Luxury Bathrooms: A Smart Investment in Your Home

Luxury Bathrooms: A Smart Investment in Your Home

It is a well-known fact that when buying a home, the two rooms that buyers scrutinize the most are the kitchen and bathrooms. Since other rooms can be improved upon with paint, floor wax or carpeting and perhaps some minor electrical work, an attractive, recently updated kitchen or bathroom is more likely to tip the scales in favour of a sale. If you are planning to upgrade to a luxury bathroom in your current home for a future home sale or for your own enjoyment, you will want to do your research and find a manufacturer of high-quality luxury bathroom fittings who can deliver exactly what you want.

If you are adding a new bathroom to your current home, you will want to choose a sleek design that provides the greatest possible return on your investment, and in many cases it will make sense to upgrade existing bathrooms to ensure a similarly updated and well-appointed look. The right designer will be able to help you do just that.

People adding a new bathroom to their home or upgrading to designer bathrooms have many things to consider before going into a showroom, and it is helpful to envision the desired result before deciding between the options that you have based on space availability, plumbing and other issues. One of the most obvious considerations is what you generally want your designer bathrooms to look like. Do you have a preferred colour scheme?

What about a preference for features that will be easy to clean? Do certain types of fixtures appeal to you more than others? Next, consider how your preferences will work with the layout of your current bathroom. To what extent might the existing layout have to change?

Would you be willing and able to consider a more extensive renovation that involves new plumbing and electrical wiring? Will the dimensions of your existing bathroom or planned add-on leave enough space and allow for comfortable placement of fittings and ease of movement between the tub or shower, toilet and sink? All of these questions need to be answered before ordering your luxury bathroom fittings, and the right manufacturer will come to your home, do a walk-through and work with you to develop a design that will work with your preferences as well as any variables that cannot be changed.

Once you have gone through this initial phase of the design process, you will be able to decide on the features that you would like to include in your renovated bathroom. Popular features right now include basin-style sinks on vanity bases with additional shelving or drawers, wide sinks and mirrors which can be shared by couples in master baths, free-standing tubs, recessed spaces for shampoo and other toiletries, stainless steel fixtures and white or off-white fittings against a dark background.

If you have limited cabinetry in your current bathroom or exposed plumbing which you would like to conceal, certain luxury bathroom fittings by Kohler and others can solve both problems in the form of an equally attractive and useful vanity base which also will also make the best possible use of the space. Shower cubicles can also be an excellent space-saving feature which makes for easier cleaning.

For larger bathrooms, separate shower cubicles and free-standing tubs are an attractive way to break up a large space, and windows with a view of the treetops can make the bath experience even more relaxing. Finally, you will want to make certain that the installers are familiar with the manufacturer’s products and support services. A reputable designer will recommend knowledgeable installers who will typically bring in their own electricians and plumbers as needed for your bathroom renovation project.

Whether your home is ten years old or 100 years old, adding a new bathroom or upgrading to designer bathrooms is one of the best investments you can make in your home. The right luxury bathroom fittings will make your daily routine more enjoyable, impress your guests and put you in a favourable position to sell your home should that day ever come. You might even find that certain space-saving features are more attractive than the ones you already have. Make sure that the designer you choose can offer the best value for the design you have chosen, and your new designer bathroom will delight your family and guests for many years to come.

P.T. Ranson has been providing branded bathroom supplies and service for bathroom remodelling projects for years. P.T. Ranson has more than 30 years of collective experience and a commitment to providing the best possible products and service for each individual bathroom remodelling project. When buying online from P.T. Ranson, deliveries on the UK mainland are free of charge. For more information, call today on 0191 4696999 or visit the PT Ranson Website today.

Quick Guide to Painting a Door

Quick Guide to Painting a Door

DIY painting can be a very enjoyable and satisfying way to cut the costs of improving your home and is one of the easiest DIY tasks which you can undertake. So how do you paint a door, whether that be a new interior door or to renovate old paintwork.

The first thing to do when paining any interior door is to remove the handles and locking mechanism, this makes the painting job much easier and stops you getting paint all over the handles etc.

To prepare a new wooden door for painting, sand down the door with a fine sand paper following the grain, any sharp edges should be slightly rounded off. Once sanding has been completed, wipe the door down with a clean cloth and white spirit to remove all dust and debris.

Fold ‘old’ interior doors, check for any loose paint, remove then sand the surrounding area with to even the doors surfaces. Do any filling necessary, then – to complete the preparation, rub the entire door down with fine sandpaper. If the paint work is in good condition then you may not need to prime or undercoat the door (especially if it is to be painted the same colour), although it is advisable to sand down the existing paintwork and apply a thin undercoat prior to applying the top coat of paint.

Whether a new or old interior door, it’s always a good idea to apply a couple of thin coats – this is always better than trying to get away with just applying one thick coat of paint. This will nearly always look rough and will very likely run.

To apply the first coat of paint, start with the beading around the panels making sure you avoiding any paint runs. Coat the door panels themselves following the grain of the wood. Next paint the vertical & horizontal stiles with smooth vertical paint strokes, again following the grain of the wood.

Finally coat the edges of the door with smooth vertical strokes, and as before, try to ensure you to catch any runs or build ups of paint on the corners. Allow time for the door to dry and then rub down the door with fine sandpaper, wipe the door down with a clean cloth to remove any dust, and then apply the second coat in the same way.

If you are looking to replace your doors you will find a wide range of internal & external wooden doors in our online store for each and every room within your property at Blacketts Doors of Newcastle. A range of stunning wooden front doors and beautiful wooden patio doors designed to help lift the exterior of your home and provide the perfect welcome. Why not check out or latest stock now, you won’t be disappointed. For more information call us today on 0191 2734073 or visit the Blacketts Doors website.

Looking to Replace your Old Gas Boiler?

Looking to Replace your Old Gas Boiler?

If you have an old or inefficient gas boiler you may find that getting a new combi boiler installed has more advantages than you may first think, along with providing you and your family with reliable heating and hot water you will also find you use up to 30% less energy, helping you to save money and reduce the impact that your home has on the environment.

Having a combi boiler installed in your home is a really worthwhile investment if you are looking for ways to add value to your property or just looking for ways to reduce your costs in the future, not only will you find having a brand new boiler requires less energy to run it will also be able to maintain a far even temperature within your home far more efficiently, reducing the need for your to keep turning up the thermostat.

If you are considering getting a new boiler you might want to take a look at the excellent range of combi boilers that they have at Arktek Heating, with some of the latest and most energy efficient models of boilers available on the market on offer and a wide choice of models to choose from you can be certain that they will be able to help you find a boiler that is really well suited to your property.

With a friendly and knowledgeable team of fully trained professional plumbing engineers at Arktek Heating they are real experts in gas boiler replacements so will be able to offer you all the help and advice that you require to make sure that you get the boiler that is most suited to you and your family’s needs, and with all boilers being provided by carefully selected manufacturers you can be sure that no matter what boiler you choose it will be made to the highest possible quality.

At Arkteck Heating they aim to make sure that every customer is left totally happy with the service they have received, so make sure that you are well informed and completely happy at every stage, starting from when you receive your first free of charge consultation right up until your boiler reaches the end of its life, with a twenty four hour call out service and a range of warranties ranging from 2-10 years you can be certain that if you ever do have any problems they will be on hand to help.

Having a new combi boiler installed can save you hundreds of pounds a year in energy bills and may actually cost your far less that you think, at Arktek Heating it is possible to get a brand new combi boiler fully installed for around £1630 which is a very small cost when you think how much money you will save in the future and how much more comfortable your home will be with reliable heating, plus you will have the advantage of having reliable hot water and heat exactly when you need it and many other modern features that are available on many models.

With every boiler fitted to meet all safety requirements and every job carried out with the minimum of disruption to your home you can be sure that At Arktek heating they will do everything they can to make sure that the job runs smoothly and with excellent customer reviews, impressive aftercare services and upfront easy to understand pricing policy, why not take advantage of their free of charge no obligation quote and make an appointment for them to visit your home and see how much they could help you reduce the amount of energy you use

For further information about the range of replacement gas boilers available or the landlord emergency repair and maintenance services, please call 0191 516 6911 or complete the online form. We will be in touch with you as soon as possible.

Plantation Shutters from Beautiful Shutter Company

Plantation Shutters from Beautiful Shutter Company
If you are looking for a unique and practical way to really make the most of your windows and still maintain your privacy take a look at some of the attractive, good quality plantation shutter designs available at the beautiful Shutter Company. With a wide range of styles, colours and materials available you can be sure that they will be able to provide you will an individual plantation shutter design that will complement the rest of your interior decor perfectly.

Plantation shutters are an excellent idea for homes and businesses alike as they not only add a touch of class to any room they also help to protect against the elements and make you property more secure. With options ranging from full length solid style shutters to half sized cafe style designs no matter what kind of style you are hoping to create within your room you can be sure that at the Beautiful Shutter Company you will find the ideal plantation blind to help you finish the look.

With the option to adjust the louvres, or even open them up completely, plantation shutters really are a really flexible choice that allow you to easily control how much or how little light can enter your room helping you to stay cooler in the summer, and also warmer in the winter as they will help your room to retain more heat. As they are easy to clean and created using long lasing high quality materials you can be sure that no matter what type of plantation blinds you may decide on in the end they will be a really worthwhile investment that you will be able to make use of for years to come.

The Beautiful Shutter Company
So why not take a look at some of the really stylish designs available at the Beautiful Shutter Company? With a made to measure service and some really individual additional features available, such as waterproof shutters and on track style designs for larger areas you can be certain that no matter how grand your design plans may be they will have the skills and expertise required to help you achieve them.

The Beautiful Shutter Company brings a wealth of experience to the window dressing industry and is committed to providing homeowners with the perfect set of high-quality plantation shutters for any home. To learn more about our wide selection of shutters or to book an appointment, call us today on 01642 688049 or visit the Beautiful Shutter Company website.

Sound Insulation Testing in London

Sound Insulation Testing in London

London is a massive city containing over 9 million people density and high rise apartments. With many living in this overcrowded environment it is essential that noise transference between adjoining properties in kept to a minimum for the occupant’s wellbeing. One way of ascertaining that a building is in compliance with Building Regulations Part E for the prevention of noise transference, is to undertake Sound Insulation Testing in London.

We have undertaken thousands of sound insulation tests throughout London and the South East on all types of projects from simple flat conversions to large developments containing hundreds of flats. We also undertake Sound Insulation Testing where a lease holder dispute has arisen, i.e. where the buildings lease stipulates that wooden floors should not be used instead of carpets and as a result of the change of floor finish the noise levels have increased – especially the impact noise. We can also undertake sample sound testing to highlight the existing noise levels so a targeted acoustic design can be undertaken.

Plate A – Tapping Machine for Impact Sound Testing

Currently we are also experiencing a rise in the amount of sound testing required to existing blocks of flats, such as existing council stock. This is hardly surprising as the amounts of noise complaints have more than doubled within the last 10 years due to residents experiencing excess noise between the dividing wall and floor partitions. By utilising our extensive knowledge of different materials and construction we can forward a simple, explanative cost effective solution for wall and/or floor upgrade. Where our clients have followed our advice they have achieved a 100% success sound test pass rate, ensuring compliance with Part E of Building Regulations.

The Sound Testing procedure is fairly simple and our engineer will be happy to explain this on site. Essentially, for party walls there is one type of sound insulation test which is airborne sound test and for compartment floors there are two types of sound insulation tests which are airborne and impact sound insulation tests. The airborne sound insulation test is carried out by means of a loudspeaker emitting a steady source of noise on one side of the partition (wall or floor) to be measured. The corresponding sound level is measured on the other side of the partition. Impact sound insulation tests are carried out by means of a tapping machine placed on the floor sample to be measured and the noise measured in the room or space below

All our engineers carry out the sound test measurements in full accordance with the measurement procedures of BS EN ISO 140-4:1998[3] for field measurements with a single figure DnTw and LnTw in accordance with BS EN ISO 717.

Ongoing problems with airborne and structure borne sound are often associated with direct noise flanking transmission through floors and supporting walls and other associated structures. One common cause of noise flanking is often associated with the inclusion of lightweight blocks within the construction of the building envelope and/or blocked cavities. It all cases it is essential to establish if your problem is due to direct transmission, flanking transmission or a combination of both so that the most cost effective remedial treatment can be chosen.

Unwanted noise travelling along flanking paths will make the building structure vibrate which causes the sound to radiate into your room. One simple cost effective solution is to build another wall or ceiling in front of the original, but not connected to it (often called an independent wall or ceiling) so it provides isolation between materials.

One way to reduce the chance of flanking transmission is through careful consideration to the design at the start of the project. Unfortunately, by simply specifying high performance wall and floor partitions it is no guarantee to adequate sound isolation and successful sound testing.

APT Sound Insulation Testing offer both preconstruction and post construction design solutions if a project has failed the sound testing. We also offer onsite inspection services to ensure that the sound insulation elements are being installed as per manufactures guild-lines.

If you require pre-completion sound testing and/or you would like acoustic design advice on your project, please contact us now at


Update your Bathroom with PT Ranson

Update your Bathroom with PT Ranson

If you have been considering updating your bathroom you may want to consider taking a look at the excellent variety of bathroom products available from P T Ranson. At their North East located bathroom showroom you will find everything you need to completely revamp your bathroom.

A modern and effective bathroom is the ideal addition to any home, whether you are planning to install a totally new suite or to just update your existing one, with a great range of luxury bathroom furniture and showers on view at the P T Ranson bathrooms showroom, you can be sure to find one that not only has all the features you require but also complements the overall style of your bathroom design as well.

If you are looking for a more traditional style to your bathroom, but also want the advantages of modern technology take a look at the great range of Imperial Showers on offer, with a great range of complementing items such as baths, basins, toilets and other accessories all made using the highest quality materials this is the ideal range if you want to create a perfectly co-ordinated classic look.

Having a built in bath, luxury shower or really well fitted bathroom furniture is the perfect way to make your new bathroom a real feature within your home and by choosing high quality products you know that you will be able to enjoy the benefits for years to come. Why not consider adding a totally separate cubicle or even creating a whole wet room? Fioira Showers have a great range of revolutionary Silex Shower trays available in a wide variety of styles and colours giving you the opportunity to have a high performance and durable shower tray that is attractive and stylish as well.

With so many different ranges available from such a wide range of suppliers, all featuring their own unique features, you will find plenty of products to compare until you are totally happy with the design that you have chosen.   Whether you prefer to soak in the tub or unwind under the shower you will be able to find the perfect solutions for you and your family even if you have a small or awkwardly shaped bathroom, and with excellent customer service every time you can be certain that no matter what new bathroom you may choose, at P T Ranson they will do everything they can to ensure that you are 100 percent happy with your purchase.

P T Ranson Bathrooms & Showers
So if you want to install a new bathroom why not get some inspiration from P T Ranson? Regardless of your tastes or the style you are hoping to achieve with such a wide range of top quality products you are sure to find the ideal shower for your bathroom. With so many unique and high performance products on offer from some top bathroom design companies you can be sure that you won’t be disappointed. Simply call 0191 469 6999 or visit the PT Bathroom and Showers designer bathroom website today.