While kitchens have metamorphosed into multi-purpose spaces, bathrooms are increasingly dedicated, quite simply, to the art of bathing. Today’s bathrooms are all about relaxation, pampering, and luxury, and clever manufacturers are delivering a range of exciting new products designed to enhance the bathing experience.
The all-new Therm-Oz Showers Thermostatic Shower Valve mixer promises to transform the daily shower by eliminating those annoying water temperature fluctuations that occur when other taps in the house are turned on.
This product, which is set to become a must-have inclusion for modern family homes, mixes hot and cold water to a set temperature of 38°C, and this temperature is maintained even when other taps, toilets or washing machines are in use. A safety override button on the left handle allows the temperature to be safely and easily adjusted to anywhere between 20 to 50 degrees.
With cool-touch technology, the surface temperature of the mixing valve is safe to touch or hold while showering. And, if the cold water supply were to fail, the shower would instantly shut off to prevent any chance of scalding. Therm-Oz is not an electrical product; it is simply a more efficient way of mixing hot and cold water.
Therm-Oz Showers Thermostatic Shower Valves are manufactured to Australian Standard AS4032.4, have WaterMark certification and feature a three-star WELS rating.
To retro-fit existing bathrooms, the Therm-Oz ‘Reno Kit’ converts an existing manual two-tap shower into a thermostatic shower, without requiring any alterations to pipework or tiling. For new bathrooms, choose the ‘New Build Pack’ which comes complete with fixing bracket. Both packs are supplied with an adjustable chrome slide rail, hose, hand-set and soap dish.
Bathroom design and layouts are increasingly aimed at amping up the luxe factor, with an emphasis on natural light and sleek, streamlined minimalism. A sense of openness is created through the use of walk-in showers. The hobless design visually enlarges the space and creates a seamless flow within the room. However correct drainage is crucial in bathrooms and more often than not, design and aesthetic considerations go unanswered.
Stormtech’s new linear drainage systems now allow unprecedented levels of design flexibility in the bathroom. Unlike conventional drainage, this level-plane drainage solution requires no hob and only a single gradient fall, providing seamless access possibilities and eliminating the need for shower hobs and cumbersome step-down thresholds.
By significantly expanding the area of drainage, linear drainage promotes consistent water flow and egress, reducing the incidence of ponding. Designed as a modular system, linear drainage can be tailored for any ground surface shape and unique environment, significantly reducing construction time and costs.
As Australia’s leading drainage manufacturer and supplier, and creator and proud pioneer of the linear drainage system, Stormtech is recognised globally as an industry leader in the design and manufacture of this ingenious and highly practical drainage. With 25 years of experience in architectural drainage, Stormtech’s products are compliant with the relevant building and plumbing codes for drainage solutions – including meeting the relevant requirements of AS3500. The products also have WaterMark certification.
The Australian, family-owned business works closely with regulators, legislators, end users, trades and distributors to develop problem-solving products.
This article was compiled with contributions from Hettich, Oliveri, Stormtech, Therm-Oz, Cosentino and Smartstone.