A plumber’s own bathroom
When looking at jobs I sometimes get asked ‘what would you do if it was your bathroom?’. I recently completed a refurbishment of my own bathroom so I guess this would be a good opportunity to show how I would do it! It may not be to everyone’s taste but the key here was to create a relaxing but durable bathroom that would still look fresh in years to come. Overcoming the problem of keeping it looking good as years go by is difficult due to the fact that this is a ‘wet room’ but through the choice of the materials I have used I think I have achieved this here. Let me explain some of the choices:
For me a bathroom should be mostly tiled – I always suggest full height inside the shower/bath area and then half height elsewhere. This means that the walls are (mostly) washable and won’t be affected by splashes and finger marks. I also like the way that there are no skirting boards and the wall tiles can meet the floor tiles with a nice, neat bead of silicone which makes it easy to clean. All the walls around the wet area of the bath were battened and lined with Orbry waterproof boards
I love the simplicity of this Hansgrohe bath filler/shower valve – it is an elegant and durable piece of kit. The top knob selects either the shower head or the bath filler which is also the overflow. Having no bath taps looks smart and also makes cleaning around the top of the bath easy.
This I had made bespoke by a local glass merchants. It is 8mm thick tempered glass which has been fixed in place with a channel and a top support bar. The key to this, for me, is that it is fixed in position on top of the bath. I really do not like shower screens on hinges. They leak and the seal always wears and starts to go mouldy. This will never happen with this screen and it works brilliantly.
This Terma towel rail really is a thing of beauty. It is made from top quality stainless steel and you can actually hang towels on it really easily unlike most towel rails. I have this plumbed in on its own zone so that it can be independently controlled from the rest of the house and kept on most of the time to dry the towels.
Not much to say about this Imex toilet really it does what it says on the tin. I did move the soil pipe in the solid concrete to get it to a better position which was a lot of hard graft but I think it was worth it. Of course the feed is chased into the wall and even though you will never see it it comes through the wall in chrome pipe – now that is attention to detail!
This Britton basin was chosen by my wife as it has a towel rail below. I was sceptical at first but have grown to really like its elegant lines and the stainless towel rail looks nice and not a bit tacky (in my opinion). Again the feeds and wastes have all been laboriously chased into the wall to give it a nice, clean look.
This was designed and made by Jason Murray, a local cabinet maker. It is made from oak veneered panels which have been professionally lacquered in a workshop. There is plenty of shelving inside for all your bathroom gear.
Again oak veneered door from Howdens
There is a main ceiling light but the thing that really gives this bathroom that relaxing feel is the soft and warm light that comes from the wall lights
It has to be done! Speakers connected to Sonos Connect Amp so I can choose radio/Spotify from my phone while lying in the bath!
Most of the sanitaryware in this bathroom came from www.majesticbathrooms.co.uk an independent bathroom supplier based in Portslade, East Sussex.
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