31 March 2014

ENSUITE BATHROOM

BEFORE


(above) This is the bathroom as it was when we brought the house and before we changed it into an ensuite to the main bedroom.  What you're looking at is the north side of the house.

Our bedroom (main bedroom) is situated beside the right hand side wall. 


(above) Looking the other way.  The bathroom had a door in from the hall.  

There were two bathrooms in the house and funnily enough opposite each other. You can just see the other one through the door. We realised one of these bathrooms could be accessed from the main bedroom if we knocked a hole in the wall and add a door.  This would then make a great ensuite to our room.



(above) The bathroom was six stairs lower than the bedroom beside it.  This meant the existing ceiling needed to be removed and a new one (with lots of insulation) was added. You can see the ladder is stood up against the loft that we took out.


(above) The bathroom/ensuite is in the part of the house from the Regency period and probably built around 1840's. You can see the remains of a lathe and plaster ceiling, this was the traditional material for a period property of this age.  It was usually three coats of plaster onto timber lathes nailed or screwed to timber supports.

A bird's nest dangles from the ceiling.  I wonder how many years that was up there?


(above) Old floral wallpaper hidden behind the pine clad frame.


(above) This shows the original door into the bathroom/ensuite that was bricked up.


(above) This photo was taken standing on a platform looking south to where the original door was and now bricked up with grey breeze blocks.  The height of the ceiling would have been between the red bricks and where the plaster butted up too.


(above) Looking north again, the wall has been knocked through from our bedroom and the platform for the staircase has been installed.  The two windows on the left have been removed and plaster board has been added on the walls.


(above) This photo was taken in the same position looking down onto what will be the walk-in shower. It shows the glass frame in position, the drain, first fix for pipes, plaster board added and recess shelf.

AFTER
 




The simple glass screen is secured into the floor; shower head and hose installed. The tiles around the shower and on the floor are tumbled marble.  They look more grey than in this photo - I will have to update with new ones. The remaining floor was raised allowing all drainage to be hidden underneath and a reclaimed wooden floor fitted then painted white.  

After much debate - should we have a reclaimed enamel bath or not - we chose an acrylic one with ball and claw feet, which made it easier to match to the white on the enameled toilet and sink.

This room has gone from a dark, cold and uninviting space to a light, airy room that is a pleasure to go into each day.

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