Monday, 10 February 2014

Wash & Scrub Up: Planning the New Bathroom

This last week has been pretty great…I am back at the gym, after a very long break because of my back injury and before that, sheer laziness…plus we have done some painting, not a lot but a little.  We went to buy paint Sunday, but the local DIY store is totally inaccessible due to flooding…It's crazy down South, the constant heavy rain is causing chaos across the home counties.  My thoughts are with those who have been evacuated from their homes due to the severe weather. 

So to business…our lovely new bathroom!

After well over a year of showering (there was no effing way I was going to sit in the bath) in the worlds most disgusting downstairs bathroom, full of damp and mould with the occasional visiting slug, centipede and cheeselog, finally we have a new one installed upstairs and to date the room is about 90% complete.  The remaining 10% of a project always takes the longest and requires so much motivation to get done…Boo!

Here's the very depressing before, this used to be 'almost' a double bedroom, that the previous owners used as the master.  We already had this room re-wired and added recessed spots here, and had the ceiling replaced, re-insulated and re-plastered here and here.  The blue colour was horrible, and god only knows what that strip of poo coloured wallpaper around the middle was all about, complete with a Thomas the Tank Engine accent patch!  It had very cheap unfinished laminate flooring, and a disgusting textured ceiling.  Other than its size, which is fabulous for a big bathroom, it didn't have a single redeeming feature.

Yuck!  Nuff said!

We spent ages doing the due diligence, taking photos of schemes we liked from the Internet, in store at Ikea and pubs and restaurants.  We also went to some very fancy interiors places to see what was going on there.  

It was in one of these fancy places I fell in love with the most awesome shower tray from Bette, that looked like a wet room but it wasn't.  
Here's their fancy marketing shot of the range…haven't you just died and gone to bathroom heaven.  We loved the shower enclosure so much we were just going to have a giant shower with no bath at all, we vetoed that idea in the end though as our heads ruled, if we ever need to sell, it would be odd to have a family home with no bath.  We are going to have a low profile shower colour matched to the tile in the en suite we are planning in the loft conversion, so best of both worlds. 

Bette Bathroom

Then came the tiles….

Ikea Catalogue Metro Tiles with Dark Grout
More Metro Tiles in a Local Bar and Grill
Metro Tiles and Grey Grout in a Wine Bar

You can see a running theme here with the ideas I was gathering from out and about…I have a major obsession with metro tiles and spend a lot of time drinking wine in bars with great decor.  So we were decided on the metro tiles being the basis of our scheme, which was to give a nod the Victorian era, with a cleaned lined and modern twist.
To pick the fixtures and fittings we went down to our local plumbing merchant's showroom with our measurements and a rough floor plan to pick out what we wanted, we did a few trips and took loads of pictures to think about before we picked the final items to get them priced up.  Here's a sneaky peak at some of the shots and choices we made.  

Fancy Pants Double Sinks...
Two Way Shower, useful if you don't want
to wash your hair

To do the 'due diligence' we then got another quote from another supplier, as well as priced up each individual component online.

To order the same make and model equipment from different suppliers from various websites was the cheapest way to go, however getting everything from all over the country just seemed too risky…so we finally took the plunge and ordered the bathroom back in late May 2013 or there abouts.  Other than the Husband and I picking the fixtures and fittings, we left the rest of this project to the professionals.  The install was done by our great friend John, who is the don of kitchens and bathrooms, plus any other tricky job we have going on here at Casa Butler-Melton.  It was meant to be fitted at the end of June, but alas, it was put on hold as I was fresh out of surgery the week it was due to begin.    

We finally booked in fitting the bathroom to commence in late September, and allocated two weeks with John, it took three all in.  Luckily the vendor we picked was kind enough to keep the bathroom in their warehouse for all that time, plus we didn't actually pay for it until the end of August, so if anyone is local to Berkshire, PTS Plumbing were brilliant.

The fitting and reveal will be coming very soon, but lets just get down to the brass tacks and the project costs overall...

Towel Radiator £239.00
Spots, Sconces, switches and sockets covered here
Tiles, trim, grout and adhesive £431.85
Bath, taps, shower, sinks etc. £2,420.22
Extractor fan £55.00
Sundries, wood, extra trim, grout etc. £900.00
Labour Costs £2,250.00
Total: £6,296.07

That's all folks…I'll be back soon with the fitting and finishing!


  1. Replies
    1. If I can get my butt in gear I should have the follow up very soon indeed! we are about 95% finished in the bathroom….the last bits can be so boring!


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