Family Home Renovation in Armadale
Picture this – a circa 1930s home in Armadale, Victoria with solid brick walls had become outdated over the years. The owners wanted a fresh, modern and functional bathroom, which had a variety of challenges. Melbourne tiler, Bryce Ireland from Ireland Tiling and his team, working alongside the builder, Professional Bathrooms were awarded the job and had to be confident on how to approach the renovation from the first day to ensure they met their customers’ requirements.
To make sure the technically challenging installation stood the test of time, while meeting the budget and quality expectations of Resident Avenue, Bryce Ireland contacted LATICRETE Sales Representatives in Victoria, Corey Downes and Chris Stenhouse to discuss the situation.
Bryce said, “Working with reps that were both qualified tilers gave us the reassurance we were not getting the wrong information or sold installation materials that would not meet our needs.” – Bruce. Ireland Tiling.
The classic 1930’s home had solid brick walls with no additional space to renovate. Constructing a new wall was not an option, the concrete floors were uneven and therefore a lot of work would be required for levelling the floors and straightening the walls before work could commence on renovating the master ensuite.
A LATICRETE Solution
Offering a quality installation solution that met and exceeded his customer’s expectations was important to Bryce.
After a free on-site consultation with LATICRETE and in-depth conversations, a full installation solution tailored to both the tiler and the clients needs was specified.
Achieving a LATICRETE 15-year system warranty, the tiler, builder and interior design firm were all confident they were on the right track.
To begin with 3701 Fortified Mortar Bed was used for the shower base screed and to re-render the existing solid brick wall as it wasn’t plumb or flat and the existing wet area plaster board was damaged.
The existing floors were an uneven concrete slab from the original floor laid in the 1930s so Latilevel 86 was the perfect installation material to smooth the floor.
LATICRETE products are easy to use and great in performance as time was of the essence. 3701 For Fortified Mortar Bed, LATAPOXY Moisture Shield, HYDRO BAN and 335 Rapid all contributed in speeding up the drying time.
335 Rapid was used to adhere the 300 x 600mm Tundra Grey floor and wall tiles.
SPECTRALOCK Pro Premium Grout (in Stirling Silver) was used on the floor and wall tiles. STONTECH Bulletproof sealer was used to provide maximum protection on the natural stone against oil and water-based stains and preserving the stones natural appearance.
LATICRETE Victorian Technical Sales Representative, Corey Downes and Chris Stenhouse were both available, providing technical support throughout the project both on-site and over the phone when required.
The result was a fantastic project due to the right products providing the finish the clients expected. “This is one of our favourite pieces of work to date and one we are very proud to be a part of” – Bryce Ireland.
Hero Image Photography: Michelle Broadhurst Photography
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