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Jul 16

Kitchens & Bathrooms 2

Last weekend we went to the TOTO showroom to look at their bathrooms and kitchens.

 

More of the same.

 

Our renovator explained to us that while he was happy to let us buy Ikea and then have him install it, the Ikea 25 year warranty applied to precious few pieces of the kitchen under Japanese law.  In Japan, foreign companies are not allowed to sell plumbing, so all of Ikea’s pieces are TOTO and carry the same 1-year warranty.  Also, if a claim is made, Ikea will inspect and determine whether the problem was caused by improper installation.

 

With the Japanese pieces, the manufacturer does the installation, which means that it’s warranteed, no questions.

 

I was not that impressed with the unit bathrooms in the range we were looking.  I was expecting to be blown away, and I wasn’t.

 

Our bathroom is not square, which means that putting a unit bath in means that we end up losing space.  So I asked the URBAN guy to give us a quotation on installing a regular (tiled) bathroom.  Unfortunately, because of the reinforcement of the walls for the earthquake modifications, we would have to retile the entire room.  He will cost it out for us tomorrow, but he thought it would be 30% more than a unit bath.  However, if we do the tile method, we may not have to replace the current water heater, which will save us at least 150,000 Yen, so it might work out.

 

 

 

TILE

UNIT BATH

ADVANTAGES More space, bigger bathtub Cleaner, less maintenance, options (e.g. shelves, mirrors) included without us having to think about them
DISADVANTAGES Cold floor in winter, hard to keep grout clean, we need to come up with all the options we want. Cheap-looking, smaller tub

 

I wasn’t very impressed with their “powder room” sinks either, but I’m not sure what our options are.

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