I was talking with my friend when he mentioned that he needed help with his ensuite. He had done the framing himself and believed that it was ready for services and sheeting. That was not to be the case. As the house is an old Queenslander it had settled down or sunk on one side. This meant that the whole wall was out of plumb by about 40 mm. We had to pack out the walls before we could sheet. The floor had decking boards so we had to sheet the floor with yellow tongue chip board before we place tile underlay.
Tip. Always check your levels horizontal and vertical on every wall. Check the squareness of the room with our friend Pythagoras. Only then you can begin. Below are two photos before we started and after packing.
Once the walls were plumb it made tiling a lot easier. If things are out of plumb you can see it with the tile work when its finished because of the increase or decrease in your tile size up the wall. I made this mistake only once and it was too late as the tilers decided to tile that wall first. The builder that was working with me and I didn’t pick it up. The embarrassing thing was that the bathroom was published in Vogue magazine. I have included that article.
Rectified edge tiles were used on the floor and walls with a 1.5 mm gap. On timber floors always install a hob on the shower floor. When you are applying glue/adhesive always be generous, glue is cheap compared to repair costs.
The photos below show this including the hob gluing and waterproofing.
With any kind of building work you always need to plan the end result. Services such as plumbing and electrical need to be precise when you are tiling or installing bathroom fixtures. Below you will see the vanity fit off.
As you can see the lines are clear and you can see that things are plumb and level in the tile work. I am happy with the outcome and so is my friend.
I had to fully strip out the existing bathroom due to water damage and taps not sealing shut anymore. The requirements for the bathroom were that it needed a bath tub, a shower screen a large vanity mirror cabinet and also a place to put away cleaning solutions.
The old shower tray was holding moisture and allowing water to penetrate into the fibre sheet. As you can see this it really needed replacing. Once the room was decontaminated the plumbing was updated with new copper pipes,wastes etc. The framing was done for the features and services. Electrical was also done before sheeting.
Tip. When sheeting always mark on the sheet where the services are so that you dont put a nail into them by accident.
Here is my water proofing man sealing the shower cubical the whole floor and areas around the bath and vanity. A hob wall should be used for timber floor houses.
Tip. Its always a good idea to have two to three extra boxes of tiles just in case you need to change more then a few.
I like to use chrome edging on all corners. If you trip and fall you don’t hit a sharp edge.
The clients wanted to create a bathroom that appeared to look bigger than it was. We talked about options and a plan on grid paper was used to work out the sizes of the bathroom fixtures. On the end they formulated a plan and now needed me to make the dream into reality. The tiles were to have natural colours, the window was to be closed in and a new one installed. Also a sky light was to be installed for extra light and efficiency. Below are the photos of how it looked.