This bathroom involved the supply & project management of several trades over the 2 week installation period:
- labourers & painters
- floor fitter
The layout of the new bathroom was altered to add a shower enclosure whilst still keeping a separate bath, and this went through a couple of iterations before work began.
If the customer wanted things moving around at the design stage I made them aware of the installation implications that this would have and the effect that this would have on their budget. A final plan was agreed before progressing with the work.
The position of the new shower enclosure was carefully planned to maximise space in the bathroom. Supply pipes were run to the new shower position (this is known as 1st fix plumbing.)
Next the shower tray was fitted and the waste pipe was run under the floorboards to the soil pipe outside through a new hole in the external wall of the house. The walls were also levelled up at this point as can be seen above.
The shower area was then tanked with a tanking kit to ensure a long lasting, trouble free tile installation with risks of water migration behind the tiles mitigated.
Finally, the area was tiled, grouted and sealed and the shower enclosure and shower was fitted.
In this instance the walls were only half tiled and half plastered (instead of fully tiling the walls from floor to ceiling.)
The size and shape of the bath was carefully planned at the design stage to ensure that it did not impede on the rest of the room. My customer also physically looked at the bath she eventually chose from my local supplier’s showroom.
Pipework was run to the new position of the bath and the waste pipe was hidden under the floor to avoid unsightly boxing in.
Next the bath is installed, and the vinyl flooring is laid.
Finally the bath panel is fitted and an area around the bath is tiled as an upstand. Here, stone mosaics are used with large format porcelain tiles.
The new layout involved relocating the basin and the toilet together into a run of fitted units so pipework had to moved accordingly.
The bathroom was plastered and then painted once the plaster had dried.
The vinyl flooring was laid and skirting boards were fitted.
Then the units were fitted prior to the 2nd fix plumbing (fitting the toilet & basin and connecting up the pipework.)
The splashback was then tiled and an under cabinet light was added (switched at the main entrance to the bathroom) to act as a nightlight for the customers small child.
An electric towel radiator is added by the bath, which operates independently of the central heating system (so that it can be used in summer etc when the heating is not on). It is controlled by a timer in the new cupboard.
This bathroom installation started on a Monday and was 99% finished the following Friday.
The work schedule was very tightly organised by a project manager (me) ensuring the work was done in the correct order to give the best finish in the shortest time.
It involved many tradesmen that the homeowner may have found difficult to source individually, and then organise into a tight schedule: In this instance, I organised a team consisting of a joiner, tiler, plumber, and a labourer & painter that did the bathroom while the customer was away – All project managed by me to make the process as smooth as possible.
Thanks for reading, give me a call if you would like a nice new bathroom in under 2 weeks.