|A good start to the "Great Wave" mosaic
|Slower progress on the detailed section
With such a striking tiling in one bathroom the issue was what to do in the other bathroom. My idea of doing another mosaic was abandoned when I realised how long the first one will take to do, but we did not want the other bathroom to be dull in comparison to the mosaic. Ben suggested Moroccan tiles. I have always been a fan of the intricate geometric designs of Moroccan tiles. A search of the Internet led us to Kasbah Imports, who as the name suggests import items of Moroccan decor. We chose to use the Moroccan tiles for a waist high border and also on the front of the bath. The rest of the bathroom was to be white. We have concerns about keeping the white tiles clean, but the white tiles make the small south facing bathrooms much brighter.
Not confident that I could get the floor levels right I got a local contractor, Peter Dempsey in to do the floor and wall tiling, (with the exception of the mosaic). Before the tiling could be done I needed a bath hob. I approached this task with some was with some trepidation as I had not done anything like this before. I had to get the height of the hob just right to fit two whole Moroccan tiles on the front. Conveniently Peter Dempsey came around to confirm the tile layout just as I was about to start the job, he gave the right spacing for the various gaps I had to leave and from there I just had to make sure everything fitted, perfectly.
I probably over-engineered the bath hob, creating in effect two self supporting timber surrounds - one to support the bath and the other to lay the MgO board on which would then be covered in tiles. The timber to be covered in tiles had to be a precise distance from the lip of the bath, so that the bath appeared to sit on the finished tiles. To get this distance right I sat the timber surround supporting the bath on the upturned bath, used spacers to add the required gap then attached the outer timber while resting on the spacers, as a result the gap was just the right distance.
|Checking that bath sat level on the hob
|Bath hob with separate supports for inner and outer timbers
|MgO board in shower recess and where wall to be tiled
|Bath resting in finished hob
|Shower recess tiled
|Moroccan tiles on front of bath
|Detail of Moroccan border tiles
|Tile left off bath hob to allow plumber to cut access to attach bath waste
We were originally going to mix up the concrete on a mixer ourselves but when we costed out how much it would be for 1/2 a cubic meter the hardware store advised me I would be better off getting a mini trick from Eziway. Even though I had only ordered 1/2 a cubic meter it arrived in a big truck as that was all they had left, since we only booked it the day before. The concrete was barrowed in, levelled, screeded off and steel floated. Then, after the bleed water had evaporated, half the oxide mix was sprinkled on, steel floated, the other half of the oxide mix sprinkled on and steel floated. When the concrete was a little drier it was finished with a wood float to give it a rough texture.
|Formwork in place
|Sandstone coloured slab