are infinite.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>La Bacinella &ndash; designed by Andrea Parisio &amp; Giuseppe Pezzano</strong></p> <p>La Bacinella is about deep, shallow or spacious bowls in captivating shapes.&nbsp; Within the collection there is the curvaceous Tina and Tino bowls, the open shallow depth Eco, the practical design of an integrated tap ledge with the Handy bowl and the latest minimal design Era.&nbsp;&nbsp; All the bowls are available in the 16 matt ceramic finishes to complement any contrasting or matching surfaces.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><img alt="" src="https://www.cphart.co.uk/images/blog/CIELODESIGNCENTRE-4.jpg" style="height:650px; width:650px" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Pop along to see the collection, book an appointment with a designer at C.P. Hart Waterloo and enjoy the shapes and colours on offer &ndash; a different colour for each bathroom, downstairs loo and en-suite in your home!</p> <p>December 1st will see the opening of a dedicated, exclusive and one of a kind Cielo design centre within the C.P. Hart flagship Waterloo showroom.&nbsp;The &lsquo;showroom within a showroom&rsquo; concept is the first of its kind in the UK and second globally only to the Cielo design centre in lower Manhattan, New York.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Opening in time for Advent in the UK&rsquo;s largest premium bathroom showroom, the design centre will showcase a colourful new range by Italian artisan ceramic and bath manufacturer, Cielo. The design centre will become a destination for anyone wanting to purchase or specify Cielo in upcoming projects. Interior Designers can meet clients within the Waterloo showroom to show them at first hand the inspirational palette of exclusive baths and basins, a rainbow selection in 16 colours.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><img alt="" src="https://www.cphart.co.uk/images/blog/CIELODESIGNCENTRE-1.jpg" style="height:650px; width:650px" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Cielo is steeped in contemporary design heritage. Based in the heart of Italy, the founder and master craftsman, Antonio Coramusi, first began producing sanitary ware in the early 1900s. But from these humble beginnings, Cielo now creates exclusive collections of sanitary ware, washbasins, shower trays, baths, toilets and urinals revolutionising the bathroom experience with unprecedented shapes, sizes, thicknesses, surfaces and colours.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>To quote Alessio Coramusi, Cielo CEO, &ldquo;I wanted to rediscover and pay tribute to our roots. Our company is what I call a real laboratory of ceramics.&nbsp; The production is characterised by a sartorial approach and a strong link with the values of craftsmanship.&nbsp; Through constant stylistic research and an innovative approach to the choice of materials and shapes, we place the quality of our product and design at the centre of our research&rdquo;.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The Cielo design centre in Waterloo covers nearly 750 square feet, exclusively. &nbsp;It features 5 key room sets and 2 cameos, plus a central basin pedestal display. &nbsp;Each of the following different designs within the Cielo collection will be on display:</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><img alt="" src="https://www.cphart.co.uk/images/blog/CIELODESIGNCENTRE-2.jpg" style="height:650px; width:650px" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>I Catini &ndash; designed by Andrea Parisio &amp; Giuseppe Pezzano</strong></p> <p>The I Catini collection features the Catino Tondo (round), Ovale, Doppio (double) and Recttangolare basin systems that create a unique and signature look in a stylish contemporary bathroom setting. &nbsp;Each basin shape gives the opportunity of combining a simple structured steel stand in 3 finishes with a choice of 16 coloured matt ceramic basins and the added advantage of a marble shelf or storage drawer.&nbsp;&nbsp; The collection can be completed with a selection of accessories, mirrors and mirror cabinets.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Narciso &ndash; designed by Andrea Parisio &amp; Giuseppe Pezzano</strong></p> <p>Narciso brings the dressing room into the bathroom.&nbsp; The large vanity basin console has an innovative &ldquo;beauty&rdquo; case with a convenient mirror in the lid and plenty of storage, ideal for makeup.&nbsp; The new Doppio (double) and mini version can be enriched with a full range of accessories including a side mounted towel rail, leather laundry bag and drawer combinations.&nbsp; The steel frame is available in 3 finishes to compliment the 16 colours of matt ceramic basins.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Elle &ndash; designed by Andrea Parisio &amp; Giuseppe Pezzano</strong></p> <p>Available with Tondo (round) or ovale shaped bowls, Elle has a classical linear style that expresses the innovation and craftmanship of Italian made ceramics.&nbsp; The basin appears suspended and features a practical splashback, available in 16 matt ceramic colours framed in a metal structure in 3 finishes including popular matt black.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Siwa &ndash; designed by Andrea Parisio &amp; Giuseppe Pezzano</strong></p> <p>Siwa is a majestically refined basin console that offers a unique balance of mirrors with structured storage.&nbsp; The washbasin is available in 16 matt ceramic colours that gives a striking combination with the 4 wood finishes for the stand.&nbsp; The stand can have a simple shelf or storage drawer.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><img alt="" src="https://www.cphart.co.uk/images/blog/CIELODESIGNCENTRE-3.jpg" style="height:650px; width:650px" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Plinio &ndash; designed by Andrea Parisio &amp; Giuseppe Pezzano</strong></p> <p>When it comes to an extra-large basin, Plinio delivers generous functionality with finesse.&nbsp;&nbsp; The soft lip around the ceramic basin, available in 16 matt colours, adds balance and harmony whilst appearing to float, almost on stilts.&nbsp; The wooden stand offers customised storage including natural leather baskets and matt lacquered drawers.&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Delfo &ndash; designed by Andrea Parisio &amp; Giuseppe Pezzano</strong></p> <p>Delfo makes a powerful statement with both ceramic and wood. The ceramic washbasin sits on an oval shaped ceramic tray, both available in all 16 matt colour finishes.&nbsp; The wall hung cabinets feature either a classic smooth front or an elegant ribbed design in 5 light to dark finishes, including Eucalyptus.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Multiplo &ndash; designed by Andrea Parisio &amp; Giuseppe Pezzano</strong></p> <p>Multiplicity is what makes Mutiplo such a dynamic and versatile collection.&nbsp; It can start with a simple design of a ceramic top combined with a variety of ceramic basins, to a more complex solution with a mixture of open and closed storage.&nbsp; The design possibilities are infinite.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>La Bacinella &ndash; designed by Andrea Parisio &amp; Giuseppe Pezzano</strong></p> <p>La Bacinella is about deep, shallow or spacious bowls in captivating shapes.&nbsp; Within the collection there is the curvaceous Tina and Tino bowls, the open shallow depth Eco, the practical design of an integrated tap ledge with the Handy bowl and the latest minimal design Era.&nbsp;&nbsp; All the bowls are available in the 16 matt ceramic finishes to complement any contrasting or matching surfaces.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><img alt="" src="https://www.cphart.co.uk/images/blog/CIELODESIGNCENTRE-4.jpg" style="height:650px; width:650px" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Pop along to see the collection, book an appointment with a designer at C.P. Hart Waterloo and enjoy the shapes and colours on offer &ndash; a different colour for each bathroom, downstairs loo and en-suite in your home!</p> 0 AXOR Edge https://www.cphart.co.ukhttps://www.cphart.co.uk/axor-edge/ https://www.cphart.co.ukhttps://www.cphart.co.uk/axor-edge/#comments Weds, 18 Sept 2019 00:00:00 GMT https://www.cphart.co.uk/axor-edge/ <p>13 years after the first collection with French designer Jean-Marie Massaud, <a href="https://www.cphart.co.uk/axor/">AXOR</a> introduces Edge; a striking symbiosis of geometrical form and precision manufacturing. Introducing a new ultraprecise manufacturing process ordinarily reserved for diamond milling and space construction, the collection transcends boundaries in aesthetics and technology. Asymmetrically combined cubes set smooth polished surfaces against intricate texture to yield a design that is both strong yet delicate.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><img alt="" src="https://www.cphart.co.uk/images/blog/AXOR-EDGE-1.jpg" style="height:650px; width:650px" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The collection is defined by avant-garde expression, celebrating the interplay of perfectly proportioned plains and edges. Partially enriched with a fine texture, the three-dimensional mixer offers a more tactile experience with water. Every element of the mixer, including the handle and the spout, has perfect 45&deg; chamfers. Ordinarily recognised in the field of construction as a safety measure, here the chamfers pay testament to the small architectural details and overall virtuosity of design.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><img alt="" src="https://www.cphart.co.uk/images/blog/AXOR-EDGE-3.jpg" style="height:650px; width:650px" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Especially developed for the production of Edge, a state-of-the-art diamond-cutting machine was made to ensure accurate planes and contours. The diamond-tipped tool, which is more commonly seen in the space and laser industries, is used here to mill the chamfers with the same high base quality required for diamond milling. With high speeds of 60,000 revolutions per minute and hyper-controlled temperatures, allowing a variation of barely 0.1 degree, the result creates tolerances that are 600 times finer than conventional methods of milling brass. &nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><img alt="" src="https://www.cphart.co.uk/images/blog/AXOR-EDGE-5.jpg" style="height:435px; width:650px" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Jean-Marie Massaud comments: &ldquo;In my collaboration with <a href="https://www.cphart.co.uk/axor/">AXOR</a>, we always seek to provide a better user experience. With <a href="https://www.cphart.co.uk/axor/">AXOR</a> Edge, we have answered the demand for refinement and uniqueness. More than a mixer, each product in the collection is a jewel, a masterpiece, a unique architectural object drilled from a brass block and then dressed with personal finishes. A real functional piece of art that shares your intimacy for life - that&rsquo;s my understanding of luxury&rdquo;.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><img alt="" src="https://www.cphart.co.uk/images/blog/AXOR-EDGE-2.jpg" style="height:650px; width:650px" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="https://www.cphart.co.uk/axor/">AXOR</a> Edge is available for the washbasin, bath, bidet and with shower thermostat modules. Manufactured in the vacuum chambers of the <a href="https://www.cphart.co.uk/axor/">AXOR</a> production plant, Edge is available in five polished <a href="https://www.cphart.co.uk/axor/">AXOR</a> FinishPlus surface colours, from Polished Brass to Polished Black Chrome.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><img alt="" src="https://www.cphart.co.uk/images/blog/AXOR-EDGE-4.jpg" style="height:650px; width:650px" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>13 years after the first collection with French designer Jean-Marie Massaud, <a href="https://www.cphart.co.uk/axor/">AXOR</a> introduces Edge; a striking symbiosis of geometrical form and precision manufacturing. Introducing a new ultraprecise manufacturing process ordinarily reserved for diamond milling and space construction, the collection transcends boundaries in aesthetics and technology. Asymmetrically combined cubes set smooth polished surfaces against intricate texture to yield a design that is both strong yet delicate.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><img alt="" src="https://www.cphart.co.uk/images/blog/AXOR-EDGE-1.jpg" style="height:650px; width:650px" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The collection is defined by avant-garde expression, celebrating the interplay of perfectly proportioned plains and edges. Partially enriched with a fine texture, the three-dimensional mixer offers a more tactile experience with water. Every element of the mixer, including the handle and the spout, has perfect 45&deg; chamfers. Ordinarily recognised in the field of construction as a safety measure, here the chamfers pay testament to the small architectural details and overall virtuosity of design.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><img alt="" src="https://www.cphart.co.uk/images/blog/AXOR-EDGE-3.jpg" style="height:650px; width:650px" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Especially developed for the production of Edge, a state-of-the-art diamond-cutting machine was made to ensure accurate planes and contours. The diamond-tipped tool, which is more commonly seen in the space and laser industries, is used here to mill the chamfers with the same high base quality required for diamond milling. With high speeds of 60,000 revolutions per minute and hyper-controlled temperatures, allowing a variation of barely 0.1 degree, the result creates tolerances that are 600 times finer than conventional methods of milling brass. &nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><img alt="" src="https://www.cphart.co.uk/images/blog/AXOR-EDGE-5.jpg" style="height:435px; width:650px" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Jean-Marie Massaud comments: &ldquo;In my collaboration with <a href="https://www.cphart.co.uk/axor/">AXOR</a>, we always seek to provide a better user experience. With <a href="https://www.cphart.co.uk/axor/">AXOR</a> Edge, we have answered the demand for refinement and uniqueness. More than a mixer, each product in the collection is a jewel, a masterpiece, a unique architectural object drilled from a brass block and then dressed with personal finishes. A real functional piece of art that shares your intimacy for life - that&rsquo;s my understanding of luxury&rdquo;.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><img alt="" src="https://www.cphart.co.uk/images/blog/AXOR-EDGE-2.jpg" style="height:650px; width:650px" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="https://www.cphart.co.uk/axor/">AXOR</a> Edge is available for the washbasin, bath, bidet and with shower thermostat modules. Manufactured in the vacuum chambers of the <a href="https://www.cphart.co.uk/axor/">AXOR</a> production plant, Edge is available in five polished <a href="https://www.cphart.co.uk/axor/">AXOR</a> FinishPlus surface colours, from Polished Brass to Polished Black Chrome.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><img alt="" src="https://www.cphart.co.uk/images/blog/AXOR-EDGE-4.jpg" style="height:650px; width:650px" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> 0 A Guide To Buying A Freestanding Bath https://www.cphart.co.ukhttps://www.cphart.co.uk/a-guide-to-buying-a-freestanding-bath/ https://www.cphart.co.ukhttps://www.cphart.co.uk/a-guide-to-buying-a-freestanding-bath/#comments Thurs, 29 Aug 2019 00:00:00 GMT https://www.cphart.co.uk/a-guide-to-buying-a-freestanding-bath/ <p>There is something incredibly elegant and stylish about freestanding baths. They bring a feeling of luxury to the home and can serve as a stunning focal point for your bathroom, turning it into a peaceful spa-like sanctuary.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><img alt="" src="https://www.cphart.co.uk/images/Copy%20of%20Woodland%20Gardens-2v2%20%20.jpg" style="height:433px; width:650px" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>All models are based on the same principle: they are self-contained and independent from all other bathroom elements, such as wall panels. This opens up a plethora of possible ways they can be cleverly incorporated into your space. However, with so many different freestanding baths available, the task of finding the perfect one can be a bit overwhelming. You might be confused regarding the optimal bath size, materials or the type of design you should go for.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Luckily, shopping for a freestanding bath doesn’t have to be a daunting task. To make your life easier, we’ve answered the most frequently asked questions from our customers to create an ultimate buying guide for freestanding baths.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Although freestanding baths look stunning, they may not necessarily be the best choice for every bathroom. Before making a purchase, here are a few pros and cons to bear in mind:</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Pros:</strong></p> <ul> <li>Unique and sophisticated look</li> <li>Various models available on the market</li> <li>Freedom to get creative when organising your bathroom</li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>When it comes to installation, freestanding baths are simpler to install compared to built-in baths. However, they can also be a bit heavier and consume more space, which is why it’s advisable to think about the functionality and where it would be best to place them. Due to their weight, it’s always a good idea to reinforce the supporting floor. We could strongly recommend seeking the help of one of our <a href="https://www.cphart.co.uk/installation-service/">recommended installers</a> when opting for freestanding bath, so that you’re positive everything is in accordance with the safety standards.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><img alt="" src="https://www.cphart.co.uk/images/Copy%20of%20Copy%20of%20Fairs-5%20.jpg" style="height:433px; width:650px" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Another advantage of freestanding baths is the variety of styles and designs you can choose from. Various combinations of shapes, sizes, materials and colours ensure you achieve the exact feel you want in your space. You can also break the conventional layout for bathrooms and upgrade it into a serene, luxury haven, perfect for unwinding.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Cons:</strong></p> <ul> <li>Can be more costly than inset baths</li> <li>Limitations regarding where the bath can be placed in your bathroom</li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Within our product range, you can find models at around the £1,000 mark (for the <a href="https://www.cphart.co.uk/rolltop-freestanding-bath/">C.P. Hart&nbsp;Roll Top bath</a>, a classy, quintessential Victorian cast iron bath) and up to £13,800 (for exclusive <a href="https://www.cphart.co.uk/aquamass-modulo-biblio-freestanding-bath/">Aquamass’ Modulo Biblio Freestanding Bath</a>, perfect for luxurious, minimalist and contemporary bathrooms).</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Before deciding, you should really think about this purchase as an investment. Unlike other bathroom elements that tend to be replaced more frequently (e.g. mirrors, decorations, bathroom cabinets and tiles), baths are more of a long-term fixture. This is why it’s wise to put everything on paper and assess whether allocating a bit more of your budget to this purchase could be wise.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Another disadvantage comes down to your space limitations. Frequently, we get asked the following question:<br /> <br /> &nbsp;</p> <p><strong><em>Can I put a freestanding bath in every bathroom?</em></strong></p> <p><br /> Unfortunately, freestanding baths cannot be fitted in every bathroom due to space limitations. However, you shouldn’t disregard the potential your bathroom has. Although we’re used to seeing freestanding baths in the centre of spacious bathrooms, they can also be incorporated in modestly sized bathrooms as well. You don’t need to sacrifice your design vision. Here’s a selection of some of the most <a href="https://www.cphart.co.uk/space-saving-baths/">beautiful space-saving baths</a> for you, so that you can enjoy some pampering time whatever your bathroom dimensions.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong><em>How big should my freestanding bath be?</em></strong><br /> <br /> In order to determine the perfect size of your freestanding bath, you should firstly calculate the amount of space you’re working with. The dimensions are usually standardised, and the models are grouped into three categories:</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <ul> <li>Small freestanding baths (length: 55 inches, width: 27 inches, depth: 15 inches)</li> <li>Standard freestanding baths (length: 60 inches, width: 30 inches, depth: 19 inches)</li> <li>Large freestanding baths (length: 72 inches, width: 32 inches, depth: 20 inches)</li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Keep in mind that, depending on the chosen design, baths might take up extra space. Also, a common mistake people tend to make is that they only measure the place where they intend to put the bath, but they forget about the additional space plumbing will consume. You need to think about the functionality of your space, not just the aesthetics.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Measure your available space multiple times and think about other possible issues, such as the size of the bath exceeding your door frame, as your bath will need to make it through the bathroom door! Planning these things through will prevent unpleasant surprises such as additional costs.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><img alt="" src="https://www.cphart.co.uk/images/Waterloo%20July%202019-1%20.jpg" style="height:490px; width:650px" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Please do not be put off by all the practical considerations when purchasing a new bath, we offer a <a href="https://www.cphart.co.uk/retail-design-service/">full design and installation service,</a> where we can work with you to answer all these looming questions.<br /> <br /> &nbsp;</p> <p><strong><em>What materials are freestanding baths made from?</em></strong><br /> <br /> Freestanding baths come in many different materials and they differ in appearance, quality, durability and maintenance requirements. It’s good to get to know what each material offers before deciding on the model.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Acrylic</strong></p> <p>Acrylic freestanding baths are very popular today and they come in both traditional and contemporary designs. They are significantly lighter than baths made of other materials such as stone resin or cast iron, which makes them simpler to move and place. Acrylic is non-porous and of solid durability, although it is prone to warping. With consistent use over the time, the stability of the material gets weaker, which may result in crinkles and bumps at the bottom of your bath. However, these small issues can be easily fixed.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Cast iron</strong></p> <p>Cast-iron freestanding baths are the most durable and the heaviest on the market and require a reinforced flooring surface. They are produced in a traditional way: molten iron is poured into a mould, smoothed and covered with a coat of protective porcelain enamel. This makes the surface resistant to scratches and very easy to clean (we recommend a soft cloth and gentle cleanser). Compared to acrylic, cast-iron freestanding baths are more efficient at retaining heat, which makes them the perfect choice for those who love to indulge themselves with a long soak.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Natural stone, cast stone and stone resin</strong></p> <p>If you’re aiming for a more natural-looking interior and want to bring organic materials to your bathroom, natural stone freestanding baths are the perfect choice. They are usually made of granite, marble and travertine, factory-processed and sealed to prevent leakage.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>In addition to natural stone freestanding baths, you can also opt for cast stone models which mimic the appearance of natural stones. These are made by mixing natural stone, cement and pigments. Since the material is completely man made, you can choose between many different styles and colours.</p> <p>Keep in mind, though, that cast stone is less durable compared to the natural stone. On the other hand, stone resin baths are aesthetically pleasing, have a reputation of being extremely durable, but they are also a bit more expensive.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Copper</strong></p> <p>Similar to cast iron, copper freestanding baths are great at retaining heat, allowing you to prolong your relaxing soak. In addition to other benefits, copper is considered to be one of the healthiest materials out there, given the fact it is naturally resistant to mold and bacteria. What’s more, copper freestanding baths come in many different styles and can add a sense of regal luxury to your bathroom.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Stainless steel</strong></p> <p>Stainless steel freestanding baths are typically reserved for more contemporary designs that imply clean, crisp lines and wonderfully crafted edges that fit into minimalist interiors. They have a solid construction and can be coated with enamel. The steel is usually effortless to clean and requires little maintenance. At first, the surface is a bit cold to touch, but once you fill it with warm water, it maintains the temperature for quite a while. &nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong><em>How to choose freestanding bath style?</em></strong></p> <p>Before you choose your freestanding bath, there are several things to bear in mind:</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <ul> <li>Budget</li> <li>The amount of space you have</li> <li>The construction and strength of your floor</li> <li>The purpose of your freestanding bath (for example, if you intend to use it for long soaks, you need a material that retains heat, and a model that has solid depth and optimal dimensions, so you don’t feel uncomfortable)</li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>With dozens of stunning designs available, you can tick everything you need off your list. However, it can be very hard to decide on your freestanding bath style. To help you make the right choice, we have grouped all the freestanding baths into three style categories:</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Classic</strong></p> <p>If you want to bring a timeless appeal to your bathroom, classic freestanding baths are the best choice for you. A classic feel is usually incorporated through the overall design and shape, while using different materials and colours can bring a modern twist to the style. Take our <a href="https://www.cphart.co.uk/lincoln-freestanding-bath/">Lincoln Freestanding Bath</a>, for example – its scratch-resistant enamel can be complemented by any external colour. Double-ended, single slipper and double slipper designs should also be considered, if you opt for a classic style.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Contemporary</strong></p> <p>Perhaps you want a design that’s modern, sleek and elegant? If so, consider a more <a href="https://www.cphart.co.uk/baths/freestanding-baths/?style=contemporary">contemporary style</a> freestanding bath. These models are usually oval shaped and often have thin edges, giving them a modern and minimalist aesthetic. Contemporary freestanding baths can serve as chic statement pieces within a range of bathroom styles.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Cutting edge</strong></p> <p>If you decide to invest in a freestanding bath that’s bordering on a piece of art, you might want to check out some of our cutting-edge models. These high-end designer pieces are original, luxurious and can bring a sense of theatre to your space. To understand this style better, check out this <a href="https://www.cphart.co.uk/bette-lux-oval-couture-freestanding-bath/">Bette Lux Oval Couture Freestanding Bath </a>, crafted from enamelled titanium steel and resistant, waterproof materials, or this magnificent table-like <a href="https://www.cphart.co.uk/bisazza-organico-freestanding-bath/">Bisazza Organico Freestanding Bath</a> with corresponding accessories.<br /> <br /> &nbsp;</p> <p><strong><em>Which bath tap to choose?</em></strong><br /> <br /> Of course, once you’ve chosen your freestanding bath, you need to pick a bath mixer that will complement the style you aim for. When it comes to taps, you can opt for either floor-mounted bath taps or a wall-mounted tap.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Wall-mounted taps are installed through the bathroom wall, which might bring an additional burden on your budget as it will probably require extra work around your plumbing. Alternatively, floor-mounted taps are installed to the side of your bath or directly from the floor.</p> <p><img alt="" src="https://www.cphart.co.uk/images/Waterloo%20July%202019-7%20(2).jpg" style="height:724px; width:650px" /></p> <p>Bath taps are either:</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <ul> <li>Single handled (water temperature and flow are controlled by one handle)</li> <li>Double handled (water temperature and flow are controlled by two handles)</li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Ultimately, the mixer that you choose will largely depend on the position of your freestanding bath and the way that your plumbing is laid out.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>As for the <a href="https://www.cphart.co.uk/taps-shower-controls/bath/">style of tap</a>, you need to take into consideration the feel you’re trying to create within your bathroom. Telephone-like taps date from the 1950s and they can bring a retro feeling to your space. English and Victorian-style taps are equally classy, while the modern styles are typically more compact and uncomplicated in their design. Bronze, chrome and nickel are the most commonly used materials. It’s always advisable to test out the different styles of taps and to see them first-hand in order to make your decision, find your local showroom <a href="https://www.cphart.co.uk/showrooms/">here</a>.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><img alt="" src="https://www.cphart.co.uk/images/WINC_BathSetA_chrome_pinkGround_winchester.jpg" style="height:650px; width:650px" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>We hope this guide helped you to make a well-informed decision and find the perfect freestanding bath for you. To try out our selection of freestanding baths for yourself, we invite you to visit one of our local <a href="https://www.cphart.co.uk/showrooms/">C.P. Hart’s showrooms</a>, so you can fully appreciate the beauty, style and functionality our freestanding baths can bring to your home.</p> <p>There is something incredibly elegant and stylish about freestanding baths. They bring a feeling of luxury to the home and can serve as a stunning focal point for your bathroom, turning it into a peaceful spa-like sanctuary.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><img alt="" src="https://www.cphart.co.uk/images/Copy%20of%20Woodland%20Gardens-2v2%20%20.jpg" style="height:433px; width:650px" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>All models are based on the same principle: they are self-contained and independent from all other bathroom elements, such as wall panels. This opens up a plethora of possible ways they can be cleverly incorporated into your space. However, with so many different freestanding baths available, the task of finding the perfect one can be a bit overwhelming. You might be confused regarding the optimal bath size, materials or the type of design you should go for.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Luckily, shopping for a freestanding bath doesn’t have to be a daunting task. To make your life easier, we’ve answered the most frequently asked questions from our customers to create an ultimate buying guide for freestanding baths.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Although freestanding baths look stunning, they may not necessarily be the best choice for every bathroom. Before making a purchase, here are a few pros and cons to bear in mind:</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Pros:</strong></p> <ul> <li>Unique and sophisticated look</li> <li>Various models available on the market</li> <li>Freedom to get creative when organising your bathroom</li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>When it comes to installation, freestanding baths are simpler to install compared to built-in baths. However, they can also be a bit heavier and consume more space, which is why it’s advisable to think about the functionality and where it would be best to place them. Due to their weight, it’s always a good idea to reinforce the supporting floor. We could strongly recommend seeking the help of one of our <a href="https://www.cphart.co.uk/installation-service/">recommended installers</a> when opting for freestanding bath, so that you’re positive everything is in accordance with the safety standards.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><img alt="" src="https://www.cphart.co.uk/images/Copy%20of%20Copy%20of%20Fairs-5%20.jpg" style="height:433px; width:650px" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Another advantage of freestanding baths is the variety of styles and designs you can choose from. Various combinations of shapes, sizes, materials and colours ensure you achieve the exact feel you want in your space. You can also break the conventional layout for bathrooms and upgrade it into a serene, luxury haven, perfect for unwinding.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Cons:</strong></p> <ul> <li>Can be more costly than inset baths</li> <li>Limitations regarding where the bath can be placed in your bathroom</li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Within our product range, you can find models at around the £1,000 mark (for the <a href="https://www.cphart.co.uk/rolltop-freestanding-bath/">C.P. Hart&nbsp;Roll Top bath</a>, a classy, quintessential Victorian cast iron bath) and up to £13,800 (for exclusive <a href="https://www.cphart.co.uk/aquamass-modulo-biblio-freestanding-bath/">Aquamass’ Modulo Biblio Freestanding Bath</a>, perfect for luxurious, minimalist and contemporary bathrooms).</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Before deciding, you should really think about this purchase as an investment. Unlike other bathroom elements that tend to be replaced more frequently (e.g. mirrors, decorations, bathroom cabinets and tiles), baths are more of a long-term fixture. This is why it’s wise to put everything on paper and assess whether allocating a bit more of your budget to this purchase could be wise.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Another disadvantage comes down to your space limitations. Frequently, we get asked the following question:<br /> <br /> &nbsp;</p> <p><strong><em>Can I put a freestanding bath in every bathroom?</em></strong></p> <p><br /> Unfortunately, freestanding baths cannot be fitted in every bathroom due to space limitations. However, you shouldn’t disregard the potential your bathroom has. Although we’re used to seeing freestanding baths in the centre of spacious bathrooms, they can also be incorporated in modestly sized bathrooms as well. You don’t need to sacrifice your design vision. Here’s a selection of some of the most <a href="https://www.cphart.co.uk/space-saving-baths/">beautiful space-saving baths</a> for you, so that you can enjoy some pampering time whatever your bathroom dimensions.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong><em>How big should my freestanding bath be?</em></strong><br /> <br /> In order to determine the perfect size of your freestanding bath, you should firstly calculate the amount of space you’re working with. The dimensions are usually standardised, and the models are grouped into three categories:</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <ul> <li>Small freestanding baths (length: 55 inches, width: 27 inches, depth: 15 inches)</li> <li>Standard freestanding baths (length: 60 inches, width: 30 inches, depth: 19 inches)</li> <li>Large freestanding baths (length: 72 inches, width: 32 inches, depth: 20 inches)</li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Keep in mind that, depending on the chosen design, baths might take up extra space. Also, a common mistake people tend to make is that they only measure the place where they intend to put the bath, but they forget about the additional space plumbing will consume. You need to think about the functionality of your space, not just the aesthetics.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Measure your available space multiple times and think about other possible issues, such as the size of the bath exceeding your door frame, as your bath will need to make it through the bathroom door! Planning these things through will prevent unpleasant surprises such as additional costs.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><img alt="" src="https://www.cphart.co.uk/images/Waterloo%20July%202019-1%20.jpg" style="height:490px; width:650px" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Please do not be put off by all the practical considerations when purchasing a new bath, we offer a <a href="https://www.cphart.co.uk/retail-design-service/">full design and installation service,</a> where we can work with you to answer all these looming questions.<br /> <br /> &nbsp;</p> <p><strong><em>What materials are freestanding baths made from?</em></strong><br /> <br /> Freestanding baths come in many different materials and they differ in appearance, quality, durability and maintenance requirements. It’s good to get to know what each material offers before deciding on the model.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Acrylic</strong></p> <p>Acrylic freestanding baths are very popular today and they come in both traditional and contemporary designs. They are significantly lighter than baths made of other materials such as stone resin or cast iron, which makes them simpler to move and place. Acrylic is non-porous and of solid durability, although it is prone to warping. With consistent use over the time, the stability of the material gets weaker, which may result in crinkles and bumps at the bottom of your bath. However, these small issues can be easily fixed.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Cast iron</strong></p> <p>Cast-iron freestanding baths are the most durable and the heaviest on the market and require a reinforced flooring surface. They are produced in a traditional way: molten iron is poured into a mould, smoothed and covered with a coat of protective porcelain enamel. This makes the surface resistant to scratches and very easy to clean (we recommend a soft cloth and gentle cleanser). Compared to acrylic, cast-iron freestanding baths are more efficient at retaining heat, which makes them the perfect choice for those who love to indulge themselves with a long soak.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Natural stone, cast stone and stone resin</strong></p> <p>If you’re aiming for a more natural-looking interior and want to bring organic materials to your bathroom, natural stone freestanding baths are the perfect choice. They are usually made of granite, marble and travertine, factory-processed and sealed to prevent leakage.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>In addition to natural stone freestanding baths, you can also opt for cast stone models which mimic the appearance of natural stones. These are made by mixing natural stone, cement and pigments. Since the material is completely man made, you can choose between many different styles and colours.</p> <p>Keep in mind, though, that cast stone is less durable compared to the natural stone. On the other hand, stone resin baths are aesthetically pleasing, have a reputation of being extremely durable, but they are also a bit more expensive.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Copper</strong></p> <p>Similar to cast iron, copper freestanding baths are great at retaining heat, allowing you to prolong your relaxing soak. In addition to other benefits, copper is considered to be one of the healthiest materials out there, given the fact it is naturally resistant to mold and bacteria. What’s more, copper freestanding baths come in many different styles and can add a sense of regal luxury to your bathroom.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Stainless steel</strong></p> <p>Stainless steel freestanding baths are typically reserved for more contemporary designs that imply clean, crisp lines and wonderfully crafted edges that fit into minimalist interiors. They have a solid construction and can be coated with enamel. The steel is usually effortless to clean and requires little maintenance. At first, the surface is a bit cold to touch, but once you fill it with warm water, it maintains the temperature for quite a while. &nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong><em>How to choose freestanding bath style?</em></strong></p> <p>Before you choose your freestanding bath, there are several things to bear in mind:</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <ul> <li>Budget</li> <li>The amount of space you have</li> <li>The construction and strength of your floor</li> <li>The purpose of your freestanding bath (for example, if you intend to use it for long soaks, you need a material that retains heat, and a model that has solid depth and optimal dimensions, so you don’t feel uncomfortable)</li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>With dozens of stunning designs available, you can tick everything you need off your list. However, it can be very hard to decide on your freestanding bath style. To help you make the right choice, we have grouped all the freestanding baths into three style categories:</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Classic</strong></p> <p>If you want to bring a timeless appeal to your bathroom, classic freestanding baths are the best choice for you. A classic feel is usually incorporated through the overall design and shape, while using different materials and colours can bring a modern twist to the style. Take our <a href="https://www.cphart.co.uk/lincoln-freestanding-bath/">Lincoln Freestanding Bath</a>, for example – its scratch-resistant enamel can be complemented by any external colour. Double-ended, single slipper and double slipper designs should also be considered, if you opt for a classic style.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Contemporary</strong></p> <p>Perhaps you want a design that’s modern, sleek and elegant? If so, consider a more <a href="https://www.cphart.co.uk/baths/freestanding-baths/?style=contemporary">contemporary style</a> freestanding bath. These models are usually oval shaped and often have thin edges, giving them a modern and minimalist aesthetic. Contemporary freestanding baths can serve as chic statement pieces within a range of bathroom styles.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Cutting edge</strong></p> <p>If you decide to invest in a freestanding bath that’s bordering on a piece of art, you might want to check out some of our cutting-edge models. These high-end designer pieces are original, luxurious and can bring a sense of theatre to your space. To understand this style better, check out this <a href="https://www.cphart.co.uk/bette-lux-oval-couture-freestanding-bath/">Bette Lux Oval Couture Freestanding Bath </a>, crafted from enamelled titanium steel and resistant, waterproof materials, or this magnificent table-like <a href="https://www.cphart.co.uk/bisazza-organico-freestanding-bath/">Bisazza Organico Freestanding Bath</a> with corresponding accessories.<br /> <br /> &nbsp;</p> <p><strong><em>Which bath tap to choose?</em></strong><br /> <br /> Of course, once you’ve chosen your freestanding bath, you need to pick a bath mixer that will complement the style you aim for. When it comes to taps, you can opt for either floor-mounted bath taps or a wall-mounted tap.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Wall-mounted taps are installed through the bathroom wall, which might bring an additional burden on your budget as it will probably require extra work around your plumbing. Alternatively, floor-mounted taps are installed to the side of your bath or directly from the floor.</p> <p><img alt="" src="https://www.cphart.co.uk/images/Waterloo%20July%202019-7%20(2).jpg" style="height:724px; width:650px" /></p> <p>Bath taps are either:</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <ul> <li>Single handled (water temperature and flow are controlled by one handle)</li> <li>Double handled (water temperature and flow are controlled by two handles)</li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Ultimately, the mixer that you choose will largely depend on the position of your freestanding bath and the way that your plumbing is laid out.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>As for the <a href="https://www.cphart.co.uk/taps-shower-controls/bath/">style of tap</a>, you need to take into consideration the feel you’re trying to create within your bathroom. Telephone-like taps date from the 1950s and they can bring a retro feeling to your space. English and Victorian-style taps are equally classy, while the modern styles are typically more compact and uncomplicated in their design. Bronze, chrome and nickel are the most commonly used materials. It’s always advisable to test out the different styles of taps and to see them first-hand in order to make your decision, find your local showroom <a href="https://www.cphart.co.uk/showrooms/">here</a>.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><img alt="" src="https://www.cphart.co.uk/images/WINC_BathSetA_chrome_pinkGround_winchester.jpg" style="height:650px; width:650px" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>We hope this guide helped you to make a well-informed decision and find the perfect freestanding bath for you. To try out our selection of freestanding baths for yourself, we invite you to visit one of our local <a href="https://www.cphart.co.uk/showrooms/">C.P. Hart’s showrooms</a>, so you can fully appreciate the beauty, style and functionality our freestanding baths can bring to your home.</p> 0 A Guide To Buying Brassware https://www.cphart.co.ukhttps://www.cphart.co.uk/a-guide-to-buying-brassware/ https://www.cphart.co.ukhttps://www.cphart.co.uk/a-guide-to-buying-brassware/#comments Thurs, 15 Aug 2019 00:00:00 GMT https://www.cphart.co.uk/a-guide-to-buying-brassware/ <p>Choosing the perfect bathroom suite poses many questions, and although the choice of <a href="https://www.cphart.co.uk/taps/" target="_blank">brassware</a> may not be the first thing you decide on, it is important to the overall look. It&rsquo;s the finer details that can really add to your space and so choosing the right tap that is both aesthetically pleasing and functional is crucial when perfecting those finishing touches.<br /> <br /> There&rsquo;s a wide variety of styles on the market, from traditional through to contemporary Art Deco designs, and everything in between. From functional <a href="https://www.cphart.co.uk/taps-shower-controls/basin/" target="_blank">basin taps</a> to floor-standing <a href="https://www.cphart.co.uk/taps-shower-controls/bath/" target="_blank">bath fillers</a>, the perfect tap is out there to complete your bathroom. Our handy guide points out everything you need to consider before you choose.<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="https://www.cphart.co.uk/images/blog/A%20guide%20to%20buying%20brassware%20via%20C_P_%20Hart%20blog5.jpg" style="height:433px; width:650px" /><br /> <br /> <strong>First things first &ndash;&nbsp;check your water pressure</strong><br /> <br /> Before you begin perusing the various designs available, you will need to determine the type of water pressure system you have in your home. Most UK households operate from a low pressure gravity system, which consists of a water tank filled with cold water (usually stored in the loft) and a hot water cylinder (usually stored in the airing cupboard).<br /> <br /> The level of pressure the water outlet has is determined by height and gravity &ndash; in short, the higher your tank is stored, the greater the pressure. The majority of taps will work just fine from this kind of system, but if you&rsquo;re after a powerful showering experience, you will most likely need to explore other options.<br /> <br /> A combi boiler will heat cold water from the mains supply as soon as the tap is turned on, meaning a powerful burst of hot water can be achieved without the need for a separate tank. A cold mains supply is ideally suited to electric showers, as the heat of the water and pressure is determined by the choice of shower unit. The higher the kilowatt, the more powerful your water flow will be.<br /> <br /> If you need some help and advice as to what type of water system you have installed then you can speak to one of our <a href="https://www.cphart.co.uk/retail-design-service/" target="_blank">design experts</a> who will be happy to help.<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="https://www.cphart.co.uk/images/blog/A%20guide%20to%20buying%20brassware%20via%20C_P_%20Hart%20blog3.jpg" style="height:433px; width:650px" /><br /> <br /> <strong>Styles of brassware</strong><br /> <br /> The method by which your bath or basin is plumbed can help narrow down your search for the right brassware. A bath or basin with two pre-drilled holes will require a pair of pillar taps, whilst those with just one hole will require a basin mixer that runs both hot and cold water.<br /> <br /> From Art Deco-style three-piece basin mixers, to contemporary freestanding bath fillers, there are many styles of brassware available, all in a wide selection of finishes. The variety of choice is perfect as it means you can individualise your bathroom, but can also be a little overwhelming. Below we explain the different types of brassware available, as well as any practical considerations, so you can make an informed choice on which type of brassware will best suit your needs.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> <strong><em>Pillar Taps</em>&nbsp;</strong><br /> This is the most traditional option. It has two separate taps that require either a two or three-hole basin, where the central hole is occupied by a taphole stopper or a pop-up waste lever.<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="https://www.cphart.co.uk/images/blog/A%20guide%20to%20buying%20brassware%20via%20C_P_%20Hart%20blog4.jpg" style="height:433px; width:650px" /><br /> <br /> <em><strong>Three-Hole Basin Mixer</strong></em><br /> This mixer has separate tap valves that feed water through a central spout. These mixers often incorporate a pop-up waste lever.<br /> <br /> <em><strong>Monobloc Basin Mixer</strong></em><br /> This type of brassware occupies a single taphole and is available in both traditional and modern styles. Traditional monobloc mixers incorporate separate hot and cold handwheels, whereas the contemporary alternatives are more often in the style of a single lever that controls both flow and temperature.<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="https://www.cphart.co.uk/images/blog/A%20guide%20to%20buying%20brassware%20via%20C_P_%20Hart%20blog8.jpg" style="height:472px; width:650px" /><br /> <br /> <em><strong>One-Piece Bath Filler</strong></em><br /> Fitting two standard tapholes, this single classic unit features separate controls and a central spout. Adjustments can be made to enable mounting behind the rim, on floor legs or onto the wall.<br /> <br /> <em><strong>Three-Piece Bath Filler</strong></em>&nbsp;<br /> Two tap valves and a spout can be mounted either on the side or end of the bath, or on the wall. This flexible configuration gives the option of mounting the pieces in unconventional positions, providing the projection of the spout is sufficient to go over the rim of the bath. In a contemporary setting, the spout could even be replaced with an overflow filler.<br /> <br /> <em><strong>Bath/Shower Mixers</strong></em><br /> Available in traditional and contemporary styles, these offer a versatile bathroom solution, with a diverter switching water flow from spout to shower head as required. Traditionally, the shower handset rests in a cradle above the taps. Selected ranges can be fitted onto decorative, freestanding floor legs for use with freestanding baths or may be converted to mount on the wall. Contemporary freestanding versions are also available, typically as an all-in-one unit with a single lever mixer.<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="https://www.cphart.co.uk/images/blog/A%20guide%20to%20buying%20brassware%20via%20C_P_%20Hart%20blog.jpg" style="height:318px; width:650px" /><br /> <br /> <em><strong>Four-Piece Bath/Shower Mixer</strong></em><br /> This type of mixer consists of two tap valves, a spout with a diverter and a hand shower, and requires four separate tapholes. This means that the bath will have to be specially drilled to order.<br /> <br /> <em><strong>Five-Piece Bath Shower Mixer</strong></em><br /> Offering the same features and benefits as the four-piece mixer, this set requires an additional taphole as the diverter is a separate unit.<br /> <br /> <strong>Style</strong><br /> <br /> Whether you opt for pillar or mixer, both types have a number of styles, ranging from Victorian chic right up to more cutting-edge looks. Getting the right style of taps is important to completing your space and will help emphasise the look you want to achieve.<br /> <br /> There are traditional designs of both pillar and mixer taps, some of which are perfect if you&rsquo;re going for a vintage style, whereas others combine old and new styles.<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="https://www.cphart.co.uk/images/blog/A%20guide%20to%20buying%20brassware%20via%20C_P_%20Hart%20blog6.jpg" style="height:434px; width:650px" /><br /> <br /> For a contemporary suite that&rsquo;s going to be real feature in your house, you are spoilt for choice as there are a number of designs on offer, from sleek minimalist looks to more unusual, avant-garde styles to get that off-the-wall look.<br /> <br /> If you fancy that &lsquo;home spa&rsquo; feel, then you might want to consider the luxury of a waterfall bath tap, which adds a touch of class to your suite for the ultimate indulgence.<br /> <br /> <strong>Finishes</strong><br /> <br /> Alternative plated finishes are available on some ranges, but the options do vary. Plating is undertaken to the highest standards to ensure the longevity of the finish. Care must be taken when cleaning plated finishes to avoid damage. We recommend you do not use abrasive or chemical cleaners.<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="https://www.cphart.co.uk/images/blog/A%20guide%20to%20buying%20brassware%20via%20C_P_%20Hart%20blog7.jpg" style="height:433px; width:650px" /><br /> <br /> <strong>Wastes</strong><br /> <br /> To co-ordinate with tap finishes, we offer a range of wastes in chain or pop-up styles for basins, bidets and baths, where the waste is not incorporated or supplied. We also offer decorative metal exposed wastes and waste kits for use with classic roll-top baths.<br /> <br /> <strong>Practical considerations:</strong><br /> <br /> &bull; Make sure you choose brassware in a style that&rsquo;s in keeping with the overall look you want to achieve.&nbsp;<br /> &bull; If you choose a wall-mounted tap, it should be positioned so the water flows directly onto the plughole.<br /> &bull; Brassware is available in different materials, so consider how much maintenance will be needed, as this may affect your choice.<br /> &bull; There are many types of taps, so bear this in mind when choosing a basin or bath. For example, if you have an inset basin you are likely to need a wall-mounted basin mixer.<br /> &bull; Check your water pressure to make sure you get the most from your bathroom, as different brassware will work best at different water pressures.</p> <p>Choosing the perfect bathroom suite poses many questions, and although the choice of <a href="https://www.cphart.co.uk/taps/" target="_blank">brassware</a> may not be the first thing you decide on, it is important to the overall look. It&rsquo;s the finer details that can really add to your space and so choosing the right tap that is both aesthetically pleasing and functional is crucial when perfecting those finishing touches.<br /> <br /> There&rsquo;s a wide variety of styles on the market, from traditional through to contemporary Art Deco designs, and everything in between. From functional <a href="https://www.cphart.co.uk/taps-shower-controls/basin/" target="_blank">basin taps</a> to floor-standing <a href="https://www.cphart.co.uk/taps-shower-controls/bath/" target="_blank">bath fillers</a>, the perfect tap is out there to complete your bathroom. Our handy guide points out everything you need to consider before you choose.<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="https://www.cphart.co.uk/images/blog/A%20guide%20to%20buying%20brassware%20via%20C_P_%20Hart%20blog5.jpg" style="height:433px; width:650px" /><br /> <br /> <strong>First things first &ndash;&nbsp;check your water pressure</strong><br /> <br /> Before you begin perusing the various designs available, you will need to determine the type of water pressure system you have in your home. Most UK households operate from a low pressure gravity system, which consists of a water tank filled with cold water (usually stored in the loft) and a hot water cylinder (usually stored in the airing cupboard).<br /> <br /> The level of pressure the water outlet has is determined by height and gravity &ndash; in short, the higher your tank is stored, the greater the pressure. The majority of taps will work just fine from this kind of system, but if you&rsquo;re after a powerful showering experience, you will most likely need to explore other options.<br /> <br /> A combi boiler will heat cold water from the mains supply as soon as the tap is turned on, meaning a powerful burst of hot water can be achieved without the need for a separate tank. A cold mains supply is ideally suited to electric showers, as the heat of the water and pressure is determined by the choice of shower unit. The higher the kilowatt, the more powerful your water flow will be.<br /> <br /> If you need some help and advice as to what type of water system you have installed then you can speak to one of our <a href="https://www.cphart.co.uk/retail-design-service/" target="_blank">design experts</a> who will be happy to help.<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="https://www.cphart.co.uk/images/blog/A%20guide%20to%20buying%20brassware%20via%20C_P_%20Hart%20blog3.jpg" style="height:433px; width:650px" /><br /> <br /> <strong>Styles of brassware</strong><br /> <br /> The method by which your bath or basin is plumbed can help narrow down your search for the right brassware. A bath or basin with two pre-drilled holes will require a pair of pillar taps, whilst those with just one hole will require a basin mixer that runs both hot and cold water.<br /> <br /> From Art Deco-style three-piece basin mixers, to contemporary freestanding bath fillers, there are many styles of brassware available, all in a wide selection of finishes. The variety of choice is perfect as it means you can individualise your bathroom, but can also be a little overwhelming. Below we explain the different types of brassware available, as well as any practical considerations, so you can make an informed choice on which type of brassware will best suit your needs.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> <strong><em>Pillar Taps</em>&nbsp;</strong><br /> This is the most traditional option. It has two separate taps that require either a two or three-hole basin, where the central hole is occupied by a taphole stopper or a pop-up waste lever.<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="https://www.cphart.co.uk/images/blog/A%20guide%20to%20buying%20brassware%20via%20C_P_%20Hart%20blog4.jpg" style="height:433px; width:650px" /><br /> <br /> <em><strong>Three-Hole Basin Mixer</strong></em><br /> This mixer has separate tap valves that feed water through a central spout. These mixers often incorporate a pop-up waste lever.<br /> <br /> <em><strong>Monobloc Basin Mixer</strong></em><br /> This type of brassware occupies a single taphole and is available in both traditional and modern styles. Traditional monobloc mixers incorporate separate hot and cold handwheels, whereas the contemporary alternatives are more often in the style of a single lever that controls both flow and temperature.<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="https://www.cphart.co.uk/images/blog/A%20guide%20to%20buying%20brassware%20via%20C_P_%20Hart%20blog8.jpg" style="height:472px; width:650px" /><br /> <br /> <em><strong>One-Piece Bath Filler</strong></em><br /> Fitting two standard tapholes, this single classic unit features separate controls and a central spout. Adjustments can be made to enable mounting behind the rim, on floor legs or onto the wall.<br /> <br /> <em><strong>Three-Piece Bath Filler</strong></em>&nbsp;<br /> Two tap valves and a spout can be mounted either on the side or end of the bath, or on the wall. This flexible configuration gives the option of mounting the pieces in unconventional positions, providing the projection of the spout is sufficient to go over the rim of the bath. In a contemporary setting, the spout could even be replaced with an overflow filler.<br /> <br /> <em><strong>Bath/Shower Mixers</strong></em><br /> Available in traditional and contemporary styles, these offer a versatile bathroom solution, with a diverter switching water flow from spout to shower head as required. Traditionally, the shower handset rests in a cradle above the taps. Selected ranges can be fitted onto decorative, freestanding floor legs for use with freestanding baths or may be converted to mount on the wall. Contemporary freestanding versions are also available, typically as an all-in-one unit with a single lever mixer.<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="https://www.cphart.co.uk/images/blog/A%20guide%20to%20buying%20brassware%20via%20C_P_%20Hart%20blog.jpg" style="height:318px; width:650px" /><br /> <br /> <em><strong>Four-Piece Bath/Shower Mixer</strong></em><br /> This type of mixer consists of two tap valves, a spout with a diverter and a hand shower, and requires four separate tapholes. This means that the bath will have to be specially drilled to order.<br /> <br /> <em><strong>Five-Piece Bath Shower Mixer</strong></em><br /> Offering the same features and benefits as the four-piece mixer, this set requires an additional taphole as the diverter is a separate unit.<br /> <br /> <strong>Style</strong><br /> <br /> Whether you opt for pillar or mixer, both types have a number of styles, ranging from Victorian chic right up to more cutting-edge looks. Getting the right style of taps is important to completing your space and will help emphasise the look you want to achieve.<br /> <br /> There are traditional designs of both pillar and mixer taps, some of which are perfect if you&rsquo;re going for a vintage style, whereas others combine old and new styles.<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="https://www.cphart.co.uk/images/blog/A%20guide%20to%20buying%20brassware%20via%20C_P_%20Hart%20blog6.jpg" style="height:434px; width:650px" /><br /> <br /> For a contemporary suite that&rsquo;s going to be real feature in your house, you are spoilt for choice as there are a number of designs on offer, from sleek minimalist looks to more unusual, avant-garde styles to get that off-the-wall look.<br /> <br /> If you fancy that &lsquo;home spa&rsquo; feel, then you might want to consider the luxury of a waterfall bath tap, which adds a touch of class to your suite for the ultimate indulgence.<br /> <br /> <strong>Finishes</strong><br /> <br /> Alternative plated finishes are available on some ranges, but the options do vary. Plating is undertaken to the highest standards to ensure the longevity of the finish. Care must be taken when cleaning plated finishes to avoid damage. We recommend you do not use abrasive or chemical cleaners.<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="https://www.cphart.co.uk/images/blog/A%20guide%20to%20buying%20brassware%20via%20C_P_%20Hart%20blog7.jpg" style="height:433px; width:650px" /><br /> <br /> <strong>Wastes</strong><br /> <br /> To co-ordinate with tap finishes, we offer a range of wastes in chain or pop-up styles for basins, bidets and baths, where the waste is not incorporated or supplied. We also offer decorative metal exposed wastes and waste kits for use with classic roll-top baths.<br /> <br /> <strong>Practical considerations:</strong><br /> <br /> &bull; Make sure you choose brassware in a style that&rsquo;s in keeping with the overall look you want to achieve.&nbsp;<br /> &bull; If you choose a wall-mounted tap, it should be positioned so the water flows directly onto the plughole.<br /> &bull; Brassware is available in different materials, so consider how much maintenance will be needed, as this may affect your choice.<br /> &bull; There are many types of taps, so bear this in mind when choosing a basin or bath. For example, if you have an inset basin you are likely to need a wall-mounted basin mixer.<br /> &bull; Check your water pressure to make sure you get the most from your bathroom, as different brassware will work best at different water pressures.</p> 0