Our Amersham Showroom: Bathrooms @ Sky House Design Centre

Based in Sky House Design Centre, Amersham, our Watermark Kitchens & Bathrooms showroom offers the latest in kitchens and bathrooms using the finest natural materials and intelligent design.

Our Amersham showroom also includes the latest in bathroom design. As an integral room to every home – we know it should be visually appealing, easy to keep clean and impressive to residents and visitors alike. With a range of modern bathtubs, including luxurious fitted free-standing bathroom furniture, vanity units, worktops, toilets and more – we can provide the ultimate experience in visualising your dream bathroom.

Speak one of our experts today to arrange a free consultation at our Amersham Showroom. Contact us on 01844 338137 or alternately email sales@watermarkgb.co.uk

Amersham Showroom
Sky House Design Centre
Raans Rd
Amersham
HP6 6JQ

Discover more about Sky House Design Centre HERE

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Summer Social: Entertaining guests in your kitchen

Make the most of Summer

With the start of summer, we are all looking forward to the warmer weather and longer hours of sunshine. It’s a great time to organise and prepare for those those much-awaited BBQs and dinner parties in your home. One great place to socialise, catch-up and entertain whilst you’re cooking is a kitchen island.

Practicality

Kitchen islands have become an essential feature in many kitchens and are useful and multifunctional. It is a perfect central unit to bring everything in the space together. An island unit brings lots of practicalities to the kitchen, creating extra prep space and can help spread out the busy hotspots of activity (away from the stove or fridge area).

Entertaining your guest

Kitchen islands can also integrate extra seating into the environment, which works perfectly if you’re preparing food whilst entertaining guests or catching up with friends and family members. Many island-owners incorporate bar stools or seating that can easily be stored away when not in use.

With the extra storage space, you can be more creative on how you store or even exhibit your kitchen appliances, equipment and even food and drink for your event. For your summer party, inbuilt wine racks are a great feature to have for entertaining your guests. You can also add hanging shelving units that provide further storage for crockery, utensials and other kitchen equipment – showcasing your culinary experience and avid love for cooking!

Dividing the Room

Kitchen islands can also work as room dividers, especially where kitchens and living room spaces have merged into one. Rather than building extra rooms or partition walls, an island doesn’t close up your space but creates a distinguishable separation that retains an openness.

Style and Ergonomics

Kitchen islands offers the possibility of adding more characteristics and personality to your kitchen. With a wide variety of cabinet door styles and draw handles to choose from, you can add that extra touch of personal taste and style.

There are various options of surface materials to make your island both practical and aesthetic. Options include polished granite, wood, marble, concrete, soapstone, slate in addition to metals psych as stainless steel.

If you are looking to add a sink to your kitchen island worktop this also opens up endless possibilities of choices in what basin, tap and even what drying area you want built in.

Kitchen islands can be fitted with high-quality appliances such as fridges and dishwashers, extra storage units and cupboards.

For more information on how you can refresh or incorporate a kitchen island into your kitchen please don’t hesitate to get in touch with a member of our expert team.

Our Amersham and Oakley showrooms exhibit the latest in kitchen and bathroom design. Speak to one of our experts today to arrange a FREE consultation. Contact us on 01844 338137 or complete our online form HERE.

Bathroom Lighting: Unwind and Relax

Bathroom Lighting

The bathroom is generally expected and encouraged to be a space where we can relax, unwind and step away from the day-to-day. Our private space can become a luxurious sanctuary. One of the important factors to consider when having a new bathroom designed and installed is high quality and proper lighting.

Ample overhead and task lighting is key but other various modes of lighting can create a more tranquil and relaxed mood when entering the bathroom.

Task Lighting is Essential

Proper high-quality task lighting is important and it serves a specific purpose. Placing a pair of sconces at eye level can provide shadowless lighting. This ensures that those who use the bathroom have proper lighting for their day-to-day including applying their makeup, shaving, brushing their teeth etc. Spotlights in the ceiling also add quality lighting.

Illuminated mirrors

Illuminated mirrors adds a further light source. You could consider variable backlighting which can switch from a warm to cool white light that can parallel your mood.

Bath lights

You could consider spotlights fitted on the inside of the bath – adding to the spa-theme of your bathroom. Lights beneath the water creates a relaxing ambience with soft dim lighting that can help you unwind.

LED Floor Lights

Lighting the bathroom from the floor up offers a impactful level of light. LED floor lighting also adds a contemporary, stylish and unique personality to your bathroom.

Recessed Lighting

Taking up very little space and a spacious atmosphere to the room. It creates focus areas to various parts of your bathroom.

Chandelier

Chandeliers come in different shapes and sizes. Choosing the right style will bring all elements of your bathroom together and adds that added luxurious feeling to finalise your bathroom. It certainly makes a statement!

Our Amersham and Oakley showrooms exhibit the latest in kitchen and bathroom design. Speak to one of our experts today to arrange a FREE consultation. Contact us on 01844 338137 or complete our online form HERE.

Your Daily Routine and Your Kitchen

We all have our daily routines, rituals and patterns – whether it’s early morning or winding down for the evening, your kitchen is a influential environment. Is your kitchen designed and organised to make your day to day stress free?

We’ve noted a few ideas to help simplify your daily routine within your kitchen, in an aim to enjoy life more and spend less time looking for your needed ingredients, managing waste and enjoying the ergonomics of your kitchen space.

Where’s the Food?

Whether it’s looking for the ingredients for your breakfast or condiments for your dinner, finding food can often lead to you looking for a needle in a haystack. However, modern kitchen design aims to tackle this by ensuring accessible, intuitive and bespoke layouts for cabinetry and drawers so you can organise and maintain a easy process of knowing where things in your kitchen are, and keeping it maintained and tidy. Ideas can include inbuilt shelving, useful for dried goods or revolving carousel shelving within cabinets with pull out trays can help with accessibility to the far to reach areas.

Cook and Prepare Meals

Whether you’re a culinary chef or a quick-meal maker, countertop space is critical. It may be useful to consider a second prep sink or on-counter shelving to keep recipe books and how-to guides in close proximity (or even a place to stand your iPad or table while you watch the latest YouTube cooking guides). Your countertop surfaces should be of high-quality to ensure that it withstands the day to day preparation of food and should be easy to clean.

What’s in a Oven?

Choosing what type of oven plays a key role in the management of your kitchen. For instance, if you regularly cook meals for a large family, a double oven may be suggested. This would allow you to reheat several dishes at once. For more efficiency in space, some ovens incorporate a microwave function which means more counter top surface area for you to keep clutter free!

Minimise Clutter

We hoard various pots, pans and utensils. We can all divide these pieces of equipment to being used regularly, rarely and not at all (but may need it but the situation hasn’t arised!). Organising your dishes, kitchen essentials and equipment does play into the initial design and structure of your kitchen. Drawers, shelves, pantry closets or a tall cabinet all keep your countertops clear. If organised correctly, can help you save time

Waste Management

Food packaging, vegetable peels and food scraps… Waste management is often last on the list for people looking to improve the ergonomics of their kitchen. With the management household waste is becoming categorised with food waste, recycling and council collections, there are many options available for homeowners to separate, conceal and dispose of waste. A popular choice would be for a integrated drawer or pan draw waste bin.

Speak to Experts

The kitchen appliances, cabinetry, fixtures and shelving of a modern kitchen are designed to be efficient and with you in mind. Whether you’re looking to redesign your kitchen for a change in style or because you’d like to ensure your kitchen matches your current lifestyle, it’s recommended to speak to a expert to ensure you are informed not only about the design elements of a new kitchen but also the ergonomics and installation process.

Here at Watermark we truly believe in providing bespoke advice, design and service for those who are considering new kitchen design.

Watermark Kitchen and Bathroom Specialist’s Amersham and Oakley showrooms exhibit the latest in bathroom and kitchen design. Speak one of our experts today to arrange a free consultation. Contact us on 01844 338137 or alternatively fill out our online form HERE.

Bathroom Basin Jargon Buster – A Quick Overview

Important Things to Consider when Choosing a New Basin

A new bathroom means a new basin. Bathroom sinks or basins are available in an array of sizes and styles ranging from the modern minimalist to the traditional or vintage style to suit any home. The basin is the main focal point of a bathroom so it’s definitely worth taking a considerable amount of time in browsing and considering various types, designs and styles.

A common misconception that clients with small bathrooms initially note is that the limited bathroom space means limitations in style and choice. But this is far from reality!

Ergonomics and practicality are main elements of bathroom design and this means that you never have to settle for something bland and basic. Regardless of the type of basin you ultimately choose, the variety of styles and shapes ranges from the most cutting edge in modern contemporary design to the most luxurious vintage aesthetics.

If you‘re browsing for basin inspiration and not quite sure where to start, our snapshot bathroom basin guide, simplifying basin jargon, will help you choose the perfect one. Here’s an overview of the types of basins available within the market.

Bathroom Basin Jargon Buster – A Quick Overview

Cloakroom Basin

Recommended for toilets, guest bathrooms or bathrooms short on space, cloakroom basins feature compact dimensions. Available in modern and tradition styles – its design ensures efficient use of space whilst not compromising style.

Inset Basin

Fitter into a worktop, inset basins provides a space saving solution and keeps the basin compact within the unit. The inset basis usually is combined with drawers or a cupboard underneath. It also hides the pipework with a tidy finish.


Countertop Basin

Countertop basins are designed to be fitted onto a worktop. Perfect for adding chic, contemporary and luxurious style to any bathroom or ensuite. They are available in a range of styles and shapes that ensure that you’re making a statement. The countertops work best if there is a decent amount of surface area around the basin and cabinetry. Countertop basins are often paired with tall taps or wall mounted basis taps to enhance the look.

Semi-recessed Basin

Semi-recessed basins are partly sunk into a vanity unit or worktop. The pipework is hidden away and the front or rim of the basin is prominently on show. This creates a tidy appearance

Semi-recessed basins are designed to fit into a vanity cabinet or a run of bathroom furniture with a worktop. The worktop or vanity unit top is cut out to take the back of the basin and the front of the basin overhangs the cabinet fascia creating a tidy appearance. The basin becomes the seamless part of the furniture.


Full Pedestal

Full pedestal basins are ultimately a classic and are a most popular choice. Available in the range of styles, both tradition and contemporary, full pedestal basins provides a tidy and sleek finish. Although the basis may appear to be fully supported entirely by the pedestal, it’s actually mounted on the wall. The pedestal also works in concealing the pipe work.

Semi Pedestal

Recommended for small bathrooms and washrooms, semi pedestals are a shorter version of a full length. With its style, it takes up less space and creates a more contemporary and elegant feel. The distinguished difference from a full pedestal is that the pipework is concealed in the wall. People choose this to maximise floor space and to make floor cleaning easier.

Corner Basins

Corner basins are known to be a great solution for small spaces. Corner basins can be wall mounted or fitted with a full or semi pedestal. It provides a neat and tidy use of available space.

Vanity Unit Basins

Vanity unit basins are often made from a large piece of ceramic that covers the whole vanity unit top or completely inset into a vanity unit. This provides extra storage space below the basin. Available in a variety of styles and materials, modern bathroom designs now often incorporate contrasting materials to accentual a signature style.


Wall Mounted Basin

Wall basins are fixed directly to the wall with brackets. These are ideal for saving space and offer a very minimalistic look. It gives illusion of great space and less clutter. To contribute to the tidy efficiency, wall mounted basins are usually fitted with a either chrome-plated bottle trap. 

Tap into your Style

The basin has to be matched with taps. This is just as important as choosing the basin itself. The combination of taps to basin is not only about style but also about suitable for fitting to your basin. For example, some basins have only one central tap hole; so will require a mixer tap. Others have two for traditional separate hot and cold taps.

Throughout choosing your ideal basin and taps, it’s recommended to speak to a expert to ensure you are informed not only about the design elements of a new bathroom but also the ergonomics and installation process of what you choose.

Here at Watermark we truly believe in providing bespoke advice, design and service for those who are considering new bathroom design.

Watermark Kitchen and Bathroom Specialist’s Amersham and Oakley showrooms exhibit the latest in bathroom and kitchen design. Speak one of our experts today to arrange a free consultation. Contact us on 01844 338137 or alternatively fill out our online form HERE.

Full Time Vacancy: Installation Manager | Oakley, Buckinghamshire

Full Time Vacancy: Installation Manager | Oakley, Buckinghamshire

 

We are looking for an enthusiastic, highly motivated, highly organised, professional individual to join our rapidly growing company.

Job Type: Full-time

Salary: Generous package including company vehicle will be offered to the right candidate.

Working week :

Monday – Friday: 9:00AM – 5:00pm

Saturday: 10:00AM – 4:00PM (Part of a rota effectively 1 in 3)

Holiday: 20 days holiday, in addition to Bank Holidays and Christmas period.

Other Details: On-site parking

Main Responsibilities:

Overseeing the installation of Kitchens and Bathrooms once the design has been agreed to completion.

  • Check Measuring sites at several different stages throughout the project.
  • Identifying and resolving any issues on site as early as possible.
  • Liaising with builders and developers regarding all aspects of the build.
  • Ensuring our drawings are adhered to.
  • Arranging deliveries of cabinetry, appliances and worktops.
  • Ensuring 1st fix positions of water and electrical feeds are correct.
  • Liaising with suppliers.
  • Organising the fitting teams accordingly.
  • Identify and ensure snagging lists are completed.
  • Attending site meetings, supplying complete handover packages to clients.
  • Providing excellent customer service at all times including after sales service.

Experience

  • Kitchen and Bathroom installation experience preferable (not essential).
  • Understanding of Carpentry, Electrics and Plumbing preferable (not essential).
  • Knowledge of Kitchen/Bathroom products.
  • Ability to read technical drawings.

Skills

  • Excellent customer service skills.
  • Excellent organisational skills.
  • Ability to manage several projects at once.
  • Ensuring deadlines are met.
  • Ability to work unsupervised and manage your own workload.
  • Good problem solving skills, ability to think on your feet.

Required education: Secondary education

Required experience: Kitchen/Bathroom

Project Management: 1 year

Required licence or certification: Full UK Driving Licence

Apply now by submitting your cover letter and CV to Sales Director, Max Brown via email HERE

 

6 Essential Reasons to Redesign your Bathroom

We are one month into 2017, and many of us have implemented changes to our lifestyle, big or small. People are also reconsidering their living spaces by updating or looking to revitalise their bedroom, living rooms or even adding extra space.

Redesigning your bathroom can breathe new life into your home and daily life. Starting your morning off in your dream bathroom can really be a great start to the day. A redesign or remodeling often includes new cabinets and counter tops, redoing your shower and/or tub, or to tearing everything down to the studs and starting from scratch.

We’ve compiled 6 essential reasons why redesigning your current bathroom should be on your to-do list for the rest of 2017.

1. The AGE of your current bathroom

Your bathroom is one room in the house that gets old faster. You may have broken or loose tiles, leaking shower valves or a dilapidated cupboard. When it comes to minor leaks within your bathroom it can potentially lead to mold in your mold – something you definitely don’t want!

In addition, due to hot water, your bathroom experiences high amounts of heat and humidity. The steam produced creates moisture, which for old bathrooms may lead to bacteria build up and mold. This is a certainly a health hazard for you and others and means even more difficulty and time in cleaning your old bathroom. New bathrooms are often remodeled with a protective layer on walls to prevent this.

Plumbing technology moves surprisingly fast, meaning that these days new systems are far easier to install and maintain. Updating your bathroom also means that it has modern systems, which puts you at less risk of anything going wrong in the years to come.

2. Create more intelligent SPACE

For couples and small families, the bathroom is used regularly and it can be one of the busiest rooms in the house. Perhaps your family has increased in size, or your children are getting older (and demand more time in the bathroom!). You may have more linen, toiletries and supplies to stock. A redesign can accommodate this. Adding a new more cabinets or layout, which ensures a more efficient, comfortable and beautiful space that dramatically cuts down on clutter and gives you more intelligent space.

You may also have aging family members or a physically handicapped person who uses a wheelchair. These family members cannot use the bathroom facilities as the average person does. The latest technology and products in the market can ensure that they are able to use the bathroom in comfort and with increased accessibility.

3. INCREASE the value of your property

If you’re considering selling your existing home or looking to invest in revitalising the bathroom in a property you’re looking to put on the market, remodeling your bathroom is definitely going to increase the overall value.

Potential buyers place great importance on a remodeled bathroom and they tend to sell more quickly than houses with an older, outdated bathroom. In their perspective – it ensures they have a modern and new bathroom that they can enjoy the moment they move in.

The bathroom is one of the key areas of the home that help buyers make an informative decision. You should ensure your bathroom is not outdated, out of fashion or has old plumbing systems that may put potential buyers off.

4. Be EFFICIENT with water

Being environmentally friendly is not a trend; it’s a necessity in this day and age. It will also save you money to become more water and energy efficient. Older style toilets often use up to 13 litres of water for one flush, compared to the 4-6 litres newer style dual flush toilets use!

A more efficient bathroom can save you money in the long run and reduce the strain on the environment. It also gives you the opportunity to replace old inefficient pipes and fixtures, saving on electricity bills and curbing water usage.

There are new of ways to improve energy efficiency and comfort including water saving fixtures, radiant flooring and low-flow toilets.

5. Improve SAFETY

If you have had your bathroom for years, there are significant safety risks that may pose a risk for you, your family and your guests. Some common risks include tiles, as they can be slippery, chipped or broken. Broken or chipped tiles can also increase the risk of mold or bacteria build-up. Water leakages can make your floor slippery and walls damp.

Old bathrooms can be a potential breeding ground for germs. New bathrooms that have new technological materials, which can have antibacterial surfaces and fixture designs, are easier to clean.

6. Invite CHANGE

We all love a change once in a while. Perhaps you’re not happy with your current bathroom’s look. Some decide that their bathroom doesn’t fit the current color scheme or style of the rest of the house and often this becomes a significant ‘eye-sore’. A redesign can ensure that your bathroom becomes a area in your house where you can relax, efficiently use and clean with ease.

As a family business with over 20 years experience in successfully designing and supplying bathrooms to clients across Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and surrounding areas, Watermark Kitchens and Bathrooms have a team of design consultants on hand to discuss your requirements.

Our Amersham and Oakley showrooms exhibit the latest in bathroom design. Speak one of our experts today to arrange a free consultation. Contact us today on 01844 338137 or alternatively fill out our online form HERE.