| This bathroom was in an appalling state. The room is situated on the ground floor of a small extension to an old rural property. Over the years, the damp proof membrane in the floor had broken down and therefore the room was suffering with rising damp.
This was exacerbated by the lack of mechanical ventilation and the fact that the room was unheated!
The budget for this room was not large, and we had to undertake a lot of work in order to get the room ready for refurbishment. The property is rented out, and we had to work within tight time constraints. All work was completed in house, no sub contracting was required.
We used a two part, resin on the floor - Hydraseal DPM (Surface Damp Proof Membrane) It is a specialist product that can be used on wet floors. It dries like a layer of impervious glass on the floor, and can be tiled directly on top of.
In this case we tiled on top with a tile called ‘Qu Rock’ which is an imitation slate, but it is made from man made porcelain and is much tougher.
The heating issue was solved by installing an electric towel rail. The property does not have a boiler and therefore this was the only sensible option. Under floor heating would have simply cost too much, but was our preferred option.
Despite the budget constraints, we also managed to:
• Chase and hide all pipe work.
• Plaster over the heavily artexed ceiling.
• Replace the timber division that formed the cupboard door.
• Replace the bath, WC and basin.
• Replace the shower screen but reuse the electric shower (however we hid the Pipe work unlike the previous plumber).
• Tile the entire room floor to ceiling - Matt white tiles with a glass mosaic detail.
• Build and tile a removable (with mirror screws) bath panel.
• Change lighting including pull switch.
• Change electrical isolation to shower.
The client was very pleased with the results.