Our first approach was to remove the existing bathroom suite and skip it out! So in a flash, its out the door and on its way to the recycling plant. The water mains and electrical supplies are isolated and made safe for renovation works to begin.
We then move forward with building works and drainage modifications. The client requested a more useable layout to the bathroom. So, this would entail repositioning the bathtub, toilet and sink. In order to facilitate this, we had to cut out and reposition the external soil pipe and waste water drainage.
A small disused window was then bricked up from both sides to allow reposition of the bath. A new double glazing window is then installed with trims to look neat in the bathroom.
The next phase of work was to hack off the defective render to the walls and dispose of same. The walls are then rendered with a strong mix of cement mortar applied in two coats. The walls are then finished with two coats of British gypsum plaster, smooth to the touch.
We move onto first fix of services. The electrical lighting circuit is upgraded and the cables installed for a new switch, light fitting and mechanical fan. The plumbing services are run with hot and cold feed supplies to the bath, sink and toilet.
We pay attention to back flow prevention and install a double check valve to the toilet cistern as this is fed from the drinking water supply to the property.
Next we install the bathroom white goods. The toilet, sink and bathtub. The existing radiator was removed and re-fixed as the unit was in good condition.
The walls to the bath and sink area are tiled with 150 x150mm glazed edge white tiles, and the up stand shower is fitted to the wall.
2nd fix electrics take place with a new humidistat fan, concealed light and pull chord switch.
We then install an anti slip vinyl floor to finish off the floor space. As the sub floor is timber and prone to movement, we prefer not to install ceramic tiles as these often move and crack in a year or two due to the flexibility of the subfloor.
The bathroom is then painted and decorated to finish off. The paints are all water based anti fungal surface paints to reduce mould infestation.
The bathroom renovation was complete. All services were relocated successfully and the new layout was more functional and spacious for the end user. Not every bathroom refurbishment is geared for the top end luxury finish. This work item was targeted to be hardwearing and easily maintainable as the client was interested in sub-letting the property to private renters.
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