The bathroom was the worst room in the house when we bought it by a mile. The floor was uneven and felt like we were going to fall through it (lino placed directly onto wonky floorboards = awful), the bathroom suite was a very fashionable shell-inspired cream number and the toilet seat had a blue, sea life inspired SQUISHY toilet seat. That toilet seat still makes me shudder now when I think of it.
What we changed in our bathroom renovation
Compared to our kitchen renovation, we didn’t change a great deal in our bathroom. All of the changes were cosmetic, which kept costs down drastically as we didn’t need to change any pipework (although there were quite a few pipes that needed removing). As well as updating the bathroom fixtures (shower/bath, toilet, sink and radiator), we also re-tiled the walls and the floor (not before sorting out the wonky floorboards).
How we renovated our bathroom
Unlike our kitchen renovation, there wasn’t a great deal of work that we did ourselves in the bathroom. As it was our first renovation we were concerned about pipework etc. so left it to our bathroom fitter to rip everything out and sort. However, in our next house we will definitely clear the room ourselves and I am pretty tempted to give tiling a go as it is definitely one of those do-it-yourself jobs.
Who we used
As mentioned in our kitchen renovation, my OH’s uncle is a kitchen and bathroom fitter and we used him to tile and fit our bathroom as well as the kitchen. His workman ship is impeccable and he’s also very tidy which is great (nothing worse than messy workmen).
We bought our bathroom fixtures from Victoria Plumb, our floor tiles from Tons of Tiles and our wall tiles from The Tile Shed (a local tile shop to us). In all honesty, I wouldn’t use Victoria Plumb again. We were warned against using them and stupidly went against advice, our sink unit arrived chipped, as did our sink, our sink tap has already started to corrode and our radiator is leaking. Safe to say, it has worn away the love I initially had for it.
Bathroom fixtures – £1310
Metro wall tiles – £198
Floor tiles (42 tiles) – £145
Bathroom fitting and tiling – £1250
Total – £2903