Project 1

Undertaken for a customer near Axminster, this project required some remodelling work. Considering the available space, the existing bathroom was quite sparsely populated with just a bath, basin and WC. The layout of the existing appliances was changed and allowed the incorporation of a substantial 1000mm quadrant shower enclosure. Use of wall hung appliances and a Carron Status bath with its curved corner kept the layout of the room clean and spacious.

The products consist of the previously mentioned Carron Status bath, Heritage Kharine sanitaryware and a wall-hung WC frame and flush plate by Geberit. The shower enclosure is by Twyford from their Hydr8 range married to a JT40 low-profile tray. Brassware and shower are by Bristan from their Prism range.

Project 2

This project is interesting for several reasons, primarily it is one of the very few times that we have remembered to take a before photo – normally the fervent desire to rip out the horrors that lay within the project room preclude the taking of photos.

The project was for a customer who had recently purchased this retirement flat in Topsham. The brief was to convert the bathroom into a shower room and provide a space that was easy to maintain and provided some essential storage space.

The bath was replaced with a large JT40 low-profile tray, a Twyford Hydr8 1200mm panel was used to provide a screen. The shower is a Mira Azora which as well as being more atheistically pleasing than the normal white box benefits from true thermostatic control. Furniture is by Piemonte which provides the required storage and allows the boxing of unsightly pipework. Walls and floors are by Showerwall and Aquastep respectively and provide an attractive an easy to maintain finish to the room. The flooring is particularly worth a mention as, despite its fantastic appearance, it is wholly engineered from plastic so is 100% waterproof and will not warp, rot or discolour like other products.

Project 3

This project was undertaken for a customer in Chudleigh and required the conversion of one large space into a separate bathroom and shower room. The house, dating back some 400 years, presented the usual period property challenges, wonky walls and uneven floors. However, it was the very low ceiling that was most challenging and required some thought.

The shower room is equipped with a Twyford Hydr8 walk-in shower and an Aqualisa Quartz digital shower. Other products were sourced by the customer including the beautiful solid oak wash stand with slate countertop. Flooring was Karndean fitted by a separate contractor.

The bathroom features an Ideal Standard Idealcast bath which is a very rigid product highly suitable for showering. Water control is managed by the Crosswater thermostatic diverter which provides temperature and flow control to the bath overflow filler, rim mounted shower handset and overhead rain shower. The rain shower had to be fitted flush to the ceiling due to the very low headroom.

Project 4

Nice little en-suite created from a disjointed bathroom which originally had a door from the bedroom and also from the lounge. Removing access from the lounge allowed the incorporation of the Twyford Hydr8 walk-in shower . The remodelling also allowed the WC to be included into the en-suite from its previous position in a cupboard, thereby allowing the cupboard to be used as . . . a cupboard surprisingly.

Walls were panelled with Showerwall as requested to provide a clean, easily maintained room. Yes the beam is structural and yes it was a pig to fit the panels around it. Furniture is by Utopia, WC is by Ideal Standard, shower is the excellent Mira Azora. Flooring is by Aquastep.

Project 5

En-suite refurbishment for a customer in Exeter. Main requirement was to replace the existing small square shower enclosure with a much larger quadrant enclosure.

Shower enclosure is by Twyford from Hydr8 range with a JT40 tray. Shower valve is a Mira Excel, WC is from Ideal Standard and basin tap is a Bristan Jute. Vanity unit is by Utopia and features high-gloss white doors with a walnut carcass, a combination that works very well.

Beautiful understated tiles that were as heavy as they were lovely. Nearly ½ a tonne of ceramic was required for this one small room, which incidentally had to be carried up 2 flights of stairs.

Project 6

Probably one of the biggest projects we have undertaken was for a customer in a large property in Old Rydon Lane, Exeter. The brief was to strip the room including the fabricated arch, and the large Jacuzzi type bath with accompanying steps. The space would require total redesign to include a free-standing bath and walk-in shower. Another desirable feature were his and hers basins and the retention of a bidet.

Following the stripping out process it was discovered that usable space could be gained by removal of the timber framing supporting the dormer cheek. With guidance from a structural engineer, and the addition of a supporting steel section the objective was realised and the room totally transformed. As can be seen from the photos the brief was fully achieved to the delight of the customer.

All products were sourced by the customer with the exception of the Showerwall panelling and the brilliant Aquastep flooring.

The first two rows of photos are in groups of four showing a before, after stripping out, during works and the finished room.

Project 7

The world’s smallest en-suite? Careful choice of basin and WC allowed the existing tiny shower enclosure to be replaced with a far more useable 800mm quadrant whilst still providing space to exit the shower and dry off.

Project 8

One of our favourite projects simply for the joy it brought to the customer and the difference it made. The project was undertaken for an older customer in Exeter, who was unfortunately having much difficulty using the existing shower. The enclosure was far too small but the real difficultly was the height of the tray, at nearly 10″ it was almost impossible to enter and exit safely.

With some re-engineering it was possible to set the shower tray into the floor providing an essentially level access. This was achieved by employing a shower waste pump, in this case a Whale Dry-Deck 20. This product was required due to the new tray being lower than the available connection into the existing soil pipe.

The majority of the products are from Bathstore with the exception of the Mira platinum digital shower. Tiles are by TileFlair from their ‘Blown’ range.

Project 9

Another project that would have benefited from a before and after comparison. This project was undertaken for a customer in a period town house in Exeter, the existing bathroom was poorly laid out and causing access problems. The brief was to provide a shower room that facilitated easy access and incorporated storage space, there were a number of drainage issues that required rectification also.

Furniture, sanitaryware, brassware and shower enclosure are all by Ideal Standard. The shower itself is the very practical Grohe Tempesta Cosmopolitan which features a moderate size rain shower than can be effectively powered by a combination boiler unlike some larger heads. Shower seat is by Mira and provides ample support without looking too institutional. Tiles are from Tileflair and include some from their very attractive ‘Split’ range.

Project 10

This project, undertaken in a relatively modern house in Alphington, Exeter, involved the complete refurbishment of the existing bathroom. The refurbishment should have been relatively straight forward as it was very much like-for-like. The problem was the amount of water damage to the wall fabric which was paramount board – a type of prefabricated plasterboard. The water had gotten behind the tiles and destroyed the board which is very difficult to repair without taking down the whole wall and starting again. The prevention of this type of damage is one of the reasons why we always apply a waterproofing system, sometimes called tanking, to all ‘wet-walls’.

The furniture is Nadia by Utopia with Vitra sanitaryware. The bath is by Cleargreen who manufacturer superb baths for a very reasonable price and are absolutely recommended. Brassware and shower valve by Grohe. Flooring is from Aquastep’s range, tiles are by Porcelanosa.