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Getting a new bathroom


Hi all,

We're thinking it's time to upgrade our bathroom. It's old and worn and although a reasonable size it doesn't have a separate standalone shower (which we'd love). In one corner there's a chimney breast coming through, and attached to this is the old airing cupboard which now houses the boiler.

This means our bathroom is a weird L shape and not big enough at present to have a separate shower cubicle.

However, you could move the boiler to the top floor and put it in the old water tank cupboard, and free up almost a metre square of space.

I'm guessing that moving a boiler is a big and expensive job (especially as it'll require some roofing work to fit the new flue) however freeing up the space would allow a much better bathroom to be done.

What kind of return do you get on doing a nice bathroom for a house? I'd hope it'd add some reasonable value.

Also, any suggestions, ideas, tips? Seeing as the project will involve severe plumbing, building work, electrics, decorating etc - should I look at specialist bathroom firms, or just find a good plumber who has a decent phonebook?