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Compact Modern Bathtubs – Ideal for Urban Spaces

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The lifestyle trend centered on the motto of “LIVE-WORK-PLAY,” is growing and it has generated a property boom in the urban real estate market. The impact is less square footage in luxury apartments and townhouses, however, this does not mean compromising on design impact, especially when it comes to modern bathtubs in the bathroom space.

Big Design Impact in Smaller Spaces

In our previous blog, we talked about the revolution of smaller bathrooms and their design challenges. This piece highlighted that the perfect creative opportunity to boost the wow factor of your modern bathroom is by embracing the ‘less is more’ design principle. The timeless beauty of freestanding modern bathtubs can now take centre stage in your contemporary space, thanks to DADO’s Compact Range of luxury freestanding baths and matching basins. An urban bathroom still deserves to be elegant and tranquil, as it is often a much-needed retreat.

Introducing the Rosella

New to DADO’s compact freestanding bathtub range is the stylish Rosella exclusively available at Italtile. Manufactured from unique, locally sourced DADOquartz material, this petite bathtub has been purposefully designed to command attention and show off a big personality in a small bathroom. The Rosella proudly stands alongside the Ava and the Julia in DADO’s range of urban-inspired compact bathtubs. With a length of 1500 – 1550, these bathtubs ensure a perfect focal point fit in a small-scale city bathroom without taking up too much space. The Rosella is currently on promotion and is exclusively available at Italtile outlets.

Enhance the Aesthetic with Modern Basins  

There is no denying that our compact freestanding bathtubs are investment pieces. But for added elegance, why not partner our compact bathtubs with their matching basins, whose gracious presence is a befitting design choice for a sublime impact in your modern bathroom?

DADO’s beautiful range of modern basins is perfectly designed to complement the smooth lines of their matching modern bathtubs. This combination creates seamless symmetry which makes for a calm and relaxing space which can improve the overall aesthetic of your bathroom and turn it into your personal spa retreat in your home.

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The architectural simplicity of the lines of all freestanding bathtubs will fit flawlessly into your modern space and will become statements of ultimate luxury. The DADO  Maya freestanding bathtub and Maya basin (exclusive to Italtile) continue the minimalistic theme and clean lines which make the addition of modern bathtubs perfect in any modern space.

An exclusive range of DADO freestanding baths and basins made from DADOquartz are currently on promotion at  Italtile stores. Visit our store locator to find a retail store near you.

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Freestanding Baths -Transforming into an iconic Victorian-era Powder Room

When considering a classic style for your bathroom transformation, the Victorian-era offers timeless freestanding baths inspiration, which can spruce up and add a touch of glamour to any dull bathroom.

The Victorian period, the era of Queen Victoria’s reign between June 1837 and January 1901, was a highly progressive timeline in British history; the miracle of indoor plumbing originated, public baths were established for all, while wealthy families built splendid bathrooms in their mansions, complete with freestanding baths and decorative basins. When it comes to current bathroom inspiration, many homeowners still look back fondly to the past. And for those seeking to recreate a powder-room reminiscent of an opulent Victorian bathroom, you’ll be glad to know that freestanding baths of this era are just as popular now as when they first came into existence in the mid-1800’s.

A Classic Bathroom in a Compact Space

In our previous Blog, we explored the property trends towards modern bathtubs in smaller bathrooms. Interestingly, this draws a parallel to Victorian bathrooms which were also small and narrow in scale, accommodating small bathtubs to fit into the bathing space. Transforming your bathroom is largely a matter of space and comfort. With the addition of compact freestanding baths, you can enjoy just as much comfort and rejuvenation as in a larger tub. Bathrooms can become every bit as lavish as kitchens and bedrooms. The Julia Bathtub from the DADO Compact Range is a stunning illustration of a compact bathtub that brings Victorian-era style into a classic, luxury bathroom. For those blessed with an expanse of floor space, the Victoria bathtub is the quintessential classic bath to complement your master bathroom.

The Ball and Claw Bathtub – Making its Mark!

One of the most iconic images of the Victorian-era powder rooms has to be ‘ball-and-claw’ freestanding baths. Traditionally made entirely from cast-iron, they weighed a tonne and did not retain heat very well. With modern designs experimenting with lightweight materials, these classic chic bathtubs are making a strong comeback. Moulded into what are known as “slipper baths”, they make a striking impact in any bathroom design that they are incorporated into. The Sophia Slipper Bathtub, from the DADO Classic Range of freestanding bathtubs, is a luxurious modern interpretation of this Victorian-era ablution room favourite.

DADO

DADO is a luxury bathroom ware brand established in 2007 and renowned for luxurious freestanding baths and basins, which are manufactured from their own unique DADOquartz material. Whether you are creating an oasis of luxury in a small bathroom or looking to add a timeless masterpiece to your master bathroom, DADO offers more than 25 different designs, leaving you spoilt for choice. Find your nearest DADO distributor today using our online Store Locator.

 

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Modern Bathtubs – Property Trends Towards Smaller Bathrooms

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Modern bathtubs in smaller bathrooms are undergoing quite a revolution in recent times as urban property trends present a design challenge of making the most out of compact spaces.

Smaller bathrooms require a minimalist approach and the need to scale down becomes a priority in smaller bathroom design. Taking unnecessary items out of the space, it opens up a luxurious ‘focal point’ to your bathroom, allowing you to invest in a modern bathtub that compliments your overall theme and transforms your bathing area into your own personal ‘spa’. In our previous Blog, we outlined the functional and aesthetic benefits of investing in a set of matching freestanding basins for your luxury bathroom. If you own a modern apartment or house and yearn for a large tub, compact modern bathtubs offer the perfect fit for your smaller bathroom. Get ready to re-acquaint yourself with the ultimate bathing experience!

Immerse yourself in more space than you think!

Owning a smaller property shouldn’t deny you all the luxuries and treats of its larger counterpart. Rather than visualizing modern bathtubs by the available square metres of your bathroom, look at the space opportunities from the floor to the roof. By literally thinking ‘deep down’, you can add a statement piece to your home with the addition of a ‘soaker tub’. The extra height in a compact bathtub such as the Ava bath from the DADO freestanding modern bathtubs range is crafted with the modern apartment or townhouse in mind. The deeper profile of this compact bathtub allows you to immerse yourself and enjoy the same relaxing experience as a larger tub.

Modern Bathroom Trends influenced by Urban Living Trends.

As the demand for urban dwellings increases, property developers have been forced to build upwards, creating smaller living spaces. This has given rise to ‘compact living’, where bathroom designers have been presented with new creative possibilities to fuse luxury and style into smaller homes. The addition a modern bathtub adds an artistic presence to a free-flowing space, in addition to functionality and aesthetic beauty. For a more classic look, the Julia bathtub from DADO’s compact freestanding bathtub range blends luxury into a classic bathroom theme with the compact dimensions to fit into almost any bathroom.

DADO

DADO is a luxury bathroom ware brand established in 2007 and featured at the forefront of the latest bathroom trends. In addition to the compact range of freestanding bathtubs, DADO also manufactures a wide range of modern and classic freestanding bathtubs accompanied by complementary freestanding basins, using our own unique DADOquartz material. Contact DADO today or find your nearest DADO distributor from our Store Locator to view our products and transform your bathroom into a luxurious retreat.

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Freestanding Bathtubs -Upgrading in Cape Town

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Investing in your bathing experience by upgrading to freestanding bathtubs has been one of the most popular home makeover decisions of the past few months.

As Capetonians strive to occupy their beach houses and city penthouses with a truly luxurious feel, homeowners have continually looked to local designers for a unique selection of freestanding bathtubs and basins to complete their lavish home makeover. In our previous Blog, we offered some practical everyday tips on reusing your bath grey-water to play your part in preventing Day Zero. While the water crisis should never escape our minds, we hope the article has inspired you to apply some of our water-saving tips, and perhaps reduce bath usage to special occasions. A freestanding bathtub is more than just a bathing space – it is the epitome of style, sophistication and confidence and there’s no reason why it cannot be the centrepiece of your dream bathroom in 2018.

Aspirational Living in heart of the Mother City

“They say a Boer makes a plan but Capetonians make magic” (Unknown)  With the luxury of scenic views, rolling waves, tranquil surrounds and rising living standards, one doesn’t need to look far to source magical inspiration in the Cape. In the quest for ‘timeless luxury’, residents have drawn such inspiration to spruce up their bathroom space. For homeowners embracing the ultra-modern city living, freestanding bathtubs such as the Ava and Deonne baths from the DADO Standard range are a must-have addition that complete an ideal upgrade to modern luxury in compact spaces. It entices even the busiest Capetonian to relax and unwind at the end of a hectic working day, a teleport into your own inner spa sanctuary without leaving the house.

A freestanding Bathtub with an Ocean Backdrop

The positioning of freestanding bathtubs in Cape Town’s opulent beachfront properties have been a stylish focal point that adds a spa-like serenity to the bathroom space. When location means everything to you, demand the same degree of luxury in your bathing experience. Freestanding wide-rim bathtubs from DADO’s standard range, including the Palm Bath and the Acanthus oval bath, are the ultimate luxury statements in beachfront living. They are even spacious enough for two to enjoy! Incorporating the aforementioned bathtub designs into your beach house bathroom accentuates the nature that surrounds you, and convinces you to spend just that little bit more time in the bath.

DADOquartz

DADO is a luxury bathroom ware brand established in 2007, Our freestanding bathtubs and basins are manufactured from our own unique DADOquartz material. Its special properties give our products its alluring characteristics, exceptional hardness and distinguishing longevity. DADOquartz is used to manufacture perfectly crafted luxury freestanding bathtubs and basins to markets worldwide. Boasting a Catalogue of over 25 different products, DADO crafts a design solution for every bathroom space. We proudly invite you to our Cape Town showroom in Paarden Eiland (View on Map) to get up close and personal with our bespoke range of bath products. Contact DADO today to make an appointment and make your dream upgrade to a freestanding bathtub a reality.

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Bath Grey-water – Reusing your Bathtub’s Water and play your part in preventing Day Zero

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Within our Blog, we aim to add our voice to issues that expand beyond luxury bathtubs into promoting responsible bath grey-water usage and respecting this finite resource.

As we wait with bated breath for the exact moment ‘Day Zero” creeps upon us, bathing has inevitably come under intense scrutiny as a contributor to water wastage. However, for many folks living in the driest corners of South Africa, Day Zero is an everyday reality. These residents have had to become resilient, yet through the recycling of bath grey-water, they have been able to spread this precious resource far and wide.

In our previous article, we shared our safest methods for maintaining your DADOquartz bathroom fittingsAt DADO, we receive a lot of feedback, tips and occasionally some concerns about bathwater consumption. In this article, we offer a few suggestions on how to best utilize the remaining bath water in your tub (known as bath grey-water) after each use. While Day Zero has gladly been pushed further out to 9th July at the time of writing (Source: EWN), we don’t need to wait for emergency plans to be drawn up by municipalities in order to get real about the situation. We are the enforcers of change and with a few daily water-hacks prioritizing sensible bathwater re-usage, we may never have to face that ominous day when the cities turn off their taps!

 

Reuse Grey-Water for other Household Chores

Considering the water restrictions that are being enforced, grey-water is far too precious to just throw down the drain. From now on, consider Grey-Water as ‘water you can use twice’. With bathwater providing a proportionate amount of our daily water usage, salvage what you need and consider using it to clean your floors and windows. Other uses extend to; watering household plants and handwashing clothes. Remember to use the bathwater in hygienic ways and take necessary steps to minimize any risk of contamination.

 

Reuse Bathwater to keep your Garden in full Bloom.

Nothing raises the ire of suburbia more than sprinklers in full flow during an extended dry season. If you still have an old watering can that is stowed away in the garage, fill it up with your bath grey-water and tend to your grass and garden plants without connecting to any water mains. Not only does it promote responsible water-recycling, it may inspire your neighbours to change their habits and avoid stepping onto that ‘naughty list’ of Cape Town’s biggest water-wasters.

 

Share the same Bathwater amongst Family Members.

DADO products are made of DADOquartz which means not only is it luxuriously smooth and silky, its full-bodied solid structure means exceptionally high heat retention. This means, your daily bath will stay warm for longer and can be enjoyed by more than one user. While it is not an ideal prospect for everyone and may involve tough decisions on who gets the ‘first dip’, it is a fantastic initiative to reduce your daily water consumption. Furthermore, the bath grey-water can be recycled for the household and garden chores mentioned above.

Bathwater Reusage NoNo’s

While grey-water sourced from the bathtub is relatively clean, it can contain chemicals and bacteria which may be harmful to your children and pets. There are a number of clear instances where your bath grey-water should not be used in the household. These include;

  • Drinking (including Pets)
  • Brushing your Teeth
  • Food preparation and Handling.

Needless to say, try and reuse your warm bathwater as soon as possible. Apart from avoiding a lurking smell, it stops bacteria from multiplying and becoming a risk to your garden and home. If you have any further grey-water tips, we’d love to hear about them  Feel free to share them, either with the Team directly, or by posting on our Facebook Page

 

DADO Bathtubs and Basins

DADO is a luxury bathroom ware brand established in 2002. Inspired by both natural beauty and sophisticated design, each DADO product is made from our unique DADOquartz material and hand finished to ensure that smooth, luxurious detail complements its functional use. DADO’s signature bathtubs and complimentary basins are inspired by both nature and the sophisticated urban landscape, encapsulated in the minimalistic yet elegant contours of its City, Classic and Standard ranges. Download our Latest Catalogue to view design solutions for every bathroom.  Use our Store Locator to find an approved DADO retailer near you, and make an appointment with your next timeless bathroom masterpiece

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Maintaining quartz – Looking after your DADOquartzBathroom Fittings

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Maintaining Quartz is not as sophisticated as you may think. In fact, you may already have everything you need to look after your DADOquartz fittings right under your kitchen sink

Aimed at homeowners, designers and architects alike, we strive to bring you the latest trends along with practical advice on all things ‘quartz’ through our monthly Blog. Last month, we focused your attention on adding a stylish basin to your modern bathroom. Looking beyond the purchase of a stunning bath fixture, your attention will surely be drawn to maintaining quartz bathroom fittings. The answer, in short, is that with regular cleaning, maintaining your bathtub or basin is relatively simple. It all boils down to the materials you use to maintain quartz surfaces. Read on, as we recommend materials to clean and look after your DADOquartz bathroom fittings with, as well as serving a precaution for chemical concoctions to stay clear of.

Maintenance is as ‘simple as soap’

At DADO, we manufacture our entire range of bathtubs and basins from our unique DADOquartz, an engineered stone made from resin, quartz and other natural materials. Keeping a clean, hygienic surface ranks high in a customer’s mind when purchasing a luxurious bathtub or basin. The nonporous element of quartz will ensure that bath fittings will not absorb any liquids, limiting maintenance to a surface clean. Most cleaning will just require a cotton cloth and some mild soap after each use. Washing your DADOquartz surface in warm water will help to get rid of marks and residue left behind. Rest assured, personal hygiene products and cosmetics will not damage the surface. By devoting routine cleaning to your DADOquartz fittings, you can keep your bathtubs and basins polished to perfection, and as spotless as when it first lit up your bathroom space.

AvoidAny Petroleum or Acidic based cleaners which will leave a greasy appearance!

 

Tougher Stains are “handy” to clean too!

Maintaining quartz bath fixtures does come with the bonus of stain and scratch resistance. However, they are not indestructible! For more stubborn stains you can use our specially formulated DADO Surface Cleaner included in your purchase (delivered with the product). Removing stains caused by the buildup of hard water or cosmetics can be achieved with a damp sponge and a mild multi-purpose cleaner such as Handy Andy. Just like your kitchen countertop, applying circular motions thoroughly over the affected area will eventually remove stains and restore your bath fixture to its spotless finish. Should you ever encounter a scratch on the surface of your DADO bathtub or basin, it can easily be removed using “wet n dry 400 grit” sandpaper. Apply with water and gently sand out the scratch.

 

Avoid – Harsh Cleaning Products containing Ammonia or Bleach when maintaining quartz. In addition, do not use products containing trichlorethane or methylene chloride, such as paint stripper.

 

DADOquartz

Consistently at the forefront of luxury bathroom ware in South Africa, DADO has been manufacturing and maintaining high-quality freestanding bathtubs and basins since 2002. Applying our unique DADOquartz material by hand to every design, each customer is guaranteed a timeless masterpiece that is exceptionally strong, hygienic and naturally beautiful. The attention to detail in the craftsmanship of each DADO product is also backed up a 25 Year Warranty. For further information on maintaining quartz and taking care of your installed DADO bathtub, please refer to our installation care link, Download our Catalogue today to view the array of designs available in both a matt/polished and gloss finish. To stay ahead of the trends, be sure to follow our Facebook Page for all product updates, new releases, and special offers.

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Emerging freestanding Bathroom Trends

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A Freestanding bathroom continues to play a central role in the shift in lifestyle design, and from the sketches of the world’s top designers, we are witnessing the emergence of beautiful features with a great deal of individuality.

In our previous Blog article, we discussed bathroom remodelling tips for homeowners that are set to become the emerging trends of 2018. Following on from this, we explore the emerging freestanding bathroom trends that are dominating the minds of designers, architects, and homeowners, and playing a key role in this exciting market. The purpose of a bathroom has, up until recent times, been purely seen as a functional area, a place to shower and bathe and get on with the day. However, people have gradually grown an appreciation of the bath space as something much more than that – a place of relaxation, wellness and rejuvenation. This has led to an emergence of contemporary trends that treat the bathroom as a personal sanctuary, an escape from the pressure and stresses of daily life.

Seeing the wider picture in the home.

The bathroom space is no longer a humble box room, and homeowners are now sensibly investing in freestanding bathroom appliances that transform the shape of their entire home.

Merging your bathroom to the Master Bedroom

While freestanding bathrooms have always proved popular with both the elite and the masses, their look and feel have evolved significantly in the 21st century. Gone are the days of the cast iron baths, which were both bulky and strenuous to maintain. In its place, there has been an emergence of both contemporary and chic freestanding tubs and basins. The classic Victorian has also been given a refreshing overhaul with a more minimalist design that still maintains its luxurious feel, and sits perfectly in the master bedroom. The Victoria Bath, from DADO’s Classic Range, is a seamless example of this.

Natural Stone Finishes to the fore

With an emerging design of freestanding bathroom finishes blending into the greater environment of the bathroom, stone and natural finishes are becoming more popular. In particular, quartz and other resin materials create a natural stone appearance that is incredibly strong and crafted to sit as ‘works of art’ in the bathroom.

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With a Standard, City, and Classic freestanding bathtub and complementary basin range, DADO is at the forefront of the latest bathroom trends and have a design solution for every bathroom.  Using the latest manufacturing technology and innovation, Dado’s freestanding bathtubs and basins are manufactured from our own unique DADOquartz material. We are known for our timeless sophisticated designs like the Acanthus, Moloko and Deonne bathtubs and complementary basins. As a testament to the exceptional durability of all our products, we back up our work with a 25 Year Warranty on all baths and basins. Visit our online showroom today, and find the next centrepiece for your bathroom space.

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A Brief History of Quartz in Bathroom Design

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There is no denying that quartz stone has become one of the most sought-after materials for homeowners, designers and architects wishing to take their interior design to the next level of luxury.

Quartz oozes style and sophistication. However, its endearing qualities are the durability of the substance in bathroom applications, and the low maintenance required to keep baths and basins in pristine shape for decades.
The use of quartz dates back thousands of years, with historical evidence locating the substance in passage tombs in Ireland, Eastern Europe and Egypt. In the Middle East and Asia, it was also identified in jewellery, gems and crystal vases. While quartz was found in mineral deposits around the world, it was an exceptionally hard substance. Given the limitations and the lack of engineering tools available during those times, quartz features were often limited to lavish sculptures, carved from a single piece of crystal.
Man-Made Natural Bathtubs
In more recent times, bathtubs carved out of a single crystal of stone were once the preserve of opulent households, 5-star Presidential suites and royal palaces. However, the industry’s greatest breakthrough came in the late 1960’s, when manufacturers’ began to mix quartz stone with polymer resins and other natural materials. The result was an equally durable product, but now allowing quartz products to be customized to the customers’ specifications. The addition of natural materials also added a variety of pigments to bathroom products and an emerging market for stylish bathtubs and basins that were both affordable and offered guaranteed longevity for the investment.
Quartz’s adaptation to Bathrooms
The innovation of 20th-century engineers finally opened up a mass market to homeowners, who now have access to luxurious freestanding bathtubs, basins and countertops. For consumers who understand and value the importance of bathing for both their physical and mental wellbeing, they could finally acquire an exceptional bathtub, without the added stress of financial ruin!
DADO’s own unique adaptation, DADOquartz
From the earth of Southern Africa, quartz is mined, crushed and combined with a mixture of resins and other natural minerals to create DADO’s own unique DADOquartz material. Its special properties give their products its alluring characteristics, exceptional hardness and distinguishing longevity. DADOquartz is used to manufacture perfectly crafted luxury freestanding bathtubs and basins for markets worldwide.
DADOquartz designs products that are:
  • Warm to the touch – due to its high heat retention properties your bathtub will heat up quickly and remain warm throughout your relaxing bathing experience
  • Exceptionally strong – with a solid structure, stringent technical criteria and special engineering process, they created a product with the highest quality that is supported by a 25-year warranty
  • Perfectly crafted the void-free structure is free of hairline cracks, resistant to scratching, stains and abrasion and hand finished to ensure a smooth satin feel.
  • Clean and hygienic the non-porous material ensures an easy to clean surface that is also resistant to micro organisms and bacterial growth
  • Works of artthere is no denying the statement DADO’s bathtubs and basins make with their natural matt stone appearance and satin finish. Products are also available in a high gloss finish and the exterior can be painted after purchase
Browse through our product range to see what we have to offer.
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