Bathrooms

New shower enclosure range from Primaflow F&P

Primaflow F&P new shower enclosure range

Leading bathroom wholesaler Primaflow F&P has unveiled an exclusive range of ‘easy-fit’ shower enclosures, designed to be installed in three simple steps. 

The new models – available with sliding, pivot, quadrant and bi-fold door options – also feature quick-release metal rollers, for easy cleaning. Gary Shields, Primaflow F&P’s Bathrooms and Fires Category Manager, explains that the new range has been designed with retailers’ needs firmly in mind: 

£40m Growth for Bathroom Market in 2019

White Bathroom Market Sink

The new bathroom market report from MTW Research indicates that bathroom sales will grow by around £40 million in 2019, with real term growth returning in 2020 for most bathroom product sectors. 

Based on data from 130 bathroom suppliers, the report identifies rising ‘pent up demand’ in the bathroom market, highlighting growing latent demand for several sectors.  Bathroom retailers are reporting healthy levels of enquiries according to MTW, but consumers remain reticent to commit to purchase due to Brexit paralysis and economic uncertainties. 

Cramlington expansion for Flame with second bathroom showroom launch

Staff at Flame Group's second bathroom showroom launch

Flame Heating Group has continued to develop its branch network after investing in the expansion of its Cramlington trade counter.

The North East’s fastest-growing heating and plumbing merchant has launched its second bathroom showroom in the North East with development of the Cramlington site on Atley Business Park.

Flame’s Cramlington branch, which launched in 2017, has now extended its product range and services with the addition of the showroom to the 3,600 sq.ft branch. Since its opening, the Cramlington trade counter has seen its workforce grow by 50% and plans to recruit a new member to the team in the summer. 

Design revolution in shower toilets –  ViClean-I 100

ViClean-I 100 toilet

ViClean-I 100 from Villeroy & Boch sets a new standard in the design of shower toilets. It looks just like a conventional toilet as the technology has been integrated into the ceramic and not the seat. ViClean-I 100 boasts clear lines and a minimalist look, accentuated by the ultra-flat toilet seat. Add to that the intuitive use and convenient shower functions and the new ViClean-I 100 becomes a subtle centerpiece in any purist bathroom.

MGS Penta from Grange Design shortlisted for Bathroom Product Innovation of the Year 

MGS Penta from Grange Design Tap Mixer

Leading UK based specialist distributor for the bathroom industry, Grange Design, has a momentous start to the New Year by having its exclusive MGS tap nominated as a finalist for the prestigious kbbreview Retail & Design Awards 2019. 

Starring in the Bathroom Product Innovation of the Year category,Grange Design made the cut with MGS Penta, a truly neoteric Tap Collection that is characterised by its angular shape and pentagonal handles.  

What to consider when designing a bathroom

Minimal bathroom

A well-designed, beautiful bathroom is a top priority for homeowners, so an appealing and properly installed bathroom is a worthwhile reason to hire a plumber. A survey of 2,000 property owners, by Gocompare.com, highlighted that ‘aspects of bathrooms feature high on the list of must-haves - such as a bathtub (57 per cent) and a separate shower cubicle (47 per cent)’, as does having at least two toilets (45%) and an en-suite bathroom (34 per cent). 

Will 2019 be the year of the smart bathroom?

smart bathroom

With smart home systems such as Amazon Alexa, Google Home and Apple HomeKit now more affordable, the home of the future is fast becoming a reality.

Cast your mind back just 5 years ago. The idea of controlling everything in your home, from lighting to heating and from security to entertainment, probably seemed like science fiction. However, with numerous smart home systems being bought as gifts at Christmas, many people are now exploring the full capabilities of their new time-saving gadgets.