The bath has always been one of my happy places. Whether it’s indulging in a calming candle-lit bubble bath with a book and glass of vino in hand or splishy-splashy bath-time with my two kids, the bathroom has always been one of the places I go to, to escape the stresses of everyday life!
The thing is though, I’ve never been entirely happy with our family bathroom. Although we live in a modern and pretty chic house and love the rest of our interiors, we inherited an old fashioned bathroom when we moved in and hadn’t gotten round to modernising it.
The wonderful folks at Wickes got in touch and kindly came to our rescue, creating a brand new bathroom for us and not just any bathroom, the bathroom of our dreams…Bye bye old fashioned bathroom, hello exquisite hotel style bathroom we love.
Come see the before pics…
I couldn’t wait to get rid of the navy blue tiles which made the bathroom feel dark, gloomy and unwelcoming.
And don’t get me started on that bath and sink…eurgh.
And the tiny shower head had to go too! In fact as we have an en suite wet room, we rarely used this which was shame….but now with a fab shower in the new bath tub, washing the kids and my hair is easier than ever…
But before the big reveal, let me tell you about the process…
Arranging the new bathroom was simple and stress-free. In fact the whole makeover was as relaxing as taking a bubble bath! Honestly.
Firstly, I went online to browse the Wickes bathroom ranges to get a feel of their ranges, all beautiful, modern and perfect for the family, it was hard to choose the style. Inspired, I opted for a contemporary 5* hotel feel (rather than the Faulty Towers version we had), something luxe that would work for all the family so beautiful to look at but easy to clean and maintain. A well made but also timelessly chic bathroom.
More than anything, I wanted a bathroom I would want to spend time in!
Having an idea of what would work in our current space from going online, it was then time to head in store. With measurements of our current bathroom in hand, I had a thorough meetings with a professional and friendly consultant there, Tariq.
I’d never been inside a Wickes store before and imagined it to be a bit of a DIY haven for builders-a specialist store- but it was welcoming, bright, modern and definitely not just for tradespeople as I’d imagined.
During the 1 1/2 hour consultation, we chatted through my ideas and Tariq created 3D plans and drawings for me advising on what would work best in the space and in line with my hopes.
To be given a visual representation of what I could expect was brilliant.
To actually see the transformation before any work has been done was not just reassuring but it was exciting too.
These images ensured we knew exactly how the bathroom would look in advance giving us peace of mind whilst also allowing us to try out different designs and layouts before committing.
Throughout the whole process I was sent text messages and received courtesy calls so I knew exactly what was happening, and when.
Even the Wickes delivery men were the sweetest, most polite chaps you could hope for. As were the managers who popped in to check the work at the end. Talk about super service hey!
But back to the process…
The whole bathroom from start to finish took 10 days and ran incredibly smoothly with minimal disruption to our usual lives. As Peter and I both work from home, it was wonderful to watch the work unfold before our very eyes.
We got on so well with the workmen Paul and Jason, we actually missed them when they left.
Personable, funny and so professional, those guys worked tirelessly and with such passion and precision, it was a joy to pop in each day and see them at work.
See you later ugly tiles…
And they’re gone!
A false wall was also removed to make room for the huge bath I wanted!
I’ve always hoped for an elegant stand alone tub so to finally have one makes me feel like Christmas came early.
And here it is (pre-tape removal)!
And the stunning new grey tiles are up…
The chaps always made sure the floorboards in the landing and even the stairs were covered so mess was minimal and our home was protected.
Absolutely everything in the bathroom was removed and replaced with new fittings and accessories from the light to the radiator, the tiles and flooring too.