Kitchen and bathroom makeovers brand Granite Transformations confirms that the ‘improve not move’ boom continues, with record numbers of householders opting to upgrade where they live, rather than up sticks and move house. According to the latest Lloyds Bank research, over 14 million people have undertaken major work on their property or plan to do so within the next year, to improve or add value to their homes. New kitchens (40%) and bathrooms (30%) are high on the list of priorities for home owners looking to improve, according to the research.
Typical of this ‘improve not move’ makeover boom is Granite Transformations client Susan Williams of Chestfield, in the Canterbury district of Kent. Mindful of record lower interest rates, she took the view that the family’s savings were best invested in upgrading three bathrooms and a downstairs cloakroom, with a view to increasing the value of her 4-bedroom detached property.
Granite Transformations took care of the total makeovers, installing its own luxurious, non-porous agglomerate finishes and Trend authentic Italian glass mosaic, while Ripples supplied top quality bathroom fittings. The resulting transformations are outstanding, the formerly staid décor being elevated into upscale layouts that would not look out of place in a boutique hotel.
Epitomising this stylish new look is the master bedroom en-suite, where the shower cubicle, bath and his’n’hers basins were ripped out and the space converted into a virtual wetroom. Dark glass mosaic field tiles and white platinum accent pieces adorn the walk-in shower, with Nero Corallo agglomerate flooring extending from the shower across the bathroom, to create a fully water-resistant finish. The same surface material is used to clad the new vanity units, featuring twin undermounted, round porcelain basins, whilst a light grey matt agglomerate is applied to the en-suite walls, up to ceiling level. A fashionable, wall-hung WC pan, with concealed cistern and chrome flush plate, twin shower heads and single-lever basin mixers contribute to the ultra-modern effect.
The main family bathroom retains the more conventional bath, basin and WC layout, but is totally upscaled with Trend Liberty Bronzite designer mosaic cladding both the bath panel and surround, for a sumptuous, shimmering decorative treatment. Oversize 300mm x 600mm agglomerate tiles in Nero Maltese dress the floor, while virtually seamless matt cream agglomerate panels protect all the vertical surfaces. A wall-mounted wash basin with under-mounted vanity unit, wall-hung pan with soft-close lid, a single-ended acrylic bath fitted with hand shower and slider rail, and a chrome heated towel radiator all harmonise with the décor.
Perhaps the most modernistic design is reserved for the compact bathroom adjoining student son Charlie’s room. The effect is fashionably white and chrome, with White Star agglomerate flooring and wash basin countertop, matt white agglomerate walls, high gloss white sanitaryware and chrome fittings. But a visual highlight is introduced with iridescent Trend Shining 2cm x 2cm mosaic tiles adorning the shower walls, providing a fully water and bacteria resistant finish.
Finally, visitors are treated to a flamboyant designer mosaic pattern in the downstairs cloakroom. Trend’s inimitable, irregular Liberty Onyx mosaic, with highlights of silver and steel, is applied up to waist height, with a modern matt grey towel rail complementing the look. Granite Transformations’ White Star flooring and matching matt wall cladding and countertop complete the hard surface finishes, with a modern wall-hung WC pan and distinctively-contoured wash basin and vanity unit adding further visual interest.
Susan Williams is delighted with the quality of the finished work and her discussions with a local estate agent suggest the bathroom makeovers have added instant value to the property and improved its overall appeal. There has even been interest from neighbours, whose homes have an identical layout and could benefit from a similar upgrade. Proof that ‘improve not move’ is the way to go, says Granite Transformations.
All Granite Transformations showrooms are now Trend Approved stockists. For nearest location, visit the website at www.granitetransformations.co.uk.