Integrated Drainage System

“Impressive, Fully Integrated Water Drainage Solution”
Drainage outlet for high water velocity

What makes the Integrate System unique is the combination of sub-sill and drainage channel merged into a singular system. The singular system forms a sump that can house the drain grate, as well as wide array of sills used in our single, double and triple track door and window systems. When heavy rainfall strikes, the water flows into the drain grate and through the entire sump. This unique system enables a larger outlet pipe to be installed directly beneath the sill allowing effortlessly draining water of high velocity.

Why an Integrated System?
  • Standardized design readily available in 6.5 metre lengths
  • All-in-one system eliminating the needs for custom designs therefore saving time and money
  • Fewer components making it easy to install resulting in lower labour expenses
  • Weatherable flush still threshold compliant to Australian Standards and the NCC
  • Integrated system creates a slip resistant unobstructed walkway ideal for wheelchair access and elderly while eliminating trip hazards
  • Merged drainage channel and sub-sill maximizes the area available for water storage capacity
  • Integrated sump enables a larger outlet drainage pipe to be install dispersing water at high velocity
  • Designed to block leaves and debris
  • Removable grate for servicing requirements
Wheelchair Access with the Integrated System

 

Much ado about bathroom mirrors

“Raise the roof” with tall, slender framed mirrors

Choosing vertical details in your wardrobe prompts the eye to look up and down instead of side to side, helping create a taller, more slender appearance. The same is true for your bathroom. Vertical details in the bathroom accentuate ceiling height and help a small bathroom feel more expansive and luxurious.

Add decorative elements to the bathroom to encourage the eyes to move upward from the bath, sink and toilet.  Tall vases or plants, vertical tile designs and vertical paintings are possible choices. But, once again, the hero of the small bathroom is the elegantly framed mirror. Previous Richters blogs, have highlighted the ability of a framed mirror to create the illusion of space. When you choose tall, slender mirrors you also lift the ceiling and inspire a feeling of space above.

A top or dress with horizontal stripes can section your body into blocks and make you appear shorter and wider.  Similarly, horizontally wide and vertically short framed mirrors chop the room height. Using horizontal lines and patterns won’t make the room look wider. In fact, horizontal patterns in a small bathroom can accentuate the lack of space. Vertical mirrors, that reach to the ceiling, maximise space and result in that sensation of height.

If you’re fortunate two windows in your bathroom, a vertical line of mirrors in between windows will maximize natural sunlight and provide even greater space-defying visuals.

Mirrors, shower screen and bath panel hardware, and shelving hardware can be like bathroom wardrobe and accessory items; accessorize strategically. Mirrors offer a fantastic way to dress up a space; however you want to use them as you would elements in your personal wardrobe. Choosing vertical lines and a tall, thin mirror will help tap into unused space and make your small bathroom look larger and more chic.

Six tips for DIY bathroom renovators

Renovating: everyone thinks they know how to do it, almost everyone discovers it’s not as easy as it looks, and they have no idea what they’re doing.

For a small room, bathroom renovations cost a pretty penny, they also involve serious construction work. If you’re thinking about a DIY bathroom renovation, and you haven’t renovated before, my first piece of advice would be, make sure you have a good plumber on board, and possibly a cabinetmaker, or builder. If you’re new to the reno scene, don’t attempt to do everything yourself. Bathrooms can’t be updated every year. You need to take some key steps to ensure you create a successful space you will love for years to come. From seasoned ‘ren0spert’ (a renovation expert) to rookie renovators, here are six bathroom renovation tips I would advise any DIY-er consider.

1. Make a bathroom wish list

This might seem daggy, but I promise, when you have a clear idea of what you really want in your new bathroom, you won’t be regretting this step. My advice is write a couple of bathroom wish lists. Note down what you currently don’t like about your bathroom. List what fittings and fixtures you want in your new bathroom. Think about what you feel are top priority items, and try to forecast potential problems – oh, and of course make a list of design features and styles you like.

These lists will eventually form a design concept, timeline, shopping list and renovation budget.

2. Samples and mood boards

Don’t let professional designers have all the fun! Today, through sites such as Pinterest, Facebook, Google + and Instagram you can access an incredible amount of design inspiration. Create a board on Pinterest to gather images, or dedicate a folder on your computer to your bathroom renovation. For the technically savvy renovator, use a creative program to bring your images together on one page. For those less across image editing software, there’s nothing wrong with printing images and gluing them onto paper. Magazines are perfect for this. Interior designers seeking inspiration actually follow this process, so if you think it sounds a little like glorified scrap booking, think again. Mood boards are significant styling tools, allowing you to determine what goes with what and an overall theme.

After your bathroom mood board is complete, collect as many paint, tile, and fabric samples as possible. For fittings and fixtures, make sure you get to showrooms and view each product in person before making any decisions. Remember, everything has the potential to look totally different in the flesh.

3. Tile planning

There is a reason tiling is a profession it its own right. A high level of skill required to getting tile configurations spot on. When tiling, you want to ensure you minimise wastage and tile pattern compromise. The best way to go about tile planning is to take the measurements of your walls and floors, along with your selected tile. Use these to grid in scale, each interior wall elevation, and the floor plan. Identify where wall features such as cupboards, hooks, rails and mirrors will  be placed, and think about what percentage of the room you want tiled. I suggest always having a tile professional look over your plans to avoid disappointment. Pre-planning tile configurations is a cost effective way of trialling different designs, and great preparation if you do attempt to take this part of the renovation on yourself.

4. Plumbing position

Please, please, please, DIYers, keep your plumbing where it is. Save yourself a small fortune and many grey hairs, don’t move your existing pipes. Only if absolutely necessary (I’m talking, toilet literally in shower type scenario) would I suggest moving pipes.

If you have to move anything, call a plumber and don’t attempt it yourself. If you’re unhappy with your current bathroom, chances are the room falls short as a result of design and décor, not plumbing layout.
5. Test a tub

Just like a mattress for your bed, a bathtub needs to be lay in before purchasing.  It’s important to get a feel for how it suits your body. A tub might look spacious and curvaceous, but this doesn’t mean you will find it comfortable. Don’t hold back when you’re walking around bathroom showrooms, kick off your shoes and test a tub!

6. Plan a ‘wow’ shower

It’s safe to assume we all use our shower at least once a day. If you’re going to the effort of re-modelling your bathroom, explore every opportunity to increase shower footprint and maximise luxury. A double shower would be my first recommendation, however if your floor plan doesn’t allow, use a frameless or semi-frameless glass shower screen to create the illusion of a larger shower cavity. For an extensive range of shower screens, visit Richters.
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Mirrored wardrobe doors, a fresh look on an interesting design feature

After a short stint spent in the bin of “holdover of ’80s design”, sliding mirror wardrobe doors are back in vogue.  They are now seen as a new classic because they offer so many benefits. A mirrored wardrobe door makes a room appear larger and they reflect the natural light.  This adds brightness and dimension to the room, making it feel more spacious. They offer a fresh take at a truly interesting design feature.

Practical Wardrobe Design

Homeowners choose mirrored wardrobes for their practicality as they save floor space by becoming part of the design vision for the room and the full length mirrors get frequent use.

Successful installers understand the need to pair the mirrors with strategic location to make the most of a room’s natural light. Some areas accommodate mirrored doors better than others. Learn how to use this for design advantage.

Having mirrored doors for the bedroom furniture can have advantages both in terms of functionality and style. Large mirrors allow the home’s residents to better assess clothing choices and ensembles. This is particularly helpful in the home without a dressing room or a large walk-in robe.

Contemporary spaces

mirrored wardrobe doors
While mirrored wardrobes look prefect in contemporary spaces and with minimalist design trends where every feature must have purpose, they blend equally well with classic, art deco, industrial, traditional and shabby chic decorating.
An easy choice

Richters mirrored wardrobe doors offer a low maintenance, easy-to-clean option to change the look of a bedroom. They look amazing and perform effortlessly for years. You can gain even greater design options and mix and match mirrored panels with others to have one, two, three or more panels mirrored.

Talk to an expert at Richters today

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