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In your June 2012 issue you had a bathroom (pictured) with walls clad in a stone described as vein-cut Alabastrino Rustic Travertine. Do you know where it is from?
Chester Row Interiors designed the bathroom and the company imports this travertine direct from a quarry in Turkey, but only for its own projects. Lapicida which has a showroom in Harrogate, can supply a variety of vein-cut travertines, priced from around £300sq m. Another supplier is Stone Age, from around £350 to £500sq m.
We need a long slender hand basin, no more than 250mm deep, to fit our cloakroom, but ideally it should not be so tiny that water splashes everywhere when people wash their hands.
The ratio of width to depth in a hand basin means that models no deeper than 250mm rarely come any wider than 500mm. The smallest you might consider is the Box at 400x230mm, £148 from Aston Matthews. The Mini Quadro (pictured), 500x250mm, £217, is a stylish option, with a matching towel rail that costs £82; both are available at TC Bathrooms. Other hand basins you could consider include the Hey II, 500x250mm, £195, from Bauhaus Bathrooms at Crosswater Holdings; and the Duravit Happy D Small, 500x250mm, £99.60, from CP Hart. Hand basin prices quoted exclude taps.
My grandchildren stay regularly. Is there a discreet way to make my white bath less slippery?
Anti-Slip Bath Circles by Non-Slip Bath, nonslipbath.co.uk, are self-adhesive white circles sold in packs of 28 for £13.99 plus £2.99 p&p. Each circle is 3.5cm in diameter and will stick to a clean, dry bath. If you want to remove them at any time, they peel off and any residual marks can be wiped away with bath cleaner.
We have a white Edwardian-style bathroom suite in our 1930s house. Can you suggest black and white tiles that would accommodate both eras?
Start with Artworks at Original Style. It offers field tiles, 152sq mm, from £42.95sq m; half-field tiles, 152x75mm; and 19 period and plain mouldings ? all in black and white. Floor tiles are available too. You could lay tiles in a chequerboard pattern, or inset a border of half-field tiles or a run of mouldings in one colour across field tiles in the other. Johnson Tiles, has various black and white tiles in 100sq mm, 150sq mm and 200sq mm sizes, from £31.10sq m; its Prismatics range boasts slender beading tiles. At Craven Dunnill Jackfield, look at the Eaton border tile with black diamonds on white, 152x25mm, £4.30 each; that would work well with its white field tiles, 152sq mm, £4.51 each.
I've read that old-style metal train luggage racks are an attractive way to store towels in a bathroom. Can you tell me who supplies them?
Train-style luggage or coat racks in brass, based on the racks in the old Paris Metro carriages, are sold by mail order from The French House. You could also try The Renovation Store, which sources New England-style products from the USA. It sells a hotel towel rack; similar to a luggage rack, in antique nickel or in burnished brass. Towel and robe racks in polished nickel, by French company Volevatch are available from The Water Monopoly (click on the Parisian link under accessories).
I have kept a cutting of an American house featured in Homes & Gardens
a couple of years ago which shows a walk-in shower room that has been fitted with a glass panel rather than a cubicle. Is there anything similar here?
With the current popularity of wet rooms, many designers believe that a screen to protect other areas of the room from water spray is more practical than a completely open shower room and also more stylish than a fully contained enclosure. Frameless panels give a sleek look, keeping water in check without detriment to light or overall design. Majestic Showers offers the Frameless collection, which includes a single panel, bath screen, corner and angled enclosures. Much of the work is bespoke because a frameless arrangement requires a perfect fit. The Wet Room collection by Matki offers frameless screens and will make them in non-standard sizes. Also look at the Minima collection from Daryl Showers which includes frameless panels and enclosures.
Is there a correct way to remove slight scratches from mirror and glass?
Most scratches cannot be removed completely without causing a dip in the glass but they can be improved by using jeweller's rouge. This abrasive powder is so fine that it's used in the jewellery trade to give a final polish to gold and silver. Mix the powder to a paste with a little water. Apply on a lint-free cloth and rub in tiny circles over the scratch; you will need to do this vigorously and it will take time. The object of the exercise is to take the edge off the scratch because it is the edge that glints when light refracts on it. Jeweller's rouge can be ordered online from HS Walsh & Sons, a company that specialises in jewellery-related equipment.
Could you help me to find a bath that is 150cm in length and wider than the standard 70cm for our long, narrow attic bathroom? We are not keen on having a corner bath.
A standard bath is 170cm long and models that are shorter but wider include the Hoesch Oriental from Alternative Plans; the Dyna Set 624 steel bath from by Kaldewei and the Aloha acrylic bath, from B&Q. A different approach to increasing the relative width of the bath in this long room could be the Mantaleda bath from a range at Mantaleda. This tub is designed for 'deep soaking' where space is limited.
I am keen to find planked wood flooring made of split bamboo for my bathroom. Do you know who supplies it?
There are mixed views about bamboo floors. Some suppliers say they're not suitable, even invalidating the warranty if bamboo is laid in a bathroom. Two companies that approve its use (with care) in bathrooms are Urbane Living and Simply Bamboo. Urbane Living offers three shades, from Light Birch to Dark Oak, in a semi-matt lacquer finish. Simply Bamboo has a wide selection in a gloss, satin or matt finish. To care for the flooring, wipe up spills and splashes quickly, as water left on a boarded bamboo floor can seep between the boards to the sub-floor, causing eventual damage to both.
I am installing a wet room and would like to find a limestone-effect or ceramic tiled flooring with an official barefoot C rating to ensure it isn't slippery. Do you have any suggestions?
Wet barefoot C rating is the highest grade of slip resistance. The gritted tiles in the Sediments floor tiles range from the Elements collection by Johnson Tiles, imitate natural sedimentary rocks. They are wet barefoot C-rated, and the White, Beige and Sand colourways are most appropriate if you want a limestone effect. The Kerastar Rocktop range, also by Johnson, is wet barefoot C-rated and has a more heavily textured stone-like surface. The off-white Athena colourway is a good shade. Pilkington Tiles produce a swimming pool tile called Pinhead, which is wet barefoot C-rated. Its textured surface has a regular raised tiny spot pattern and is available in White and Stone colourways.
My electrician says it would be illegal to fit a traditional chandelier in a bathroom. Can you suggest an alternative?
Steamy bathrooms and exposed electrical fittings are not a good mix. Bathroom lights must have the bulb enclosed, which, of course, isn't the case with most chandeliers. Gustavian, makes the Baroque Bathroom Chandelier, with an enclosed bulb that fits flush to the ceiling.
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