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ROYO Bathroom Vanities Bring the EU to the US

By Ken B
on June 29, 2016

 

Mega Supply Store is bringing the jewel of Valencia's Bathroom Furniture craft and design tradition to American market. Royo Group presents its new collection of Bathroom Vanities and Sinks under the brand Royo, and has chosen us to be their official representatives in the US. Bathroom furniture for the day-to-day, functionality and modernity through practical solutions. Design adapted to your lifestyle. New finishes and shapes masterfully crafted to create an uplifting experience in the most intimate of places - your bathroom.

 Royo Vanities at Mega Supply Store

Royo presents a comprehensive line of Vanities ranging from
18 to 48 inches in a collection that offers multiple combinations of finishes,
doors, drawers, mounting types and sinks

 

Royo Vitale at Mega Supply Store
Royo Vitale Vanity - Cabinet and Sink 24"

Modern and functional vanity that will be one of the first things you see in the morning to start your day with freshness and vitality. Soft-Close technology provides a quiet silky smooth drawer operation. And no one will beat our prices.

 

Royo Onix Vanity at Mega Supply Store Royo Onix Vanity - Cabinet and Double Sink 48"

Functional bathroom vanity concept with streamlined doors and drawers, striking straight lines and unmistakably modern handles. Soft-Close technology provides a quiet silky smooth door operation. Available in different configurations.

 

Royo Elegance Vanity at Mega Supply Store Royo Elegance Vanity: Cabinet and Ceramic Sink 18"

A perfect quality package for compact luxury. Ideal for smaller spaces that require thoughtful functionality and high style. Hidden hanging bracket is pre-assembled to provide for maximum resistance and optimal depth. 

 

To see the rest of the collection with its magnificent curves and contrasting tones, and to inspire ideas that will make your bathroom unique, please take a look at the Royo Vanities Catalog, and get in touch with us!

 

  



 

Introducing SMEG

By Ken Bakhtin
on March 23, 2016

Smeg premium appliances feature leading technology and architectural style. Smeg is the only brand to form long-term relationships with world-leading architects and is currently celebrating 30 years of architectural collaboration with famous Italian architect Guido Canali in its latest release of the Classic Collection. The precision-matched appliances feature state-of-the-art technologies like Smeg Thermoseal with enduring “Made in Italy” style. Now available with the optional Smeg Gourmet Cooking Stone for authentic contact cooking of artisan breads and pizza at home.

 

Smeg at Mega Supply Store

Founded in 1948, SMEG ("Smalterie Metallurgiche Emiliane Guastalla". translated as "Metal Enamelling Plant from Guastalla Emilia") is an Italian home appliance manufacturer based in the town of Guastalla, in the Region of Emilia Romagna in Northern Italy, 30 kilometers north of the city of Reggio Emilia.

 

Smeg Ovens

smeg ovens

Smeg built-in ovens are the result of 60 years expertise pioneering innovations in cooking technology and 30 years of architectural styling, ensuring longstanding quality and style for your kitchen.

 

Smeg Dishwashers

smeg dishwashers

Whisper quiet dishwashers - Smeg dishwashers feature orbital wash technology and exceptional water and energy ratings with high performance that’s whisper quiet, so you can wash anytime day or night.

 

Smeg Cooktops

smeg cooktops

Professional quality cooktops with a wide range of options – The combination of cutting-edge technology in gas, ceramic and induction, the highest quality materials and superior performance ensures there is a Smeg cooktop to suit every kitchen.

 

Smeg All-in-One Cookers

Smeg Cookers

A freestanding Smeg cooker makes a bold, stylish statement in modern and traditional kitchens. It also keeps the hobs and oven together in one hub for efficient cooking.

 

Smeg Range Hoods

smeg range hoods

Smeg hoods reflect the elegance and style of the kitchen around them as they combine quality design with the best materials. A range of models are available to suit all kitchen types. At the design stage, attention to detail in terms of style is combined with technical studies which ensure that Smeg hoods will be virtually noiseless and guarantee high extraction performance. In addition, all products in the hood range can be fitted with special active charcoal filters which recirculate completely purified air.

 

For over 65 years now, SMEG appliances have come to be seen as tasteful and elegant solutions to the demands of contemporary living as a result of the company's partnerships with world-famous architects. Not only does SMEG have a unique profile in terms of domestic appliances, it is also renowned in professional business sectors. The Food Service division specializes in the area of large-scale restaurant/catering appliances, and electro-medical instruments. The SMEG Group, thanks to a corporate culture which dictates that maximum emphasis be placed on product quality, technology and design, is consequently known all over the globe as one of the key representatives of "Made in Italy" standards.

 




It's Time to Prepare Your Home's Plumbing for the Winter!

By Ken Bakhtin
on November 23, 2015

If the deep freeze of winter is right around the corner, there’s no time like the present to prepare your home’s plumbing system for the cold. If you don’t prepare your home for a drop in temperature, water can freeze and break pipes, causing significant damage to the walls, ceilings, and floors of your home. At best, the damage can be inconvenient. At worst, destructive and costly. As a good preventative measure, use our checklist to prepare your home’s plumbing for the winter weather that’s right around the corner.

Topmost sink

 

1. Fix Leaks

If you currently have a leak in your home, it’s best to get the leak fixed before the first snow of the season, as even the smallest leak can turn into a huge problem when the temperatures drop. If you’re already aware of a leak, this step is easy. But if you aren’t, take a walk around the interior and exterior of your home and check for leaks or pools of water, just in case. If you wait for the water to freeze before getting the leak fixed, the damage to the surrounding pipes will be more significant. If your pipes are insulated, you can still check for leaks by feeling for any moisture that may have been soaked up.



2. Set Your Thermostat

If you leave your home, set your thermostat to 65°F or higher. If you’re out of town for more than a few days, set your thermostat to 55°F or higher. While it may seem wasteful, you’ll incur much more expense repairing the damage from a burst pipe than you will on the extra heating. Since prevention and planning are the two key ways to protect your plumbing throughout the winter season, this preventative measure should not be skipped under any circumstances. While you’re at it, reduce the water temperature of the water heater. Chances are, you can the thermostat down a few degrees and still have enough hot water for normal day-to-day use.

thermostat

3. Drain & Disconnect Hoses

The pipes outside your home are exposed to the most extreme temperatures; therefore, they’re at the greatest risk for freezing. Since they’re the most susceptible to damage, extra measures should be taken to protect your exterior plumbing. You should drain the water from your sprinkler supply lines and swimming pool before the weather gets too cold, but remember: don’t pour antifreeze into the lines, as it’s dangerous to humans, animals, and landscaping. Next, disconnect garden hoses and put them into storage. Close the inside valves and open the hose bibs so the water can drain out. Then, leave them open so any remaining water can expand without breaking the pipe.



4. Don’t Forget the Interior

While outdoor pipes are more susceptible to damage, this doesn’t mean you shouldn’t pay attention to your indoor plumbing. While keeping the thermostat at 55°F is a good preventative measure, you should also add extra insulation to crawl spaces, basements, and attics, check windows and doorframes for drafts, and keep windows and air vents that are located near water pipes closed. While you’re at it, feel for drafts around the chimney case or flue and repair these as soon as possible. If the outdoor temperature is extremely cold, allow cold water to drip from the faucets to keep the line from freezing.

insulation

5. Watch for Warning Signs

Even if you’ve taken every precaution, it’s still possible for one or more pipes to freeze. Keep an eye out for reduced water flow, as it’s often the first sign of a frozen pipe. Check faucets before you go to bed and again in the morning to make sure the flow and water pressure have remained consistent. If a pipe appears to be frozen, you can take steps to thaw it. Thawing can be done with a hairdryer, heating pad, or a portable space heater, but use caution when operating these near standing water. If you suspect a frozen pipe but are unable to locate it or thaw it, call a plumber immediately.

frozen pipes

 




How to Choose the Right Bathroom Sink

By Ken Bakhtin
on October 29, 2015

Before you head off to commit to a new bathroom sink, grab a coffee, read this, and then go out armed with the information you need to help narrow down the best options for you and your space.  

Topmost sink

1. Top-Mount Sink

A top-mount, or drop-in, sink is designed to sit on top of the counter, as the name suggests. Generally speaking, most of the sink sits below the counter, with just the rim of it sitting on top of, and visible above, the counter. The rim can be either very slim or a bit chunkier, like the one pictured, depending on the style you choose.

Pros: Top-mount sinks are suitable for pretty much any countertop material, including wood and laminate, as the cutout is completely covered by the sink and therefore doesn’t risk being damaged by water. They are also less costly to install in a stone countertop, because they don’t require laborious polishing of the cutout edges, as with an undermount sink.

Cons: You can’t wipe water and spills straight from the counter into the sink.

Good for: Elegant en suites and minimalist schemes.



Undermount

2. Undermount Sink

This sits underneath the counter. The rim of the sink is fixed to the underside of the countertop, as opposed to sitting on top of it.

Pros: This creates a seamless, clean look, as less of the actual sink is visible. Another advantage is that water and spills can be wiped directly from the countertop into the sink without any obstruction, making it a great, easy-to-clean option for family bathrooms.

Cons: Undermounting a sink will usually only be possible with a solid-surface countertop, such as stone, and isn’t suitable with a laminate, as it can’t be sealed as well against moisture. These sinks also tend to cost more than top-mount ones.

Good for: Busy family bathrooms.



Wallmount

3. Wall-Mounted Sink

This is fixed directly to the wall without needing to sit in or on a countertop. It looks streamlined and gives a minimalist feeling to a room.

Pros: A wall-mounted sink doesn’t have any cabinets below it, which saves on space and also leaves more visible floor area, making the room feel bigger. For a wall-mounted sink to work in your space, all the plumbing, including the waste, must be positioned inside the wall to have a clean look.

Cons: There is no storage space, and there is a lack of “landing” space due to the absence of a countertop. Consider your need for storage in your bathroom before opting for a wall-mounted sink and maybe reserve it for the powder room, where storage isn’t as important.

Good for: Small spaces.



Pedestal

4. Pedestal Sink

If your preference is a simple wall-mounted sink, but your waste pipe has to go through the floor and can’t be changed, then a pedestal sink is a great option.

Pros: The pedestal under the sink sits between the underside of the sink and the floor, concealing any pipework in between. A pedestal sink is also aesthetically pleasing and perfect if you want to give your bathroom a classical vibe.

Cons: Again, consider the fact that you won’t have any storage space under the sink or any counter space around it. This option can also be a bit tricky to clean around, as there is usually a gap between the wall and the back of the pedestal (as pictured here).

Good for: Period properties and traditional schemes.



Semirecessed

5. Semirecessed Sink

If your bathroom or en suite has limited space, but you would still like some vanity cabinets below your sink for storage, then a semirecessed option might be the solution you need.

Pros: A semirecessed sink sits proudly at the front of cabinets and the countertop that it sits on, allowing you to have much shallower cabinets — maybe even as shallow as about 12 inches (300 millimeters), depending on the model you choose. This frees up valuable floor space. It also keeps a lot of the counter space free for cosmetics and other products. Much like a pedestal sink, this is a good option for young children and people with limited mobility, as you can get closer to the sink to reach the faucet without the obstruction of a countertop and cabinets.

Cons: The storage space underneath is limited. Also, because there isn’t any countertop around the front of the sink to catch water, splashes and spills onto the floor are more common, especially in a home with children.

Good for: Mini-me’s and beauty queens.



Washplane

6. Washplane Sink

Washplane sinks, often spotted in sleek hotels and restaurant bathrooms, are the simplest of the options. They’re slim, streamlined and stylish.

Pros: Washplane sinks take up very little space, so they are great in a room where space is limited, such as in a powder room. You can buy one made of ceramic, porcelain or glass off the shelf. Alternatively, a stonemason can make them in this style from granite, marble or engineered stone. They simply mount a small stainless steel trough under the sink to catch the water before it runs into the waste pipe in the wall behind.

Cons: Washplane sinks are best suited to the powder room, where the sink will be used just for hand washing. They don’t come with the option of having a plug, plus they are extremely shallow, so they’re not designed to hold water.

Good for: Powder rooms.



7. Vessel Sink

A vessel sink is one that generally sits completely on top of the countertop, although there are some models that sit partially below the counter.

Pros: Unlike most other sinks that are exposed above the counter a little or not at all, vessel sinks demand attention and are a great way to create a statement in your bathroom. As the name suggests, a vessel sink is basically like a large bowl, so it is a great choice if you like a deep sink that can hold plenty of water.

Cons: Due to the height of vessel sinks and the way they sit above the counter, careful planning of the counter height, and of the height of the cabinets below, is required to ensure that the sink doesn’t end up being too high and uncomfortable to use — this often leads to less storage space under the counter. Cleaning around the base and back of the sink can also be a bit tricky.

Good for: En suite bathrooms.



Allinone

8. All-in-One Sink and Countertop

Many off-the-shelf vanity cabinets that can be purchased from bathroom supply stores offer an all-in-one countertop with a sink that sits on top. With this style, the sink itself is actually molded as part of the countertop. It can be made from various materials, such as porcelain or acrylic.

Pros: The main advantage is that it’s so easy to clean. There are no ridges or seams, so it’s very streamlined and a great choice for busy family bathrooms. These sinks are generally available in set standard sizes; however, some suppliers may offer the option to have one custom made to the size that suits your space best.

Cons: These all-in-one tops are usually designed so the countertop gradually slopes down and inward to create a sink in the middle. This can lead to having less flat counter space to put things on than what you would have had if you had opted for a top-mount sink sitting on top of a countertop, for example.

Good for: Time-poor renovators, and those who need to buy something straight off the shelf and don’t have time to wait for a custom-made sink.




Bidets 101

By Steven Levin
on April 27, 2015

Have you ever come across the word "bidet" and rolled your eyes because you think they are frivolous, and intended for wealthy people who are too privileged to wipe their own butts? You aren’t alone. But, it’s time to look at bidets under a different light. They are wonderful devices that can change lives, promote healthier lifestyles, and save you money.


Here are some down-to-earth basics on why a bidet, or a bidet seat is a good idea for every household:

  • Water vs Paper
  • When something is full of germs and bacteria, you wouldn’t just wipe it with a paper towel until it came back clean would you? If your hands are dirty - you scrub them with soap and water. Same goes for the sensitive areas to maintain hygiene and prevent future problems, and toilet paper alone is not the best answer.

  • Economics
  • Toilet paper is about $10 for a 12-pack on average.. Do you have a big family? How long does that last you.. You would use a fraction of the toilet paper you would normally with cleaner results when you have a bidet seat.

  • Quality of Life
  • Going for a high end luxurious bathroom but don’t have a lot of space for a standalone bidet? The luxury models of advanced bidet seats will not only fit your bathroom, but they will also add sophistication and comfort. There is nothing wrong with wanting a luxurious bathroom, after all you work hard for what you have so why not reward yourself? The bidet is the ultimate bathroom upgrade, everyone has a sink, toilet, and a shower in their bathroom, but not everyone has a bidet. People will be wowed and impressed when they walk into your bathroom and they see a state-of-the-art device.

  • No Clogged Toilets!
  • As you know by now, using a bidet will help you use less toilet paper. Using less toilet paper is not only cost effective but will also help prevent clogged toilets. Also if your house is not connected to a city sewer system, you will have a limit on your septic tank. Using less toilet paper will allow for your septic tank to be emptied less! Toilet paper clogs can be costly to fix for you and can cost a city thousands of dollars to fix. No matter how strongly companies claim that toilet paper is flushable, large masses of it going through the same pipes will eventually cause problems. With a bidet, you really only need a few squares of toilet paper to pat dry, so this significantly reduces the amount of waste you’re flushing each time you use the bathroom.

  • Standalone Bidet vs. Bidet Seats & Washlets
  • A traditional standalone bidet requires additional space and plumbing. An attachable bidet requires no additional space and no additional plumbing because they are designed to fit onto your existing toilet and fit into existing water supply valves. For a standalone bidet, you have to straddle the bidet and sit awkwardly on it to get it to line up right. With a bidet seat you just sit on the toilet like usual, and can adjust the water temperature as needed, make it pulsate or oscillate, move the nozzle to your desired position, and many other functions! Standalone bidets have a classical look but are not practical anymore especially in the United States where most bathrooms cannot accommodate a toilet and additional room for a bidet fixture. Sitting on the toilet on a cold winter day is a teeth-clenching and unpleasant experience. What is also unpleasant is a seat and lid that slams down. When the toilet is flushed, thousands of germs spray out if the lid isn’t shut so it is important to close the lid before flushing. A lid that slams down can not only damage the lid but can also startle your family. Bidet seats are a solution to both of those problems. Slow closing seats and lids as well as heated seats are standard features on bidet seats. These may seem like insignificant features but believe us when we say that once you get used to these two features, you won’t ever want another plain toilet seat.



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