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The Very Best of British: How Your Bathroom is Made
Posted by admin on September 25, 2014 at 9:45 am . Filed under: Bathroom Furniture,Corporate,Fitted Bathrooms,Luxury Bathrooms

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When it comes to manufacturing brilliance, Britain has a proud history, but what exactly is it famous for? Japan is known for its electronic goods. Germany is famed for its automobiles. The French are revered worldwide for their mastery of the fashion market. Britain is known for its quality. We are the shining stars of industries worldwide, and most of us don’t even realise it. In high end and niche areas Britain is the envy of the world, and Utopia is a proud part of that heritage.

Here at Utopia, we like to think that, when it comes to creating and providing outstanding bathroom furniture, we really are the very best of British. We’re proud to call ourselves UK brand leaders and, with over twenty-five years of experience manufacturing high-quality, fitted bathroom furniture, we know what we’re talking about. So what marks us out as Britain’s premier bathroom manufacturer?

A Leading Brand
Utopia is the leading manufacturer of complete bathroom solutions in the UK, supplying more complete bathrooms every year than any other manufacturer. Not only are we the premier brand in this country, but our entire bathroom range is created in the UK.
We’ve been manufacturing our high quality bathroom furniture and fixtures in our Midlands based factory since the 1990s, and ever since our foundation we have sought to produce the best bathroom units and cabinets available in the UK.

Our customers deserve better than second-best, and we make sure that they get it. Our commitment to quality ensures that every piece of bathroom furniture we manufacture is produced to the highest standards, and we have a deserved reputation for style, easy installation and durability.
Our attention to detail in the design and manufacture of our products is what sets us apart from our competitors. Since our establishment 25 years ago, our directors have rigidly maintained their adherence to our founding principles.

They are passionate about the quality and durability of our products, which is why they have ensured that every piece of furniture which leaves our factory is easy to install and made to last.

Our Process
So how do we go about creating our masterpieces? All of our furniture is produced in-house at our Midland’s based factory. Assembled by hand, it is crafted to the highest standards, is unendingly durable and exquisite in form and appearance.

At Utopia, we have a commitment to product development and continually strive to improve our creations. To help us in our quest, we have developed one of the most advanced bathroom manufacturing plants anywhere in Europe. Our designs reflect the latest manufacturing and design trends, so our bathrooms are always on point. Our creations incorporate the latest in colours and finishes, keeping us at the pinnacle of the bathroom manufacturing industry.

Our main suppliers are all UK based, and the majority can be found within a 100 mile radius of us. Our facility is equipped to take on raw board and produce the final product without outsourcing any of the production processes elsewhere, making our work a truly British affair.
The specialist machinery we use allows us to produce our own solid surface worktops, bespoke products that many other bathroom manufacturers would have to outsource to specialist worktop producers.
Our factory is situated in the heart of the UK, so once we’ve finished, our products can be transported straight to the nearby central motorway network, allowing us to deliver quickly and easily to every corner of the country.

If you’re looking for the best of British, we have a network of over 600 selected retailers covering England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales, so why not use our site to find your nearest Utopia retailer today? We guarantee that you’ll love our uniquely British designs just as much as we do.

 

The Complete History of British Bathrooms
Posted by admin on September 9, 2014 at 8:20 am . Filed under: Bathroom Fittings,Bathroom Furniture,Bathroom Suites,Fitted Bathrooms,Luxury Bathrooms

The bathroom, as it is today in Britain, was a long time coming. In fact, the bathroom as we know it was a fundamentally different entity to the one we know today. Here’s the back story to our beloved bathrooms, helping show how we’ve got to the designs we have today.

The First Toilets

The first toilets which can be reliably dated trace back to Crete, 2,800 years ago, during the reign of King Minos, the ancient monarch credited with having the first water flushing closet. Contemporary cultures placed a similar emphasis on sterility and waste disposal, and there is plenty of evidence remaining to demonstrate the existence of toilets in ancient times.
Across the world, we find examples of ancient Rome’s sewer systems and we know that latrines were built over bodies of open running water, as part of a simple yet practical system of waste disposal.

Roman Style Baths

After the departure of the Romans and the erasure of their cultural offerings, Roman-style warm baths would only be reintroduced into Britain by the returning Crusaders during the early medieval period. These soldiers had enjoyed such facilities in the Middle East and set about recreating them in Britain.
Many of these bath houses sprang up along the South Bank of the Thames during the reign of Henry II (1154-89), but they were closed down by Henry VI (1422-71). Public outcry forced their reopening, but the number of bath houses was restricted to 12. Henry VIII affected their permanent closure in 1546.

The Development of Toilets

Moving on in history, the Middle Ages saw the invention of the chamber pot. Made from metal or ceramic, waste was excreted into the pot, before the contents were thrown out.
This invention seems rather regressive when compared to earlier examples, and it was not until 1596 that things would take another step forward, in the form of the flushing toilet developed by Sir John Harrington for his godmother, Queen Elizabeth I.
By 1775, Alexander Cummings was claiming the first patent for making a tank for flushing. Only as the 1800s approached did people begin to make a direct link between poor hygiene and lack of sanitation leading to the spread of disease.
Nineteenth Century Bath Houses
By the mid-nineteenth century, the public perception towards cleanliness was beginning to change, and public bath houses began to be established across the country.
By 1915, all towns had at least one bath house, offering baths and showers of varying classes and for varying prices. For the first time, the working class also had access to these facilities.

A Victorian Invention

It was not until the Victorian era that bathrooms began to be acknowledged as a necessity. Even then, most were placed outside of the house, due to the prevailing fear of germs and bacteria.
It was only as this fear eased, and the need for better hygiene in everyday life was recognised, that primitive outdoor bathrooms became an indoor feature, becoming increasingly elaborate in their form and structure.
Greater than this growing understanding of hygiene was the need for privacy, and so it was that, during the 19th and 20th century, thanks to the prudish nature of the Victorians, the modern bathroom began to emerge.
By the time the concept of the designated bathroom emerged, bathroom furnishings were exquisite. The bathrooms of the wealthy would be splendid affairs, with lavish sinks and ornately designed bathtubs, featuring cast iron bodies and gargoyle style claw legs.
The most stylish baths were roll top bateau and boat baths, developed by Jacob Delafon of Paris. Today, these sell for thousands of pounds, and their popularity is as wide-spread now as it was when they were first developed circa 1850-1900.

Indoor Toilets

It was only in 1910 that the modern closed tank and cistern design emerged. This prototype design would be heavily developed over the years, until the sophisticated inventions of today finally emerged.
However, right up to the 1950s and 60s, many homes still had outside toilets, and a large number of people refused to have WCs built inside their home, considering indoor facilities unhygienic.

Cultural Evolution

From then on, the indoor toilet evolved, slowly turning into the modern bathrooms we have today. From here, Utopia comes in and, from 1989 onwards, British bathrooms became more stylish than ever before. Now, with a range of styles and ranges available, you can relax in comfort like never before. Looking back, we’re happy that we’re in the age we are now.

 

Breathe new life into your home with contemporary bathroom suites
Posted by admin on February 3, 2012 at 12:24 pm . Filed under: Bathroom Suites

When you first moved into your property, you might have had major aspirations concerning how you would transform the bathrooms and so on. However, as you settled into the abode, you may have found that life took over and you were too busy to make the alterations immediately. Then, as time went by, you might have become oblivious to the out-datedness of your bathroom areas.

But by seizing the day and making changes to these spaces, you stand to enhance your experiences of living in the residence significantly. After all, bathroom areas are hugely important. It is therefore crucial that they look gorgeous and function perfectly.

The good news is, it is now easier than ever before to adapt these rooms to suit your style and preferences, as well as your practical needs.

By perusing our website here at Utopia, you should quickly and easily find exactly what you want at great value prices.

For example, you may benefit from considering our range of contemporary bathroom suites. These offerings are simply stunning to look at and could completely change the whole appearance of your bathroom areas. Also, because they are fantastic on an ergonomic level, they are a pleasure to use.

And now may be the ideal time to make such changes. The worst of the winter weather is on its way and being able to soak in gorgeous baths is the perfect antidote to the harsh conditions.

To see the full range of items we have to offer, simply take a look around the rest of our website.

 

Add an air of luxury with freestanding baths
Posted by admin on January 26, 2012 at 4:48 pm . Filed under: Baths and Showers

Sinking into a lovely warm bath can be fantastic, particularly at this point in the calendar when the temperatures are plummeting and you are starting to feel the chill. Soaking in the tub can be the perfect way to relax after a stressful day in the office and it can also be the ideal start to a lazy morning.

Meanwhile, there is evidence to suggest that making the most of warm water like this can help to alleviate the symptoms of certain medical conditions, including poor circulation, high blood pressure and arthritis.

With this in mind, why not go all out and invest in the ultimate in bathing apparatus by buying freestanding baths. There is a certain style and class to these items and they are a symbol of luxury.

Indeed, in the past you may only have seen such baths on TV, or experienced them while staying in up-market hotels.

There is nothing better than lying back in baths like this and letting the worries of the world slide off your shoulders.

Also, these products make a real style statement and are bound to impress guests. Many of your friends and family who see the new addition to your bathrooms may feel a distinct sense of jealousy – and who could blame them?!

Another issue to consider is the value of your property. While adding products like this to your abode costs a little money, it may also serve to raise the value of your home if and when you come to sell it. After all, buyers often place a great deal of emphasis on such rooms when choosing which residences to bid for.

 

No need to put up with substandard bathrooms
Posted by admin on January 18, 2012 at 11:47 am . Filed under: Luxury Bathrooms

If you are sick of that leaky tap, chipped bathroom mirror, bedraggled shelving and so on, now might be the perfect time to revamp your bathroom fittings.

All too often, consumers put up with such imperfections for years and years, always thinking they will get round to addressing the issue some day, but never quite finding the time. This is a great shame. After all, bathroom areas are extremely important and if yours is not up-to-scratch, you will not be making the most of your home.

And the point is, it has never been easier or cheaper to get your hands on superb bath taps, items of furniture and so on. Here at Utopia, we offer a vast array of such offerings that could be perfect for you and your abode.

There is something depressing about making do with substandard bathroom furniture and fittings. You might be embarrassed about the look of the rooms when guests come over and rather than being able to luxuriate in warm baths while enjoying your surroundings, your mind may instead be constantly drawn to the imperfections around you.

Also, experiencing plumbing problems can be highly frustrating, particularly during winter when having warm water at the twist of a handle is very important.

Whether you want to go all out and replace virtually everything in your bathroom or simply want to invest in a few new bits and pieces, such as bath mixer taps and other such items, you should be able to find exactly what you need via our website.

 

Bathroom mirrors can give the illusion of more space
Posted by admin on January 13, 2012 at 4:05 pm . Filed under: Bathroom Mirrors

Bathroom mirrors are very important and virtually all homes feature these items. Of course, they are crucial in practical terms to help individuals see what they are doing when they are shaving, applying their makeup and so on. However, these reflective objects also serve a more subtle purpose.

You might feel as though the bathrooms in your home are too small. If this is the case, you are by no means alone. To make more space elsewhere, house builders often compress bathroom areas, meaning they can seem cramped. But by using mirrors intelligently, you can give the appearance of more space in the rooms.

Large mirrors positioned in the right places can create the impression that the walls extend back further than they actually do.

Meanwhile, another advantage of such products is the fact that they reflect light, helping to make the most of any natural sunlight or artificial illuminations you have. This can also make the areas seem more airy and spacious.

So, if you think your bathroom could benefit from the addition of superb bathroom mirror cabinets and other such things, simply take a look around our website here at Utopia. We are experts in the field and offer an array of products that could be perfect for your home.

This is by far the easiest way to make bathing and shower rooms seem much larger. It is certainly more straightforward than physically extending the areas and, as well as being faster and simpler, it is also much cheaper.

 

Help keep your bathroom clutter free with superb furniture
Posted by admin on January 9, 2012 at 2:30 pm . Filed under: Bathroom Furniture

Bathrooms are hugely important areas in homes and they tend to get a lot of use. Because of this, and due to the fact that they are often fairly small in size, they can quickly become cluttered. Household members fill up the spaces with toiletries, cosmetics, shaving equipment and so on.

In your home, you might constantly be fighting a losing battle to keep your bathrooms tidy and this can serve to the detriment of the appearance of the areas.

However, there is a simple way to make your life easier and to help ensure that this part of your abode is the epitome of style and elegance and that is to invest in new bathroom furniture. These days, there are many products for you to choose from and you should not struggle to source offerings that match both your aesthetic and practical requirements.

Here at Utopia we are passionate about such products and offer a vast selection of them. Whether you are after bathroom cabinets, shelves or anything else, we may well have the perfect solution for you.

Being able to neatly place items away into designated places is key to keeping bathrooms in an ordered state.

So, to see whether or not our products take your fancy, just have a look around the rest of our website. By making simple changes like this, you can not only enhance the appearance of your abode, but also boost your quality of life. So, when it comes to sourcing furniture like this, there really is no time like the present!

 

Clever use of bathroom lights is key
Posted by admin on January 5, 2012 at 12:43 pm . Filed under: Bathroom Lighting

You might find that your bathroom is too dark and feels cramped and claustrophobic. If this is the case, you are by no means alone. In contrast to living areas, bedrooms and so on, these spaces are often small and sometimes they lack natural light because of the absence of a window.

But the good news is, it is now easy to address this problem. By investing in superb bathroom lights, you can significantly enhance the look of these rooms and make them much nicer places to be.

For example, as well as any main lights you have in the areas, you can invest in illuminated bathroom mirrors. Not only does this serve to brighten up the spaces, it is also highly practical. After all, such mirrors can be used by people when they are applying makeup, shaving and so on. It is vital that during such endeavours, individuals can see what they are doing.

Meanwhile, you might also want to consider purchasing spotlights. These can look stunning and also have the effect of bolstering the amount of light present.

To get ideas concerning lighting and to purchase such products, you can peruse our website here at Utopia. We are experts when it comes to such provisions and should have everything you need to help you transform you bathrooms from dingy, depressing spaces to bright, attractive rooms.

By making a few relatively small changes of this kind, you should notice significant improvements and the process of ordering through us couldn’t be easier.