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Bathrooms April showers

Tips for buying a shower ■■ Check the pressure of your water system and the pressure needed by the shower you’re considering ■■ You need to know what type of boiler and hot water system you have before buying your shower ■■ If space is limited consider concealing the pipework in a wall so there’s more space in the enclosure ■■ Measure the available space before choosing an enclosure ■■ If you have children consider a height-adjustable shower ■■ A separate handset will be useful if you have children and will come in handy when cleaning the shower, too

This classic design from Hansgrohe incorporates air injection technology to produce a bubbly spray that uses less water. The Raindance Royale fixed shower head is a gorgeous 35cm and there’s also a hand shower with three spray modes for total flexibility. Minimum 3 bar pressure. For the fixed head, thermostatic mixer and Raindance Classic 100 Air 3 jet hand shower expect to pay around £3,273

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The overhead arm of this Victoria shower brings an unusual design touch to the enclosure, as well as serving as a bracing bar. Finished in chrome and with a minimum 0.2 bar pressure, the Victoria integrated 1000 shower panel with 1400 level entry shower tray is by Heritage Bathrooms and costs from £2,756

The Aquaglass closing walk-in enclosure from Frontline promises a luxurious showering experience. It is shown here with the Ixos triple concealed thermostatic shower valve, 30cm fixed head shower and height adjustable square hand shower in chrome. Minimum .5 bar pressure. Total cost around £1,520

A blend of contemporary technology and 1920s-inspired design, the freestanding Spittal by Drummonds certainly has wow factor. Thermostatic controls, four upright water jets and a fixed shower head blend seamlessly with a traditional cast iron tray and solid brass frame. The enamelled tray is available in any colour, while the frame is finished in chrome or nickel. Minimum 1 bar pressure. From £20,340

Le Thermo from Catchpole & Rye is the epitome of old fashioned style for modernday living. Shown in polished brass, its exposed pipework creates a focal point in the bathroom, while the thermostatic valve gives you total control. The shower rose is available in a choice of three sizes – 20, 25 or 30cm. Also available in silver nickel or chrome, minimum 2 bar pressure. From £1,200

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Traditional Homes & Interiors Magazine April 2013  
Traditional Homes & Interiors Magazine April 2013