My recent blogging silence has been because we’ve been putting in a new bathroom. We’d been putting it off since we moved in 9 years ago, but when the shower broke and the loo was about to follow it. We decided to break into the savings account and finally get it done.
This is the first renovation job either of us had ever done, and we didn’t have a massive budget so didn’t want to waste a penny. So first we sat down and wrote a list of what we really, really wanted and then we argued and then argued some more want vs what would add value to the house. I lost out on double sinks and he won on walk in shower – fair enough!
Then I had to find someone to do it. I was very lucky that I briefly worked for a building company and I knew a plumber through them. He was really reasonable and gave me some great advice about what we could actually get in the room and where it could go. For example as we were losing the radiator he suggested getting the highest heated towel rail we could, to double as radiator/towel rail. And then suggested moving it to the other side of the room near the boiler which would be easier/cheaper to install. I wouldn’t have known that!.
The next question was where to get the bathroom from, I looked at Bathstore – nice but well out of my budget for everything. Then had a look at Plumbase but nothing jumped out at me that I liked, so ended up settling on Victoria Plum. They had the type of shower, Mr VP wanted and they had the type of sink and sink storage I wanted so we went with them. Now buying stuff unseen from online is always a bit scary, but when it’s a lot of your money going on it – it’s positively terrifying! So with everything crossed I waited for it to turn up, and you know what it was all perfect. They didn’t forget a single thing, nothing was broken and I had the two nicest delivery men who lifted everything in for me (2 pallets!) and even offered to take it upstairs for me.
With that all delivered we then need to get tiles and get them asap because…well lets just say I’d been putting my head in the sand as I was feeling a bit overwhelmed! I just could not make a decision, I was convinced I’d choose the wrong thing and it’d look crap. All I had in my head was Metro tiles and I really, really wanted them – even though I knew in my heart of hearts they would be a sod to clean in the shower. I decided not to get the tiles online because I’d had some samples delivered and they’d all arrived broken, and also if my tiler needed extra I couldn’t just shoot out and get some more – which was exactly what happened. I needed an extra two boxes of wall tiles in the end.
So we went to the local Tops Tiles, where a very nice lady working there spotted we looked confused about what we could use in the bathroom – natural tiles are a big no no as it turns out! Clueless or what? She pointed us in the direction of what would work, including some large tiles which look like metro tiles and could be laid brick style but were bigger and easier to keep clean – result!
Then work could commence:
Everything was ripped out, sadly when the tiles were taken off the walls the 80 year old plaster came with them, as result the room needed to be re-plastered.
Then the took out the old shower and it was a horror show! The old shower controls had never been fitted properly and had been just mastic’d to the wall. And behind the metal of the control was a LIVE POWER CABLE hanging down where the water and metal were!! I have no idea how we hadn’t been electrocuted – more luck than anything I think. Thankfully that was the worse thing we found.
Here’s the room taking shape:
And then after a very long seven days of hard work by my plumber and builder, us not using the loo when we needed it and going without baths (oh yeah it was fun here, I wasn’t stressed at all – much!!) this beautiful bathroom rose from the ashes of the leaky, mouldy 1980’s room it had been.
Sorry the photos aren’t better, but it’s amazing hard to take a picture of a whole room – I’ll never be mean about Estate Agent photos again! But we’re really pleased with it and it’s so much nicer using it, than the room that used to be there. Many Thanks to my plumber and builder for all their long hours and hard work, they have given us a beautiful new room.