Sabtu, 30 Januari 2010

Style on a Shoestring - Bathrooms on a Budget!

In the current economic climate there are many reasons for people looking for Style on a Shoestring.

Some may have limited funds, some may be updating a rental property, intending not to stay very long in a home, or prefer to spend money wisely over a longer period.

For those with limited funds there are always options. Decide what it is important to spend the money on, we never recommend style at the expense of substance. If you are putting a shower in, spend the most you can afford on that item. Think of the look you are hoping to achieve, is it feasible to do this on a shoestring, or do you need to adapt your aspirations? You can always use accessories to add the wow factor. It's amazing what a few well placed objects can add to a room, and everyone needs toilet roll holders, soap dishes or dispensers and lighting.

So find your inspirations, and come to us to offer you creative solutions for your bathroom.

For those updating a rental property, going with the cheapest option can often be a false economy as you may find extra wear and tear on these products. Have an idea of what your budget is and Soak can make suggestions so you get the biggest bang for your buck!

For those staying only a short time in a home a few established top names can enhance the value of your property. Just as estate agents always emphasise the kitchens by Mark Wilkinson, Smallbones et al, they also place equal emphasis on a bathroom with Duravit, Hansgrohe and Gessi and Catalano. Duravit have a range to suit all budgets, and is always worth considering for those with even the smallest of amount to spend!

Many of our clients opt to spend wisely over a longer period, starting with one bathroom and slowly working their way through the rest that need updating.

So if you are looking for ideas before you look round any showrooms do try the obvious - magazines. Most now have excellent websites which can give you plenty of inspiration. Also look at new hotels or those that have recently been updated. As there are so many options available in bathrooms the Soak team can guide you through the maze and make imaginative suggestions for your bathroom within your budget guidelines.

Sabtu, 16 Januari 2010

Thinking about a new bathroom?

You can let Soak in Style make life easy for you.

We all expect many things from our bathrooms. Perhaps a safe retreat which calms and soothes you so you can unwind, or an invigorating burst of renewed energy to help you cope with the hustle and bustle of everyday life, something divinely decadent, sleek and sensual or fully functional – or even a combination of all of these!

From the Soak showroom located just off the A4 near Maidenhead Bridge they can design, source and install the bathroom of your dreams. The Soak team can provide you with the perfect end result. The Soak showroom is a converted warehouse with ample parking and you will receive a warm welcome as you explore their stunning bathroom sets that will give you inspiration.

Soak aim to turn your ideas into reality and manage the whole bathroom to include not just the basics of a bath and / or shower, sanitary ware but also flooring, electrics, audio-visual – have you ever wondered if you CAN have a TV in your bathroom? Plus lighting, heating and decorating, and of course for a re-furb, they can strip the existing bathroom out. The Soak team includes fully qualified professionals who are dedicated to providing you the best service, and your bathroom will be fully project managed. Alternatively for those who have a tried and trusted bathroom installer Soak are happy to source and supply the product for you.

Every bathroom is unique, and they endeavour to offer resolutions to your problems that suit your lifestyle as well as your budget. The Design team will provide clever and feasible solutions to your problems and create a 2D and 3D design using the latest technology so you can see rather than just try and visualise how beautiful your bathroom will look.

With many years in the bathroom industry Soak are proud have a wealth of knowledge and can reassuringly guide you through the minefield of the technical side of your bathroom.

Soak are exclusive and major stockists for some of the very best and exclusive European manufacturers including Duravit and Catalano who offer the best in innovative design with practical solutions for sanitary ware. When it comes to taps and showers you can confidently select from Hansgrohe, Gessi and Cifial, safety glass 10mm or 8mm shower and bath panels from Roman Showers. You can choose from furniture solutions ranging from sophisticated style to practical from Burgbad, Dansani and Mastella – most with slow-close technology giving that extra feel of luxury, plus double or single drawer options to maximise your choice of storage space. There are usually matching mirrors and cupboards for you to consider, or you can have mirror inserts in the tiled areas where you can select from Bisazza and Valentino-Piemme or even Caesarstone for work surfaces. And then there are the finishing touches – accessories, often forgotten about until the last minute, Soak add them to bathroom designs so you can see exactly how your bathroom will look.

Plenty of people prefer a calmer, natural look, and this too can be achieved. If you would like natural stone, or natural coloured tiles Soak can suggest bathroom furniture to complement and enhance them.

As we lead busier and busier lives and no longer have time for a long and luxurious bathe, or as we age and our joints stiffen up and you find getting in and out of the bath a problem, many people are replacing their baths with showers and creating a wet room. One option is a walk-in shower which can be achieved with mosaic tiles or a flat Bette steel shower tray or one of the shower trays which has a very small step up. If your floors do not allow this Soak can offer design solutions including a raised floor area, often complimented with LED lighting.

Take a look at the Soak website for more inspiration at or better still, visit them in Maidenhead.

Soak in Style, Reform Road, Maidenhead, Berks. SL6 8BT Telephone: 01628 783686
Opening hours: Mon – Fri 9 – 5, Sat 10 – 4, Sunday closed