I am about to completely replace my bathroom bath, toilet and wash basin
and re-tile the walls.Is there any reason why I should not tile the complete
wall where the wash basin and cistern will fit and fix these after tiling
thanks for any advice
It's actually the best way to do it - tiling around things always looks bad.
A good approach is to fit the sanitary appliances initially through
spacers (e.g. piece of timber) equivalent to the tile depth and to get
the mechanics right as well as the hook up. Then you can remove
them, complete the tiling and refit easily.
Unlikely. studs are at 400mm centers and most basins are wide enough to
get pretty close to two, and alway over at least one. And, of course,
its a great opportunity to hack a gash in the plasterboard and screw a
plate of MDF or ply where the basin/cistern is going, to have something
solid to screw into, before you tile..
One thing to watch for though - _ just refitted my bathroom and did
the tiling first - then fitted sink/toilet afterwards.
I bought the "Barcelona" suite from B&Q and, aparrently by design, the
toilet cistern doesn't fit flush against the wall - there is a gap
behind the top of the cistern.
According to the manufacturer, you are now supposed to ask if the
toilet you are buying is designed to be fitted against a wall or "free-
Sounds ridiculous to me, but something to watch for nonetheless.
(Barcelona is B&Q's entry level priced bathroom suite - and aside from
the toilet issue is great quality/value).