Old fashioned and tired bathroom transformed

Having lived in their house in Knaresborough, near Harrogate, North Yorkshire, since it was built 20 years ago, Anne and Arthur Page took the decision to update the en-suite bathroom to their master bedroom. They opted for products from Abacus Bathrooms for the entire project, choosing everything from tiles, taps and shower fittings to basins, lights and cabinets.

The detached six-bedroom house had been the show home so the original bathroom had been built to a good standard but it was beginning to look old fashioned and tired and was leaking into the garage below. Anne and Arthur were keen to create a bathroom that was practical but had a wow factor so the old corner bath, bidet and small shower cubicle were ripped out and the Artex-coated ceiling was skimmed over.

To create a bigger shower, an internal wall was moved and space taken from the airing cupboard in an adjoining room. The new shower has a 1m square tray with a square centre drain and square shower head above. There is also a hand shower and control is through a two-way thermo valve. A bespoke two-part screen completes the enclosure which includes a fully-sealed recessed unit for shampoos and soaps.

Opposite the shower, under the window, a Vessini 1700 x 750 double-ended bath was installed complete with an Exafill bath filler and a three-hole deck mounted mixer with hand shower and diverter. At one end of the bath, two recessed units were installed and lit by an LED light.

On the main wall, a simple double basin with two KI mixers and chrome bottle traps was installed with a large mirror above illuminated by 10 LED lights. Alongside is a simple wall mounted WC pan with a Trend push plate. Above this is a mirror fronted oak Trio cabinet.

The main ceiling lighting is dimmable. Heating is provided by a 1700 x 600 Linea chrome rail with two towel bars. In addition, a Devi underfloor heating matt was installed.

Beige travertine 610 x 406 wall tiles were installed floor to ceiling in a brick bond with beige and cream 25 x 25 mixed mosaic, as well as border tiles, used to provide decoration around the mirror, alcoves and window. The floor was laid with beige travertine 406 x 406 tiles.

Arthur Page comments: “All the Abacus products are excellent. There was a good choice; they really can supply everything! The overall layout of the bathroom isn’t massively different from before but the contrast in how it looks is incredible.”


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