Did you know that in a lot of UK houses there is a separate WC & bathroom originally due to the Victorians?
However, did you know that you are not stuck with this 19th century invention?
Things can be changed.
You have the option of adapting your Victorian defined space(s) and bringing them into the 21st century by knocking through the WC & bathroom into one big room, and using the old WC as a HUGE shower or even walk in wet room.
Combining the two rooms into one ensures a nice big bathroom space (comprising of the 2 rooms and often a bit of the hall), flooded by light from two windows.
One larger bathroom also has the added benefit of being able to wash your hands after using the loo without going into a different room – great idea, right!
We love doing these kinds of installations, as they have a massive ‘before & after’ type impact.
We can carry out your WC & bathroom conversion, with all the bits in between taken care of.
We do everything required to knock though your separate WC & bathroom from start to finish and project manage the whole process, so you don’t have to!
Projects like yours involve many different skill-sets, and we can handle them all:
Firstly, your space needs to be designed by someone who knows what they’re doing, and preferably someone with:
a) masses of experience in combining WC & bathrooms
b) a design background
I have designed, planned and then subsequently installed dozens of combined WC & bathrooms like yours so I know what works and what doesn’t, and I can help you plan your space effectively.
Oh, and I also trained as a designer prior to starting this company, and worked as a project manager for a design firm after university.
This means that you’ll get a great looking space that functions correctly for years to come.
The best of both worlds!
PS If you’re thinking about knocking through your bathroom & WC but are unsure of:
- whether it’s even feasible
- whether you should or not (there are a three things to think about here)
- how much it costs (I can give you real world examples)
- who you need to employ to make it happen (the 6+ trades required)
- what permissions you will need (if any)
Then please download the my FREE consumer guide to knocking through a WC & bathroom
A little word to the wise about design & planning when knocking through a WC & bathroom!
Bathroom planning such as this cannot be done by someone remotely – they need to actually be in your house to see how the existing plumbing is laid out as this will determine where suite items can be located.
No-one in a remote bathroom showroom (for example) will know which way the joists run under the floor or how the walls are constructed. This means that they simply DO NOT KNOW whether it is feasible to move suite items around or remove walls, as they are not able to consider any local factors specific to your house.
So please ring a fitter before committing to buying £1000’s worth of sale items that will not work with your new intended layout. These sale items do not reflect good value for money in these instances!
PS If you think I’m joking I priced a job for a couple who had bought £3000+ worth of suite items from the Bathstore sale (as they were seemingly very impressed with the professionally drawn up ‘plan’) only for me to tell them that it was impossible to fit all the items where they wanted them due to plumbing constraints.
Don’t let this be you!
We start the bathroom design & planning phase with a FREE site survey, during which time we take the opportunity to:
- meet you and discuss your requirements i.e. do you require a bath & a shower or only a shower, do you want a modern look or a traditional one etc etc.
- discuss the advantages and disadvantages of combining a WC & bathroom and your alternative options and their implications.
- assess the feasibility of combining the two rooms in terms of the space available, existing drainage & budget etc.
- measure up the space and propose a rough layout.
- make suggestions towards what would work under the circumstances identified above.
PS If you’ve already decided everything you want, then that’s great, but it’s equally fine if you haven’t got a clue and want some advice – this is what the site survey is all about (and it’s free with no obligation to buy – though we do have a helpful guide on pricing so you can see what’s feasible in your circumstances before you get in touch.)
Within a week, we’ll send you a highly detailed written estimate for the work to be done.
- You can see where you’re investing your hard earned money as all prices will be split into different trades (e.g. plumbing, tiling, plastering, electrics, joinery) as well as labour & materials where possible.
- You can be confident that your project will run smoothly, as the estimate will also state who is responsible for what and when e.g. customer will supply a & b before work commences, we will supply x, y & z upon commencement of work etc (so there is little opportunity for misunderstandings leading to delays and conflicts.)
- You can feel safe in your choice of installer as an itemised, detailed estimate essentially acts as a contract between you (the customer) and me (the contractor) and helps hold both parties to account, limiting risk on both sides.
We may also show you what your installation is likely to look like so you can visualise the final result.
After your plans are in place, your suite items need to be procured.
This normally means the suite, tiles, flooring and a few other bits and bobs (technical term.)
This is where we can save you the time and aggravation of trekking round loads of showrooms on all of your free weekends!
Simply speak to us about what you would like during the FREE site survey and show us some Pinterest pictures, Houzz photos or anything else you’ve seen online, and then I’ll source everything for you from my network of local suppliers (and it probably won’t cost you any more because of the good relationships I have with them).
Doesn’t that sound easier?
However, if you want to see items in the flesh I can direct you to some of the local showrooms that I think suit your particular requirements, or if you want to supply some items such as the tiles then we can usually work something out.
My primary bathroom suite supplier is in Armley, and they have an excellent showroom so you can look at your proposed items before committing to purchase (though I recommend having your FREE site survey done prior to going.)
Project managed installation
Having designed, planned & procured your new suite, wall coverings etc, you now need to find some chaps to install it.
This requires more than just a plumber unfortunately.
Knocking through a WC & bathroom will require:
- a general builder type to remove the wall & make any structural changes required (though these are often not needed).
- a joiner to build stud walls, relocate the door frame into the new larger space, fit architrave & skirting etc.
- a plasterer to board and skim the walls & ceiling, normally always required when separating walls are removed between bathrooms & WC’s.
- a plumber & an apprentice to plumb in the new suite and hook it up to the existing pipework.
- a tiler to tile (or part tile) the walls.
- a floor fitter to fit the laminate or vinyl floor.
- an electrician to install the new lighting (switches have to be moved to serve one space rather than the former two), shaver point, extractor fan or electric showers / radiator.
- a painter to paint the walls and or ceiling.
- someone to clean up!
Why should you stress about finding all these separate tradesmen, waiting in for them all on separate days for them to quote – some of whom probably never show up (or get back to you even if they do) regardless of whether you’ve taken the day off work especially etc etc.
Why should you worry about lining all of these independent trades up to work at the correct time in the critical path so you’re not left with a space that more closely resembles a building site than a bathroom for the duration of the work? (During which time don’t forget that you’ll be without bathing facilities.)
And that’s before you even consider managing deliveries, waste disposal, and how all of the various trades overlap.
This is why centrally controlled bathroom installations (that involve a bit of structural work like this) by an experienced project manager are much less likely to go wrong, over budget or over schedule.
I have a team of guys that allow us to complete standard ‘knocked through WC & bathroom’ installations in around 2 weeks, and I plan all installations personally.
This gives you the minimum time spent dealing with the (unfortunately necessary) disruption of building work.
So to summarise
|no stress sourcing lots of different tradesmen||+||less likely to go wrong / over budget||=||happy you|
We’ve knocked through dozens of WC’s and bathrooms to make new bigger bathing spaces, so we believe we can probably design and install a space that will work well for you.
If you would like a new bigger bathroom (made by knocking through your existing WC & bathroom) designed and installed by an experienced project manager and an expert fitting team, please click below to apply for a free site survey.
Why not see what’s possible by speaking to someone who’s done literally hundreds of installations for people just like you?
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