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The Walk In Shower Solution That Helps You Keep your Independence in Style.

March 26, 2017
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Where can you find a non- slip, walk in shower that can be fitted quickly, in awkward spaces, without major disruption and LOOKS FANTASTIC? Have a look at the Fiora Elax shower trays that will surprise you as they aren’t actually a tray as we know it!

I recently discovered this Spanish shower room manufacturer – Fiora. I love their modern classic styling and high quality production and their company goal that sums up everything I look for in a bathroom product

“all our work must not lose sight of its main goal, which is that its use must improve the everyday life of people”

and I think that they follow through their belief that their range of bathroom products are designed to offer

“…multiple and diverse solutions.”

That’s exactly what I’m looking for in a walk in shower, good design, style, high quality and a product that is age proof and can be suitable for anyone with reduced mobility.

The Fiora Elax range looks fantastic, the styling is high end and very urban. It’s a shame that the catalogues emphasis glass walls and are focused only on the able bodied, there’s no reference to the installation of a shower seat or that they actually do cater for the needs of aging or arthritic joints.

It’s Not a Walk In Shower Tray – it’s a Mat!

I think that the Fiora Elax walk-in shower system is a solution worth considering for anyone looking for a shower tray that is non-slip, has a ‘give’ underfoot, warm to touch, and soft to stand on.

 

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The shower tray is made of a flexible material that has a “give” making standing less tiring and it is warm to the touch – ideal for arthritic feet

 

 

 

 

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The surface is rated at group 2 non-slip which means that it is a surface that is non-profiled (sleek) and has an even surface with a gritty texture.

 

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and all of this is made possible because this tray arrives as a rolled up mat!

 

 

The shower tray mat comes in a range of tasteful colours which can be selected to contrast or blend in with the bathroom floor. Because this tray can be fitted level with the floor, which helps mobility issues, you can combine texture, warmth and a contrasting colour to help users with impaired vision.

 

The Perfect Solution for an En Suite Walk In Shower.

One of the problems about installing a walk in shower as an en suite without tearing the whole house apart, is that the shower needs to fit in with what space already exists. This is often a very big issue when you are installing a shower for someone who doesn’t want their home disrupted, and who isn’t feeling up to be part of a major building project.

This shower tray can fit practically anywhere. The material can be easily cut to size and shape using a knife. If you are planning to fit a shower seat you still need to look for a suitable wall to attach it to… but Fiora Elax shower tray mat can be cut and trimmed to size and shape that’s how it can fit most places.

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Easy Access Shower Replacing a Bath?

It’s worth mentioning at this point that Fiora also make a range of matching and complimentary wall panels that take out some of the headache of ripping out the bath and installing a walk in shower.

Remove the old bath. Position the panels horizontally to cover the area where the untiled walls from behind the bath are exposed. Fit the shower drainage system and and lay the Fiora Elax mat to cover the footprint of the old bath.

Horizontal PANELS replacing a bath with an easy access shower

The Fiora Elax shower tray mat works like any other walk in shower tray, there are a range of stainless steel drainage grates and there are a lot of installation guides on their website. For more looks from Fiora have a look at my Instagram page buildmumahouse.

I would love to hear your comments, tips or your experiences of installing walk in showers, its such a popular thing to do these days and there are loads of people looking to share their experiences, do post them here on the Buildmumahouse blog.

 

 

 

The Outdoor Shower That’s Very Welcome Indoors

December 6, 2015
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I recently had the opportunity to see a number of new showers that have been launched at CP Hart showrooms in Waterloo, London. I’ll let you know just what I think of these new models over the next few weeks.

However, I can’t wait to talk about Jee-O 365 showers. They are a range of outdoor showers and basin tap controls that are beautifully sleek, robust and highly engineered in stainless steel, but have clever and refined design with controls that are easy to use by anyone.

According to Jee-O, this range has been installed in amazing locations such as the Maldives and Los Angeles but I think they could be just fantastic in a UK indoor wetroom. They are made up of one freestanding unit and a minimalist wall mount, so they look sleek and modern. Personally, I love the urban styling and think they would save space in any size room. The controls are actually part of the unit and are beautifully designed. I had a go with them and they are very easy to use and easy to grip by anyone young, old or with soap or sand in their eyes!

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Jee-O seem to be bringing a fresh approach to outdoor showering and bathrooms in general. The driving force behind the company is Lammert Moerman a product designer and, rather unexpectedly, former Dutch BMX champion. And if it seems a stretch from hurtling round on a souped-up Chopper to manufacturing bathroom installations, the secret is in the engineering: cycles require the sleekest design combined with the greatest performance – Moerman simply couldn’t see why the same principles shouldn’t to be applied to bathrooms.

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My favourite shower in the range is Jee-O Original Freestanding Shower Mixer. I know it’s been designed and specified for use outdoors, by the hot tub or pool, but not many of us have those and I’d love to see one of these freestanding showers in my indoor wetroom. I like that it’s just one unit and it’s attached to the ground, leaving the walls clutter free. But most of all, it’s the design of the controls that appeal to me: easy, clever and witty. An inbuilt stainless steel chunky ring replaces fiddly taps and with a very user-friendly positive and smooth action controls temperature and water flow.

And in a brand-focused piece of design, Moerman explains that elements of the shower and controls have been inspired by the company’s logo:

“The “J” stands for the iconic shape of the shower … that looks just like an upside down “J”. The “O” stands for the characteristic ring or button that regulates the shower gradually from closed to open, from cold to hot.”


Clever stuff, and I can’t see Triton pulling that off!

Another version of this model worth mentioning is the Jee-O Original Freestanding Shower Mixer And Handshower where a hand shower has been integrated. I was really pleased to see this option, as it would be perfect for children or anyone in your family who needs the flexibility to sit and shower.

In this range there is also a matching basin mono mixer, a chunky spout with a ring control built in – again easy to grip with soapy weak hands – full control of the water flow and perhaps more importantly, temperature.

The second highlight for me is the Jee-O Soho Progressive Freestanding Shower Mixer Hammercoated Black Matt shower. Moerman explains that the inspiration was from urban cool Soho of the New York district rather than London’s Bohemian quarter. Like the rest of the range, this model is cast in stainless steel but this one has a hammer-coated black matt finish that gives it a tough, Batman meets jet-fighter look. I love the styling – it’s bold and thorough, with Jee-O detailing around the lever control. Not only does the showerhead take its inspiration from industrial pipework but, surprisingly, it also has a very good shower pattern. It may look like it belongs in the Batcave, but it’s nice to know that Bruce Wayne will have a nice shower in the morning.

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For me, the design of the controls isn’t as innovative as Jee-O Original but I love that the controls are lever handles with a progressive smooth action and that they are coated by a rubber skin – reduced mobility friendly and always warm to the touch, which is great for anyone with arthritis. I love the urban cool look and think this one would be stunning with Gotham City Metro tile work.

I’m so pleased to have discovered this range – this blog isn’t a month old and already my quest for stylish, future-proof home fittings is bearing fruit!