Bathroom Refurbishment Project (1) - Comments Please

IMG_0688-s.thumb.jpg.77365d5d9203466b352346caf42eb945.jpgThis summer I need to have my upstairs bathroom refurbished. It was installed 12 yeas ago by the previous house owner, who also did the self-build addition of an upper storey to the previous bungalow. The bathroom has lots of lovely features including electric ufh, and a long crack all the way down a row of tiles.

 

I think the room pretty much needs gutting, as the problem is probably under the floor, which is a huge pity because the fittings are so pleasant. I think, however, that I may be able to retain the wall tiles, and perhaps reuse the existing shower screen (which looks expensive to replace).

 

The requirements are:

 

1 - Fix floor, replace ufh and retile.

2 - Replace wetroom area with large shower, perhaps with storage area (I really do not need a 2.6m x 1.1m shower).

3 - Add bath.

4 - Replace loo with something a little less temperamental.

5 - Replace whb with one with more space for bottles and things, possibly a vanity unit.

 

I have a couple of months to think about this, so any comments would be very welcome.

 

Here is the crack:

 

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My verdict on that crack is that the subfloor may have been done with 8x4 sheets of standard chipboard, rather than tongue and groove, and that moisture has got in and made the joint expand. There are also a couple of other cracks at right angles, and the wetroom area is suffering a little.

 

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Here are a few snapshots of the room, including some excellent tiling on a hipped corner. First a simplified layout and 3d:

 

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Where it fits:

 

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Inside of dormer window:

 

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Whb and towel rail:

 

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Loo (the blotches are as a result of compressing the photo):

 

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The wetroom area:

 

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As I say, this is one to chew on ... so any comments are welcome.

 



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Unless you know the exact brand etc I would forget about trying to save the wall tiles, you could spend a lot of time being careful not to damage them for nothing especially if you are changing the layout.

 

The floor should have been plywood or similar

 

It could be tricky to get both a bath and shower in due to the sloping celings, but now is the time to get the layout right

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1 hour ago, Dreadnaught said:

WHB = wash hand basin. (I didn't know).

 

Child of an architect 🤩.

 

The telltale is that I sometimes talk about "dwellings".

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10 minutes ago, bassanclan said:

Unless you know the exact brand etc I would forget about trying to save the wall tiles, you could spend a lot of time being careful not to damage them for nothing especially if you are changing the layout.

 

The floor should have been plywood or similar

 

It could be tricky to get both a bath and shower in due to the sloping celings, but now is the time to get the layout right

 

 I have a very few (one or two) of several of the types of tile - but it is only a very few. If I need to I can find the chap, as I know where they live now.

 

I have a putative approx. layout of one option, but I am after the general thoughts at this stage. That will be a future post. We *think* that the angled screen can be turned through 90 as the back roof angle is very close to the current side angle.


I had my bathroom man in to have a look, and he confirmed that those tiles (and the angled screens) look a little costly to replace due to the various slopes involved.

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Are you planning to move the whb  under the window and set the bath along the left hand side from the door? 

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