Bathrooms get a workout, and if your bathroom is old and tired then it can give you a workout when it comes to trying to keep it clean! Mould growing through grout and silicone, water damage, broken tiles and cracked shower screens are just some of the complaints we hear from customers. A new bathroom needn’t cost the earth and can be completed in around two weeks. You then have a bathroom that you aren’t embarrassed to have visitors use and can be cleaned quickly.
Older style bathrooms usually have very limited storage, but by installing recessed cabinets in the wall cavities, custom built joinery, a cavity sliding door and an in-wall cistern, the space is used much more efficiently and storage can be increased dramatically.
Water damage to the floor and adjoining rooms, or in the case of a recent customer where the floor was close to collapsing because the water damage was so extensive, can be easily avoided by correctly waterproofing. The waterproof membrane, known as Wetsealing, is an inexpensive product but an essential step in any bathroom build. It makes no sense to miss this stage in the renovation, however it is very common to see wet areas with no waterproofing at all.
Asbestos is also a problem in old bathrooms throughout the Canberra region – Total Scope has the licence to safely remove small amounts of flat sheet asbestos. We are often sending off samples to be tested prior to commencing a job – the results are provided in writing to our customers.
Small things make a big difference – a tiled shower base, a quality drain, strategically positioned lighting above the vanity, good ventilation and heating by using a tastic.
Changing the window over to a translucent panel (either fixed or opening) increases the light in the room and also means it’s not necessary to have a blind – again reducing the number of materials for mould to grow on. Not all bathroom builders are aware the building code now requires safety glass in some circumstances for a window above a bath. We can advise you of the requirements for your bathroom.
By installing a cavity slider the available wall space for a towel rail is increased significantly. Tiling into the window sill makes cleaning much easier – no more architrave and minimal painting. Most bathrooms we do are tiled to the ceiling – tiles being easier to clean and reduce mould growth significantly in comparison to a painted wall. We also remove the old cornice and install new cornice over the top of the tiles instead of tiling up to the cornice – the bottom edge of the cornice is then not hidden by the tile, the whole cornice is seen.
This ensuite bathroom (before and after pictured below) and adjoining walk in robe were demolished and the whole space reconfigured. The end result is a spacious and light filled hotel style bathroom with laundry chute hidden behind a mirror. A door-way was knocked through a wall to a spare bedroom which became the expansive walk in wardrobe accessed via the ensuite. Custom joinery was made to match in both of these rooms and the other bathrooms and powder rooms throughout the house.