Crafting bespoke washroom designs
1st December 2020
We know that when it comes to creating bespoke washrooms, collaboration is key. By involving clients and architectural teams as much as possible within our design process we can ensure that the finished washroom project best reflects their vision as well as being a practical and functional space. And while this year may have had its challenges, we’ve still maintained this close connection with our clients to make sure we’re on the same page with bespoke designs, and here’s how.
Sample service and prototyping
We are always happy to create bespoke samples of materials for architects, made to their exact design requirements. Often simply having something tangible like this can help architects and specifiers settle on which material or colour would best suit their overall scheme – making sure it fits into the washroom design, but equally that the washroom areas reflect the rest of the building too.
With our state-of-the-art 3D printer, we’re also able to create accurate prototypes of different features of a design so that architects and clients can see how certain details would look in 3D and not just as a computer model or CAD drawing. We’ve used this method to create washroom signage in different finishes too. And of course, the majority of our products are available as BIM drawings through the NBS library, making it even easier for architects to add the relevant elements direct into their own building models.
We developed our mock-up service several years ago and it’s become an extremely useful part of our design toolkit – offering clients the opportunity to visualise their washroom design in our factory, often many months ahead of the on-site installation phase. This makes the whole process more efficient and streamlined as it gives clients the chance to make any small amends to a design prior to manufacture.
While we always make sure they’re accurately manufactured to size, we’ve recently created our first fully-functioning mock-up which has even been plumbed in with running water for a major new project. When the client came to our factory to see the mock-up recently, they were able to immerse themselves in the design, walk around it and even use it. This allowed them to get a real feel for how the washroom space would look once installed as part of the finished project.
The complete mock-up design, which was created to the architect’s exact specifications, features our Alto full height toilet cubicles with real wood veneer finish, Arpeggio marble vanity unit with glass splashback and our Tego hidden storage mirror system above. We installed our bespoke Concerto integrated duct panels behind the WCs along with all the accessories specified and tiled the toilet cubicles to complete the design. The mock-up also included the shower area with tiled walls and timber slatted bench.
Work is due to start on site in early 2021 which gives us time to agree and implement any alterations to the design well in advance of our team manufacturing the products and installing the new washrooms on site.
If you have a project in mind where you’re looking for a bespoke solution and you’d like design input, then get in touch with the team as we love to collaborate! In the meantime, keep an eye on LinkedIn, Instagram and Twitter for the latest projects, news and updates.
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