Plumbers Advice - We knew a plumber and asked his opinion first of all and he came to take a look and told us we could easily knock down the wall between the existing bathroom and the separate toilet as it was just a stud wall. The other good news was the airing cupboard could be utilised as an ensuite. He told us that many ensuite bathrooms are very small spaces and we would just have to choose our products carefully to make best use of the space.
Choosing the products - Having never bought a new bathroom suite before I began to do some research on the internet first and then panic set in when I saw how many different products and brands were on offer and the technical jargon was baffling. Then I hit upon a site - www.createyouridealbathroom.com and you could order a brochure with all the top brands in one book so I ordered the brochure and within a few days the brochure had come through along with all the others I had ordered. The Create Your Ideal Bathroom brochure was the best one for me to use - the technical terms were all explained, you could compare the prices from different brands and you could mix and match products from different brands - I felt I was getting the best choice from all the brochures.
We worked with our plumber to choose what we wanted and we used the bathroom design planner at the back of the Create Your Ideal Bathroom brochure to plan the space. Our plumber ordered the products for us from the local retailer although I know you can order all the products from your local retailer yourself - on the website there is a list of where you can buy the products from.
All the products were delivered the next day apart from the shower enclosure and the spa bath. The enclosure was specially made to measure to fit our space and this took 6 weeks to arrive.
All the work took about two weeks to complete. It is tough having your home disrupted but the plumber was very good and we always had use of a toilet and a basin at the very least and my mum let us use her shower for a day or two whilst the tiles were setting.
It is finished now and it was so worth it. I have everything I dreamed of a beautiful bathroom and a gorgeous ensuite. I am delighted with the spa bath it really is luxurious and heavenly after a hard day at work and the walk in shower is great to wake me up in the morning.