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Westcountry Tile & Bathroom, based in Christian Mill Business Park, has 25 years experience in supplying and fitting bathrooms and wet rooms. No job is too big for Jamie Shewbrook and his team, which is evident in a recent project, which involved fitting four bathrooms and a cloakroom in a renovated hotel which is now a beautiful, minimalist home. _dsc0178-1

The building, which is surrounded by lush Cornish fields in the village of Widegates, near Looe, once hosted up to 20 guests at a time as a hotel. The couple who took on the project have worked hard to completely renovate the property, and high on their agenda were top-quality, luxurious bathrooms.

After visits to major home improvement retailers and not finding what they had in mind, the couple were recommended to visit Jamie at Westcountry Tile & Bathroom. Although the high quality and professional finish of the luxury brands on offer might suggest a much higher price point, the couple worked with Jamie to get the best they could for their budget.

The style they had in mind was modern and minimalistic, but still in keeping with the traditional style of the property. On their first visit to the showroom they were impressed with the range of displays on offer and the knowledge of the team. They tell us, “There was a huge choice of products including designer brands in the showroom. We were there for quality bathrooms and to get some good advice from someone with a wealth of knowledge and experience, and that’s exactly what we received.”

The couple had always liked the boutique-feel of bathrooms in luxury hotels – big walk-in showers with huge waterfall-effect shower heads and stand-alone baths – so this was the basis for their plans and product selection.

In the end, the couple agreed with Jamie on the brand they’d like – Villeroy & Boch. This brand is highly recognised for its quality workmanship which offers flexibility on price and design.

_dsc0152-1Jamie explains, “After an initial consultation together we came up with a unique design concept that fitted the customer’s requirements. We made a few adjustments along the way, not necessarily of lesser quality, just slightly more price sensitive. For example, we replaced certain items such as the toilets with a slightly more affordable option, but still working on a basis to keep within the style and quality they were after.”

Westcountry Tile & Bathroom specialise in top-end brands, but this doesn’t mean that a budget cannot be stuck to. If you’re watching the pennies but would like a high quality design, Jamie can offer many different ranges to suit your budget, taste or style; although the couple quickly learned that quality bathrooms can make a huge difference to the value of a property.

The renovation has been recently valued with much of the work complete, and the impressive bathrooms have significantly increased the value of the home. Because of this, the couple have justified their investment.

They tell us, “Everyone loves a nice bathroom, but we don’t do it just for the sake of a good shower, we’re doing it for the look of the house and to increase the value of the property.”

Jamie enlightened us on the products the couple have had fitted – “In the family bathroom they’ve chosen the free-standing La Belle bath along with Memento basin & Wall Mounted Architectura toilet, all in Villeroy & Boch with a beautiful walk-in shower.

The master bathroom has a whirlpool bath, controlled via a remote control, with 12 jets and bath filler. The basin is wall mounted with a Legato grey lacquered vanity unit and LED surround, with the same toilet and all in Villeroy & Boch. Both baths are truly quite special pieces. The trays in the showers have a wet-room feel, but they’re trays rather than wet-rooms, which is more cost-effective and easier to maintain. Everything has been carefully designed to feel minimalist, and all the basins and toilets are off the floor maximise the space available.”

_dsc0226-1Supplying products for this number of bathrooms might seem like a big job, but the entire process was professional and efficient for the couple. “Going through the motions of finding what we wanted, to ordering and supplying was seamless. Jamie’s got a team around him who between them have more than 70 years combined experience within the industry. It was all about precision and making sure everything is looked after to the very last detail,” the couple explain.

“It was everything you’d expect from a quality showroom; Jamie is a very professional and personable young man, in tune with his customer’s requirements from a young family to a retired couple and everybody in between. Professional, efficient, seamless – it’s everything you’d expect from the quality and service that you’re paying for.” If you’re going through a renovation or new build and you need guidance Jamie will be only too happy to advise.

The New Year is a great opportunity to improve your home, so if it’s fantastic service and top quality design that you’re after, pop in to the Westcountry Tile & Bathroom showroom and see how they can transform your bathroom into the most luxurious and tranquil part of the home – just the way it should be.

Visit their showroom at: 56 – 60 Christian Mill Business Park, Tamerton Foliot Rd, Crownhill, Plymouth PL6 5DS

01752 770 077

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