Traditional Family Bathroom

Mr and Mrs S had recently bought this 200 year old property and wanted to put their own identity on the cottage, starting with the family bathroom. As is always the challenge with properties of this age and character, we were faced with low ceilings, uneven floors and walls and antiquated plumbing.

Our aim was to give the room a clean, up to date look without losing the traditional feel that would maintain the bathroom in keeping with the type of property that it was.

To create a professional finish we decided it was best to rebuild the left hand side with stud walls to ensure the bath and WC were sitting on straight walls. As is always the case with my designs, I took this opportunity to build in a bath recess for storage and use a geberit concealed cistern and back to wall pan for the WC rather than the more traditional close coupled version. To add character and a little design we built another lit recess directly above the WC for more open storage.
Due to the low storage, we used the Carron Axis bath. This is shorter in height than standard baths and meant we could still fit a standard bath screen, rather than have to resort to a shower curtain (a pet hate of mine). As the house was powered by a combi boiler we got rid of the electric shower and replaced it with a mixer shower. As is always the case, this change always results in a far better showering experience.
During the course of the works, we found that the floor at the back end of the room was particularly unlevel. We felt therefore that the best option was to build above this and create a flat second level to sit the WC and basin on. As this bathroom was to be used by elderly relatives and guests we decided upon lighting the step. Along with the recess lights, this was wired on a separate switch to the main lights, thus giving our clients the option of 2 different ways to light the room.

What the clients said

‘We would just like to thank you for all the work you have done in creating & project managing our new family bathroom and en-suite. We are so very, very pleased with the end results and can’t recommend you too highly! The attention to detail shown by you and the tradesmen you employ is exemplary from start to finish. We have 2 bathrooms that surpass our expectations, we really can’t thank you enough!’

Products Used

Carron Axis 1700 x 700 Bath (Reinforced)
Abacus Bath Panels for Tiling
Burlington Edwardian Bath Pillar Taps
Burlington Edwardian 60cm Basin with Full Pedestal
Burlington Toilet Roll Holder
Burlington Double Robe Hook
Geberit Sigma Concealed Dual Flush Cistern and Flushplate
Burlington Back to Wall WC Pan
Burlington WC Seat in Sand
Merlyn Bath Screen
JIS Ashdown 1250 x 520mm Stainless Steel Towel Radiator
Ideal Standard Easybox Slim BI Thermostatic Shower Valve with Shower Kit
Treverkever Woodeffect Ash Porcelain Tiles 1200 x 200mm (Floor)
Vitra Rainforest White Matt Porcelain Tiles 600 x 300mm (Walls)
Gemini Rockies Beige Mosaic Sheets (Bath and WC Recess)

RANGE: EVERYDAY LIVING. PROJECT COST: £8,000-£9,000 incl. Vat.