Case Study - Bathroom

Mr & Mrs H visited our showroom to look at bathrooms. They have a 1930s-built house with a separate toilet and bathroom. They were looking at updating both rooms, ideally to obtain a shower and separate bath. After looking at the showroom displays and explaining the services that we offered, a site visit was arranged.

Once on site it was obvious that the space available was very restricted. A full survey of both rooms was undertaken and details of the type of fitments, storage cupboards, shower valve etc discussed with the client.

Returning to the showroom, detailed floor plans of the rooms were drawn and a couple of design options prepared. One involved knocking the two rooms into one and also relocating a further wall between the bathroom and a cupboard in the eaves of the roof. This additional floor space enabled us to design a family bathroom with a bath, separate shower, wash basin with storage and a WC.

The designs were presented to our clients and the pros and cons of each design explained. It was immediately evident that the option to enlarge the bathroom was the preferred design. The additional floor space and separate shower enclosure would be a great improvement making it more practical for the whole family.

After agreeing choices of furniture styles, colours, tiling etc we prepared the orders to various specialist suppliers and prepared a programme of the work to minimise disruption for the family as this is the only bathroom they have. The cost for the whole project was calculated at around £12,000.

The work started with the dividing. Hall and cupboard walls were taken down and rebuilt in their new position. The walls and ceiling were plastered and a new plastic soil pipe and waste pipes replaced the old lead and cast-iron pipework. All new plumbing for the bath, shower etc was installed plus new spot lights and vent fan fitted in the ceiling and a shaver socket installed. All the old fittings and building waste were removed from site and the house left clean and tidy each day.

After fitting the new wash-basin, cupboard, bath and shower tray, the walls and floor were tiled before finishing the installation of the towel rails and shower enclosure etc. Due to the house having a low-pressure water system a booster pump was also installed to give a fantastic shower and high-pressure fill to the bath.

The whole process was completed within 10 working days causing minimal disruption to the house and family. The pictures illustrate the process and transformation of the two rooms into a beautiful spacious family bathroom.