Of all the rooms in the home, the bathroom has perhaps evolved furthest. Its first incarnation after the tin-bath-in-the-kitchen was often, prosaically, a room with nothing more than a cast iron bath in it. BathroomAs time progressed the bathroom incorporated a wash basin and later the WC. There was nothing warm or inviting about the room as the suite was always white with only a choice of black and/or white wall tiles. With an increased interest in interior design in the 1960s and 1970s there came a revolution against plain utilitarianism. Coloured suites and coloured tiles became de rigeur; a whole generation suddenly became aware of the colour of an avocado without ever having seen one.

Slowly showers and bidets became more commonplace and baths could have a whirlpool option, or be other than rectangular. Shower cubicles have since evolved further with multiple jet body massaging systems and even becoming domestic steam cabins. If a shower cubicle steam cabin sounds too small then, for the largest of houses, full wooden-cabinet, Finnish style saunas are available. The bathroom is often now a room in which to spend time and to enjoy relaxing in, so the transformation from practicality to indulgence is complete.

Bathroom2Modern bathrooms and en-suites are now individually designed to cover a wide range of tastes from recreating the 1930's modernist look with its sculpted chinaware, to 21st century ultra-modern with floating glass basins, stainless steel surrounds and accessories. To complement this is a huge range of ceramic wall and floor tiles in a multitude of designs and colours. Wall tiles no longer need to be a fixed 6" square either, with a wide range of sizes ranging from mosaics and 4" squares up to a vast 18" x 24", although tiles this big usually only suit large rooms.

To avoid fitting coloured suites that may date badly, but in order still to give the bathroom a warm and welcoming feel, many people choose a neutral white or cream suite and then accessorise it with coordinated coloured towels, curtains or blinds. This allows the decor to be changed simply without the need for a full room renovation.

Many branches have luxury showrooms and as your local specialists in the supply of Bathrooms & Showers are able to offer you a full range of Bathrooms suites from leading manufacturers.

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Leading Brands

Buildbase Bathroom showrooms feature products by many of the industry's leading brands, with an emphasis on quality and value for money.

For sanitaryware, shower enclosures and showers, Buildbase offer the following brands:

Aura Ideal Standard ROCA Bathroooms Lecico
Heritage Bathrooms The Bold Look of KOHLER MIRA Showers Matki Showering
Roman Showers Coram Showers Triton Showers Aqualisa Showers

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- Andover Buildbase

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