Rabu, 18 Juli 2012

What exactly is a design brief?

Bathroom Design by Soak in Style

What does a design brief entail?
We want to know what you want to achieve from the bathroom, what current problems you want to resolve, any restrictions due to windows, soil pipe, eaves etc.  We will normally come and measure your bathroom taking note of any of these potential problem areas.

Bathroom Designs by Soak in Style
Why do you want me to give you a budget?
We want to ensure that the products you have initially selected are within your budget, so we don't have to re-design and re-quote.  The costs of a finished bathroom can vary wildly - all depending on the size of the room, exactly what you want in the room, constraints of the room, and the product.

I don't want to reveal what it is as I think you will only produce a design to that figure?
That is not how we work; we would guide you to select products within your budget, or only suggest products that are suitable.

Why isn't it as cheap as it appears on all the TV makeover programmes?
Often the installation is not included, and many production companies persuade manufacturers or showrooms / merchants to supply goods at very reduced rates in return for a mention not only on the show, but also on their internet sites, which will be online forever.  Often a makeover will appear to have been done in a very short time as it has been edited down.  The programme will probably have been made some time ago and there may have been price increases.

Can you achieve the following look?
- warm and luxurious
- elegant and contemporary
- modern
- modern traditional
- traditional
- hotel look
- moroccan style
- chic boutique
- family-friendly

Absolutely!  Or anything else than inspires you.  We may question you closely on your thoughts regarding colour and exactly what you mean - one persons definition can be quite different to someone else.  This will all be discussed as part of the initial meeting with our designer.

What should I expect from my design?
A full colour visual showing you the way the product will look in your bathroom.  We do not just do quick 15 minute drawings, nor do we have standard design formats that we apply to all our designs.  Each and every design is individually designed to suit your brief and the discussions that took place during the consultation.  Our designs are full professional visual aids to aid installation that take many hours to produce.

Example of the Design Process

The Brief:
  • Update a tired en suite bathroom in a 1930's home
  • With children no longer at home this couple wanted a shower room - preferably a wet room as they can use the bath in the family bathroom 
  • He wanted a fantastic shower that would drench him, she wanted the option not to get her hair drenched and also be able to clean the shower area easily  
  • Storage
The Design: 
Raindance Overhead Shower with  multi-options so you can select the direction the water falls, as well as a rainshower to change the direction giving a drench or  effect, with Axor Starck shower plus hand shower for cleaning the area or their dogs!  There is a soap dish so that shampoo or soap can be easily reached during showering.  Bisazza mosaics are on the floor, with a floral design by Valentino on one wall to soften the masculine black and white, along with a Dansani Zaro Basin unit in Black Rubber with a matching cupboard for additional storage.  A Duravit Pura Vida close coupled WC completes the modern design.
Master Wet Room - Designed and Installed by Soak in Style

The clients are thrilled with their finished bathroom as it provides plenty of storage, has a wonderful shower, and more than fulfills their brief.

Designs and finished images of a bathroom installed in Bray, Berkshire.
Designs plus Finished Bathroom in Bray, Berkshire

Jumat, 13 Juli 2012

Ex-Display Sale - Bisque Arteplano Towel Radiators

Bisque Arteplano Towel Radiators

Luxury Designer Bathrooms

Fabulous Ex-Display Offer - AVAILABLE NOW

Bisque Arteplano Towel Radiators in Brushed Chrome
Bisque Arteplano Towel Radiator in Brushed Chrome
Bisque Arteplano Brushed Chrome Stainless Steel Towel Radiator
Bisque Arteplano Towel Radiators 1860 x 60cm Brushed Chrome Stainless Steel


The towel radiators can be viewed in the Soak in Style Showroom.

Kamis, 12 Juli 2012

Ex-Display Sale - Dansani Luna

Luxury Designer Bathrooms

Fabulous Ex-Display Offer - AVAILABLE NOW

Dansani Luna
Dansani Luna 700 2 Drawer Basin Unit with Allegro Basin and Tall Cupboard

Ex-Display Sale  Dansani Luna 700 Basin Unit White Matt c/w Allegro Basin

Ex-Display Sale  Dansani Luna Tall Unit 2 Doors White Matt

Luna White Matt 700mm ALLEGRO Basin 2 Drawer Unit
Luna White Matt Tall Unit 2 Doors 1600 x 350mm
Click Clack Basin Waste

(Sale excludes Tap)

Retail    £1437.61                                 SOLD                Sale Price Now    ...   £749.00

Sabtu, 07 Juli 2012

The Master Collection from Oasis - FRAME

Introducing Frame by Oasis.

Frame is part of the Master Collection from Oasis and is a modern and clean line, which maximizes the space in the bathroom.  Frame gets it's name from the design concept that literally delicately frames the basin unit rather than have a heavy block surrounding it.  

Oasis is part of an Italian furniture company, and this division specialises in stunningly elegant handcrafted bathroom furniture.  Oasis is a family business and combines the famous Italian flair for design with top quality craftmanship.

Frame bathroom vanity units are available in a number of different sizes, you can select from 110cm / 125cm / 145cm and the 175 cm that is available with a double basin.  

Suspended tall units and mirrors complement the vanity units, and you can choose from drawers or drawers and open shelving - ideal for storing towels. 

The integrated tops are available in glass or a glossy resin.  Both the furniture and the glass basins are offered in a wide variety of colours, from delicate hues to striking primaries to rich metallic shades.            

Frame in Avorio Wenge by Oasis available from Soak in Style
Frame in Cappuccino Lucido by Oasis available from Soak in Style
Frame In Nero Lucido by Oasis available from Soak in Style
Frame in Prugna by Oasis available from Soak in Style

The Olympic Torch in Maidenhead 10 July 2012

Update - images from the Relay.

Olympic Torch Relay 10 July 2012 Bridge Rd Maidenhead Berkshire

Just a reminder - A4 Bath Road CLOSED in Maidenhead from Bridge Road through Taplow where it turns off to Dorney.  There WILL be delays.   Please plan your visit to Soak in Style for the afternoon!

The Olympic Torch will pass through Maidenhead on Tuesday 10 July between 10 - 12.  The A4 Bath Road will be closed from 11am as it leaves Maidenhead over Maidenhead Bridge.
If you are delivering to us, or intending to visit our showroom, please either come between 9 - 9.45 or postpone until after 12.15 unless you are planning to visit us on foot!  Surrounding roads that link the A4 will also be closed.  You can check out the Maidenhead road closures during Olympic Torch Relay

Rabu, 04 Juli 2012

Room with a View

Check out this amazing Texan glass house, called The House on the Hill  designed by Austin architects James D. LaRue Architecture and photographed by Coles Hairston. 

There are huge expanses of glass giving beautiful views over the Texan hills, making an open natural light-filled home.

The bathroom has what looks like a Victoria and Albert Toulouse bath - and what a view from the window!

A Room with a View - imagine soaking in that lovely bath ...  and it looks as if there is a door in the wall of glass overlooking that wondrous countryside.
A Victoria and Albert Toulouse bath.