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Planning A Tadelakt Wet Room

Tadelakt wet rooms are fast becoming a fashionable alternative to a traditional bathroom or shower room. So what exactly is a Tadelakt wet room and why would you want one?

A wet room eliminates the need for a bathtub or an enclosed shower with a screen and tray. Basically it’s a fully open shower. A tadelakt wet room can be created in a range of styles for all budgets, however, you to avoid water spraying everywhere, you’ll need to consider if your bathroom size is feasible.

But by removing the bathtub and shower tray and re-designing your bathroom to maximise space, you may be pleasantly surprised at how spacious it turns out to be.

Here’s a look at some of the pros and cons of installing a tadelakt wet room.

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Pros

A wet room is perfect for a stylish, contemporary look. It can also add value to your home. The lack of screens, doors, curtains or shower trays also make it easier to clean.

Cons

Make sure your wet room is large enough to avoid spraying the toilet seat and ending up with wet towels and soggy toilet paper!

A wet room needs professional installation as the entire room needs to be sealed properly so that it’s completely waterproof from the floor to the ceiling.

A tadelakt wet room works well as a second bathroom. If you’re selling your home, many buyers still want a traditional bathroom.

Drainage

A proper drainage system needs to be installed by a professional. A gradient will need to be created so that the water is channeled into the drain. One option is the installation of a sub-floor which can then be plastered over. Another option is installing a ready-made sloping shower tray that can be plastered over to produce a smooth surface that blends seamlessly with the rest of the floor.

TadelaktWaterproofing

Tadelakt is a natural plaster originating from Morocco and it’s the perfect solution for waterproofing your wet room. Not only does it create a smooth and beautiful finish, there’s also no need for grouting so it’s more hygienic. The lime based plaster is made with a natural soap solution making it very easy to clean without the need for harsh detergents. Tadelakt can be used on the floor, walls and ceiling. It is also used to make stylish and contemporary sinks. Tadelakt comes in a range of beautiful and natural colours to suit all types of styles and decor.

For more ideas and inspiration for using Tadelakt waterproof plaster in your home, contact Tadelakt UK today or visit us online.

Moroccan Bathroom

Moroccan Bathroom

Creating A Moroccan Bathroom

When it comes to home design in the UK, French farmhouse, Tuscan villa and New England influences are very popular. However, for the bathroom, Morocco offers a blend of ethnic tradition and contemporary designs to create a luxurious, restful oasis filled with colour and light.

Moroccan design is essentially a mixture of North African, Arab and Mediterranean influences with an emphasis on colours, textures and shapes. When it comes to designing your Moroccan bathroom, your choices are limitless; it can be as elaborate or as simplistic as you wish.

Here are some ideas for creating a beautiful Moroccan bathroom.

Moroccan BathroomColours

Using a combination of vibrant and natural, earthy colours. Traditional Moroccan bathroom colours exude warmth and richness that reflect the dessert such as orange, red, yellow and rusty browns. These colours are often used in Moroccan building materials such as wall washes with hints of yellow and orange. If you like warm colours, search your spice rack for inspiration. Turmeric, cinnamon and ginger will give you an idea of ideal colour solutions.

Tiles

Mosaics painted in bright, vivid colours can be used for wall and unit tiles. The intricate and complex shapes and patterns are perfect for decorating your bathroom and balance well with neutral colour washes and textures.

Lighting

Ethnic lantern-styled wall lights look elegant, or opt for a central chandelier for a truly opulent look for your Moroccan bathroom.  Simple down lighters help to illuminate the colour and texture of the ceiling and walls. Install dimmer switches to set the mood.

Moroccan Bathroom

Shapes

Arches and curves are prominent features of Moroccan bathroom architecture. If you can’t incorporate them in the bathroom structure, use them  in mirror frames, furniture and the units. Curved steps leading up to an alcoved bath and vessel sinks work particularly well in this style of Moroccan bathroom.

Decor

Use pottery, candle lanterns and rose petal-filled bowls as decoration. Incorporate hints of gold in furnishings and blinds for a touch of luxury. If you have the space, finish the look with an over-stuffed ottoman covered in a rich-coloured fabric.

For an authentic, ethnic look, cover the walls in Tadelakt; a traditional Moroccan plaster that creates a smooth, seamless and waterproof finish. Choose from a range of natural, earthy colours to complement your fixtures and furnishings to create a feeling of light, space and warmth. 

For more information on Tadelakt, including our Moroccan bathroom services and further inspiration for Moroccan bathroom designs, contact us today or visit us online.

Tadelakt Bathroom

Tadelakt Bathroom

How To Create An Eco-Friendly Bathroom

With growing concern for the environment, home design needs careful thought in terms of water consumption, energy-efficiency and use of sustainable materials. Bathrooms are a major source of energy and water consumption, yet it’s a room that needs to be functional. If you’re planning a new bathroom then consider how you can effectively combine aesthetics while helping to reduce your carbon footprint.

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Here’s a few ideas for creating a beautiful, yet eco-friendly bathroom:

Low-Flow Fixtures

Toilets consume a high percentage of your household’s water; a dual flush toilet can reduce the need for so much water wastage by 30%. A dual flush fixture incorporates shorter flushes for liquids and a longer flush for solid waste.

A low-flow shower head can dramatically reduce the amount of water you use without compromising the shower pressure.

Windows

Windows provide natural ventilation, preventing moisture build-up which can eventually lead to mould and damp problems, while also providing natural light, therefore reducing the need for artificial lighting.

Hot showers are mainly responsible for creating a steamy bathroom. Build your shower around a window to reduce the amount of condensation and eliminating the need for a ventilation system.

Other Lighting

If your bathroom doesn’t have a window, the next best thing is a skylight which is a great way of using natural light. If a skylight isn’t possible, consider installing a sun tunnel that passes from the roof to the ceiling, bringing natural light to dark and windowless rooms.

Use low energy LED lights and concentrate them around the vanity unit to limit the use of overhead lights.

Bath Tub

Claw foot baths are not only very popular, but their sloped design  means you can still enjoy a long soak while consuming less water.

Decorating

Recycled glass tiles and countertops create a fresh, clean and smooth surface, while making use of sustainable materials.

Use Tadelakt to plaster walls and ceilings; it’s a natural, lime-based material that is produced using the minimum amount of energy and without harmful chemicals.

Tadelakt is water and mould resistant and is sealed using a natural soap solution so it only needs to be cleaned with a sponge and water.

This incredibly eco-friendly plaster releases 80% less CO2 than cement based finishes and actually reabsorbs CO2 during its production, which means less damage to the environment.

Tadelakt creates a beautiful, natural finish to your bathroom while having minimum impact on the environment.

For more information on our range of Tadelakt finishes, contact Tadelakt UK today.

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How To Maximise Your Bathroom Space

Creating a spacious and modern bathroom can be a difficult task. It’s a room we use everyday, but most UK bathrooms are small and cramped spaces.

However, with careful thought and planning there are ways to maximise the space you have, to create a beautiful, practical bathroom with a spacious feel.

TadelaktHere are some tips to make the most of your bathroom space to leave you with a relaxing haven that is functional, modern and stunning.

Storage

Enough storage is essential in a bathroom but finding ways to make everything fit can be tricky. If you are creating a new bathroom then add wall recesses for bottles. This is especially handy in the shower and stops you from constantly knocking them over, while keeping them easily within reach.

The space above the toilet is often wasted; use the space for shelving or cabinets.

Get rid of old radiators and install a heated towel rack instead. It will warm the bathroom and towels, helping to prevent moisture build-up while providing a space to hang damp towels.

Sink

A corner sink is a good solution for smaller bathrooms; a round vanity unit has smooth curves and is even more compact.

A narrow trough sink not only looks modern and sleek, it frees up floor space and gives your bathroom a more minimalist look. Wall mounted taps also create a minimalist feel without cluttering up the sink area.

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A shower over the bathtub is an option for smaller bathrooms, otherwise consider getting rid of the bath altogether and installing a walk-in shower that runs the length of the wall. Curtains are cheap-looking and unhygienic, as they attract mould. Opt for a frameless, glass shower screen to open up the bathroom, reflect light and give the room a cleaner, more seamless look.

Tiling

Tile grouting absorbs dirt and moisture and is a breeding ground for bacteria. For a contemporary and hygienic alternative, use Tadelakt plaster. This Moroccan plaster creates a smooth, seamless surface that is waterproof and scratch resistant. It’s not only used to cover walls, ceilings and shower units, but can also be used to create stunning, contemporary bathtubs and sink units. Tadelakt is available in a range of colours and can give a smaller bathroom a modern, spacious feel without the need for grouting. Use in specific areas or use it to cover the entire bathroom, giving the room a seamless look. It can even be used as a floor covering.

For more information and inspiration, visit us online.

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Bristol Tadelakt Bathroom

A cavernous, luxury bathroom development in Bristol. We custom matched the Moroccan plaster used in this project to the exact Farrow and Ball shade specified by our client.

What is Tadelakt?

Indigenous to the Marrakech area of Morocco, tadelakt is a natural, lime-based plaster that’s both decorative and waterproof. An exquisite, natural combination of pure practicality and unadulterated style.

Used in the restoration of riads across the country, tadelakt lime was first mined from The Marrakech Plateau in the High Atlas Mountains. That seamless and smooth finish that you associate with the architecture of the souks, palaces and riads of Northern Africa, is tadelakt. Traditionally seen in a deep ochre red, tadelakt can come in any colour – see our beautiful colour chart for some inspiration.

The word itself means ‘to rub in’ or ‘massage’ when translated from its original Arabic تدلاكت, and its creation and application today remains true to its age-old roots, passed on from the Moroccan masters over centuries. It was in fact under 11th century Berber rule that craftsmen began to use the tadelakt method, initially to waterproof the royal cisterns. Using lime burning for plaster goes back further than a mere thousand years, though. Those innovative Egyptians were using gypsum and lime plasters to build their pyramids 5000 years ago…

Harnessing its huge natural properties with skilled and precise application methods, tadelakt was soon put to decorative use in construction all over Marrakech and beyond: in exterior façades, in small drinking vessels and in the hammams (bath houses). It’s no wonder then that today tadelakt is becoming such a popular, stylish alternative to tiling in bathrooms, kitchens and wetrooms as well as for spas and entire swimming pools. Having said this, it’s such a versatile material that it’s suitable for almost any internal or external wall. Just see our portfolio for an idea of the broad scope tadelakt offers to both domestic and corporate environments.

Like all great traditions, the art has relied on an oral tradition between artisans to keep it alive. The tadelakt method is, broadly speaking, as follows:

  • Lime plaster mixed with water for 12-15 hours before adding pigment
  • Sometimes marble or limestone sand is added
  • Compressed when plastic to eliminate voids
  • Mechanically polished using stone, providing a smooth, sometimes shiny, finish.
  • Treated with natural soap solution – olive or black soap – to speed carbonation of the surface and impart water-resistance.

The natural olive-based soap used to seal the tadelakt finish is a fabulous product sold in paste form by the kilo in the souks of Marrakech. This emulsifies in water, and deeply permeates the plaster when rubbed in gently, rather than leaving a waxy coating as one might expect it to. The lime’s alkalinity reacts with the soap to form a soap scum which is highly water and scratch resistant – and harder than cured lime – whilst remaining porous and breathable.

Please give Ian a call on 07866 758 020 if you’d like to arrange a site visit, or to discuss the best plastering options for your next project.