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    Daniel Fountain
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    UK Shower Manufacturer, Roman Limited, has once again worked with leading home improvement show, DIY SOS, to help a family in need – this time by supplying products to furnish 3 bathrooms.The show, which aired in January, showed a family in need which had more than doubled in size overnight, when Mum, Julie adopted her best friend’s 5 children after she and her partner tragically passed away. This saw the family grow from 4, up to 9 – putting a huge strain on the 3 bedroomed home, which only contained one bathroom.

    Julie’s story appeared in national newspapers, and after being inundated with requests from local residents and those who had read the story nationally, DIY SOS took on the project of extending and refurbishing the house to suit the much larger family.

    One of the key issues raised in the show was the queue for the bathroom on a morning. The team decided to update the existing bathroom and also add two additional showering facilities, including a downstairs shower room and an en-suite shower room off Julie’s bedroom.

    Having helped out a number of times on DIY SOS, Roman was very keen to get involved and offered products for all three spaces. With the bathrooms all being squeezed into tight spaces, one of the key considerations was products that would be space efficient.

    Further to this, Roman was also keen to help reduce the family’s energy bills by using water efficient products. This is when they called on their industry body, The Bathroom Manufacturer’s Association, to see if any other members would like to be involved and supply products – with one stipulation – they must all be registered on the BMA’s Water Label Scheme.

    Roman selected products from their Orbital range which offers a number of cleverly designed Enclosures and Bath Screens, which help solve common space problems in the bathroom. The products supplied included their 760mm Orbital Bi-fold Door with Side Panel – this inward opening door doesn’t project out on to other furniture making it a perfect fit. For the main family bathroom, they supplied their power shower approved Orbital Folding Bath Screen, which offers a stylish over bath showering facility.

    To complement these products, Roman also supplied one of their stylish shower valves, which is registered on the BMA’s Water Label Scheme and shower trays to suit the enclosures.

    The family were delighted with their finished bathrooms and with the rest of the home.
    David Osborne, Roman’s Managing Director, commented: “We are always very happy to help programmes such as DIY SOS. They always work with such deserving families, to help turn their lives around. The finished bathrooms and homes always look amazing. On this occasion, the family we helped out had suddenly more than doubled over night. The space the designers had to work with was somewhat limited, so space saving was at the fore-front when making recommendations for the shower facilities. Alongside this, with such a large family and house for mum, Julie, to look after, easy cleaning and maintenance was another priority. Our enclosures and bath screens were a perfect fit – both are supplied with Roman Ultra Care Pre-coated Glass protection. This is designed to stop dirt and grime sticking to the glass, for easy cleaning and lasting sparkle. The finished bathrooms were not only practical, but offered a real designer finish.”

    Daniel Fountain / 17.01.2013

    Editor, Hotel Designs

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