A Guide to Replacing your Bathroom Suite

Knowing the best way to replace your bathroom suite can be a challenge, and it can be tricky deciding where to start, so here’s step-by-step guide on how to replace your bathroom suite.

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1. The first thing to do when replacing your existing bathroom suite is to gut the entire space, but make sure you have disconnected the plumbing before taking out the old taps and cistern.

2. Once the old bathroom suite has been ripped out now is the time to decide if you want to remove the tiles, or if they’re in good condition tile over them, but it’s recommended that you do remove the old ones. Also, strip the floor.

3. Draw a scale plan of your bathroom space using squared paper and a ruler, and decide where everything is going to be installed. If you have a small bathroom opting for space-saving products helps to make the most of the available space. Make sure there’s at least 50-60cm of clear space in front of the basin and toilet.

4. Ensure to include storage in your new bathroom such as a vanity unit or mirrored cabinet to create a clutter free look.

5. When the layout has been finalised the first fix plumbing can be done. Make sure to use the technical sheets provided with the taps, basin and toilet to help you correctly position the pipes, wastes and fixings.

6. If you plan to move any wiring for lights or shaver points make sure you do this now, ensuring any earthing wires are replaced. Hire a professional electrician to carry out any electrical work in your new bathroom.

7. If you’re creating a wetroom or building a shower enclosure ensure that the walls are prepared and the floor ready for waterproofing. The walls can also be re-plastered for tiling and any boxing in of pipework can be completed.

8. Next, the flooring and tiling can be done. If you are installing underfloor heating ensure that this is done before laying the new floor.

9. Install the basin, toilet, bath or shower enclosure and taps, as well as any furniture. It’s also a good idea to install a heated towel rail to ensure that your towels are kept warm and dry.

10. Finally, if required redecorate the ceiling and use mould-resistant paint on any plastered walls to keep your new bathroom looking clean and fresh.

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