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Bathroom update: it’s finished! April 17, 2008

Filed under: Uncategorized — lauravw @ 7:07 pm

The bathroom project is at last complete, and has gone very smoothly. We had our kitchen replaced about two years ago, and that was a project beset with problems, so it’s a great relief how much easier things were this time around.

You can see all the photos here.

A few hiccups:

  • the paint colour issue, mentioned previously. This wall is now white and looks great, and the decorator was very patient and did not complain at all about having to re-do the wall.
  • our ceiling light – I won’t name the shop I got this from, but know that I paid £7 for next day delivery (the only delivery option they offered) and it still took over a week. And then the bulb (also bought from them) broke after a few days, showering the room with bits of broken glass and goodness knows what else.

Even though we did almost none of the work ourselves, it was still tiring. It took a very long time to source all the required bits and pieces and to get them to arrive at the right time, and it is hard to coordinate all the various workmen and their schedules. (And they were all men – we did have a female tiler come round to quote for doing the tiling, but she wwas booked up for months and so we couldn’t use her.)

From start to finish, ten (TEN!) people worked on our bathroom:

  • A plumber
  • An electrician
  • Two plasterers
  • Two tilers
  • Two window fitters
  • A decorator
  • A floor installer

At the start this was fine – the room was horrible and so I didn’t worry about the loud noises of drills and hammers coming from the room. But towards the end, when most of the work was done, it became very unsettling, and we worried that work done by previous people would get damaged. It all looks OK though.

One thing that was hard to plan for was our kitten – she’s not allowed outside (except on a lead) and so couldn’t be left alone in the house with workmen, because chances are she would run past them and escape. (Or she would get in their way and be in danger while work was being carried out.) So for a few days she went to a cattery, and the rest of the time I booked off work as holiday.

If you’re planning a similar project, I recommend you do as I did and get some nice biscuits to offer to the various workers that will come through your home. It makes a big difference.

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