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Diary of a bathroom renovation

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The integrated basins are a good choice, especially when you have kids. Hard wearing and very easy to keep clean. 

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Just checked my bathroom size with the new gadget.

1.945 X 1.798

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Experienced Contributor

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Days 5-7: Making progress

So a few things have happened since the last update. The bathroom has been sheeted with waterproof plaster, the plasterer has done his thing, the shower has been screeded and the niches have been framed up in the shower. The gaping holes in the floor have been sealed up and the room really is taking shape now.

 

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Day 8: One big hole

So today we hit a big milestone - the two windows have become one. Unfortunately I missed the demo session but judging by the rubble down the side of our house, it looks like the builders had a good time! Unfortunately you can't see all of the window in the pic below - the glass hasn't been put in yet, just the frame, which you can see a little bit of in the bottom right corner. The waterproofing process has also started, so apologies for the lack of photos as I’m unable to enter the room at the moment. 

 

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Tile trouble

As much as you plan (or think you’ve planned) there are always questions that pop up that you haven’t thought of. For us, it was tiling and what height to tile to. Initially we planned to tile to a height of 1800 but then thought that may not look great when the tiles intersect with the new window. So what to do? Tile to the height of the window or go all the way to the ceiling (including above the window)? Any thoughts?

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Super Contributor

Re: Diary of a bathroom renovation

@Darren

 

Good job, looking good.

 

Personally I like the floor to ceiling tiling, however with having the strip of plastered wall you can add a bit of colour as your mood changes.

 

Totally personal choice and good luck deciding.

 

Cheers

Daryl

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Community Manager

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@Darren

 

We decided to tile to the ceiling in the bathroom we built last year. There's some pictures here - Backyard games room project and a big version here.

 

Obviously cost is a factor, and you don't have the option down the track of changing the room a little with paint, but we think it looks fantastic.

 

I'm keen to see and hear what other community members have done with their tiling.  

 

Jason 

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Former Community Member

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@Darren Ouch.. Looks like the Plumber & Electrician scored a win with post quote/start variations.
Not so good for the budget. Non Compliance is a major issue with projects, one things for sure is that the price is always cheaper if you deal with it in the quoting stages than at post construction stages where you are locked in.
Rather than pics put up facts & costs others might find that equally helpful
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Experienced Contributor

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Day 9: Window reveal

The waterproofing is done, the under-tile heating has been laid and now we can see the new window in its entirety. We’re still waiting for the glass to go in - that should be happening some time today. Also the vanity will be hung today and tiling will begin. Again, sorry for the lack of pics, I still can’t get into the room and there is still no light, so picture quality is very average!

 

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Here’s a sneak peek at the tiles we’ve chosen for the bathroom - the carrara marble herringbone tiles will just go on one wall - surrounding the vanity and mirror (they’ll also be used in the wall niches in the shower). Otherwise, the small subways will be used on all other walls (floor to ceiling) and the large format (300mm x 600mm) charcoal tiles are for the floor.

 

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And here’s the vanity (Issy Glide 1750mm) we’ve chosen.

 

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Experienced Contributor

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Day 10 & 11: Taking shape

The vanity is up, the glass is in the window frame and tiling has begun! The room is starting to take on some character and the window is letting in plenty of light. It’s tinted, so you can’t really see in but looking out you can barely tell that it’s tinted. Today the floor tiles should go down and tomorrow the bath.

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Experienced Contributor

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Days 12 & 13: Tiling …

Yep, still tiling. Turns out those small subway tiles take quite a while to do … The floor tiles are done and the walls should be finished today. This week I’ve made two trips to Port Melbourne to source extra tiles. Despite adding on an extra 10% to allow for wastage we have still run short on both our subways and the carrara marble tiles.

 

With the subways we were initially only planning to tile part of the way up the wall, but once the build started we changed our mind and decided to tile all the way to the ceiling. That was our first mistake.

 

As for the carrara marble tiles, I think I must have screwed up my calculations. I guess the lesson here is if maths isn’t your strong point, get someone else to check your figures.

 

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Once the tiling is done the next thing to be done is the bath followed by the taps and lighting. Our bath is from Bunnings, it’s a Rick Maclean’s freestanding bath. Our tapware for the vanity and bath are from JamieJ, while the shower rail and shower head are both from Caroma.

 

Sorry about today’s pics - still no lights in the room.

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New Contributor

Re: Diary of a bathroom renovation

I think it's great that you're doing up your bathroom. We are about to start our bathroom come laundry in our unit. We won't be moving any plumbing as we are doing it on a budget. It's so strange that I have to worry about the expense of doing up a bathroom I have three brothers that are plumbers and one that is a builder. Unfortunately they all live interstate. It would be great if they all needed a holiday as I live at the beach on the Gold Coast. We could do a trade-off, work for accommodation. Ha. No, not really.

 

If you tire of doing your renovation you could always start writing novels. That was some introduction Darren. 

 

Manda

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