UK Help to Buy Mortgage Scheme Launched

The new ‘Help to Buy‘ Mortgage scheme launched today by the UK government has created an increase in confidence in the UK housing market. For first time buyers wanting to get their foot on the property ladder the struggle to finding a deposit could be a thing of the past. The help to buy scheme is due to stimulate an influx of opportunities for more than a million potential home buyers cutting the average first-time buyer deposit from £33,948 to £7,218 (Figures according to Santander).

With applications for help to buy mortgages commencing today and mortgages due for release on new year’s day 2014, first time buyers can now put as little as a 5% deposit down on any property under £600,000 be it a new build or pre-loved home. With house prices set to rise, many first time home buyers are predicted to go for the DIY ROI option and buy an older property they can renovate with the money they save on their deposit.

Home renovations can add significant value to a home and in the long run be a great investment should you choose to sell up. The two rooms that tend to take priority when it comes to home renovations is the kitchen and bathroom, with the bathroom being one of the most profitable home improvement projects. As far as bathroom improvement projects go, you could go all out and do a total renovation with new decor and a new complete bathroom suite, or you could do a simple upgrade, which is much less expensive.

The bathroom trend for 2013 is minimalism. At Drench we believe that every home owner should be able to have the beautiful bathroom they desire at a price they can afford. You’ll find an extensive range of modern and traditional bathroom fixtures and fittings ideal for first time buyers. Here’s a few of the best!


The freestanding bath has taken a new form in an attractive range of exciting shapes and designs offering a contemporary finish to any bathroom. The freestanding bath has been much desired since the late 19th century but has evolved to fit the modern lifestyle. Drench hold a huge range of freestanding baths and freestanding taps to compliment from leading brands such as Vado, Crosswater and Pura.

Showers, Shower Enclosures and Wetrooms

Drench offer an extensive range of unique showers from leading suppliers such as Simpsons, Eastbrook & our own brand. The walk-in shower and wetroom have become increasingly popular. Walk-in showers are one of the most popular types of shower enclosure we sell. Minimalist in design, featuring frameless glass and a shower tray they are great for space saving in the smaller bathroom. Drench offer walk-in shower enclosure packages from only £299. For the ultimate showering experience add a large rainfall shower head and body jets.

Wall Hung Fixtures and Furniture

2013 has seen a continuation of the trend for wall hung toilets and basins, leaving floors uncluttered and creating the illusion of space, ideal for the smaller bathroom. High gloss finishes, coloured glass and textured finishes have also become increasingly popular. Vanity units are also in increasing demand due to their practicality and the incredible diverse range of designs. Style is no longer necessarily space dependant.

Taps and Brassware

Our extensive ranges include everything you could need to coordinate your bathroom, from basin and bath taps to stylish wall mounted taps combining great looks and materials with a selection of useful features to create a truly relaxing bathroom space. Chrome is still the most desired finish for taps and bathroom accessories due to its hard wearing and long lasting properties.  A very popular and current trend is waterfall taps. Available in an array of modern statuesque designs, waterfall taps offer a relaxing cascading water effect a must have for all modern bathrooms.


Finishing touches are what really makes a bathroom design unique. Whether you’re looking for a chrome towel rail, LED bathroom mirror, illuminated bathroom cabinet or co-ordinating bathroom accessories you’ll be spoilt for choice with our fantastic selection of products.

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