Another blog post that I have taken forever to get round to writing. It is just so hard to find the time. Perhaps I will make more of a conscious effort to write more (as I do have so much to share) as I start winding down for maternity leave in a few months.
Anyway, here is part 3 of the renovation of Mill House which focuses on the bathrooms. You can read part 1 by clicking here, which focuses on the kitchen renovation, and part 2 which focuses on the externals of the property.
At Mill House there is a master en-suite, a family bathroom and a downstairs cloakroom.
The Master En-Suite
Here is the before shot of the bathroom (estate agents photo).
The bathroom was a good size and did not need enlarging so it was purely a strip, re-tiling, re-decorating and new sanitary ware.
Once the bath had been taken out and the chimney breast exposed, we boxed out the spaces either side of the breast building a false wall so the wall was flat and to also accommodate the new soil stack and concealed cistern of the new loo. As the room was a very good size, we didn’t have to worry about taking up precious floor space.
A new sash window was installed with new architraves to match the rest of the house.
The room was completely re-plastered as the strip out caused quite a lot of damage, the floor was re-built with a new layer of ply and first fix plumbing and electrics were complete. We had bespoke timber panelling built by our joiner in a traditional shaker style with a thick beading at the top to finish it off. This was made out of water resistant MDF, which is green before it is painted.
I did not want this bathroom to look like a typical tiled bathroom. I believe bathrooms, especially master bathrooms should look more like ‘normal rooms’, which means as little tiling as possible. This way the bathroom will feel more warm and inviting which fully tiles bathrooms often do not. So tiling was kept to a minimum, on the floor only and the two shower walls, floor to ceiling, as this was a wet area.
The room was then prepped for decorating. All the wood work, including the panelling, is painted in Dulux Brilliant White and the walls are painted in Farrow & Ball Cornforth White which is the same colour throughout the house.
The floor and shower area was tiled in the Minoli Marvel Calacatta Extra 60 x 60 cm matt tile, which is a favourite of mine and have used it on several projects before. The grout colour is a dove grey which ties in the with grey veining in the tiles and doesn’t show up dirt or discolour like white does.
Once the grout had set the sanitary ware was fitted. The loo is the ‘Subway’ from Villeroy & Boch, the concealed cistern is Geberit, the shower head and valves are Hansgrohe, the free standing bath, floor mounted taps, towel radiator, shower tray and shower enclosure are from Victoria Plumb and the vanity unit is from The Bath Store.
The shutters were fitted by The Shutter Shop, I have been using them for years. The wall lights were fitted from Astro Lighting and the mirror was hung. I usually have all of my mirrors made bespoke by a picture framers because then you can choose the exact size and your moulding. For this bathroom I went for a grey stained oak moulding.
The Family Bathroom
Some before shots of the family bathroom…
This was not the easiest of spaces to work with due to its odd shape so it was easier to keep the sanitary ware in the same positions. The room was stripped out and the wall behind the loo, the window wall, was built out and insulated as it was a single skin wall.
Most of the rooms in the house had the original 4-panelled doors. A few of the upstairs rooms, including this bathroom had a glass window above the doors, so we filled them in to become solid panels.
The room was re-plastered and first fix plumbing and electrics were completed.
Unlike the master bathroom, this bathroom was half tiled on the walls and fully tiled around the bath and shower with the Minoli Iconic White matt in 30 x 60 cm and the floor in the same tile but 60 x 60 cm.
The loo is the ‘Subway’ from Villeroy & Boch, the concealed cistern is Geberit, the shower head, valves and bath taps are Hansgrohe and the bath, glass screen, towel radiator and vanity unit are from Victoria Plumb.
The whole of the far wall above the vanity unit was fitted with a bespoke size mirror which makes the room feel so much bigger. This was templated, supplied and fitted by a local glass manufacturer.
Again, the walls are painted in Farrow & Ball Cornforth White.
And finally the downstairs cloakroom, which is actually one of my favourite rooms in the house.
The cloakroom was originally at the rear of the house but was knocked through to form part of the open plan living area. As the formal sitting room was such a large room we decided to pinch a bit from here but simply erecting a stud wall. This means the door was to the sitting room is now the door way to the cloakroom and a new double door opening was knocked through from the hallway to the sitting room.
The stud wall was built to separate the room from the sitting room.
The new wall was plaster boarded and first fix electrics were completed.
Followed by first fix plumbing.
Followed by plastering of the new wall.
Just like the master en-suite, we had bespoke timber panelling built by our joiner in a traditional shaker style with a thick beading at the top to finish it off.
We had the original cornice templated and made bespoke by Simply Moudings to be fitted on to the new wall as you can see from the above and below photos.
The room was then prepped for decorating.
All the wood work, including the panelling, is painted in Dulux Brilliant White and the walls are painted in Farrow & Ball Cornforth White which is the same colour throughout the house.
The flooring, which is also the same throughout the ground floor of the house, except for the formal sitting room, is Parador Trendtime 6 Oak Pearl Grey in a wide plank.
The wall lights are the same as the master en-suite, from Astro Lighting and again the mirror was made bespoke by a picture framers.