DQ Cast


DQ Cast is a unique mixture of Quartz and Limestone. Superior in strength to acrylic or cast iron, and hand polished to an infinity matt white white, providing an inviting and relaxing tone to all of our Elements Baths. DQ Casts' natural formula ensures all Elements baths keep your water warmer longer, do not flex or creek and are suitable for everyday family use. With our lifetime consumer guarantee we're sure you'll love your bath. Our new Elements range of freestanding stone baths are beautifully handcrafted from South Africa the home of stone freestanding baths.

Waters Baths new range of Elements stone freestanding baths are a perfect example of contemporary luxury manufactured using DQ Cast a material that is a unique mixture of crushed Quartz and Limestone, naturally formed millions of years ago. Mixed with modern polymers and UV stabilizers to form a material stronger than granite. Unlike real stone or other solid surface products DQ Cast has no gel coat and is free from fissures, veins or other imperfections that could compromise strength or appearance. The new Elements stone range is available from mid July with the first three models available: Mist, Haze and Ellipse. The Elements collection is completed in August with the Dawn, Luna and Cloud bath following to complete the Elements collection of six stone baths.

The perfect setting for your freestanding bath...

The bathroom plays a fundamental role in everyone’s daily routine however the bathroom is often given little or no thought in regards to the appearance of this indispensable room. Your environment can have an enormous effect on your mood, so you should give careful thought to the atmosphere you’re creating. To feel at your best, you should give careful consideration to the interior décor of your home in general, but it is especially important in the bathroom. The foundation of any bathroom’s style is always its suite after all this is what will define your bathroom. Naturally other aspects such as lighting and colour are important however they simply build on the style outlined by the features and shapes of your bathroom suite. It’s absolutely essential to choose wisely. There are two main trends in bathroom suite styles contemporary and traditional, its here where you begin to define the style of the bathroom your creating.

Traditional bathroom suites aim to combine a comfortable yet classic look with reliable modern mechanisms. Traditional-style suites create a relaxed, comfortable atmosphere with softer edges and more rounded features that fit seamlessly into your home. They also generally contain more conventional design elements, such as crosshead taps, slipper baths, sink pedestals, traditional-style materials and close coupled or chain flush toilets. Waters Baths of Ashbourne have a selection of freestanding bathtubs that would suite a traditional styled bathroom such as the Wave freestanding bath from the i-Line collection.

Contemporary bathroom suites are more modern in appearance frequently taking more of an angular form. Instead of pedestal basins with cross-head taps, contemporary-style sinks can be expected to include more cutting-edge tap designs such as waterfall or mixer taps and more modern basin styles, such as wall-mounted or countertop basins where the sinks become a strong focal point. Contemporary suites are also more likely to include bath designs such as our Spring freestanding bath from the i-Line collection. The i-Line and Linear range in particular are suitable for a contemporary bathroom. While colour schemes may still include classic white units, you may find them combined with starker contrasts such as dark wood surrounds and furniture or bold and bright accent colours.

The Elements collection from Waters Baths of Ashbourne

No one can deny the appeal of freestanding baths, after all they are quite simply stunning a real centrepiece and statement of luxury. With advancements in design, styling and material choice gone are the days when a huge bathroom and bank balance to match were needed. A Freestanding bath without question is undeniably beautiful and can instantly add a touch of glamour and elegance to any bathroom, but precisely what are they and how do they differ from a typically standard bath? To put it simply, a freestanding bath is a stand-alone bath, which sits either directly on the floor or is mounted on feet without being attached to a supporting wall structure.

For most people, when you envisage a freestanding bath you imagine it to be the focal point of a bathroom with plenty of space all around it. That is still true to an extent as most freestanding baths are installed away from the wall, however, with the variety of sizes and styles now available, space isn’t quite the issue that it used to be. Indeed, there are designs that do allow the bath to be located along a wall even though the base of the bath is away from it. Freestanding baths tend to fall within two distinct categories traditional and contemporary. This isn’t a rigid definition as some baths have elements of both within their design. Traditional freestanding baths have that period feel about them and consist of slipper baths and roll top baths, whereas a contemporary freestanding bath tends to focus on shape and minimalistic charm.

Waters Baths new range of Elements stone freestanding baths are a perfect example of contemporary luxury manufactured using DQ Cast a material that is a unique mixture of crushed Quartz and Limestone, naturally formed millions of years ago. Mixed with modern polymers and UV stabilizers to form a material stronger than granite. Unlike real stone or other solid surface products DQ Cast has no gel coat and is free from fissures, veins or other imperfections that could compromise strength or appearance. The new Elements stone range is available from mid June with the first three models available: Mist, Haze and Ellipse. The Elements collection is completed in July with the Dawn, Luna and Cloud bath following to complete the Elements collection of six stone baths.

i-Line, Linear & Elements Freestanding baths from Waters Baths...

At Waters Baths of Ashbourne we believe you should never just have a bath, you should love your bath... From our base in the beautiful spa 
town of Ashbourne, we design exceptional freestanding bathtubs to complement bathrooms created by today’s leading architects 
and interior designers. We are confident that our range of freestanding baths will immediately capture your affection and mesmerise your senses, so that you are certain that there will always be one time of the day that you look forward to.

Choose your perfect bath from one of our three stunning collections, and add the final touches to your bathroom so that it captivates the attention of all who enter. If you are searching for a truly immersive bathing experience, then look no further than our i-Line collection, where all the baths are customised to fit even the smallest of spaces, without comprising any of the internal space. Or if you are seeking aesthetic perfection, then why not move your gaze to our lavish element stone collection, where all our baths are made from natural materials and are styled with a matt finish, so that they look at home in all different bathroom styles across the globe.

Alternatively, you may want to go for something simpler, yet still classy, in which case our Linear range would be ideally suited to you, with all baths in the range being customised over and over again until you are happy that it fits into your vision of your bathroom. All of our i-Line and Linear baths are made from Lucite™, which is an innovative material that is UV stable and colour fast, so that discoloration becomes something of the past. The permanent thickness of the material ensures that deflection never occurs during usage, whilst its trademark strength means that all of our baths have a luxurious, long lasting abrasion resistant finish.

We have so much belief in the quality, longevity and attraction of our freestanding bath tubs that we give out a lifetime warranty to all our customers on top of their first purchase. We also take great pride and pleasure from our customers satisfaction. As the ultimate statement in quality and style, our baths are always inspirational and featured in leading home design magazines and TV shows. By choosing a freestanding bath from Waters Baths of Ashbourne, rest-assured you’ve made a stunning investment that will last a lifetime. So what are you waiting for? Get searching through our ranges today, and take the final steps to making your house a home.

Introducing Brook²

Introducing Brook². Waters Baths of Ashbourne are extremely excited to introduce the latest addition to the i-Line collection the Brook² which is scheduled to replace the existing Brook model. We have created a stunning new model designed exclusively by the talented Seb Waters the Brook² freestanding bath is a exciting addition to the range.

Bathe in Brook² – Dim the lights and indulge yourself in our brand new Brook bath, ideal for a quick splash, or the perfect space to while time away. Its bold, modern design is contemporary yet traditional and a great addition to any stunning bathroom. The new Brook features slightly curved lines with a look towards the popular Stream bath, the overall shape hasn't changed dramatically consider them to be small perfections of the older model which will soon be replaced. The new Brook² will be available from mid June and can be preordered now. The Brook² comes in a generous size of 1660x820x580mm and a new smaller 1500mm version is in the pipeline and scheduled to be released towards the end of the year. The Acrylic Freestanding bath is the perfect addition to any bathroom with prices starting at £1195.00 for the Linear collection and £1595.00 for the i-Line range. Our new Elements stone collection will be available for £2195.00 and will be available from June. To find out more about our Elements collection you can read our blog on the Elements collection coming next week.

Minimal opulence

A Bathroom is more than just a ‘room’ it’s a tranquil environment of peaceful serenity that should be respected and revered after all this is the room that soaks up all the hard work of the day, and revitalises your tired senses ready to start again.

If your bathroom is a cluttered mess then your relaxation might not go exactly to plan, think about how best you relax because this room needs to be perfect: focus on the surroundings and accessories and keep things to a minimal. Continuing a popular bathroom trend at the moment is the freestanding bath, adding instant glamour and style to your bathroom. Most freestanding baths will fit into a regular sized bathroom without making things look too crammed.

With a large array of design styles to choose from choosing a freestanding bath can often be a harder task than first thought. The key is to choose the style of bathroom you plan on designing and that way you can focus on styles that suit your overall bathroom plan rather than creating a assortment of styles that clash and give your bathroom haven a unbalanced look that ruins the Feng shui you are trying to achieve. You need to decide whether the style you choose is contemporary or traditional as these styles vary dramatically its essential that you pick the style suited to you and accompany major fittings with the correct accessories. 

Creating the perfect stylish bathroom

Not everyone can afford to employ an interior designer to generate a stylish bathroom space. A lot of people also may not be able to afford the costs that come with installing an expensive designer bathroom suite. Luckily there are a few methods that can be used to create a bathroom that still reflects stylish class but won’t cost you a small fortune in the process. Before you go on the hunt for your latest bathroom suite, careful considerations need to be made to ensure you purchase one that will remain stylish and that you will continue to enjoy for years to come. Expensive designer bathrooms won’t look busy or cluttered; instead they will look immaculate and perfectly styled. This is possibly the most important aspect to remember when designing your own bathroom space by yourself. Measuring out your space thoroughly is crucial, allowing you to purchase furniture and ceramics that will fit perfectly and not give a cramped and claustrophobic feel.

The first stage of your process should be to find a bathtub that provides a bit of indulgence. Perhaps you will opt for a bath with a Jacuzzi system fitted and let the bubbles massage away your stresses?  Or maybe you prefer a larger bath that is big enough for two people to share such as a freestanding bathtub? Whichever option you decide on; be sure not to go overboard and choose a model that is too big for the room. Otherwise you may end up with a cluttered look that destroys the relaxing vibe you are aiming for.

Compact ceramics and furniture are not only suitable for en-suite and cloakroom bathrooms, they can also create a spacious feel in larger bathrooms, saving space for a larger shower enclosure or perhaps a floor standing bath. Bathroom lighting is incredibly under rated. Dark bathrooms are neither comfortable nor welcoming, and therefore ample bathroom lighting should be installed to create a designer and refreshing feeling in the bathroom. Spotlights, wall lights and mirrors with lights included are a great way of creating a refreshing and welcoming space. The more lighting that you provide in your bathroom, the more it will reflect from your gleaming ceramics and accessories, giving a clean and hygienic feel as well.

The perfect accessories

A lot of the bathroom design trends for 2014 tend to revolve around keeping things clean, simple and practical. As the place to enjoy some quiet time getting ready in the morning and the space we retreat to at the end of the day for a soak in the tub, the bathroom is a hub of activity in any home. Whether your bathroom needs updates or complete renovation, keeping the space up to a quality standard is one of the best investments you can make in your home, and 2014 is all about seamlessness, functionality and bold accessories. Accessories give your bathroom a new dimension, personality and a sense of character. It’s these details that make the difference to typical bathroom designs and bespoke personalised bathroom havens. With accessories you create a perfect a beautiful bathroom. Bathrooms don't have to be boring - the latest design trend is to treat them as you would any other room when it comes to décor. Hang a sparkling chandelier; choose a stunning freestanding bath, paint floorboards and accessories for a stylish room where you can relax. 

Bathroom lighting is often overlooked and limited to a few down lights in the ceiling. But good lighting can bring simple white room bathroom sets to life. The right lighting controls can create a wide spectrum of atmospheres. Dimmers are a must as they allow you to change the mood of the room for different occasions. The latest trends in bathroom lighting combine an element of halogen light with new technology like energy-saving LED bulbs. Lighting is essential to the mood of your room. Bathroom accessories combine great design and clever functionality that match flawlessly with other items within the bathroom. However they're often overlooked when the finishing touches are being applied. This is a big mistake as it’s this final attention to detail that pulls your design together making your bathroom a pleasure to use. So it makes sense to pay the same amount of thought on them as the rest of your home. Think about somewhere to hang your bath robe while you're taking a shower, a magnified mirror to help apply your makeup in the morning, an imaginative place to display fresh towels, there's a wealth of good looking yet practical solutions to choose from. And to finish your bathroom haven, why not inject a splash of colour and character into your bathroom by choosing brightly coloured towels? Try vibrant colours like warm reds or deep purple as these colours promote warmth and will definitely bring any contemporary bathroom to life.

Bathroom Showstopper...

The winter of 2013-2014 will no doubt be remembered as one of the wettest and most miserable, so as spring is finally here, our homes are certainly due for a treat this April. If you have a bathroom project in mind now is a perfect time to turn your ideas into reality. It doesn’t matter if you’re looking to create an entirely new bathroom or instead just wish to make some minor alterations to a few accessories, give it a fresh coat of paint or replace tired dated tiles giving your rest room a fresh lease of life. Redecoration is an essential part of keeping your home both attractive and comfortable.

Tiles can transform a bathroom instantly and give a luxurious feel without breaking the bank. The current trend for tiles is for a minimalistic look by using less decorative tiles. Wood effects, stone and polished porcelain remain dominant choices for floor tiles, however they are slowly transitioning onto the walls. When choosing your tiles, it’s important to think about how they will compliment your chosen bathroom design. In terms of sanitary ware we see no end to the dominance of white, this is not a problem as you can make bold statements with your chosen tiles and accompanying accessories. 

With a little know how, tiles can be used to make a small room look bigger. Use light or glossy tiles on walls or floors can give the appearance of a mirror making the space go further and adding more light, this can often give the impression of more space. There are many advantages to choosing tiles for a bathroom makeover. While tiles are needed to give your bathroom an elegant look, colour and accessories are required to give your bathroom character and style. Colour trends for this springs designer bathrooms are natural colour combinations utilising the best of our surroundings such as Farrow & Ball’s Cooking Apple Green or Stiffkey Blue that give a bathroom that picturesque natural look. With colour schemes focusing on natural elements give your bathroom the centerpiece it deserves with a luxury freestanding bathtub.

Natural stone bathtubs are the ideal way to make a statement in the bathroom, both in style and luxury. Like every other item in the bathroom they come in a variety of shapes, sizes and styles. Natural stone baths are believed to go back an estimated 3500 years, from the origins of stone tubs to how they are made today to give them such an amazing structure and design. Often considered the height of luxury, stone baths do tend to have a special something about them and are often admired by the majority. A natural stone bathtub is considered a superior choice when compared with an acrylic tub. They can retain heat up to ten times to that of an acrylic bathtub as they have increased heat retention and are generally more durable.

They are also easier to repair than standard baths as they are made from a single mold therefore meaning that you can simply polish and smooth away any scratches or scuffs. They have an organic feel to the touch, which can give your bathroom a more authentic tone. As with many home décor a lot may depend on budget, but remember stone products are life investments. Waters Baths of Ashbourne’s Elements collection of Stone Freestanding baths are developed using DQ Cast. Waters DQ cast is a unique material mixture of crushed Quartz and Limestone, naturally formed millions of years ago. Mixed with modern polymers and UV stabilizers to form a material stronger than granite, to provide a natural appearance and subtle depth of colour through-out that will last a lifetime… 

*The Elements stone freestanding bath collection will be available from June 2014.

Back to basics - Designing your bathroom haven...

April is synonymous with rain and dreary days however there is an easy way to bypass this particular tedious of months and that is to revert back to basics. The joys of spring haven’t quite hit the dizzying heights and the change in time hasn’t lived up to expectations but despite that April is still a fantastic month to finish off any DIY projects and home improvements ready for those summer months of sunshine and relaxation, after all nobody wants to be stuck in doors working away come May.

The fun part of bathroom remodelling is choosing your sinks, walk-in showers, towel heaters, translucent tiles and graceful faucets. Even the newer toilets on the market are standout design pieces. But when it comes to putting together bathroom designs in plans make sure you focus on the basics. 

The first stage of your process should be to find a bathtub that provides a bit of indulgence. Perhaps you will opt for a bath with a Jacuzzi system fitted and let the bubbles massage away your stresses?  Or maybe you prefer a larger bath that is big enough for two people to share such as a freestanding bathtub? Whichever option you decide on; be sure not to go overboard and choose a model that is too big for the room. Otherwise you may end up with a cluttered look that destroys the relaxing vibe you are aiming for.

There are huge ranges of bathroom tiles now available. In most cases, those looking to create luxury bathrooms will opt for the natural stone choice. Granite and marble both deliver a striking look that will last for decades. However, they do of course come at a high retail price. For a more affordable option you could consider travertine tiles; which look just as luxurious, but cost substantially less. Selecting your fixtures will help add the finishing touches to your bathroom design. For example, a nice heated chrome towel rail can both look great and provide a warm towel when you finally decide to get out of the bath. Additionally, a large mirror on one of the walls can help to make the bathroom feel more spacious than it actually is.

The final factor to consider in your luxury bathroom is a suitable lighting option. Obviously you want there to be enough light so that you can see what you are doing, without there being so much that is detracts from the relaxing vibe. So go for midrange bulbs that offer a nice warm colour rather than a clinical bright white or blue. You may also wish to consider a separate fitting around the mirror, so that you have the option of extra light when you need it.