Bathing beauties

PUBLISHED: 01:16 30 July 2012 | UPDATED: 21:40 20 February 2013

Bathing beauties

Bathing beauties

A luxury bathroom can provide the perfect place <br/><br/>to relax and unwind from everyday stresses. <br/><br/>Claire Holmes talks to Suffolk homeowners about their recent bathroom projects and gets tips and advice from local experts

A luxury bathroom can provide the perfect place
to relax and unwind from everyday stresses.
Claire Holmes talks to Suffolk homeowners about their recent bathroom projects and gets tips and advice from local experts

When Tony Collinge set about looking for a new bathroom for his cottage near Saxmundham, he knew that it had to be practical.

And to help create a bathroom and ensuite that was also stylish, he got in touch with Old Fashioned Bathrooms based in Mickfield near Stowmarket.

"We were impressed with Old Fashioned Bathrooms because they had such an extensive range," Tony says.

Paul Edwards, sales manager at Old Fashioned Bathrooms, added: "A lot of people come to use at first to get ideas about what they might like. Then they come back with more specific ideas."

And this is what Tony did.

In the main bathroom, he chose classic-style pieces which combine to create a room that is both traditional and unique.

"I like the slightly Edwardian feel to this room," Tony says.

"We really wanted a decent sized wash basin and a bathroom with lots of space to put things. Weve got a shelf along the back where we can do this."

Previously, there was a very narrow bath located where the basin is now, but Tony decided to move the room around and install a wider bath on the wall facing the door.

There also used to be a separate shower too, but the area this occupied has now been made into a cupboard and the shower is built over the bath.

The room features travertine marble tiles from local company Fired Earth which help give the room an understated, stylish feel.

"What I wanted is something very plain, but with that subtle mosaic pattern," Tony explains.

In the ensuite, the mosaic tiles used as a feature in the main bathroom are used across two walls and complement the room perfectly.

Perhaps the most striking feature of the ensuite is the large console basin, which Paul says is a typically French style

"The thing with having the open space under this console basin is that it makes the room seem bigger. If you had a closed-in unit here instead, you would lose that feeling," he adds.

And indeed, although the room is not particularly large, it doesnt feel small at all.

The clear glass on the walk in shower helps with this too, Paul says.

The lights in both rooms add an interesting feature. These, Tony says, were originally designed for the Savoy Hotel in the 1930s and have a slightly art deco feel.

For more information about Old Fashioned Bathrooms visit, call 01449 711800 or pop in to Old Fashioned Bathrooms on Stonham Road, Mickfield, Stowmarket IP14 5LS.


here is a common misconception that families with small children can struggle to create a feeling of luxury in their home.

However, Chris and Louise Cobbold recently put that myth to bed after installing two gorgeous bathrooms in their home in Stowmarket.

Chris and Louise have two children and they wanted something that the whole family could enjoy.

"Our house is about 15 years old," Chris says, talking about the reasons behind the new bathrooms. "We moved in about four years ago and there had been no updating done in that time."

After deciding that now was the time for a change, Chris and Louise contacted Woodbridge Interiors, run by husband and wife team Sandra and Barry Heaney.

"There were about five companies we looked at and they really stood out," Chris says.

"We had the ideas and they turned it into something real."

There is a similar theme running throughout the bathroom and ensuite as both feature similar shaped toilets and hand basins and use the same tiles.

All the toilets and hand basins are wall hung too, something which Chris says helps makes the rooms feel larger.

"Nearly 90% of the bathrooms we sell now are wall hung," Barry explains. "It just looks very nice and can help create a feeling of space too."

LED spotlights have been used to create a point of interest and the lighting is something that Chris and his family are really pleased about.

"In the bathroom we went for a slightly larger bath, both for the kids and for me as Im quite tall and like to stretch out," Chris adds.

Another practical element of the bath is its sunken-in shower hose, which can be pulled out and used while in the bath. This is perfect for when the children are in the bath or when you want to rinse your hair, says Chris.

The bath also has no taps. Instead, water fills the bath though the overflow.

The ensuite features a walk in shower with both a shower attached to the wall and an overhead shower as well.

"The kids love the shower," Chris enthuses, adding that if youve got the space a walk in shower is something he would definitely recommend.

In all, the end result is something Chris and his family are really pleased with.

"He wanted the wow factor and thats what we tried to achieve," Barry explains.

Chris adds: "Weve havent got lots in the rooms but what weve done is go for really quality fittings and finishings.

"Were really lucky. Its exceptional and I dont say that sort of thing lightly."

For more information about Woodbridge Interiors visit, call 01394 386390 or pop in at Smithfield, Melton IP12 1N


Until earlier this year, Neptune Design primarily supplied handmade kitchen cabinets and other interior accessories, but a few months ago owner Martin King made the decision to expand into bathroom collections.

And now he works with numerous home owners to help find the right bathroom furniture for their room.

"We find our free standing furniture is very popular," Martin says, adding that many are now choosing to have freestanding basins in their bedrooms.

"Theyre really nice pieces that you want to look at you dont want to hide them away," he enthuses.

His freestanding pieces come with either under-mounted bowls in a piece of Italian Carrara marble or surface mounted bowls.

"The Carrara marble is a very traditional marble," Martin says. "Its a lovely grey and white colour and fits in with a lot of rooms."

Surface mounted bowls are often a popular choice for cloakrooms, Martin adds.

While the standard chalk white colour is a traditional favourite for cabinets, Martin is also finding that many people are opting for charcoal and grey colours.

"We do a range of grey colours called smoke, fog and mist which are very popular," he says.

When talking about what style and size of cabinet homeowners should choose, Martin explains: "It does depend on the style of bath you go for. If youve got a period property and you want a more classic bath, you have to match this with your furniture.

"Its also about working the size of your cabinet into your room."

In terms of lighting, Martin finds that traditional and subtle lighting is a favourite among his customers.

Wall lights, placed on either side of a mirror, for example, can add a great feature to a classic bathroom.

For information about Neptune Design visit or call 01284 731025.


ax Spenser-Morris, who runs Design Republic in Bury St Edmunds with his colleague Mick Wellington, loves creating rooms which combine cutting edge design and interesting elements.

One recent project near the Suffolk-Cambridge border, is one of which Max is particularly proud.

So much so, in fact, hes hoping to enter it into the industry awards later this year.

What makes this project so interesting is how the bathroom has been completely revamped, and the fact Max had a very small space to work with.

"The before and after is incredible," he says.

The client was extremely pleased with the outcome too.

"My husband and I knew we wanted to change the bathroom but we were struggling with how to improve it," she explains.

"Max came up with the idea of the wet room. We felt this was novel, radical and exciting all at the same time! Suddenly it felt like our bathroom space had potential.

"We had Maxs team install the design, and our family bathroom is now completely transformed with every bit of space used well. It feels so much more roomy and practical. The wet room is so much better than a shower in two respects theres space to move when you are showering, and it requires less cleaning than a shower I dont miss the old shower doors one bit!

"As for a favourite feature its very difficult to chose. The wet room? The giant bath? The heated towel rail? The interesting textures of the mosaic tiles? The most luxurious bit of the design is probably the underfloor heating just lovely first thing in the morning."

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