Bathroom Furnishings & Features Glossary

Bathroom renovations can be an overwhelming task, especially if you’re not familiar with all the terminology. From Bathroom Vanities and Freestanding Baths, to Mixer Taps, Wall Mounted Toilets, and furnishings, Immaculate Bathrooms helps you navigate through the world of bathroom remodelling. Here are some of the common terms you may come across during your bathroom renovation in Perth or anywhere in Australia.

 

Above Counter Basin or Vessel

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A basin that is mounted above the benchtop with majority of the basin above the benchline.

 

Antique Vanity

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A bathroom vanity made of new materials but feature antique styling, hardware and finishes from the Victorian or Colonial era.

 

Basin Overflow

A drainage point placed atop the basin to prevent overflow.

Bathroom Vanity

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A bathroom vanity is one of the most important pieces of furniture when it comes to picking your bathroom design. It is a piece of cabinetry that holds your bathroom sink or basin, provides all the storage you would need and allows for the plumbing and electric features to be nicely concealed from the naked eye. Bathroom vanities are generally waterproof and come in various styles, sizes and material.

Benchtop

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Also known as a countertop, is the top surface of a bathroom vanity that surrounds the basin and is usually made of stone, marble, granite, or wood.

 

1-Tap Hole Basin

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A basin allowing for a single tap fixture suitable for mixers.

 

3- Tap Hole Basin

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A basin allowing placement of multiple (3) faucets and tapware.

 

Brassware

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A metal alloy made of copper and zinc and is commonly used as tapware, door handles or accessories to create a vintage look.

 

Cabinet

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Storage area in a bathroom vanity that includes shelves, drawers, interior shelves or freestanding storage unit used to house common bathroom items such as towels, hygiene products and cosmetics.

 

Ceramic Disc

Ceramic disc allows you to effectively control the flow of water and its temperature when you turn your tap. There is less wear and tear on a ceramic disc unlike a rubber washer and it provides a watertight seal that eliminates drips and leaks, helping you save on water and energy.

 

Contemporary Vanity / Modern Vanity
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A bathroom vanity that features a modern take on traditional styling methods. A bathroom vanity that combines futuristic design and contemporary style to pushes the boundaries.

 

Diverter

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A diverter is used to direct the flow of water either to the bathtub spout or to the showerhead.

 

Double Vanity

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A bathroom vanity that includes 2 basins.

 

Exposure Rail Shower

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Exposed rail showers provide users with a diverse shower experience with an adjustable height handheld shower head hose attached to an exposed rail. A diverter will allow users to switch between an overhead drencher and hand held.

 

Freestanding Bath / Island bath

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A stand alone bath that sits directly on the bathroom floor with no adjacent support structure. Sits on a tiled island without any of the flange of the bath sides adjoining to a wall.

 

Hand Shower

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A hand shower offers a flexible shower head hose that can be used as an overhead drencher or enjoy the freedom of holding it in your hand and spraying where needed.

 

Hi-Rise Shower

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A shower rose that is attached to an arm allowing users to adjust its height, angle and spray coverage to create a full-body shower experience.

 

Inset Basin

A basin installed into a vanity benchtop with the outside rim just above the benchline.

 

Inset Bath

An inset bath or built-in baths are installed flush against a wall with flanges inset into adjoining wall, typically found in smaller bathrooms or those who lack space.

 

Mixer Tap

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A mixer tap combines both water flow and temperature into one handle.

 

One Piece Toilet

A toilet made from a single piece of porcelain or other materials.

 

Overhead Shower / Rain Shower

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A showerhead mounted to an arm that allows for a vertical rain-like showering experience.

 

P Trap

A section of the toilet where waste exits through the wall behind the toilet suite.

 

Pedestal Vanity

A narrow and vertically shaped vanity that does not include a cabinet and is usually constructed from one piece of porcelain. Can usually be found in powder rooms or toilets.

 

Pop-Up Drain

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A drain for bathroom basins with an adjustable cap that can be lifted to allow water through or lowered to seal the drain and fill the basin.

 

S-Trap

A section of the toilet where waste exits through the floor beneath the toilet suite.

 

Shower Rose

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A showerhead that is attached to a shower arm. This device cannot be fixed directly onto a wall.

 

Tiled Flange Bath

A raised bath with a tiled base found on one or more sides. A tile flange is necessary when installing a shower for waterproofing to prevent moisture from entering the wall cavity.

 

Two-Piece Toilet

A standard two-piece toilet consists of a separate cistern and pan.

 

Under Counter Basin

A basin installed on the underside of the benchtop.

 

Walk-in Shower

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Unlike traditional shower enclosures, a walk-in shower is completely free of doors and provides a luxurious and spacious showering experience.

 

Wall Basin

A basin installed to a wall without the need for a vanity.

 

Wall Hung Toilet

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A toilet which is hung from the wall with its cistern installed in the wall cavity and all of the plumbing located in the wall cavity.

 

Wall Mounted Toilet

A toilet mounted to the wall with concealed cistern and some or all of the plumbing connected through the floor. Typically found in homes with contemporary and modern features and design.

 


Whether you’re looking to completely remodel your bathroom for rental purposes or renovating certain aspects to create a safer environment for young ones, talk to Immaculate Bathrooms about your Perth bathroom makeovers.

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Is Your Bathroom Childproof? Tips on How to Keep Your Kids Safe


Find out how to make your bathroom a safer place for toddlers and young children.

What seems like a mundane part of life for an adult can quickly become a hazardous playground for young children.

Each morning we enter our routine on autopilot, from brushing our teeth to taking a shower, we aren’t worried about the shaver left on the counter or that the toilet seat has been left open.

What we tend to forget is how hazardous these mistakes can be for our little ones.

From cabinet locks and bathtub seats, to tempered safety glass and simple cleaning tips, we show you how to make your bathroom a safer environment and kid friendly.

 

Secure your toilet

We’ve become accustomed to our toilets, we use them every day without a second thought on safety, but just how safe is it for your child? In order to babyproof your toilet, it’s a good idea to explore the different ways it could be hazardous to a child.

As an adult it’s easy to forget that a toilet can be a drowning hazard, especially when children can drown in as little as 2 inches of water. Here are 2 simple ways to improve on safety and to secure your toilet.

Use the right size training potty. For smaller children, use a potty that rests on the ground instead of on the toilet seat to minimise risk of falling in. Ensure all potties have been emptied and cleaned when not in use.

Install a toilet safety lock and keep your toilet lid closed at all times when not in use. A toilet safety lock prevents toddlers from accidentally falling into the toilet and protects small fingers from being hurt by heavy seats and lids. It also prevents any unwanted objects such as toys from being thrown in.

 

How to babyproof your bathtub

According to Royal Life Saving Australia, on average, 5 children under the age of 5 drown each year in Australia with 47 hospitalised due to bathtub drownings. All it takes for your child to drown is 2 inches of water and the doorbell or phone to ring, they are most vulnerable the moment you leave your child alone. It is arguably one of the most dangerous parts in your bathroom that requires the most attention.

Get a bath seat. A bath seat helps prevent your child from drowning by securing them in one position when in the tub whilst still allowing them to splash about. However, this should not be used to substitute supervision.

Install a grab/grip bar. Grab bars help provide extra support when getting in and out of the bath and prevent slipping. It is especially useful for a child who’s learning to bathe alone.

Install faucet padding. Bathtub faucets are at the perfect height to bruise or cut your toddlers head and back. By installing a padded faucet cover you can prevent any nasty injuries.

 

Secure your cabinets

Your bathroom cabinets are used to store a vast number of things including cleaning supplies, cosmetics, medication, razers, and hair styling equipment such as hairdryers and straightners. What may seem like a normal day for us can be quite harmful to our kids with sharp razors lying about and electrical appliances left plugged in.

Lock all cabinets. Make sure that everything is locked away and secured using cabinet locks to prevent your child from getting their hands on these items. Cabinet locks are super cheap and can be purchased from your local hardware store.

Don’t leave anything on the counter. You may have an assortment of hygiene products on your bathroom counter such as toothbrushes, toothpaste, shampoo, conditioners, moisturisers, mouthwash and vitamins. Anything that could end up in your child’s stomach should be kept locked away and out of reach.

 

Bathroom renovations

If you’re already thinking about renovating your bathroom, why not make it child-friendly at the same time? There are a number of child-friendly design tips to consider when remodelling your bathroom. From tempered safety glass shower doors to non-slip floors, here are some child-friendly bathroom design tips.

Install tempered safety glass. Replace your shower door, windows or any large full-length mirrors with safety glass. This will prevent them from shattering in case of anything hitting or putting pressure on the glass.

Install a hot water controller. An instant gas unit will allow you to control the temperature of water anytime needed. The ideal temperature for a child should be no warmer than 38 degrees, any higher and you run the risk of scalding.

Non slip floors. The bathroom can be a slippery place, especially when you have children splashing water everywhere. Getting non slip floors can help prevent slipping.

Reachable taps. Children can often get frustrated when they can’t reach the tap, which will lead them to find other ways, often dangerous, to reach the tap. Consider mounting the tap on the side for easier access and adding a more shallow bench or basin.

Remove sharp corners. Remove or cover any sharp corners by installing rubber bumpers. You may want to consider softer materials like acrylic or baths with curves instead of corners. 

 

Extra tips

Add bathroom mats to the bottom of the bathtub and rubber back carpet mats for the floor.

Clean your bathroom regularly to prevent growth of mildew and mold. This includes checking under mats, inside potties, bath seats and bath toys. For example, a rubber duck can soak up water and if not drained and dried, can accumulate mold.

Hide your bin behind closed doors. Used razor blades, sanitary items and all kinds of unsafe objects can be found in a bathroom bin, which is within easy reach of a child.

ALWAYS SUPERVISE. This one can’t be stressed enough, always supervise your child when they are in the bath.

 


If you are thinking of a total bathroom makeover in Perth to make it child friendlier, contact Immaculate Bathrooms. We have a  whole team of tradies so you have everything you need in one place, from design to plumbing and electrical.

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Give Your Laundry A Makeover With The Top 5 Laundry Design Trends 2019

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If there’s one thing we can all perhaps agree upon is that the laundry can be an uninviting cold space that’s associated with chores, washing and storage.

Unlike your bathroom, it was a room that didn’t require much attention when building or renovating because it didn’t add much value to your property.

But the times have changed.

We discover how to turn your laundry into a calm, multipurpose and functional space that takes the stress out washing.

With clever storage, energy-efficient appliances, beautiful design and layout we show you how to transform your laundry from a dungeon into an oasis.

Here are the top 5 laundry design trends for 2019.

 

European inspired laundries

A European laundry is a style most commonly found in smaller homes, including apartments, townhouses, units and older homes. It involves concealing all your laundry needs and requirements behind closed doors to create more space without sacrificing functionality or aesthetics.

A European laundry will typically consist of a washer, dryer, laundry sink, bench space, storage space, and can even allow for an ironing bench and broom closet. It allows you to borrow space from other living areas without being visibly seen and is the perfect layout for those looking to save space in smaller properties.

 

Maximise your space with a Mudroom Laundry

A Mudroom laundry is a style that incorporates a larger space to create a multipurpose utility area for storage, washing, drying and more. It has been designed in a way that allows for all your laundry needs to be right at your fingertips.

More commonly found in Australia and America, a mudroom laundry is a one stop shop that contains all your laundry essentials such as a washer, dryer, plenty of storage space and a benchtop.

But it also offers additional bonuses including airing cupboards to store linen, cabinets to store cleaning products and appliances, a rack to hang clothing and even a place for shoes. Larger sized rooms can even be seen with bench seating, a shower and a pet bathing station.

However, there is a downfall to all this storage space, as it quickly becomes a dumping ground for everyday living items including dirty clothing, shoes, bags, hats and keys.

 

Smarter, energy efficient appliances

Have you ever decided to handwash smaller amounts of clothing instead of using the washer because it uses too much water? Or skipped using the dryer to save on energy?

With new innovative designs, laundry appliances are smarter, more energy efficient and multifunctional. You can say goodbye to handwashing with smart washers now including a hand wash function that offers better clothes care and optimum energy efficiency, ultra-delicate programs for silks and lace, and gentle wool cycles for knits and wool suit jackets.

New machines from Fisher & Paykel also offer much faster wash cycles, with some machines taking less than an hour to complete. Time saver options activate a special temperature profile and unique tumble sequence to speed up the process whilst taking care of your clothes.

Smarter technologies also enable WiFi connectivity allowing you to remotely access your washer or dryer from your smartphone. This means you could start the washing on your way home from work and have it ready to go once you arrive.

New innovative technology has been designed to help you save on costs and to make your life easier, giving you back time for the more important things in life.

 

Design continuity

Create a more consistent feel throughout your home by using the same materials and finishes used in your kitchen. This can include using the same stone you used for your kitchen bench top for the laundry benchtop or using similar style of cabinetry. If you want to add a touch of individualism you can incorporate a feature tile wall that adds a 3D dimension to the room.

 

Make a statement with your laundry

Long gone are the days of a boring, dull and uninviting laundry room. Inject a little more life and make a statement with visual impact and warmth. Consider the following style options:

  • Create a stunning feature wall using 3 dimensional patterned or embossed tiles for visual impact that’s eye catching and elegant without going over the top.
  • Maintain a neutral palette and use natural materials such as quartz, stone and hardwood benchtops, and hardwood cabinetry to achieve a modern look. Timber finishes bring warmth to a cold room.
  • Black or white sinks and gooseneck mixes gives you that modern farmhouse style as opposed to your stock standard stainless steel sinks.
  • Drying cupboards and a hanging line will add convenience to your laundry.
    Island benches are the new designer feature that provides extra bench space to fill any voids in a large room.
  • Black, white, grey and timber are now popular choices to match existing colour scapes in the kitchen and bathroom.
  • Indoor plants are all the craze and add colour and life into a dull room.

 

 

Laundry wishlist

If your looking to jump onto the top laundry trends of 2019 and don’t know where to start, here is your ultimate laundry wishlist that’s convenient, energy saving, and stylish.

  • Get a dedicated drying cupboard.
  • Storage, more storage and more storage!
  • Coat racks and rails for hanging clothes
  • A pet bathing station
  • Smart washer and dryer
  • Sink covers create more bench space and makes the area look more tidy.
  • A heat pump dryer that is more energy efficient and cheaper to run than other dryers and don’t need to be vented.
  • Indoor plants for life and colour.
  • Feature tile walls for individualism and visual impact.
  • Feature lighting can add personality and character.
  • Timber benchtops for added warmth.
  • Standout sinks and gooseneck mixers.
  • Stone benchtops for a neutral palette.
  • Profile cabinetry doors

If you are considering a complete bathroom makeover in Perth, consider looking at renovating your laundry room. We have a large team of tradies that can handle several projects at once within one house, so the inconvenience you would experience while renovations are done is as minimized as possible.

Check out what you can do for your bathroom with the top 10 bathroom design trends of 2019.


Whether you’re renovating, building or simply looking for some friendly advice on how to transform your bathroom or laundry, contact Immaculate Bathrooms Perth.