Mum’s Bathroom

First, I hope that you all had a lovely day yesterday and that you also have plans for the rest of the week.

Somehow, in my last post, I managed to bypass the topic of DIY and home repairs. Mum is looking to sell her house in 2013 but, there is a lot of work that needs to be done before she could confidently place it on the market. It’s certainly a subject that could find a space on this blog so, I’m going to start by focusing on what needs doing in the bathroom. All comments, thoughts and suggestions will be welcomed.

Mum’s Bathroom

There is one pressing issue in here at the moment and you can see that clearly in the next photo:

Loose floor tiles

Two of these tiles recently became loose and, if you stand in the right place while inside the bathroom, they prevent the door from opening fully! Both tiles seem to be slightly concave (on their upper face) and no longer sit flush on the bedding. Mum has asked me to consider replacing the lot with laminate flooring, similar to what we’ve had in our hallway for the last few years:

To be continued…

Is laminate flooring the best option for a bathroom?

I imagine I’d only need to lift the old tiles up with a cold chisel (after removing the

nth and bath panel), before laying down an underlay (if the floor’s level) and then the boarding on top… Is there anything I haven’t accounted for? I’ll hang on to some of the tiles as I should be able to use them to scribe around the toilet. 😉

No ventilation

I’m wondering if there’s a specific type of laminate flooring designed for bath and wash rooms… We do have a ‘damp’ issue in this bathroom, where there is no means of ventilation. After a hot shower, I often find that the walls and ceiling are dripping. In the summer, I can open the the top window to help with this but, I should point out that this is a downstairs bathroom as well. 😛

On the other side of that wall to the left of the window, I think there’s a light fixture… Plus, I imagine that drilling a large hole in this room would destroy the surrounding tiles (have you not seen me with a hammer drill?!).

Tongue and groove ceiling

They used cheap tongue-and-groove boards for the ceiling. It’s a bit of a rough job where some of the tongues don’t fit in to the grooves properly but, as no-one else has ever noticed and it’s in no danger of coming down on us, I think it should stay. Looking around the edges, you can see that their sealant-spreading skills are on a par with mine! This reminds me of the stuff that’s disintegrated behind the sink; both of which I’ll need to patch up at the end of this job.

I mentioned about removing the plinth earlier:


Well, I may as well throw it in the bin and replace it at the same time!! We regularly find slugs climbing the tiled walls at this time of this year and this is where they’re coming in. It looks like it’s only a length of 18mm MFC, for which I’d need to re-band the cut and scribed edges. While I’m under there, I may as well look for any gaps or ‘entrance holes’ that can be filled with expanding foam.


There are some damp areas around the toilet but, I’m hoping this is simply where men (…) have missed the bowl… Still, I’ll try to check it out, as it feels like the rear panel is only fixed at the top, near the cistern.

So, I’m looking to replace and fit a laminate floor and to fill in and seal any gaps, basically!

Thanks for reading. All comments are welcome although, I’m aware that bathrooms aren’t the prettiest parts of a house to photograph so, I apologise for that. 🙂


7 thoughts on “Mum’s Bathroom

  1. Many years ago, my brother and I re-did our parent’s bathroom. It was a big project, but luckily I was getting hitched and so I left the work for him to finish up.

    Then he got a job and moved out, leaving me and my waiting-to-be-hitched butt to spend three weeks finishing the bathroom while planning a wedding.

    I’m not sure about the European market, but if I were redo-ing that bathroom, I’d replace the floor with tile and cut out the cabinets. If you can match the wall tiles, the tiling is a small job The grunge around the baseboards and such is a direct result of the lack of ventilation, not anyone missing the mark. The room needs a ventilation fan installed. That’s really the biggest thing I see.

    Or you could just clean everything up and leave it for the next owner to figure out, but a knowledgeable buyer would see that and get worried.

    1. Tiles would be good but I’d need to look at cost. I’ve done a bit of research since this post and people generally recommend vinyl over laminate floors for bathrooms (I think that’s what we have upstairs).

      Do you think that even a simple vent (without a fan) would make much of a difference?

      I used to rent a place where the fan ran simultaneously with the shower but, at the same time, it sucked all the warm air from the room.

      1. In our old house we had a bathroom fan with a humidity sensor, so it only came on when it was needed.

        That seemed to work well (we had experienced the “vent all hot air to outdoors when light is on” symptoms in rented accomodation and resolved never to put up with it again:)

        I think the fan was only a few quid more expensive than one without a sensor and it probably paid for itself almost immediately

      2. I’d rather have a cold bathroom than mildew or grunge. There might be some other options out there, but that’s the one we have in TX (and it doesn’t get cold here often).

  2. Just redone our bathroom and went for Vinyl in the end. I think with either vinyl or laminate the key is not to get the cheap stuff from the likes B&Q. With laminate look at the AC rating of the stuff, it goes from AC1 up to AC5, the higher the number the better the quality.
    (Can’t remember what AC stands for, it’s some kind of abrasion rating, and it’s rated for swelling resistance, toughness, stain resistance etc)

    1. Thanks for your comment, Jon.

      Most people do seem to recommend vinyl over laminate for a bathroom floor so, I reckon that’s the way we’ll go. I’ll also take your advice on the AC ratings, thank you.

      Did you have fit an underlay or level a concrete floor first?

      1. Hi Oli,

        I never used an underlay (don’t think you need one with vinyl anyway) as I was laying it on a chipboarded floor. Just punch any nails in that are protruding. If you’re fitting to an uneven concrete floor then normally Latex is used to level everything up.

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