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Fitting Bathroom Tiles

Tiling is a great look for any bathroom or kitchen area, and they’re also very easy to clean. When it comes to fitting tiles however, that’s another story. Bathroom tiles might look pretty, but unless you understand the precise skill of getting them up there it can be a nightmare. From buying the right style and quantity of tiles through to cementing, getting the spacing right and finally grouting, the process is one that definitely requires practice although is by no means unattainable on your first attempt. Let’s break down the process into more manageable sections.

What You Will Need

? Tiles – enough to cover the space you intend to tile whilst also including around a 10% margin for error and waste.? Tile cutter – a special tile cutter will save you loads of time later down the line and will be invaluable for fitting around those tricky bits.

? Measuring tape – to allow you to space things out accurately and calculate the amount of tiles needed to make for a tight fit.

? Spacers – this allows you to ensure the tiles are all spaced out evenly from one another

? Cement – to secure the tiles to the wall

? Grout – to fill the spaces and finish off the tiled look

? Rough sand paper – to rough up the wall to create better adhesion

? Damp Cloth – for those inevitably grouting mistakes.

Getting StartedTo start fitting your tiles you must firstly remove any tiles that are currently in place. Using a chisel, strike sharply in the centre of a corner tile until it breaks, then use the chisel to leverage the tile from the wall. Having removed one tile, it should be straightforward to continue across the entire tiled spaced by leveraging each corner, or repeating the breaking process where the tile is too firmly stuck.

Next, ensure that there is no left over cement from the last tile fitting before starting to think about the next move. With the rough sand paper, ensure the wall on which the cement is to be placed is a rough surface – this will promote better a bond for the tiles. Starting in the nearest corner, insert the first tile applying a liberal amount of cement to the back of the tile before fixing to the wall. After each tile insert a spacer at each free corner to ensure that you are maintaining a uniform distance in all dimensions. Carry on filling up the wall space, taking care to cut the final tiles in a uniform manner to ensure a close fit should you be tiling up towards a corner.

GroutingAfter installing and cementing the tiles it’s time for arguably the most important part of the process – grouting. Having left the tiles to bond to the wall, remove individual spacers as you begin to fill the gaps with the grout. Ensure you cut the tip of the grout bottle at a forty-five degree angle for best results. Run an even amount of grout between the gaps taking care not to leak excess onto surrounding tile faces – this is easier said than done. Should you end up with too much grout or grout on a tile face, simply run the damp cloth in one direction over the excess to remove. After the grouting process is complete, leave it all to dry overnight to ensure everything settles down and is ready for day to day use before resuming normal bathroom service.

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Installing Bathroom Suites

Buying a new bathroom suite is a cost effective, straightforward way to improve your home and increase its resale value. However it is not without its own intricacies, and in particular the process of installing a bathroom suite is one that either requires professional help or a skilled hand and a willingness to learn. Installing the suite is a combination of carpentry, plumbing and general labour and it takes professionals years to hone their skills and become confident to refit an entire bathroom. For the DIY enthusiasts the process may take much longer, however it is possibly more rewarding and certainly less expensive than hiring in a professional hand.

Remove The Existing SuiteBefore you can begin to install your new bathroom suite, the first obvious step is to remove your existing one. Before you begin to get images of an enjoyable, destructive process, this is more like a careful operation than a free-for-all. Before you start anything to do with plumbing works it’s imperative that you turn off the water supply at the mains. This will prevent any nasty surprises later down the line when you come to remove the individual aspects of the bathroom.

When removing items plumbed in to the house it’s a good idea to take your time to ensure that everything is disconnected properly. Avoid being rough with the piping – no good can possibly come from an aggressive approach. Your patience will be rewarded with an easy disconnection and reconnection, rather than utter chaos and major setback. Also take care not to damage your old suite – you might find a use for that old wash hand basin or bathtub later down the line.

Once you’ve stripped the room bare, it’s time to measure up and plan the layout of your new suite, and begin to get started on the next part of your project.

The InstallationFirst off, start by positioning and fitting the bathtub. The reason for this is that by fitting other aspects of the suite first, you will impede access to the tub which will only serve to make the process more difficult. Fit the tub where it’s going to go and connect that to the mains pipes, remembering not to turn the water on just yet. Make sure all connections are secure to avoid leaks, and then position the bath panel to cover up the unpleasant underside.

From there you can begin to plumb in the toilet and wash hand basin before moving on to finish off the room decor, tiling and flooring. When it’s all installed, it’s time to turn on the water again and hope for the best – all going well, you won’t end up with a soggy floor.

The FinishArguably the most important aspect of fitting a new bathroom is the way in which you finish it. For your interior you’re looking to go for a minimal, tidy design that comprises just a few natural focal points and avoids too many conflicting colours. If opting for pastels you may also like to consider a flash of subtle colour here and there, such as a green or royal blue. Furthermore colour themes can be accentuated by tiling, and wooden flooring is usually the covering of choice if you’re looking to make your home more attractive to potential buyers.

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Bathroom Design

Bathroom Design Do’s and Don’t’s

The way your bathroom appears to potential home buyers is crucial if you are to have any chance of successfully selling up for the highest possible price. Studies have shown on a consistent basis that the size and style of the bathroom are amongst the most significant factors in improving resale values, and even if you don’t intend to sell your home just yet it might be a wise investment for the future to ensure your design is both contemporary and neutral. To keep you on the right lines, here are a few tips on what should and should not feature in your bathroom design to improve the value of your home and increase your chances of a sale.

DO

? Choose pastel colours and neutral blends to create a calming atmosphere and show your sense of style

? Take your time when choosing bathroom furniture and accessories to ensure you present a united theme

? Opt for a minimalist or contemporary feel to your bathroom

? Use subtle or stylish lighting

? Theme the room in a certain style

? Include plant life and focal points

? Accessorise with complimentary colours

? Include a shower unit and a bath, where possible

? Opt for wooden, vinyl or otherwise hard floors

? Include a towel rail and large wash hand basin

? Use mirrors to reflect light and make the room appear larger

DON’T

? Choose avocado coloured suites – they’re way out of fashion, and simply look cheap.

? Over complicate your room or clutter it up with too many bits and pieces

? Choose something that reflects your own personality – bathrooms with strange interiors won’t add value to your home.

? Skimp on the quality of fittings – they’ll cause more problems more often and stick out as being cheap

? Just have a bathtub – put a power shower in as well for the benefit of your home’s resale value

? Choose a thick pile carpet – they simply aren’t practical for the modern bathroom

? Cut out storage space, but don’t choose traditional medicine cabinets either