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Thursday, 25 September 2014

Contract Bathrooms

As well as doing 'high end' type bathrooms we also do lots of what are termed 'contract' types. These are usually for housing associations or private landlords. Here's some pictures of one we recently completed.
The old suite and tiles were completely stripped out. The walls were made good to and fully retiled. The floor was also tiled. The electric shower is a Triton T80Z, 8.5KW model. It is fitted over the bath with a bath shower screen to contain the water. Note the correct arrangement of the unit and the sliding rail. The shower should always be on the nearside so it can be switched on from outside of the bath without getting a soaking. The hose and handset should always finish up in the centre of the wall. To do this the sliding rail needs to be slightly off centre.

The bath is a Twyfords 'Neptune' twin grip, anti slip model in pressed steel. Taps are lever style 1/4 turn for ease of use. When the bath is fitted, leveled and secured we fill it with water and seal it to the plaster of the wall. This is the first seal and it will be hidden. After the tiling is complete we do a finishing seal to the tiles, again with the bath filled. We only use top quality silicone sealant by Dow Corning and never your 99p DIY store stuff! All tiles are bedded on waterproof adhesive and sealed with waterproof grout.A bath fitted in this way will never leak at its junctions with the tiles. 

The basin is from the Twyfords 'Option' range. It is fitted after the tiling is complete so there are no unsightly cuts.

The W.C. is again from the Twyfords 'Option' range and is quite compact as it had to fit into this alcove. The drain coming up from the floor was off the wall which in turn would have brought the toilet off the wall. We see many like this where the installer has fitted an unsightly wooden batten behind the cistern to make up the gap which looks awful. As the drain couldn't be altered on this job we studded the wall out and plaster boarded it to bring it to the correct distance. The cistern now sits perfectly on the tiles.