Choosing the right Water Closet

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Homeowners spend a great deal of time and money on selecting the right kind of bathtubs, washbasins, faucets, shower panels and accessories to spruce up their bathroom decor, but tend to ignore a good sanitary arrangement. While water closets are available in a variety of models, designs and shapes there are some factors you need to keep in mind while making your purchase. Always look for the models having a glossy finish and smooth surface. Watch out for patchy, dull spots or pinholes in sanitary items. With the variety to choose from, water closets should be matched with the color and style of your bathroom design.  Although white is the most popular choice as it is a neutral color, sanitary ware models are available in other colors as well.

Being one of the oldest interior designers in Chennai we have seen how the trends have changed and how the flavors of Chennai people have changed over the years, mostly due to western influence.  With our expertise in the field of interior design and home renovation we take these two features as the most important consideration while choosing a WC for our clients.

Type
Primarily, there are two types of water closets single flush and dual flush models. Single flush models are more common, but dual flush types are gaining traction these days. The single flush toilets, as the name suggests, have a single flushing mechanism and use the same amount of water for all types of waste. In dual flush model, there are two flushing mechanisms that allow you to choose the quantity of water that are being flushed, depending upon the kind of waste being disposed.

Shape
Toilet commodes come in two shapes i.e. elongated and round. Elongated toilet bowls are great option, if you have the space. In fact, many toilets are fitted with this commode shape. But for tighter quarters, a round toilet is the better option due to its space-saving dimensions.

Design
Most toilets for the home are either one-piece or two-piece models. In the one-piece model, the tank and the bowl are fused together. These have an awkward shape and may cost more; however, they are easy-to-clean and look stylish. Two-piece toilets, with a separate tank and bowl are more common.

The distance between the floor drain and the wall, known as rough in, is an essential factor to consider while selecting your toilet. The standard distance is 12 inches. Nowadays, toilets come with water saving technologies and other conveniences to help to conserve water.

Installation
For correct installation, accurate measurements should be taken of the area where you plan to install the WC. Thereafter, when cleaning your sanitary ware, use the best cleaning products as abrasive or strong chemicals can damage the surface, making them lose their shine and lead to a rough surface.

With so many options available, make a discerning choice while purchasing a water closet. After all, this is likely to be a one-time investment.  For more info on choosing the right WC contact us.

Washbasins a key element in Bathroom Interiors

Bathroom Renovation - Washbasin Key Element Are you planning for bathroom renovation in Chennai? Your choices are endless. Here we have thrown some light on the different types of washbasins available in the market, so that you won’t get confused when choosing one for your bathroom renovation. A washbasin is the central component in any bathroom. They come in an array of geometric shapes and chic contours to complement bathrooms of any size.

Among other things, the most important aspect to consider when selecting a washbasin is the material it is made of. Ceramic basins are durable and the most popular choice, although the use of metal and glass are slowly picking up. High end crystal washbasins are available. Marble, granite, wood and mineral resin compounds can be customized to suit specific size requirements but are expensive. Glass washbasins tend to make an opulent statement. All these are available in an array of colors with beautiful patterns on it.
While you plan to buy washbasin, you need to be clear on the type of washbasin that will suit your bathroom. We enlist a few options you could opt for.

Pedestal Washbasins
These classic washbasins are found in most homes. These sit atop a slim base, which either tapers at the end or is cylindrical. Pedestal washbasins exude an aura of elegance and sophistication, but lack proper storage capacity and are not ideal for smaller bathrooms.

Wall-Hung Washbasins
Simple in style and designs, wall-hung basins are durable and are available in different shapes and sizes. Extremely sleek, these can be installed in bathrooms that have space constraints. As it does not include pedestals, it is easy-to-clean under the basin. Some of the most popular variants include the square wall mount, mount basin with towel bar, etc.

Counter-top Washbasins
Also known as the bowl basin, it is often set on top of a counter or cabinet. It basically resembles a salad bowl and can be made of glass, ceramic, metal, stainless steel, porcelain, etc. It is usually installed higher than ordinary washbasins and requires faucets that can reach up over the edge.

When we talk about washbasins, how can we forget bathroom faucets? One of the smaller details that are usually overlooked are bathroom faucets. Even though the faucet is not as noticeable as the flooring and the lighting, it still is an integral part of the room. While buying a faucet, make sure that it suits your washbasin. Some basins come with pre-installed holes for the faucet, while others require the faucet to be mounted behind the basin. It is important to check if the model you select has an overflow hole or not. Opt for faucets having solid brass or corrosion-resistant mechanisms.

Stainless steel faucets are the most popular kind available. These easy-to clean faucets are a blend of steel alloys plus chromium and are also affordable, durable and don’t rust easily. Copper faucets are expensive and have a rustic copper color that sets them apart from standard ones. If you are looking at lending a stylish touch to your spaces, then go for waterfall faucets. These have a half cylinder shape, allowing the water to flow over the edge with the upper half of the faucet exposed. So, lend your bathrooms the desired look with these alluring washbasins and faucets.

Types of Chimney Hoods

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When you have a well-designed kitchen with the right appliances, it is essential that all the residue, smoke and odor emanated while cooking are flushed out. Hence having a kitchen chimney that performs the function of clearing smoke and odors from the cooking area is important.

Available in various sizes and models, they contain charcoal filters as the main component, which aids in absorbing the odors. The various types of chimney hoods available are enlisted below.

1. Ductless Chimney Hood
The ductless kitchen chimney hoods are one of the two most popular options amongst homeowners as they not only eliminate hot and steamy kitchen vapor, but also provide fresh air and offer a healthy cooking experience. These chimneys contain adjustable fan speeds and are available in both contemporary and conventional styles.

2. Steel Chimney Hood
Stainless steel chimneys are available in both ducted and ductless versions. They come in varying widths to cover differing cook – top sizes.

3. Ducted or Vented Cooker Hood
These hoods have a canopy to suck in smell and steam. They are large-sized and are attached just over the hob or cooker. The grease and odors are then extracted through an external wall outlet.

4. Integrated Hood
Designed to fit into the enclosed spaces, these hoods are ideal if your cook-top is built into a chimney breast, or under a row of kitchen cupboard.

5. Island Hood
These hoods are meant for kitchens, where the cooker is positioned away from the wall. They are finished on all four sides and usually have a stainless finish. These hoods are also available in an assortment of colors, finishes and styles.

Kitchen hobs and cook tops are essential for all type of kitchens. These are categorized into four types – gas, electric, ceramic and induction. Depending on your kitchen style and requirement one can select from different categories available. The first thing that one needs to consider while looking for a hob is the desired number of burners. So, you could choose from a standard hob that usually comes with minimum four burners or a gas ranger cooker that constitutes about five burners or more.

The range-style gas cooker helps in simultaneously cooking many preparations and is ideal if you regularly prepare meals for a large group of people.

Hotplate or ceramic hobs are perfect for those looking for a suitable electric cooker. The hotplates are further classified as – sealed plate, radiant ring and halogen hobs. Induction hobs with futuristic features and cooking methods are fast-gaining popularity.

If you want to live a smoke-free zone, invest in hobs and chimneys with high cleaning efficiency. The brands we recommend are Fisher & Paykal, Hafele, Kutchina, Miele, Electrolux, Hindware, Siemens and Kaff.