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susan rowlands

What and where do you get the Black framed shower enclosure in first photo ? stunning

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From my recent experience of both DIY'ing and having a tradesman do a bathroom, my top tips/lessons learned would be:

Take time to really plan the placement of everything out and clearly set out measurements etc to the tradesmen - tradesmen will tend to default to the easiest route or what suits them if not explicitly told. For example, our bathroom fitter was considerably shorter than me and his ideal of the 'standard' wall hung basin height was a lot lower than mine!

Don't rule out moving things around - to enable us fit a small bath ( and separate shower into our typical UK bathroom (2.3m x 2.1m) , we had a smaller secondary window bricked up and the toilet outlet moved (but not the stack outside).

Type of wall boarding - in the UK a lot of bathroom fitters still use standard plasterboard to board out for tiling and plastering when refitting bathrooms. As a minimum ensure they price for (and use) the green moisture resistant plasterboard. However, for true piece of mind, I would recommend that it is worth paying a bit more for proper 'wet area' boarding in shower and bath areas (e.g. Aquapanel cement board or Kerdi board).

Overboarding floorboards for tiled floors - in the UK a lot of bathroom fitters still overboard timber floors with 20mm marine plywood to firm it up for tiling. This is fine, but does create a step up. More modern cement board products do the same job at a much smaller thickness (e.g. 6mm 'No More Ply' cement board). Make sure you check with your tradesmen what they have priced for.

Electric underfloor heating for tiled floors - electric systems for typical UK bathroom sizes are relatively cheap (£100), but give the bathroom a luxury feel; making the tiled floor much nicer to walk on the morning.

Shower controls - locating the shower valve remote from the shower head (e.g. at the door end of the shower enclosure) means you can let the water warm up before standing under it.

Rain shower heads - aside from my own strange personal issue about not feeling truly clean without use of a hand held shower head, only having a fixed 'rain' head in a shower also makes it a lot harder to clean the shower enclosure.

I hope the above thoughts are of some help to someone planning a bathroom renovation project

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alec22 Nice to get such comments from someone with recent experience, rather than an 'expert.' I agree about using No More Ply. It works brilliantly and much less trouble than marine ply.

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