The client had come to Blaines through personal recommendation because we had completed a bathroom for a family member previously. The client developed a very good working relationship with our designer and that enabled Blaines to give the client exactly what they wanted.
On the original site survey, the room was measured and discussions were held about what the client wanted to do in the room. The original bathroom was a little bit dated, fully functional still, but dated and the client wanted it to be bright and airy with a bath and a shower
The room was big enough to house a bath and a shower, but the bidet had to be removed. This was not a problem, the client had already said that they did not want a bidet in the bathroom. The room was currently fully tiled with a retrofitted power shower.
During our design meetings in the showroom, the client and our designer worked on the final design which included a Hans Grohe shower and a new shower pump. To make the room look brighter, more modern, and lighter we replaced the central ceiling lights with 5 new recessed ceiling lights and we also decided to only half tile part of the bathroom.
The soil pipe was in the corner of the bathroom and our designer decided to use this as the basis of a feature wall in the bathroom, a stud wall created across the width of the room. The stud wall was at the same height as the window sill and the same depth as the pre-existing soil pipe stud. In this stud wall, we were able to build in an integrated cistern enabling a back-to-wall toilet and flush plate could be used. The stud wall then went to full ceiling height behind the shower and we were able to neatly run all the plumbing for the shower in this stud wall, avoiding un unnecessary boxing between the shower, WC, and bath.
The client wanted the shower area to be as big as possible, with as few trip hazards as possible, and easy to clean. This was a simple target to achieve, we installed a 1600 x 800mm shower tray with 2 pieces of 8mm glass, 1 piece of glass was 1000mm long and went along the long side of the tray and then an 800mm piece of glass went on the bottom of the tray to create an enclosure with an opening. The walls were finished in Nuance Platinum Travertine (which also matched the worktop) This wall finishing is so easy to keep clean as there are no grout lines and can be easily whipped down after use.
The remaining walls were then half tiled and plastered, to make for a proper professional finish. Any areas where tiles have been removed and not being replaced we fully skim smooth so that there are no marks shown when the room is decorated.
Our bathroom installation teams always keep the client involved in the installation and they are there to support the client if they have queries. During this installation, the client made a few amendments to the final design as the installation happened, this was not a problem and we were happy and able to accommodate these changes.
These changes included using the Travertine worktop on the shelf above the toilet instead of tiles, building a shelf beside the bath, which mean the bath needed to be pulled off the wall by 100mm, and then recessing the bottom part of the bath panel back so that there was a nice visible step from the top to the bottom parts of the bath panel.
To finish this installation off and to enable the bathroom to hit all the items on the original design brief we installed a Malmo 5G Click Flooring. This is a floating floor that is fully waterproof when it is installed. We then installed the fitted furniture from Aquaid and installed a shaver socket inside one of the units to enable to client to charge toothbrushes up. After the decoration was done by our decorating team we then installed a custom-made mirror to go above the sink.