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At last! We have a bathroom!

Posted by charmainezoe on June 30, 2006 at 5:53 AM Comments comments (0)

Hurrah! at long last our cloakroom and bathroom have both been finished. It has taken a lot of time and money to get to this stage (not to mention mess and inconvenience) and for four weeks we were completely without a bathroom and were showering in a gazebo on the patio, with one end of a a push on shower tube attached to the kitchen taps and the other end coming out through the window and taped up to one of the gazebo's roof poles, with a couple of duckboards on the patio for our feet to stand on! It was like something from MASH! I have pics of Ian taking a shower but they are definitely not for public consumption :-) Fortunately this was during parts of May and June so although it was raining on a number of occasions it wasn't particularly cold and even when it was the hot water in the cold air was quite invigorating!

We are very pleased with the results however and I can't believe the transformation from a very dated 1970's bathroom with a pink suite and brown tiles (yeeugh!!) and a shower that just dripped, to a sparkling white and black paradise with a D shaped shower enclosure, a lovely large vanity unit and modern bath and toilet. We had the old suspended ceiling (what was that all about!?) ripped down and the dividing wall between the toilet & bathroom demolished, making one spacious, light & airy room.

Downstairs we extended the cupboard under the stairs to make a lovely cosy cloakroom with a corner basin and modern w.c. We had the floor tiled in a lovely mottled terracotta with faint traces of blue and the walls half tiled in a pale terracotta, while the rest of the walls and ceiling was painted in a very pale soft apricot. I have to say it does looks lovely and its so nice not to have to go upstairs every time you need the loo!


Posted by charmainezoe on March 20, 2006 at 5:51 AM Comments comments (0)

Time for an update I rather think! as it's been so long since my last post. Lots have happened and I simply have'nt had time until now.

For a kick off we've moved house to a completely new part of the country - from beautiful Poole in Dorset to Birmingham (When I tell people this they always ask 'Why!'). Actually its not so bad, because of the price differential we were able to afford a much bigger house and still have money left over to do it up the way we want it. Its on a lovely tree lined avenue with a beautiful garden and backs on to pretty riverside parkland so we're not overlooked. The boys have much more room to roister doister in and lots of space for pell mell! They are being very good at the moment so no tales of horror to record.

We have big plans for the bathroom which is very dated and have been having great fun choosing and buying a new bath, vanity unit, shower cubicle ( we got a D shaped one) and want to put in a ground floor cloakroom under the stairs. This is going to cost a small fortune as we have to get planning permission (costs!), get new drains put in (costs a lot!!) Extend the cloakroom area into the utility area (costs more!) and then get the toilet and sink plumbed in (more cost!), then of course the electrician has to put in the extractor fan and lighting (even more costs!), the plasterer to finish off the walls (costs!) not to mention the cost of flooring and tiles! And all this just for a downstairs loo!!!!! and this is before we even start the bathroom!