We love to explore possibilities with our customers. While tricky, it is not altogether impossible to do a conversion in many situations - regardless of whether you are in an apartment or a landed unit.
We are able to help many clients understand why they are able to (or why not) have a beautiful wall mounted toilet bowl system at home. So you never have to walk away with a "What if?" or have to take answers at face value.
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Here are real-case frequently asked questions (FAQ) and our general advice:
FAQ: How is the conversion from floor standing toilet to wall mounted toilet really done?
The very first thing your contractors will need to do is to build a wall to conceal the flushing cistern. This makes the place look neater and just so much more jazzier!
The wall has to be of sufficient depth to be able to conceal the following:
flushing system - most require about 150mm depth
original waste outlet on the floor - recommended not greater than 8 inch
Depending on the building method used, the construction of the wall will typically needs anywhere between 150 to 250mm.
In this example, the Valsir Winner S concealed cistern is being installed in a private apartment unit.
The original waste outlet of the floor was approximately 3 inches. It had a floor standing toilet before the renovation.
Due to space availability, the contractor was also able to shift the position of the new toilet to the left by about 6 inches thereby creating more space for the future basin vanity area on the right.
At the stage shown, the cistern has already been put up and the waste pipes are in place. All ready for the wall to be erected using bricks; or hollow concrete blocks; or gypsum boards and then eventual tiling.
It is an extremely neat and tidy work and does not affect water proofing in anyway.
Here's another look at the constructed wall a few days later.
Perfect and all ready for tiling and final WC installation.
In most situations you would not be able to significantly change the location of your toilet - but that is not always true - come down and have a chat with us to find out in more detail on the possibilities.
Tip: Always ensure to engage an experienced contractor with licensed plumbers to carry out the works. The last thing you need is some one who doesn't know how to handle the installation and goof everything up.
FAQ: What height will the wall be?
We usually like to take note of the eventual layout of your bathroom. We want to help to ensure that the final look is clean and neat without strange visuals especially in relation to the basin vanity area.
Here is a simple visual example.
In this situation, the wall for the WC is constructed higher than the basin area. This results in a less visually appealing design.
The height of the toilet wall is not in line with the basin nor the basin vanity unit. This draws the viewer's eyes in all directions and creates a messy feel.
We want to make the place achieve a much more coordinated, beautiful and functional look by eliminating multiple heights. There are many creative ways to work around such problems as shown in these examples:
If you have a linear bathroom layout, you could build the wall across one entire wall to create functional space for the shower area. This is an easy way to add class to the overall design without costing an arm and a leg.
Or just build a wall up for the WC and basin area and opt for a wall mounted or free standing basin instead. This reduces the element of a lower basin counter height adding multiple dimensions to the look
How about building the wall up right to the ceiling and creating a cavity area for display and functional use?
Sounds perfect to us!
And there we go! Converting to a wall mount toilet instead of the traditional floor standing one is not so daunting a task after all. While it is not possible ALL the time, it certainly is feasible in the right conditions.
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Photo credits: Design photos from Pinterest.