Ripping out the old bathroom

Since we discovered the issue with the chimney breast we have been busy planning and implementing the big changes that have been somewhat forced upon us. Thankfully Mr M was a carpenter in a previous life. He will be able to undertake a portion of the work to keep the overall costs down. We have split the job into stages. After carefully planning the new layout the next stage was the very messy rip out.

Planning a new layout

The bathroom is a great size, at just short of 9 foot square but the old layout was not ideal. There was a separate shower but the position of the door meant that a corner bath had been installed rather than a full length one. Since we were having to gut the room I really wanted to squeeze a roll top bath in there and to really embrace the period feel of the house.

We had a few companies come and draw up plans but we just weren’t on the same page. Mr M is 6’4″ so a mini 4″ plunge bath was never going to work. After trying every which way to get a full length bath in we realised that moving the door and radiator would give us the much needed square footage.

The other issue we had was that the central heating boiler is in the bathroom. We inquired about moving it but the cost was eye watering. Instead I decided to adapt a tall kitchen larder unit to house the boiler and provide storage into the bargain.

Ripping out the old bathroom. The door will be moved to where the radiator is in the pictureMoving the door will allow us to achieve our dream bathroom

A before shot of the chimney breast we had to removeThe offending chimney breast and awkwardly positioned boiler

Gutting the room

Once we knew what our layout was going to be we set to work in gutting the room. The builders knocked out the chimney quite quickly.

Thr partially removed chimney breast

We then proceeded to remove the tiles and discovered the old lathe and plaster work underneath

Lath and plaster visble due to ripping out the old bathroomJunior was horrified to discover that there was horse hair in the plaster!

There’s a hole in my floor!

For the first 2 weeks of the renovation we kept the corner bath in situ. We needed somewhere to wash off the dust! This was not without problems since we had been left with a big hole in the bathroom floor/ dining room ceiling. This couldn’t be sorted until the downstairs chimney was fully removed and the new steel inserted to support the weight of the rooms above.

You can see straight down into the dining room

On the bright side you could talk to whoever was in the kitchen while you were in the bath!

We currently have a A big hole in the roof and wallOur temporary ‘open plan’ kitchen/bathroom

This stage of the renovations took about a week . I won’t lie, it was very messy and frustrating. I have never seen so much dust in my life! We have moved on from this stage now and things are finally coming together. I am so excited to finish the job and to share it with you. I am even more excited to have a bath and wash my hair.


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  1. 24th May 2017 / 5:33 PM

    This is the part that puts me off home improvement! Open kitchen bathroom could be a new trend! #bloggershomes

    • Louisa
      31st May 2017 / 5:18 PM

      Lol! It did have the advantage of being able to have a conversation of whoever was downstairs but doubt it’ll catch on!

  2. 24th May 2017 / 5:03 PM

    Wow! It looks like quite a job – I can’t wait to see the finished bathroom though 🙂 #bloggershomes

    • Louisa
      31st May 2017 / 5:19 PM

      Thank you Sarah, I shall be sharing the finished room very soon!

  3. 16th May 2017 / 8:16 PM

    I do love a good project, it’s going to look amazing when it’s finished! Our boiler is in our main bathroom too and I really want to move it but the Mr said it will be too expensive 🙁 X #HomeEtc

    • Louisa
      17th May 2017 / 11:27 AM

      It is very expensive to move a boiler so I think housing it in is the best alternative to hide the ugly thing!

  4. 15th May 2017 / 8:51 PM

    We had our bathroom done a fqw years back and the dust was incredible. I feel your pain. But it is all worth it to get that dream bathroom, isn’t it? I’m dying to see the end result now.

    • Louisa
      17th May 2017 / 12:02 PM

      I am so excited for it to be finished and to have a lovely long bath!

  5. 15th May 2017 / 6:42 PM

    Oh my gosh! I know it will be worth it once the transformation is complete, but also appreciate how her sit is when the place is turned upside down. One word. DUST. Can’t wait to see it finished xx

    • Louisa
      17th May 2017 / 11:55 AM

      I can write my name in the dust!

  6. 13th May 2017 / 4:56 PM

    We moved our bathroom upstairs. It was in the kitchen. I kid you not. No problem keeping an eye on the children in the bath, while I did the washing up.(There was a door for when the rest of us wanted a bath.) I managed to come up with a plan that used an unused area around the top of the stairs. I really ought to write a blog post on it one day. I love our bathroom now. Really looking forward to seeing how yours is going to look. Dust. What can I say? #pocolo

    • Louisa
      17th May 2017 / 11:59 AM

      That sounds like a brilliant and creative use of space. I hope you do write about it, I’d love to read it.

  7. 12th May 2017 / 8:11 PM

    I can’t wait to see the end result. It looks like there was a lot of work going on. #PoCoLo

    • Louisa
      17th May 2017 / 11:56 AM

      Thank you. There has been so much work, most of it I haven’t even shown!

    • Louisa
      17th May 2017 / 11:58 AM

      Thank you Nancy 🙂

  8. 12th May 2017 / 2:09 PM

    brings back memories of a loft conversion and we had no walls on the bathroom or a ceiling on our bedroom, worth it all in the end. love the idea of using a kitchen unit to house the boiler

    • Louisa
      17th May 2017 / 11:57 AM

      That sounds like it was hard to live in for a time!

  9. 12th May 2017 / 11:51 AM

    Haha!! I’ve been here — it’s awful isn’t it? The dust literally gets everywhere. Exciting when it’s nearing completion though, even though there’s always one bit in the middle when you despair that things are ever going to be normal ever again!! LOL!! Can’t wait to see the next stage! 🙂 Cx #HomeEtc

    • Louisa
      12th May 2017 / 12:22 PM

      I had one day, when I was released from hospital, where I walked into the house and just wanted to walk out and never come back. I cannot even begin to describe the mess! There is an end in sight though and I’m clinging onto that x

  10. 11th May 2017 / 1:26 PM

    Oh this brings back memories! We renovated our bathroom last year and redesigned the layout completely. Thankfully we missed the inbetween stage as we took the girls to Cornwall while it was being done and then came home to a finished bathroom! Can’t wait to see what yours looks like when it’s done. xx

    • Louisa
      11th May 2017 / 7:02 PM

      Our new layout looks like it will work brilliantly but I can’t tell you how desperate I am for a bath or a shower and to wash my hair properly!! xx

  11. 11th May 2017 / 10:28 AM

    Argh, the dust stage is awful! When we did our bathroom a few years back we choose a smaller than average bath (not sure what the technical name is, but it’s a normal shape!) which has worked out fine as my husband doesn’t have baths and it’s ok for me. Looking forward to seeing more soon!

    • Louisa
      11th May 2017 / 12:35 PM

      My husband hasn’t had a bath since we moved in (thank goodness for the shower) because of the darn corner bath. He cannot bend his wrist following a previous break so can’t grip the sides to get in and out, he’s done a test on the new bath and it’s fine so he’s getting first dibs on using it!

  12. 10th May 2017 / 6:41 PM

    What a weird layout! No wonder you had to gut it and do some drastic remodelling! I look forward to seeing the finished room. Please pop it on #HOMEETC so I don’t miss it! #HOMEETC

    • Louisa
      11th May 2017 / 12:32 PM

      Thank you. Changing the layout has been a game changer space wise and I’m so excited for it to be finished!

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