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PUBLISHED: 06:39 16 June 2014

Ask the experts, May, EDP Norfolk

Ask the experts, May, EDP Norfolk

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We want to revamp the family bathroom. We have two children under five and we don’t want an unsightly foot-stool for them to reach the basin. What do you suggest?

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Get rid of that stool, no need for it! There’s loads you can do with your new family bathroomen, and it doesn’t need to cost a small fortune.

The secret is wall-hung toilets and basins. For those with a good sized bathroom, have an adult height basin fixed to the wall sitting on a floating semi pedestal. Then sitting next to this, just a few inches lower would be the kiddies’ height version - they’ll love it because they have their very own basin. Wall-hung creates a sense of space and there’s nothing on the floor to collect dust.

For those with limited space, fit a wall-hung unit with a countertop basin. No longer are basins half a circle sitting against the wall, now they are a piece of art, from wave shaped designs to large, deep bowls. As they sit on top of the counter they allow you to have work space around the edges.

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Craig Ranson, Cristallo Bathrooms, Station Lane, Thetford, IP24 1ND; 01842 756720; www.cristalloliving.co.uk

We want to update the master bedroom with more storage and a good quality TV and entertainment system. But I don’t want to see wires and I don’t want the TV permanently on view. What do you suggest?

Create a focal point that gives good storage and neat hidden cable installation. As you can see from the photographs this can be achieved by designing a cabinet with retractable doors allowing suitable position of a good-sized TV with provision for ancillary equipment, speakers etc, with drawers below.

Access to cables can be achieved by a simple magnetic catch that allows a covering panel, matching the interior of the cabinet, to be removed. This design can be customised to allow for any combination of equipment incorporating classic or modern furniture.

Robert Brown, Anglia Kitchens and Bedrooms, Hellesdon Park Industrial Estate, Norwich, NR6 5DR; 01603 417072; www.angliakb.co.uk

I want to set up a stationery business from my garden room. Should I have a separate phone line and will my internet, in rural south Norfolk, be able to cope with the swift download of large files?

The answer is yes and no. Rural Norfolk has benefited in the past few years thanks to the Better Broadband campaign, with even some of the most remote areas getting access to faster broadband. Distance from your exchange (not as the crow flies) is what makes a difference; anything over 2km will start to see an impact and over 3.5km will be even worse. To check, simply use the following website http://www.superfast-openreach.co.uk/where-and-when/.

In terms of running your business, be very careful about using domestic services as although this may seem cost effective initially it may not continue to be in terms of the support during outages and in advising on the changes in the marketplace.

A specialist business supplier will provide more support in terms of helping you and your business rather than just trying to sell you something.

David Farrell, APR Telecoms, Silfield Road, Wymondham, NR18 9AQ; 01953 713333; www.aprtelecoms.co.uk

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