When it comes to today’s modern bathroom, a stylish, sleek and minimalist design is just as important as the function. Australia’s obsession with the once unheralded bathroom is at an all-time high, and along with the kitchen, it is now often considered to be the star of many houses and apartments.
Australia’s love for creating stylish, modern bathrooms is evident in the amount of money spent - with the total value of bathroom installations in new homes in 2012/2013 being $4.11 billion, with this "gure expected to rise 10 percent, to a staggering $4.53 billion by 2015/2016. The average value for a new bathroom in 2012/2013 was $13,986, whilst in the same year Australians spent on an average of $15,122 on renovating existing bathrooms. These high amounts spent on renovating come as no surprise - remodelling your bathroom is one of the most pro"table home improvement projects you can undertake. The general consensus amongst most realtors is that money spent on bathroom renovations will provide a higher return on investment than any other room, with experts estimating almost a 3% increase in total property value.
Making Space for the Perfect Bathroom
Space is at a premium in bathrooms, and making the most of any available space is integral to successful design. This is especially true when considering the fundamental shift to apartment and town house living over traditional detached housing, with recent "gures revealing 45% of new housing developments in 2013 were apartments and town houses, up from 27% just "ve years ago. It is in these dwellings where intelligent use of space is crucial.
The clean lines typical of modern design are a great way to create the illusion of space in smaller bathrooms, as is the use of lighter colour schemes. Wet rooms (essentially a shower with no enclosure) are also a great way of providing a spacious look.
Current trends in design also help maximise space and utility. In-built storage and wall-mounted vanities are great for saving space and have an appealing look. One of the most popular new trends in modern bathroom design is the addition of a concealed toilet cistern - a great space saver which also adheres to the sleek and minimal aesthetic.
The Move Towards Concealed Cisterns
Concealed cisterns have been a common feature of commercial bathrooms for some time, and in recent years have seen a surge in popularity throughout residential bathrooms due to their ability to help improve aesthetics, functionality and space.
Concealed installation systems completely remove the toilet cistern from view, with the cistern instead being mounted inside or behind a wall, in a ceiling, or within a cabinet or vanity unit. As well as the cistern, the plumbing associated with the toilet is also completely hidden, placing them out of sight and out of mind. The only visible features being the designer flush buttons and pan. This also provides great fexibility with some buttons being able to be placed up to three metres away from the toilet.
Maintenance, Safety & Hygiene Geberit Concealed
A common misconception surrounding concealed cisterns is the presumption that gaining access to the cistern for maintenance and repairs is fraught with difficulty. In fact, this could not be further from the truth. Accessing modern concealed cisterns does not require tiles to be removed or holes made walls. All you need to do is remove the flush plate and through the panel behind you will have enough accessibility to perform maintenance or repair work.
The greatest safety concern when it comes to concealed toilet cistern is the amount of weight the wall-hung pan can bear. This concern is also unfounded, as the support structure for the toilet within the wall is capable of holding up to 400 kilograms.
Concealed cisterns are also more hygienic than standard toilets, as they allow you to easily clean around all sides of the pan. As germs are most easily spread through hand contact , the addition of a touchless flush plate with in-built sensor can increase hand hygiene even further, removing the need to touch any buttons. These are especially beneficial for commercial and other high traffic applications.
Geberit Concealed Cisterns
Geberit is a world leader in residential and commercial concealed cistern technology and drainage solutions, selling products in over 100 countries around the world. Since its establishment in 1874 the Geberit brand has become internationally recognised for innovation, durability and sustainability. Geberit is a prime example of the exceptional engineering skills that the Swiss are renowned for. Precision, know-how and sheer joy of innovation characterise Geberit products and systems; enhancing quality of life for generations.
With over 50 years experience in concealed cisterns, and over 60 million units installed worldwide, Geberit can provide the perfect concealed cistern solution to any residential or commercial bathroom project.