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Eurobodalla Home Guide : 2010
eurobodalla home guide 23 WINDOWS & GLASS NEED HELP FAST? 4472 1356 0438 526 202 fax 4472 9107 24 Kylie Cres, BATEMANS BAY www.allaboutglass.com.au AVAILABLE 24 HOURS 7 DAYS GLASS & REPAIRS Glass Replacement Aluminium Fabrication Shower Screens Shop Fronts Table Tops Splashbacks Mirror Doors All Insurance Work ALL AREAS ALL ALONG THE SOUTH COAST PENSIONER DISCOUNTS Bathrooms have undergone something of a revolution in recent years. On average they are smaller, sleeker and stylish, with a much greater range of fittings than were available even 10 years ago. Sinks and vanity units are now supple- mented by bowls on stands, reminiscent of the washing arrangements of our Victorian ancestors, but with all the advantages of 21st century plumbing. Porcelain, once the overwhelming material of choice in sanitary ware, has competition from stainless steel, marble, timber and glass, often used in com- bination. The trick is to make this fit into a confined space and still look uncluttered. Light coloured walls and floors will make a room seem larger, as will the addition of a mirror, which is pretty essential in a bathroom any- way. One reasonably sized and strategically- placed mirror is generally enough, and will help spread light around. As much of the floor as possible should be exposed, and emphasised with a bold tiled floor. The effect can be assisted by the use of floating cabinets and a pedestal or wall-mounted basin, which is one reason why the vanity, which takes up a lot of floor space, is less suitable in more compact sur- roundings. A frameless shower screen removes the visual barriers often associated with this part of the bathroom, although it could be a haz- ard to visitors unfamiliar with the topography of the room who are stumbling around in the dark. For those who also want a bath for a relaxing soak, but haven't enough room for a full length model, go for one which is small but deep. Finally, leave the walls free of cluttering towel racks by providing a hanging place on the back of the door. In all cases consult the experts. An HIA bathroom designer will help you squeeze the most out of a limited space. For more information on bathroom design, fixtures and fittings visit homesite.com.au Australia's premier home and garden web- site. By Brenton Gardner SA/NT Executive Director small is more in the modern bathroom