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The rise in cost of building materials has been well documented in recent months with articles such as this one. And of course building materials are not unique, with nearly all products that we buy having gone up in the last 12-18 months. A lot of this is driven of course by transport costs due to fuel increases because of the invasion of Ukraine by Russia. So what does that mean for your bathroom renovation project? Should you hold off or go ahead with Home Improvement at a Time of High Inflation? Based purely on inflation you should probably just go ahead. Even if the inflation rate reduces, which it will, it is unlikely that prices will fall back significantly. Regardless of the headwinds facing the world economy there is still a lot of demand for home improvement and still a huge shortage of skills in the Irish...

When it comes to renovating your bathroom, choosing the right contractor is crucial. A bathroom renovation can be a major investment, so it’s important to find a contractor who is experienced, reliable, and capable of delivering the results you want. Here are some tips to help you choose a bathroom renovation contractor: Do your research. Start by doing an online search for bathroom renovation contractors in your area. Look for reviews and ratings from previous customers, and read through their websites to get a feel for their services and expertise. Ask for recommendations. Talk to friends, family, and neighbors who have recently renovated their bathrooms, and ask for their recommendations. They may have some valuable insights and advice to offer based on their own experiences. Check for licensing and insurance. Any reputable bathroom renovation contractor should be properly registered with the CRO and insured. This...

Wet room installation is becoming increasingly popular in modern homes, as it provides a sleek and stylish alternative to traditional bathrooms. A wet room is a fully waterproofed, open-plan space that allows for the installation of a shower without the need for a separate enclosure. This creates a seamless, minimalist look that is both functional and aesthetically pleasing. But before you start planning your wet room, it’s important to understand the process of installation and the key considerations involved. Here’s what you need to know about wet room installation. Suitability of your space The first step in the wet room installation process is to assess the suitability of your space. A wet room requires a fully waterproofed floor and walls, so it’s important to consider whether your existing bathroom layout is conducive to this. In some cases, it may be necessary to strip out existing fixtures and fittings...

Bathroom renovations can be a daunting task, but they can also be a rewarding experience that increases the value of your home and improves your daily routine. Whether you're looking to update a outdated bathroom, add a new one, or increase accessibility, there are a few key considerations to keep in mind. Budget First, consider your budget. Bathroom renovations can vary widely in cost, depending on the size and scope of the project. Set a budget and stick to it, making sure to include not only the cost of materials and labor, but also any permits or inspections that may be required. Layout Next, consider the layout of your bathroom. If you're working with a small space, consider ways to maximize storage and make the most of the available space. This might mean adding shelves or cabinets, or even incorporating a pedestal sink to free up floor space. If...

Here at Bespoke Bathrooms we have got luxury wet room Installation down to a fine art. We love nothing more than taking your old tired bathroom and turning it into your own private spa quality space. Most people start and end every day in their bathroom so why not give yourself that little bit of luxury each day? The photos below show a new wet room that we recently completed. It has a clean minimalist look to it - and the homeowner has maintained that with their chose of product dispensers. LED lighting around the mirror helps to add to the wow factor and sense of something special. Wet rooms are a great way to maximise space in your bathroom as they don't need to separate wet and dry areas - it doesn't matter if a bit of water gets splashed around! Choosing an experienced wet room installer is...

Bathroom Moisture Extraction is a challenge in every house. It's a given that bathrooms create steam and if not effectively removed this will lead to condensation on walls. Over time this can turn into mould and mildew and even permeate the surface leading to structural damage. Removing steam while it is still steam is the best approach. In order to do this you need a well located extractor fan that has enough oomph to take away the steam in your size bathroom. Even if you have a window in your bathroom this is often not enough for Bathroom Moisture Extraction, you are relying on external weather conditions and they won't always go your way. Getting an extractor fan is still a must, and it means you don't have to leave the window open in the depths of winter! We will look at 3 different types of Bathroom...

Close up cracks or openings around your windows Despite most people thinking that spiders crawl out from bathroom plugs and toilet bowls, spiders mainly enter the home through small spaces such as cracks near windows and doors. So make sure those entrances are tightly sealed to keep these visitors at bay. Have a Shower with your windows open Spiders like most conditions but hate the rain, which is why you may have noticed spiders appear after a bath but not during one. As showers mimic the rain, opening your window whilst showering will deter spiders from entering the bathroom. Strategically place peppermint tea bags Spiders use their legs to smell and taste and, therefore, will not want to settle anywhere with strong scents. A peppermint tea bag placed in each corner of a room is sure to make spiders reconsider taking up residence in your bathroom. Natural scents that repel spiders As...

A stunning 🤩 bathroom we completed recently in Firhouse. As you can see from the photos what once was a dated bathroom has been completely renovated and modernised. All of the sanitary ware was supplied by one of our bathroom suppliers and the stunning tiles came from Tile Merchant Once again we’ve used our favourite tile trims from Genesis Global Systems which were purchased from the bathroom boutique Do you have a bathroom that has well passed its use by date? If so then get in touch. We'll walk you through the options and help you get the most from your space. Here is another bathroom renovation that we recently completed - this is a before photo with dated tiling and old bath and shower. And here is the finished modern bat ...

Wow energy bills are increasing at an eye watering rate! As we all try to cut our dependency on fossil fuels and do our bit for the environment we wanted to look at how you can use solar energy to generate hot water for your bathroom. Whilst we don't get involved with installing solar systems ourselves we do sometimes work alongside solar installers. It is important to note that there are 2 types of solar panels. Solar panels that produce hot water are known as solar thermal collectors or solar hot water collectors. These are tube like panels that directly heat hot water Solar panels that produce electricity are known as solar photovoltaic (PV) modules. These panels generate DC electricity when exposed to light. The electricity generated from these can then be used to heat hot water. The benefits of installing PV panels are that you are generating...