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What to look out for in a good quality bath

Quality is a huge determining factor when it comes to the purchase of long-term investment items such as a bathtub. In the purchase of items such as this, it is in the consumer’s best interest to do thorough research about the options that they have available to them. This includes assessing the quality of the products to ensure that they will, indeed, last as long as you expect them to. It would be a dangerous assumption to make if you consider your perceived quality to equate to true quality without examining your options.

The quality of a product refers to the calibre of that item as compared to its available alternatives in the market. It is where durability and composition meet to, not only meet customer expectations but to effortlessly exceed them. Quality is the difference between buying a bathtub every few years because it has cracked, chipped or otherwise deteriorated in its short lifespan, and enjoying your bathtub for more than 20+ years.

The key criterion to consider when making a bathtub purchase is the material from which it is made. The material options available in the market include plastic (ABS), acrylic, cast-iron, enameled steel, cultured marble, proprietary composites, and stone. For the purpose of this article, we will be comparing the proprietary composite DADOquartz with other solid surface materials in the high-end of the spectrum that one would consider when finally building one’s dream bathroom space.

To ensure that the product you are buying is of a high-quality one needs to consider characteristics such as ‘full-bodied’, ‘solid body’ or solid surface within the bathtubs.

  • Ensure the product has full-bodied construction

Full-bodied construction means that the product is made of the same material through and through. If you were to cut the product in half across any axis, you will find the same material on the inside as on the outside. You cannot go wrong with stone bathtubs in this criterion.

Full-bodied products are made from granite, marble, onyx, travertine, basalt or sandstone. These bathtubs are truly one of a kind and they have the most full-bodied construction because they are carved from a single solid piece. This makes them one unique work of art but a pricey one at that.

A more affordable and equally full-bodied material would be proprietary composites. These are stone, mineral and resin mixtures that are moulded into a single solid bathtub like DADOquartz bathtubs. Full-bodied bathtubs are made of a non-porous material with no fissures, veins or other imperfections.

Figure 1: DADOquartz solid material with no fissures, veins or pores

Some composites, however, do not completely qualify as full-bodied. This is because it is made from a material such as crushed fillers mixed with resin, set and then followed up with a gel coat. The material is quite durable, but should the product become scratched it would be irreparable and it would also be revealing the often-unpleasant subsurface material.

Figure 2: Other solid material with fissures, veins and pores – the surface can crack or break easily.

If you find that the product has differing materials in other areas, this could mean irreparable cracks or that the structural integrity of the article could be compromised.

  • Surface coatings

This criterion investigates the true surface of the product and scrutinises the thickness of the product’s rim. Judging this measure ensures that the surface that you have associated with quality is truly the material that the product was fashioned from and not simply a coating to cover up a different material. What you can do to verify this is to have a look at the bottom and the side of the products to see that there are no colour and material variations.

The surface of a bathtub or basin will almost always look smooth and even, as this is part of the customer’s expectations, which breeds perceived quality. However, this smoothness needs to be consistent throughout the product’s surface. If you turn a basin upside-down and find bubbles, veins, and crevasses in the material, this should be a red flag.  Bubbles show that the fibre matrix is not a stable as it should be, this could lead to cracking and product failure in some cases. It would also be possible that one of these bubbles could show up on the surface of the product at a later stage.

Most bathroom ware products made from solid material are typically layered with a gel-coat finish which is equivalent to a paint finish. This also allows these products to be manufactured in a range of solid colours and with a high gloss finish. Although scratches on this surface can be buffed out, with time, the gel-coat finish, as with all paint finishes,  can become brittle and expose the material underneath, leading to cracks. This material doesn’t stand up as well as proprietary composites like DADOquartz that has no additional coating on the products because of the quartz material used in manufacturing. The DADOquartz bathtubs and basins are non-porous meaning that they are free of hairline cracks, ensuring a surface that is resistant to micro-organisms and bacterial growth, easy to clean and silky smooth to the touch.

Figure 9: Example of visible coating

The quartz used in DADOquartz bathroom ware is a high-quality stone that is crushed and mixed with resin and minerals and then moulded into a single solid piece. This piece undergoes extensive tests to ensure that there are no fissures, veins or other imperfections that could compromise the strength or appearance of the product. This results in a durable, long-lasting, scratch and stain resistant bathtub that has no need for any additional treatment or coatings.

  • Product Thickness

When it comes to the thickness of the bathtub an easy way to compare the strength to weight ratio of a bathtub is to look at the thickness of the bathtub’s rim and waste. Although styles and product designs may differ to accommodate details such as shape or an overflow system, material with high strength characteristics will be able to produce very thin bathtubs without any concern.  DADOquartz bathtubs are available with a  rim width as thin as 10mm, an illustration of the material’s strength. The manufacturer of DADOquartz bathroom ware is able to produce exceedingly slim bathtubs without compromising the structural integrity of the bathtub due to the unwavering strength and resilience of the material.

DADO bathtubs and basins made from DADOquartz

With a StandardCity, Compact, and Classic freestanding bathtub and complementary basin range, DADO is at the forefront of the latest bathroom trends and stands out in terms of quality. Using the latest manufacturing technology and innovation, DADO’s freestanding bathtubs and basins are manufactured from the unique DADOquartz material. As a testament to the exceptional durability of all our products, we back our work with a lifetime warranty of 25 years on all bathtubs and basins. Visit our showroom today, and find the next centerpiece for your bathroom.

 

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Freestanding Bathtubs – Global City Ranges that match your Bathroom’s Personality

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At DADO, we’re fascinated by wanderlust – the impulse to travel and explore the world. Our City Range of freestanding bathtubs and matching basins offer you the opportunity to experience the essence of world-class cities without setting foot outside your bathroom.

 

Author, John Green, is quoted as saying, “I’m in love with cities I’ve never been to.” You can satisfy your impulse to travel the world and fall in love with iconic cities you’ve never been to by simply relaxing in one of our stylish modern freestanding bathtubsDADO’s City Range brings four world-class cities into your own contemporary bathroom – you just have to decide which one is your favourite, allowing your imagination to run wild in your own home.

When it comes to world-class cities, which is your bathroom’s personality?

 

AMSTERDAM: If the European lifestyle resonates with you and you have an appreciation for art and rich cultural history complemented with modernity and a healthy work/life balance, then the Amsterdam freestanding bathtub with matching basin is the dream fit for your bathroom space. With its soft curves and rectangular form, the Amsterdam bathtub perfectly blends modern and traditional.

DUBAI: Are you are a forward-thinking strategist, excited by innovative architecture that pushes the boundaries amid a vibrant mix of cultural diversity? The Dubai freestanding bathtubs have your name written all over it and will make the appropriate statement in your modern bathroom design. The Dubai bathtub and basin, with their smooth curves, wrap luxury and elegance into the perfect design.

LONDON: If you lean towards the avant-garde and a cosmopolitan vibe but still maintain a respect for heritage and tradition, then the London freestanding bathtub with its chic, oval shape and sleek lines will add a sophisticated centre-piece to your modern bathroom. Just add the beautifully crafted London basin for a definitive design statement.

RIO: Do you come alive in an eclectic environment of multicultural energy and passion, but where life is not taken too seriously? The striking and edgy design of the Rio freestanding bathtub, partnered with the Rio basin, will certainly be the luxurious focal point in your bathroom.

 

Whichever model from our modern freestanding bathtubs you choose, our City Range enables you to fall in love with world-class cities without ever having to visit them, affording you a global spa experience from the comfort of your own home. DADO’s City Range of freestanding bathtubs and matching basins contain no fissures, veins or imperfections, resulting in a smooth and elegant finish. For more information on the enduring quality of our products, catch up on our story.

Download our brochure to begin your journey into our world of timeless and luxurious modern bathtubs and basins.

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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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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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Add a Stylish Basin to your Modern Bathroom

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Having invested in a freestanding bathtub for your bathroom, the addition of a stylish basin to your modern space can better reflect your bathrooms overall aesthetic.

Both masterpieces highly complement each other and can convert your drab bathroom into a stunning modern space. Towards the end of 2017, we touched on the history of quartz design while drawing inspiration for remodeling your bathroom going forward. As we enter into 2018, we cannot overemphasize enough, adding a stylish basin to your bathroom project, guaranteeing that it will have a dramatic effect on the look and feel of your bathroom. Basins have outgrown their purpose as a mere functional necessity to wash your hands and face – they are a key design element in your home and will remain relevant for years to come.

 Choosing a design that appeals to the shape of your space

Thanks to innovation in the bathroom design industry, freestanding basins are now being manufactured and distributed in all shapes and forms. For the consumer, it means you can also avail of a sleek, thin-rimmed, stylish basin that matches the contours of your bathtub, without compromising on strength. Fine and thinner edges to basins are a strong and emerging trend that has swept the market in recent times. Coupled with the durability of quartz material, we highly recommend DADOquartz’s Thin Rim range of bathroom basins. Available in a variety of styles and depths, they epitomize modern bathroom trends and bring its functionality to a whole new level.

 Basins as Contemporary Pillars of the Bathroom

True to its name, pillar basins stand out from the crowd and make a bold statement in the bathroom space. Pillar basins are great for smaller bathrooms where space is limited but also makes an impression when placed next to each other in repetition. Sometimes the hardest choice narrows down on whether to choose a circular or square element. DADOquartz has recognized the versatility and appeal of pillar basins, both in contemporary and in classic bathroom spaces. Their ‘Pillar Range’ series, featuring the gorgeous MangoAnnelie, and Edith models, is guaranteed to take your bathroom one step further, reinventing the functional bathroom experience.

 DADO – Beautiful and Befitting Basins

 DADO is a luxury bathroom ware brand established in 2002. Inspired by both natural beauty and sophisticated design, each DADO product is hand finished to ensure that smooth, luxurious detail complements its functional use. Our freestanding bathtubs and stylish basins are manufactured from our own unique DADOquartz material, guaranteed to last a generation and backed up by a 25-Year warrantyDownload our catalogue today, to find the design solution for your bathroom, and feel free to contact us about how to compliment your purchase with matching bathtubs and stylish basin.

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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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Bathroom Remodel – Renovation Ideas for 2018

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Are you thinking of a bathroom remodel next year? Or feeling energized to remodel your private sanctuary after striking a chord with the latest trends and patterns in bathroom interiors?

Once you’re satisfied that the architecture of your bathroom meets your requirements for practicality, comfort and relaxation, your real moment to shine comes with the selection of the quintessential features of your bathroom remodelling project.

A Balance between Function and Ornament

One of the standout bathroom remodel trends of 2017 has been “Timelessness”, and its popularity shows no sign of fading as we move towards another summer season of restyling and makeovers. Central to this concept in bathroom lifestyle and luxury, is the myriad of freestanding bath, basin and shower remodel options that have become an increasingly popular application by renowned interior designers today. Not only does it make your bathroom elegant and add an eclectic feel, it allows the bathing area to become the centrepiece of your bathroom, adding luxury and prestige to your space. The placing of freestanding appliances has stood the test of time. Choose a minimalist design, incorporating a stone or quartz bath as the focal point in the room. The addition of decor, accessories and textures to your bathroom can be limited to the bare essentials or personalized to reveal an accent of who you are, and what draws you into your relaxing retreat.

Granite has been the standard luxury counter and bathtubs for many years but in recent times, quartz has become very much in vogue with the world’s best designers and architects. High on functionality yet low on maintenance, it is scratch, stain and scorch resistant mimics natural stone and comes in a variety of patterns and colours. If you are looking to break the mould while enjoying ‘timeless luxury’, a bathroom remodel centred around quartz will liven up space, and allows you to have fun with styles and themes.

DADOquartz – Remodel with a stone of excellence

If you are looking to experiment and challenge all kinds of functionality, combined with a statement of luxury and allure, incorporate DADO’s own unique DADOquartz material as the keystone to your bathroom remodel. of your impending bathroom remodel. 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. All products are backed up by a 25-year warranty, committing to DADO’s core value of designing products that last for generations.

Browse through our current catalogue here, where you will be sure to find a bespoke collection that identifies with, and completes your dream bathroom renovation.

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