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It’s no secret that replacing our horrible bathroom is one of the projects that’s right at the top of our to do list. When we moved in a lot of our rooms were in a less than desirable condition, but the bathroom was particularly yucky.
It was grimy, a shelf on the wall had rusted so much that the rust had run down the tiles, the lighting consisted of two 500 watt! bulbs and the floor was covered in a pee-soaked, faded red carpet.
Not exactly a room where you’d want to spend time getting naked!
When we first moved in, we of course did our best to give it a temporary refresh and update, but as temporary has now turned into 5 years it’s high time that we finally gave it a proper makeover.
We have previously shared some of our ideas for the bathroom, but now it’s time to get down to business and seriously get things done.
We’ve started to get into the more detailed planning stage and finally made decisions on a few items. We’ve already purchased the toilet and have decided on a washbasin. We still can’t make up our minds on the bath situation and can’t decide whether to opt for a free-standing cast iron bath or a built in modern one.
Another thing we have decided on are the bathroom tiles. We’d like white marble tiles – something like these from Tiles Porcelain would be great. Because our room is so small, we’ll be tiling the walls and the floor in the same tile. This should help blur the boundaries and make the room seem larger.
As we’ll be tiling a suspended timber floor (with a tile backer board on top) we’ll be opting for large format tiles. Because they’re larger they should be more robust and less likely to deflect than smaller tiles. Yes, I know the tiles in the drawing are smallish, but we had originally considered using smaller tiles. We still of course could on the walls, but using larger tiles means that room should feel calmer because the eye has less to process and isn’t distracted by a lot of grout lines.
Light coloured tiles should also give the bathroom a bright, clean and fresh feel. As much as we’ve come to realise that we like dark walls (you’ve probably already seen that we just crossed over to the dark side and painted our dining room a very dark blue-black), we feel that a bathroom has to be more neutral. Whilst it’s easy to paint your walls a new colour, changing your tiles is not quite as easy. We also know that we’re not going to be in this house forever, so it’s important to choose something that appeals to more people than just us.
The biggest thing that I’m concerned about at the moment is the actual floor construction. We have our original sanded floorboards in the hallway and any flooring that we lay in the bathroom will be installed on top of the floorboards in the bathroom. We will then inevitably end up with a finished floor level that’s higher than our hall.
A tile backer board is around 10 mm thick, the underfloor heating mat will add on another 2 mm and the tiles & glue about another 15 mm. All of this on top of the existing floor adds up to at least 25 mm thickness which would leave us with a fairly large step into the bathroom.
So, being super fussy, we’re going to make our lives a bit more difficult and change the floor construction. The plan is to take up and remove the existing floorboards (they’re about 24 mm thick) and then add noggings and a new plywood floor between the joists which will finish flush with the top of the joists. When we then add the tile backer board, underfloor heating and tiles on top of the new construction the finished floor level of the bathroom should be almost identical to the floor level of the rest of the first floor.
We’ll only know if this is all possible when we actually take up the floor and see what’s beneath, but in theory it should be doable. It will be more work, but I think that having a lower floor finish will be worth it.
Do you think we should install a modern bath or a cast iron free-standing one? Do you think we’re mad to lower the floor just to save a few centimetres? What kind of tiles would you choose?