When we are carrying out a complete bathroom refurbishment , we take in consideration the order in which we need to complete each task.
Initially, we start with removal of the old bathroom suite. Then the order of work for refurbishing the bathroom is as it follows:
1). Re-route or extend the pipework;
2). Re-route wiring. If necessary, subfloor may be replaced;
3). Fit bath and shower tray;
4). Fit the base of the shower mixer valve into the wall;
5). Complete any tiling on the floors and walls, and paint if required
6). Fit the toilet and basin, and shower and cubicle;
7). Lay soft flooring
8). Fit the electrical items
9). Seal all joints with silicone sealant.
What we also take in consideration during the bathroom modernisation process:
- even if you want to replace the fittings in the same position, we will check that supply and drainage pipes don’t need to be extended, and if so we will extend them as necessary;
- as the new tiled floor will increase the floor height, pipes positions can be affected, in which case we use flexible connectors pipes to accommodate changes.
- we always check dimensions of the new fittings;
- we always take in consideration improving the room ventilation, so if a new extractor fan is need, we will fit it;
- stud wall will be reinforced for the new wall-mounted fittings;
- in case you want a cast iron bath, we may straighten the floor.
Choosing your suite
A huge range of bathroom fixtures and fittings is available nowadays. Most manufactures sell matching bathroom suites, and bathroom furniture is a popular target for reclamation. A basic suite usually includes a toilet, basin, and a bath, with bidets and showers as options. Most bathroom fittings are white, but other colours are normally available. Modern or traditional styles can be complemented by taps and tiles.
Planning electrical work in bathrooms
Electrical considerations are an important part of bathroom renovation. Aside from obvious features such as lighting, it may also be necessary to provide a power for an extractor fan, towel rail, heater, shaver point, shower pump, or electrical shower. Water and electricity are a dangerous combination so bathrooms are divided in to zones, each with their own wiring regulations.
The Wiring Regulations place particular restrictions on wiring in a bath or shower room, because of the potentially dangerous proximity of electricity, water, and the exposed skin. They define 4 zones within the room, and specify what electrical equipment can be installed in each zone:
- Zone 0: no equipment allowed;
- Zone 1: instantaneous shower, power shower or water heater and the wiring to it;
- Zone 2: as zone 1, plus a light fitting, extractor fan, space heater, shaver supply unit, shower or whirlpool bath pump and the wiring to the fitting or appliance;
- Zone 3: as zones 1 and 3, plus any other fixed appliance as long as it is protected by a high-sensitivity RCD.
The space beneath the bath is regarded as being outside any zone so long as the bath is panelled in and tools are needed to remove the panelling.
The Wiring Regulations also specify the dimensions for each zone. Zone 1 extends above the bath or shower tray to a height of 2.25m (7ft 6in) and is as wide as the bath or shower tray. Zone 2 extends for 600mm (1ft 11in) beyond the bath or shower tray; is there is a basin, bidet or WC in the room, it extends to 600mm (1ft 11in) beyond them as well. Zone 3 extends to 2.4m (7ft 10in)to a height of 2.25m (7ft 6in) beyond the zone 2.
All the electrical work you plan in your bathroom will be carried out by our qualified electrician.
Heating and ventilation
Even if your home has central heating, electric heaters or towel rails are often used in bathrooms to provide extra heating on demand. If there is one already, a ventilation system needs to be build to reduce mould and mildew caused by damp air. Also, we are using special paint formulated to cope with the humidity.
The final look of the bathroom depends to some extent on the taps you choose, and your choice is limited by the numbers of holes in your chosen fittings, although we can cut new tap holes in some baths.