FAQs About Bathroom Fitting


The most frequent questions we get asked about bathrooms and our answers.

As long as the ceiling joists are strong enough to take the weight of bathroom fixtures and fittings, there should be no problem with putting a bathroom into an attic. This can be determined by consulting a structural engineer. The interior layout of a loft bathroom will have to be carefully designed to accommodate the roof angles and can be architecturally inspiring and unusual, especially with the addition of a sky lightl. As far as plumbing goes, account will have to be taken of existing drainage and pipework. Sometimes water flow to lofts is poor so a pressure boosting pump might be necessary.

Well, you could – but we certainly wouldn’t if we were fitting a new bathroom. Tiling on top of old tiles would not provide a good finish and defects in the original tiles might filter through to the new layer. The tile layer would also then be extra thick and unsightly. We would always recommend stripping back to the original wall finish and plastering if necessary before tiling a bathroom. Talking of bathroom tiles – a novel and effective way of covering bathroom walls is with acrylic wall panels in a colour/design of your choice.

Yes, if you are relocating the sink, toilet, bath, shower or a bidet in your bathroom make-over you will need building regulations approval, because it involves alterations to – or new connections to – a drainage stack. (Part H & G of the regulations). Just replacing the existing bathroom furniture with a new bathroom suite however does not require approval.

It’s amazing how an expert designer can cleverly configure bathroom fittings to fit a small space. There is a wide range of space-saving bathroom furniture available on the market like corner bathtubs and walk-in showers rather than shower units. Wall mounted sinks and toilets save valuable floor space. If all else fails you can resort to the over-bath shower option, which can be made both practical and stylish with the right design elements.

Obviously the main consideration with this increasingly popular trend in bathroom style is how it will be plumbed in, and where the waste water will run to. If you fancy a retro claw-footed freestanding bath tub, a roll top freestanding bath, Victorian slipper bath or a modern oval freestanding bath you can have one. It just takes a plumber to install it, and it isn’t that much more complicated and not much more effort than installing a regular fitted bath. It may require re-routing some of the pipework which could reveal some issues under the floor, but generally it should be a simple job.

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