Design Brain: Bathroom

So one of the first things I did in the flat was have my plumber rip out the cold water feeder tank and the old fashioned copper tank and replace it with a unvented immersion heater. Improving the efficiency of energy consuming appliances is a obvious move, and I choose the unvented boiler for the double benefit of providing hot water at mains pressure, and freeing up space in the airing cupboard so that the washing machine can be moved out of the kitchen.

It also had a disadvantage that once the system was re-pressurised the 40-year-old pipes that had never experience water at mains pressure complained. One of the pipes sprung a leak then and there, which my plumber duly fixed, with the ominous warning that the rest could go in the near future. 

Now I hadn’t intended to do the bathroom at this stage at all, but I didn’t fancy playing Chicken with the pipework when I have three neighbours below me. Plumbing work is expensive, but more expensive when you have to fix a ceiling downstairs too.

So the bathroom got bumped up the programme. Starting didn't depend on anything else being done first, not least because there weren't any walls to rip out, so I could just ask my plumber to get on with it! There were a couple of weeks where I was figuring out the finer points of the design, finding fittings and choosing finishes (not completed that last one actually) and then last week the plumbers got to work.

Out came the existing suite, the floor and the pipework

Out of the Bathroom . . .

Out of the Bathroom . . .

. . . and into the Living Room

. . . and into the Living Room

Then they started building up again. So that by the end of the week there was a new floor, new supply and waste pipework, and the shower tray was installed.

The final bathroom will look something like this with a large shower and then a WC and basin under the window.

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The basin is cast as a solid piece with the worktop that runs over the cupboards and WC. I want the shower screen to be as lightweight as possible. The pipework for the shower and washing machine waste pipes means that there’s a boxing behind the long side of the shower. In the middle we’re going to put a recessed shelf (or two) to the shower enclosure for shampoo bottles and shower bits. Once past the shower the boxing will stop and return to the wall, where I’m going to put a heated towel rail and a large mirror over the top.

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Before any of that can happen though we need to get the tiles on the wall; I’ve chosen to do the tiling myself (my idea of a good time!) so I have to do some work before the rest of the bathroom can be fitted. Which is my weekend sorted.