If you’re thinking about having an en suite or new bathroom done you will probably need more than just a plumber!

This case study, carried out by ukbathroomguru.com in Adel, Leeds shows why

completed en suite


When installing a new bathroom or en suite, often many trades are required:

  • Labourers and /or a plumber to remove the old suite and strip out all the old tiles, floor coverings etc.
  • Plumber to fit pipework for the new bathroom suite and reposition / fit suite items as required
  • Tiler to prepare & tile the walls and/or floor
  • Plasterer to skim the ceiling or board out the walls prior to tiling or plastering
  • Painter to paint the newly skimmed ceiling with anti mould bathroom paint
  • Joiner to re-hinge doors or build studwork e.g. if adding a new en suite to a bedroom
  • Electrician to fit underfloor heating, ceiling spotlights, an extractor fan or a shaver point
  • A general builder if any structural work is being done such as knocking a separate WC & bathroom into one, putting in an RSJ or fitting a new UPVC window.

Most Importantly They All Need Someone (The Lynchpin) In Charge To Pull The Whole Project Together!

Please see here for more information on project managed bathroom installations (which is what I do).

Case Study – En Suite Installation In Leeds

toilet & shower prior to renovation

The previous design featured a close coupled toilet and a small shower enclosure.

TRADE: Project Management / Design

The new design / layout was chosen to make use of the existing plumbing and drainage and was determined during a free site survey through rough sketches:

Planning a new bathroom layout

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……and then refined by 3D computer drawings:

Bathroom designs in Leeds

Visualising your new bathroom

Visualising your new bathroom can be hard so please see here for how to make things easier.

building studwork for new en suite design

TRADE: Joinery

Studwork was erected to hide the wall hung toilet frame and cistern, and also to hide all waste pipes previously on show to the side of the toilet.

This approach would also allow the customer to have a concealed shower valve and a tiled storage recess in the shower for shampoo bottles etc.

self levelled floor with underfloor heating

TRADE: Tiling

The existing floor was levelled and underfloor heating cables were added ready for porcelain floor tiling.

concealed shower valve installation

TRADE: plumbing

A high quality concealed shower valve was fitted that featured a fixed head & hose outlet.

making a tiled storage recess

TRADE: Joinery / Tiling

A storage recess was made to tie in with the pre-determined tile layout.

wall with concealed cistern

TRADE: Tiling

After all the joinery & plumbing work was done, the wall was boarded with tile backer boards ready for tiling / plastering.

porcelain floor tiling

The (now level) floor was tiled with porcelain floor tiles.

You can see in the background that the walls in the shower enclosure have been tanked prior to tiling.

en suite wall tiling

The shower walls were then tiled with large format porcelain tiles.

Note how the tile layout suits the position of the recess & shower valve perfectly.

en suite wall tiling & plastering

TRADE: Plastering

As the tiling on the shower side of the tile trim continued, the rest of the walls (that would remain outside the shower enclosure) were plastered.

offset quadrant shower enclosure

TRADE: Plumbing

Once all the tiling was completed, the glass shower enclosure was fitted – an excellent Simpsons enclosure – one of the best I’ve fitted.

completed en suite

TRADE: Tiling & Painting / Decorating

Tiled upstands were fitted instead of skirting boards and all the plastered walls were decorated in a suitable paint.

Then the wall hung toilet was fitted – These hang off the framework within the all and create a sense of space (and allow for easy cleaning).

custom made storage solution

TRADE: Electrics, Joinery, Plastering, Painting…….

The recess centred above the toilet was finished off with a custom cut mirror, custom made glass shelves and a spotlight which was wired to come on with the new ceiling spotlight.

Using mirrors and glass helped to make the space appear as large as possible.

complete shower & storage recess

The joinery and plumbing work was tightly co-ordinated so that the shower valve and recess would fit in with the tile layout.

standard pedestal basin

On the other side of the room, the existing basin and pedestal were to be replaced with a wall hung vanity unit to provide additional storage space…..

recessing pipework in walls

TRADE: Plumbing, Plastering & Painting

……therfore all pipework had to be recessed into the wall prior to plastering & decoration.

wall hung vanity unit

TRADE: Electrics

The final design featured a wall hung basin with a tiled splashback and an illuminated LED mirror unit with shaver point above.

An extractor fan to cope with bathroom humidity and ceiling spotlights were also added.

This ensured that the en suite would be functional as well as attractive.


If you are thinking about having an en suite done I have compiled a list of relevant articles just for you:

How much an en suite costs

Frequently asked questions

The building process

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All the best


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