Published on Wednesday, 20th December 2017
One of our favourite types of project is a complete bathroom redesign and refit. This case study features the journey of a tired bathroom to a showcase luxury bathroom with innovative solutions…
Our client initially contacted us for assistance with a serious leak which breached the family bathroom floor leaving the newly decorated dining room below in jeopardy (bad timing or what?).
Having assessed the situation and realised that a lot of tiling would have to be removed in order to fix the leak, the client decided that it wouldn’t be cost effective to simply repair and make-do and that it would be a great opportunity to upgrade to the dream bathroom they’d been putting off until a later date.
Doing your research (AKA spending a few days on Pinterest)
We are lucky to have built up some unrivalled links with local suppliers in Staffordshire over the years and we can offer a full design service, but in this case our client came to us armed with a Pinterest board of ideas from room layout to shower and bath ideas. This meant we were quickly able to advise what would or wouldn’t be possible. As part of any home renovation research the first port of call is always to think about by whom and how your bathroom will be used.
Opening up to get more space
In this case, to make the family bathroom larger, the client asked if we were able to knock through an existing wall to reveal an aperture large enough to locate a free-standing bath. By swapping the location of the old bath and shower around, we were able to install a double sized shower where the old bath was and a beautiful cast-iron roll-top bath looking out towards the garden.
If you are thinking about moving the core elements of your bathroom, particularly the ones that are plumbed in, we’re able to quickly advise on whether or not what you want is possible.
Choosing bathroom wall and floor tiles
We have an excellent relationship with Porcelanosa in Cannock thanks to a showroom refit we undertook for them, so were delighted to be able to suggest the perfect bathroom wall tiles for our client based on the designs they’d put forward to us. The client was really happy with our tile choice and the time it saved her from having to shop around to source them. Getting the tiles from a local supplier can save time and ensures you get expert advice. We would always advise going into a store to see and feel the quality of the tile yourself as sometimes buying a bulk order of tiles online without first seeing the product, can be costly.
For this bathroom, the client wanted a copper inspired mosaic feature wall on the back wall of the double shower, this created a vibrant contrast to the subtle wall tiles and natural stone floor tiles making an eye-catching centre-piece with a bit of a difference.
The copper mosaics injected a modern feel into a bathroom with Victorian inspired fittings which worked really well. We were also asked to recommend the best type and colour of grout to be used, something again we were happy to do.
One of the key things we’d advise is to always really consider how your bathroom will be used and by whom. Our client in Penkridge opted for thick stone floor tiles to take account of two toddlers who would be using the bathroom but equally if you are elderly or have mobility issues choosing non-slip tiles would be a good choice.
If you are choosing natural stone tile, be aware that these need sealing with special sealant to protect their moisture integrity, this takes extra time but is something we are happy to advise on.
To finish off the floor tiles, we added tile skirting and contrasting beading which completed the look of the room.
Shower enclosures and baths
For the double shower, our client chose doors that would slide open rather than open outwards or inwards, having a young family this was felt to be a safer option and also gave more space. Our bathroom specialist Zak, recommend a stunning double shower tray in a unique dark-grey slate design which the client had never seen before and loved, particularly as it coordinated well with the natural stone floor tiles and Roper Rhodes bathroom cabinets. When fitting the shower and tray, which was only available in standard sizes, the client worried about the aperture where the bath had been removed not being the right size but we were easily able to rectify this by building up one of the walls slightly to get the perfect fit.
Fixtures and fittings
The simplest of bathroom suites can look truly incredible when paired with ‘wow factor’ fittings and fixtures and our client had fallen in love with The Cast Iron Bath Company’s range which she spotted at this year’s Ideal Home Show.
As well as exposed and free-standing taps and pipework, our client chose an old-fashioned radiator and towel rail, again this was a space saving touch, allowing for the removal of the old and dated heated chrome towel radiator.
We think the look completed the bathroom and were able to relocate it to where an old cabinet once stood, making it a bit of a centrepiece. A spa shower was installed to give multiple options of water flow from the shower head, and the shower taps were recessed into the wall to give a beautiful neat finish.
Our client opted for stylish bathroom cabinets from Roper Rhodes and a stunning black marble worktop with copper inflections to pick up the copper in the shower feature wall. This type of worktop needed to be cut to size to fit around the integrated sink, something we were able to do on site to ensure the perfect fit.
A movement sensor under the wall mounted over-sink mirror triggers the LED strip lights either side of the mirror – vital for applying make-up (we’ve been told!). And don’t forget toothbrush holders and soap dispensers!
We directed the client to one of our preferred suppliers in Stafford, Plumbits, who were able to supply almost all of the fixtures and fittings really making it a one-stop-shop visit for the client, great for the time-poor.
A crucial element of this project for us was the timeline, the client had a very specific deadline which we worked hard to work to and are happy to say we met!
At the end of the project the client gave us the following feedback which we were delighted with:
“We are truly delighted with the final result of our new bathroom, AJG were able to bring to life our vision and the bathroom now looks exactly as we had envisioned. We were really impressed with the team’s professionalism, friendliness and tidy workmanship throughout the renovation and have already recommended them to friends and family.”
Take a peek at the Before and After photos of this bathroom to get an idea of the full transformation!
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