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5. Push plugs and basin wastesPush plugs are a convenient fitting that removes the annoyance of having to find a plug to fill the basin. However, push plugs are notorious for accumulating hair, soap and toothpaste over time, which congeals and hardens under the plug and will eventually cause your push plug to get stuck. Whatever accumulates under the push plug can also build up in the basin trap waste. After a while, the basin waste can produce a sulphur-like smell. Tip: Drain-cleaning products can remove this smell, as it will dissolve the organic matter that causes the smell. Alternatively, replacing the push plug and basin waste can remove the smell instantaneously.
5. Go monochromeLike the opposing yet complementary energies of Yin and Yang, there’s no simpler way to make black work than by pairing it with white. It’s a classic look that never dates, but try keeping decor to a minimum with the exception of some lush greenery, which injects just the right amount of colour and texture to a monochrome scheme.
Waterproofing blundersWaterproofing is probably the most important thing in your bathroom, yet you will never see it. This may be one of the reasons that it’s sometimes not completed with the care and patience required. The waterproofing membrane is applied to the floor and walls of the bathroom before it gets tiled, and, depending on which state you live in, there are certain warranties and certificates that need to be provided to ensure the work has been done correctly. Fixing failed waterproofing can be very expensive and disruptive to your new bathroom, given that there may need to be a lot of tiles removed to locate and correct the problem area.
Of course, it’s easy to do that in the tropics: showering outside in the depth of winter in New Zealand however – especially if you live in the South Island – is neither practical nor particularly relaxing. But there are ways of bringing the outside in while you’re washing – as these great examples show.