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BAL in the Limelight on TV Makeover

GSA Bathrooms – Stewart Knox and Alex Chapman

A range of BAL tiling products are to feature in a new bathroom makeover show on Channel 5.

GSA Bathrooms were approached in October to feature in a new show, Kitchens and Bathrooms: You Won’t Believe Your Eyes, hosted by Mark Miller from DIY SOS fame.

A £23,000 bathroom renovation in Edinburgh, featuring a £10,000 hand-made bespoke jacuzzi bath from Italy, was selected to be filmed as part of the programme which will air later this year. Due to Covid hold-ups, the full project took two months to complete finishing in December last year. TV crews were on-site for six weeks.

Stunning 1200mm x 600mm Marble Wall Tiles and 600 x 600 Kingston Floor Tiles from CTD Tiles, plus Metro Carrara Tiles from Topps Tiles were chosen to complement the high-spec fittings. 

Tiling was completed by Edinburgh-based KK Tiling Ltd who used BAL Flex One – enhanced standard set tile adhesive for the wall tiling and BAL Rapid Flex One for the floor tiling. All the tiles were grouted with BAL Micromax2 Grout in Gunmetal.

The 1200 x 600mm Marble Wall Tiles were used to complete one wall of the bathroom and the Jacuzzi surrounds, where they were fixed with a mitre finish. The back wall, window surrounds and niche were tiled using the Metro Carrara Tiles in an offset herringbone pattern which was a last-minute design change. 

Kevin Swinton, of KK Tiling, explained: “The original design focused on the 1200 x 600 Marble Wall tiles extending around the whole bathroom, but after some stock issues, we decided to create a feature wall using Metro Carrara Tiles in an offset herringbone pattern. It definitely creates a focal point in the room, and draws the eye.

“This project was definitely a different sort of pressure, knowing that your every move and everything you say was being recorded, but we got used to it after a couple of days. Probably the most stressful part of the whole project came down to the last tile to be cut – if it snapped the wrong way in the cutter we could have been in big trouble as we had no spares – luckily it went the right way for us.”

Kevin has always been a big BAL user and chose BAL Flex One due to its versatility. He said: “Flex One is a great product and gave us that little bit of leeway to build out, up to 15mm in isolated areas, which was particularly useful as some of the walls weren’t 100% flat in places and some of the wall tiles were slightly bowed in the middle.”

Stewart Knox from GSA Bathrooms said: “It was absolute privilege to have been asked to take part in this up-and-coming television project. It’s been some journey for us all, but one we all chipped into and delivered too such a high specification once again, whilst being filmed throughout the entire process.”

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