Well 5 years on from purchasing our house in Westbury, Tasmania we are on the home straight. The last room inside the house to be renovated and probably the most expensive per square meter. THE BATHROOM !!!
Mandy & I had decided early on in the planning stages of the house that we would knock the seperate toilet, short corridor and small bathroom into one good size bathroom that was more in keeping with a four bedroom house.
So what to do to get there? We decided that the way for us to get the bathroom achieved in a quick-ish way but with a professional result was to do the demolition work ourselves and have the professionals do the re-lining of the walls and floors and the plumbing and tiling.
We decided to do the job properly and remove all the plaster and lath on the walls and remove the floor. Starting to talk to builders it took a few discussions to find a builder that would work with us and would do it the way we wanted. Not just a cheap cover up job.
As we had to put the reno through Council we had to have the plans drawn up by a building designer. (thats the rules in Tassie) We used Lateral Building Designs, the same company that drew up the plans for the extension and now good friends.
Whilst talking to Michelle and Richard they mentioned that they had used Deloraine Carpets, 51 Emu Bay Rd, Deloraine, (03) 6362 4374 to do their tiling and they were very happy with the results. Now they are the most local company to us but had not crossed our minds that they did tiling as well as sold tiles. We investigated and had a meeting with Nathan, the owner, who is also a qualified interior designer. We found Nathan’s direct attitude very refreshing and he helped us choose some fantastic tiles. Also he put us on to Dean & Phil from Advantage Tas, local bathroom renovators, based in the Meander Valley.
Dean came and gave us a very reasonable quote so we decided to go ahead.
We started to take the bathroom apart in July, getting the door moved from the original bathroom entrance to the front of the short corridor that we were incorporating into the bathroom. Now we could start creating dust and remove all the plaster and lath. First of all we had to remove the lovely Laminex
We removed approximately two Hiace van loads of plaster of the walls, and bundle upon bundle of laths which make great dry hardwood kindling.
Next was the floor. The plan was to keep the shower operational until the last minute. In the mean while we rigged up a temporary shower in the Laundry space. It works well and is plumbed into the Washing machine taps.
When we started removing the floor we found that the previous bathroom reno had included cutting through bearers to fit bath plumbing and leaving the bearers just nailed to the floorboards with no visible means of support. Also the toilet had been put in and bearers cut and left supported on a pile of bricks.
All in all there was very little damp and no rot. The shower outlet however had not been connected very well and the grey water from the shower had been leaking into the ground under the house.
We removed the shower and the rest of the floor and then the guys from Advantage came in and started to make good again. The plumbing was re-routed and replaced. A new small hand basin was put into the second toilet next door.
We decided to use Carter Holt Harvey Plyfloor, which we used for the extension. It is FSC accredited and a great product to work with. On the walls we used cement sheeting.
While we had the walls and floors open we insulated with wool batts in the walls and a polystyrene product that squeezes between the joists and is very easy to fit.
Next stage was waterproofing which happened today. Aiden, the tiler, works for Deloraine Carpets. He also delivered the tiles we had chosen which are massive, 750mm x 450mm italian stone tiles for the floor and one wall.
The sustainable points of this bathroom are:
- Insulated walls and floors and ceiling
- Toilet plumbed into water tanks
- Water saving shower head 4.5l per minute
- LED lighting
- Recycled timber vanity
- Secondhand vanity sink
- skylight in South wall letting light into hall
- Recycled door moved