Rather than stripping everything out and starting again from scratch I sometimes get asked to swap a bath for a shower. This is one such example where costs were kept to a minimum.
The existing bathroom looked a bit dated and the customer wanted to swap the bath for a shower without breaking the bank.
Therefore the decision was made to keep the existing wall tiling and to work with what she already had.
For a case study of where we started a bit more from scratch (doing a similar thing) please see here.
We removed the existing bath & replaced it with a large 1700 x 700 shower tray, which was the same size as the existing bath.
We fitted it onto a riser kit (to lift the tray off the floor) so that we could connect up to the existing bath waste under the tray (to save on plumbing costs.)
We then extended the existing tiling down to meet the new tray by purchasing closely matched tiles.
Note that an exact match (especially of very old tiles) is virtually impossible, even if you happen to know the old supplier. Chances are that the particular tiles you are after have long since been discontinued with changing styles and trends etc.
Therefore, the best way to approach it is to ensure that the size is similar (so that the grout lines match up) and that the style is as close as possible – this may take some hunting around, but can save you lots of money.
A large 1700mm enclosure with a sliding door was fitted to span the entire width of the tray.
This meant that we could leave the existing shower alone, which saved costs.
We replaced the WC with a modern close coupled toilet with soft close seat.
We also supplied & fitted a vinyl floor.
We then replaced the basin and pedestal.
As you can see, by working with what she already had this customer was able to renovate her shower-room and separate WC for much less than the cost of a full refurbishment.
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