The existing bathroom suite & tiling was a bit dated and a previous leak on the toilet cistern had caused the floor tiles to lift, and the units to warp.
Our customer gave us a ring to discuss his options and we worked together with him to deliver a proposal that would look nice, function well, but wouldn’t necessarily cost the earth.
Costs were kept down by choosing which items to change, and which to leave.
Less work done is of course cheaper (and less disruptive) than starting again from scratch – in terms of both labour & materials.
- We stripped the existing floor tiles, replaced / prepared the water damaged subfloor and then retiled.
- Crucially, we chose to keep the existing bath, but swop the bath filler for one that matched the new basin mixer. Leaving the bath in situ meant that we didn’t need to retile the walls (as we would have had to remove wall tiles to get the old bath out and sourcing new matching tiles can be difficult.)
- Therefore, we chose to leave the existing wall tiles, but re-grout areas that were a bit mouldy.
This alone saved the customer about £1000 (vs having to remove the existing tiles & dispose of them, prep the walls, supply & fit the new tiles etc)
- At this time we also stripped out the mouldy silicon seal around the bath and then re-sealed.
- We fitted a new vanity unit & WC unit in a like for like swap with the existing – this made plumbing much simpler than if the layout was changed.
- We also fitted a matching bath panel to tie in with the new units.
- A new glass bath screen was also fitted at this time.
This bathroom refresh (rather than a full installation) took under a week, during which time we also repaired the kitchen ceiling below, which was damaged by the initial leak in the bathroom.
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 possible in the shortest time.
It involved a few 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 plumber, tiler, and a plasterer / painter – All project managed by me to make the process as smooth as possible.
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