The building stage ran to its expected time and delivered a great result, but there’s no sugar-coating the facts here – the floor was “a nightmare” according to both Linda and Lena. To ensure a smooth lay from concrete floor to tiled bathroom, the floor needed to be ground down. “The actual reinforcement steel was almost right to the top of the concrete floor,” says Lena. “We actually broke four machines trying to grind it down.”
It wasn’t just aesthetics driving the need to grind the floor: there was no fall in the open wet area and water had been pooling and flowing into the bedroom space. The team needed to create a 10mm fall and added a bit more depth to allow for the 8mm tile. “We now have a shower and the water all goes down the drain, not anywhere else. It sounds simple but it was complicated to achieve,” says Linda. Living with a portable bathroom for 10 weeks while the mess unfolded wasn’t ideal, but “worth it,” she says.
Lena doesn’t mince words. “That floor was almost the death of us,” she says. “But funnily enough, it actually made the project. I’m so glad we put in all that work.” Find out more about Lena’s work at bybruno.com.au.
lessons learnt “You need to be flexible. As the process was underway, we had to tweak things slightly. Lena was good at responding quickly with solutions as it was happening” LINDA, HOMEOWNER
WARDROBE The U-shape design features a ledge that doubles as a seat and suitcase spot. “It’s so efficient when we’re getting ready or packing and unpacking,” says Linda. All the fittings are white – “no chrome allowed”, says Lena. A row of DesignByThem ‘Dial’ hooks were added, with the wall opened up and studs inserted to ensure a strong, lasting result. Lena designed a mirror to match the bathroom’s oval elements and cater to Sam’s height.