London builders: Bathroom installation.
Builders Town London team
Proceeding to the refurbishment of our home, we want to make its every part as comfortable and fine as possible. At that, we want to take into account the functionality of each room. Living room is aimed for relaxing together or receiving guests; bedroom - for calm resting, nursery is for comfortable playing and studying. Furniture, wall, ceiling, floor coverage, various accessories - these are the necessary details for our rooms that give them specific features. And, what about bathroom? Where do we begin the bathroom renovation?
First of all, one should estimate the work volume. The key questions here are the following:
- Will you make the reshaping of your bathroom?
- What are the conditions of your ceiling, walls, floor. Inspect your bathroom for signs of damage and estimate how to rectify any problems before fitting new vanity unit.
- What kind of the bathroom equipment do you want to place there and how will it be arranged? (Sometimes changing angle or place of one or another object allows to use the room more effectively).
- What kind of lighting will there be - wall, ceiling, or complex?
- What kind of tiling - floor tiling, walls tiling?
- Where will switches and outlets be placed?
- In what way will room ventilation be realized?
As a rule, reshaping is made for an increasing of a room area. Such a bathroom reshaping usually gives 1m2 or more of additional area.
Practical implementation of your plans for the bathroom renovation should be carried out in certain sequence:
Draw a plan of your bathroom that is going to be renovated. One should not save on paper, as all the sanitaryware and water pipes, electric wiring, places of installation of bathroom equipment, lamps, switches and outlets should be indicated in the scheme legibly. The most important is accuracy in drawing walls, door (taking into account opening) and placing bathroom, toilet and sink. If after the bathroom remodeling you find that your bathroom pedestal sink does not match the bath, or that the W.C. bowl hinders using the washing machine, your good mood will be ruined, and another bathroom remodeling will take more money.
Doing the most dirty work: demounting the closet basin and the bath, knocking down the walls or removing the whole bathroom unit, doorway widening, and, finally, rubbish clearing. During demounting process, big dust volumes are arisen. They should be removed. Don't forget to cover the books on the non-glassed shelves, furniture and clothes reliably. Put heavy duty cover sheets or dust sheets on the household appliances, computers, printers, faxes etc. Before entering the rooms, arrange plastic sheet sluices, covering passageways in height and breadth.
What do we see after demolition of the bathroom walls? Firstly, pipes going in different directions. Secondly, a lonely towel drier. Thirdly, electric wiring that laid in the hollow walls of the former bathroom. It should be treated very carefully: release the wires, insulate them and hang up to the main ceiling. Set the modern ball lock valves on the cold and hot water pipes, and don't forget about filters for mechanical cleaning.
Preparation for bathroom remodeling.
Tiling is made right after the pipes installation, mounting the bath and the door. If the bath panel is finished with tiles, this bath panel is sometimes equipped with a door for having access to the bath water drain. But it is more preferable to make a removable hatch, using magnetic nabs as fasteners (rather strong ones and not less than four pieces of them).
If there is bathroom equipment in the room already, it should be covered with covering sheets, carton etc. The bath is usually covered with plywood (10-15 mm thick) or a woodchip board, to preserve it from accidental fall of rubbish and for having support for a bucket with adhesive solution, tools, or tiles. If the floor is already tiled, it is necessary to cover it, too. It is better to have a wet duster with you for cleaning dirty tiles or hands.
Seam size (between the tiles) depends on the tile quality (edge roughness) and aesthetic needs. Seams are usually 1,5-3 mm wide, for ceramic large-size tiles - 5 mm. Using tile spacing pegs is helps you to maintain even spacing between the tiles. Do not tile the whole wall in one day, as it should have time to fasten strongly to the wall.
If you are planning to use various additional decorative details, such as borders or insertion of the tile with patterns, it is important to define its place on the wall. For finishing of outer and inner corners special plastic angle bars can be applied. They make corners look more attractive. Flexible bar insures perfect conformity with wall or floor tiles. When buying plastic angle bars, one should select them so that the groove size would exceed tile thickness.
Mounting of new walls: brick, moisture-resistant gypsum-plaster, or foam concrete. Arrangement of ventilation. Wire bonding, water and sewer pipes layout, replacement of the towel drier (it is recommended to make a parallel by-pass path to have the possibility of emergency shutoff from the hot water main and setting a ball lock valve in case of breakdown). Set separate valves on the hot water pipes, going to the flush tank and a washer. Mounting of the false ceiling with the built-in lighting fitting. Waterproof coating. Plastering. Walls tiling. Installation of the bath. Installation of the bathroom equipment. Floor tiling. That is all. At this point the bathroom remodeling is finished.
Work quality criteria.
Tiles must be paved strictly vertically, all tile blocks should be situated at the same level. Overhanging or sinking down of one block edge comparatively with another is intolerable. There should be no hollow spaces under the tile blocks. Space between the tiles should be equal everywhere. The tile seams should fit one another and form a straight line (strictly on the level). Tile patterns should be matched. Space between the tiles should be properly grouted.
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