Dairy of a Renovator - Bathroom Bliss???

Ughhhh, the bathrooms.... I suppose you are thinking "this doesn't sound good" and you'd be right.  Well we had to have at least one glitch along the way didn't we?  It just wouldn't be right otherwise!

Yuck, family bathroom before....

Yuck, family bathroom before....

We decided to change the family bathroom around a bit as it was so cramped.  We put the shower over the bath and installed a 4 drawer Ikea vanity with a mirror above from Bunnings.  As the extension to the rear of the property meant we had to have the windows removed from both bathroom and toilet we had to have a Velux sky window installed - all remotely operated.  It opens and closes by remote and has a blind to keep out the hot summer sun.  It even closes when it senses rain and you guessed it - it cost a BOMB!  Unfortunately the remote control started chewing through batteries so we had to have the remote replaced and we discovered that if power is cut to the property and it rains the window won't close as the sensor run by electricity and yep we found that out the hard way - bummer!

Sky window installed and...

Sky window installed and...

Ceiling and light well lined and painted

Ceiling and light well lined and painted

Painting the light well around the sky window was a feat in it's own right and of course it was me who had to do it.  And the paint gets scraped as the builder pulls the ladder out - sigh, still haven't patched it yet!!!

Then the tiles.  They were pretty easy to choose actually, a simple white 100 x 300 white subway tile for the walls and 300 x 300 Livingstone Grey stone look tile for the floor and up around the bath.  I chose a lovely stone accent tile for the recesses in each bathroom. 

Family bathroom during (this is the waterproofing stage), you can see the tile line and recess

Family bathroom during (this is the waterproofing stage), you can see the tile line and recess

Ensuite with recess for shaving mirror

Ensuite with recess for shaving mirror

Sadly the tiler wasn't listening to me when I instructed him on the floor tiles going up and around the bath even though he was standing right next to me at the time.   The one morning that I get to the property later than the usual 7am I find he's already started tiling the walls with the subway and continued it around the bath - NOOOOOOO!!!  And has the cheek to say he didn't know that then charge me to fix it!!!! I should have realised pretty early on that this guy was a both a moron and a crook.  So now we don't have enough tiles to tile all the splash back in the kitchen and we have to have just a strip along the sink where the window is which actually looks better anyway but still cranky!

See what I mean, SEE WHAT I MEAN????

See what I mean, SEE WHAT I MEAN????

So I buy the grout colour for the floor because the tiler doesn't have any and apparently can't get any (WTF?) so up to Amber Tiles at Yallah I go, asking myself on the way "why am I running around after the tiler???"...  

Ok the family bathroom is installed and then it's on to the master ensuite. All goes well here or so we think until about 2 months later when hubby goes under the house and notices damp right where our shower is - yep it's leaking.  The tiler has damaged the waterproofing when he laid mesh in the shower tray which he was told NOT TO DO!!!! Like are we dealing with an idiot here??? Apparently so...

We find during one inspection that there is a big strip of grout missing from behind the family bathroom door so we get them back to fix it - opening another bag of grout just to use about a cup of it and then find he's taken it with him along with my new tube of 'no more gaps' that he used to seal the base of the tiles to the kitchen bench - duh, you need to use silicon for that dickhead...

And the mess - let's just not go there...

So we have now had the shower floor pulled apart so the builder can re-waterproof it and re-lay the tiles - fantastic.  Not to mention that grout has been coming away from the floor and the recess since it was put in - bad workmanship...

But I haven't mentioned the bill yet... we get the bill for tiling and nearly died.  We could have gone to Europe and back for what it cost - I'm talking about 2 very small bathrooms, not tiled to the ceiling, I supplied the tiles and the floor grout and the builder did the water-proofing.  We were charged more than $220 per square metre and the going rate is about $80.

You can imagine we were less than impressed and questioned it.  Boy did it go back and forth.  Basically we were taken advantage of as the tiler thought we were in a tough spot and needed it done quickly - which we didn't.  I can't believe how ruthless he was.  He also charged double time for working on a public holiday - it was his choice to work it, we had no idea he was going to and we paid the price!  We settled on a lower price in the end (not bloody much though) and he sent a lackey around to collect it.  I can't even begin to tell you how p------d off we were with the whole drama.

So BEWARE, Dwell have found good honest tilers to be extremely rare to find.  Even if a Tile shop recommends one to you ask them for names and numbers of previous clients so you can give them a call and check out their work.  The best recommendation is probably from family and friends.

If you want to know who NOT to call then get in touch and we'll put you right.  For the record, our tiler is part of a family company in Figtree, name of business starts with a C - don't go there peeps - dishonest, poor workmanship and rip-offs!!!

However we now have 2 lovely new bathrooms where we once had daggy, ugly and tiny spaces.  Pictures to follow!