This couple in Alvechurch had come up with a plan to solve their nagging showering problem. Due to the extremely restricted ceiling height of the downstairs bathroom in this period farmhouse – fitting a shower of any kind was impossible. Their solution? Move the bathroom upstairs and the bedroom down! A conversion.
This project had many obstacles to overcome due to the age, character, construction, and materials involved. The biggest problem was levelling the upper floor. A troublesome diagonal height difference of 6” corner to corner. We had to site our new stronger beams into the old (but re-worked) original uneven, and randomly spaced notches of an oak support beam, and in turn the outer wall complicated matters. Our solution was to install a new, strong, but crooked run of beamwork to give the floor its strength, and then lay an additional set of ‘leveling’ beams each individually laser-level marked and cut to suit. This in turn meant raising the height of the whole room and adding another step on the staircase leading to the threshold. Although all the walls were fresh plastered it was agreed not to perfectly straighten and correct them all fully to maximise space and keep an element of character.
Freestanding bathtub and matching period w/c and basin, concealed twin-outlet traditional shower valve and contrasting walk-in shower enclosure. Rebuilt cupboard (with multi-link audio speaker), 2x traditional towel radiators, ledged and braced door (and frame) with traditional lock and hinges, flush white led dimmable spotlights and extractor fan, skirting, plaster and full decoration throughout.
As an addition to the spec – The customers requested all of the plastering on the landing wall be stripped, treated, plastered and decorated. This also entailed building a new studded ‘spacing framework’ to level half the wall.
The existing bathroom was converted to a bedroom. Water feeds to and from the boiler in the next room still had to be routed around half the room but were minimized back against the new insulated and plastered walls. Sockets, more dimmable leds inserted between the new beams and the floor stripped back and levelled ready for carpet. Fully decorated.
Total design, supply & fit project. Timescale 18 Days.
"Words cannot describe how pleased we were with the professionalism and service that Justin and his team provided us with. But we'll try. What can you say about most tradesman, never turning up on time, job taking twice as long as it should, the list could go on... but Flush fitting were the complete opposite. From start to finish, being able to extrapolate from us our ideas of what we wanted, and then being able to present to us with images mirroring them precisely, we couldn't have asked for more. If we weren't exactly sure Justin didn't hesitate to provide us with a myriad of options until we got it right... Although in general, and scarily, he always seemed to be able to do this on only his second suggestion! With the work being quite a substantial project, we suggested that we may go away half way through and leave them to it. This didn't phase Justin once, not on the surface anyway, and instead he and his team focused on ensuring everything was in hand and reassuring us that we didn't have to worry. We then had no problem leaving them a set of keys and heading off to enjoy ourselves. Justin even accommodated an extra couple of days work we presented to him before we headed off. The end result was impeccable and we couldn't have been more pleased. From dream to reality with full credit and a huge thank you especially going to Justin and Yildiray! Prompt, courteous, hardworking... what more can we say. Thanks Flush Fitting!!" Angela & Paul - Alvechurch