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Beautiful bathroom secrets

india Updated: Oct 02, 2009 16:39 IST

Hindustan Times
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Dream of owning a modern, sleek-looking bathroom fitted with the latest gadgets and contraptions? It’s not a tough task; only, it’s important to keep in mind some points before setting out to design it. Many a time, often-ignored design and installation nuances and plumbing guidelines make what could be a fabulous personal space an unfulfilled promise. To bridge this gap, HT City outlines a reckoner on optimisation of spaces as well as blending the art and science of new age home design concepts.

What To Install
So you want to spice up your bath space with a whirlpool? Depending upon the dimension and model you want to install, make sure you visually plan out the water inlet and outlet points.

While you’re at it, make sure the suction point on the whirlpool comes with a vacuum breaker, thereby avoiding the possibility of a bathroom mishap.

Make sure the water and air jets in the bath tub have an automatic clean-up facility — spending time and money cleaning gunk later on will be a chore.

Ensure that you buy good quality bath cabins and steam units, preferably in acrylic material.

If you want to conceal the cistern, find out the thickness of the finished tile surface so as to ensure that the cistern remains totally embedded.

Forget old-fashioned water heaters. Today, there are a range of chic options available in the market.

Plumbing Guidelines

Keep the number of bends in the pipelines to a minimum.

All the supply lines must have vent pipes. These vent pipes help in removing air-locking in the water supply to give a smooth flow of water from the fittings.

Test the working of all the concealed fittings installed on a high pressure for leakage before plastering or fixings the tiles.

Make sure you get the overhead tank cleaned up thoroughly before starting the water supply. You don’t want dirt shooting out of the shower or faucet when stepping in for a bath!

Bright Lights

In a bathroom, one needs plenty of even, shadow-free lighting for shaving, grooming and applying makeup.

In smaller bath spaces, mirror lights illuminate the entire room, but in larger bath spaces, an additional ceiling fixture is needed for general lighting.

For small mirrors, use decorative wall brackets on each side to illuminate both the profiles of one’s face evenly. You can also mount a wall bracket across the top of the mirror.

Tub and shower enclosures can be adequately illuminated by placing an enclosed damp-location recessed down light with certain water protection levels in the ceiling. These down lights are also recommended over whirlpool baths or in saunas.

— Courtesy Pankaj Sharma, Assistant General Manager (Communications), JAQUAR