There are generally 9 main steps in each Roseland Bathrooms project…1
Design and Consultation
After receiving your enquiry in relation to refurbishing your bathroom, we will arrange a suitable time to visit you. We will discuss your requirements and advise the most appropriate way to deliver your new bathroom.
During the visit we will conduct a full survey and gather relevant information in regard to your heating setup and anything else that is necessary for the installation.
Once we have this information it will then be passed on to our designer, who will then be in a position to put together a design concept for your new bathroom using our 3D CAD design software.
We will then provide you with a detailed written quotation along with the initial design concept.
On acceptance of our quotation, we will arrange a subsequent visit to tweak the quotation in more detail and finalise your requirements. Once approval is reached we can then move onto the next phase of your bathroom refurbishment….The Installation.2
Removal of your existing bathroom
On the day that the work is due to commence we will generally arrive at approximately 8.00 a.m. We will require cleared access leading to the bathroom which will allow us to cover all carpets etc with dust protectors.
Depending on the type of work that is being carried out, it may be necessary to gain access to airing cupboards and/or roof spaces. Again it would be helpful if these areas also had clear access.
Generally we will arrange for a skip to arrive on site on the first day for all waste removal. This is normally placed on the clients driveway and would stay throughout the duration of the installation. If this is not possible, alternative arrangements would be made for the waste removal. Depending on what your situation is regarding other toilet facilities, all items would be stripped out of the room, apart from the toilet. if this still needs to remain.
All the wall tiles will be removed along with any floor covering.3
First fix electrics & plumbing
It is at this stage that new cables will be run and chased into the walls to power any electrical items being installed i.e. lighting, extraction fan, under floor heating, shaver sockets, illuminated mirror cabinets etc.
The same principle applies with new pipe work. All existing pipe work will be assessed and renewed where it enters the bathroom. All tails are positioned and capped ready to link up to their respective outlets. Built-in shower valves would be installed ready to link up to shower outlets etc.
It is our practice to eliminate as much exposed pipe work as possible from the bathroom. This means that where we can, pipes are chased into walls and run beneath flooring.
This in turn allows us also to reduce the amount boxed in pipe work that is common in many bathrooms. However, if it is more practical to retain boxing for purposes of shelving etc. this generally would be reconstructed to a size more beneficial to the client.4
Wall & Ceiling preparation
All too often we find that after tile removal we are left with surfaces that are not suitable to be tiled upon without some extensive preparation.
It may be possible that on existing solid walls, plaster has blown and may be breaking away from the brickwork. If so, all the plaster is generally removed and water resistant plasterboard would be used in its place. The same applies to existing plaster boarded walls. Quite often plaster is damaged after tile removal, therefore, the board is also replaced using a water resistant plasterboard.
Clients who choose the option to have down lighters installed often require artexed ceilings to be removed in preference for a flat painted ceiling finish. In order to achieve this there are two options:
- 1. Remove/replace the ceiling entirely
- 2. Board over the existing ceiling
In both instances we will then plaster the ceiling to produce a nice flat surface for painting.5
After the walls have been made good and prepared for tiling we will apply a suitable primer to all the areas that are being tiled.
We then concentrate on what we class as the wet areas. These are areas that are around the bath/shower, where we will apply a waterproof tanking solution to give the added protection in areas that are prone to possible failure/leakage.
We are now in a position where we can begin tiling. We first plan where the tiles are going to be laid, so as to avoid any unnecessary small cuts and to ensure the tile pattern looks balanced/even. Generally we would complete the bulk of the tiling prior to the installation of the bath or shower tray. The bottom row of tiles would be left until after the floor is tiled as this will give a more professional finish when tile meets tile.6
Floor preparation & floor tiling
As with the majority of first floor bathrooms we are generally dealing with a suspended timber floor. Normally constructed of either solid timber floorboards or chipboard.
The most important thing when laying floor tiles is to ensure that no movement can take place beneath the tiles, as this has the potential to cause the tiles to either crack or break free from the adhesive. Therefore all joists would be checked and if necessary, repaired or strengthened.
All boards/boarding, again would be checked and replaced as/if required.
Once we are satisfied that the floor is sound, it will then be primed ready for suitable re-enforcement to be added. There are various options available to us when it comes to floor re-enforcement, but this would be dependent on whether we are laying under floor heating or laying floor tiles. In each instance re-enforcement would be added prior to tiling with a flexible tile adhesive.7
Stage 1 installation
As mentioned the bulk of the tiling is done prior to the installation of the bath or shower tray. This is because it is important that once these items have been installed they can then be fixed in such a way that a watertight seal is achieved between the wall and the item. After this has been done a further layer of tanking solution is applied before finishing the wall tiling up to these items.
On completion of the final tiling, all tiles would then be grouted.8
Now is the time that your bathroom finally takes shape. The remainder of your bathroom items are fitted i.e. shower enclosures are erected, bath panels added, furniture, basin and Wc’s installed before finally it is ready for the finishing touches to be added.9
As with all our installations, our service to you does not finish on completion of the project.
Invariably we find that clients prefer to make use of the bathroom before they can establish their preferred choice of accessories are installed. We are more than happy to fix these accessories on a follow up visit and if necessary address any possible teething problems that may have occurred.
Although the installation is now complete we are always available to address any issues in relation to manufacturer’s warranty and/or workmanship guarantee.