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Bathroom Cabinets

In Bathroom on July 18, 2012 at 8:28 am

Now that I’ve finally learned how to “line out” properly and the bathroom is looking less wobbly and more sleek, thoughts turn to bathroom storage.

When you have dark grey walls, a bright yellow sink and a shower screen that looks like a teleporter, surely you can’t have just any old bathroom cabinet?

Warm Grey from Homebase

Homebase bathroom  paint

Sfera sink

Novellini Jolly 2 shower screen

After endless searches online, there are two on the wish list. One is completely ridiculous and not going to happen. The other is lovely but still rather an …er..investment for a bathroom cabinet. Time to cut down on those cappuccinos.

So first up, the expensive option. The Inside Out bathroom cabinet which is mere £315 from Heals.  That’d buy me about two kitchen cabinets so I can’t see it happening.  It’s lovely though. Simple and effective.

Inside out from Heals

The second option which is swiftly taking over from Inside Out for preference is the funny and yet still stylish Kong Box which I first saw at from Pretty Dandy (who are always a source of lovely things) However, they kindly let me know that Heals now have the exclusive rights to it so they are no longer stocking it. You should still go look at their site though. Anyway, this one is £150 which I was surprised to discover is actually not that expensive for a bathroom cabinet. Who knew.

Kong Box from Heals

Have you see any interesting yet well designed bathroom cabinets lately? How about you let me steal your ideas?

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Bathroom [Part1]

In Bathroom, Floors, Uncategorized, Walls, Workmen and Trade on July 13, 2012 at 11:10 am

The “Basin of Joy” was the starting point for our bathroom refit and one of the first items we bought for The Drey. it was a prime example of the fact that whilst Mr B and I often differ in opinion on the plainer items (eg the curve of a white bowl or the texture of a material) we tend to have exactly the same taste when it come to more statement items, such as bright yellow bathroom basins.

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The bathroom has progressed as follows

  • Mr B channeled his inner builder and gleefully removed the wallpaper, tiles, flooring (all three layers of it) and bath.
  • We discovered that the plaster was blown just above the tiles which meant that it would need re-rendering and skimming
  • The ceiling under the eaves was looked dodgy, so we decided to pull the rubbish chipboard off and get it plasterboarded
  • Long discussions about types of floor tiles. We nearly went for slate but were warned off it due to difficulties in making it flat and the slate splintering off over time.
  • Stacie-the-bathroom-lady started grinding out the channels for the shower. Lots of orange dust as a result, but she was brilliant and kept it all sealed in the one room (not like our re-wire crew)
  • Walls rendered, plasterboard up, flooring goes in
  • Tiling begins…and carries on…for ages..
  • Three weeks in, toilet is back and The Basin of Joy is  installed

Here’s a really bad photo of what the bathroom use to look like:

Old Bathroom

 

UPDATE: I was hoping to post this when the bathroom was completely painted and finished, but as you can see, it’s been a while. There’s only a little bit of finishing to do now, but I didn’t want to hold off any longer

Flat, light grey Metro tiles

In Bathroom, Walls on May 13, 2012 at 2:00 pm

The ideal grey tile

Thanks to the excellent House To Home I’ve found them. These are the light grey, non-bevelled, rectangular tiles that I’ve been looking for. With one snag: they are by Fired Earth, which I imagine means that they will be excellent quality, but also makes them rather out of this squirrel’s price range (at 79p / £69.70 per sqm). So, it’s now the mission to find something similar.

Any ideas?

Sawing up wood

In Bathroom, Building, Garden on May 11, 2012 at 6:32 pm
Sawing branches

It’s a saw.

Today I have been sawing things. I sawed up some bits of tree so they would fit in our green bin and I sawed up those big ol’ beams I showed you yesterday so that they will fit in the shed until we can dispose of them. Thank goodness that thought I went to a girls’ school, they saw fit to teach us how to use a saw properly. Oh, and my arms ache.

I aslo stopped off to look at bathroom tiles today. I’m trying to find flat (not bevelled) light grey metro tiles that don’t cost the earth. More on that one soon.

 

A Lovely Yellow Basin

In Bathroom on May 2, 2012 at 2:29 am
Sfera Basin

Sfera Yellow Basin

I gave you a sneak-peak of this yesterday. It shall be known as The Basin of Joy. Out bathroom isn’t large enough to have a trestle table or some nonchalantly strewn fabric, but it’s still exciting to say ‘we’ve just bought this basin’! Hurrah. The first step in the bathroom journey.  We have decided that since the basin is the most visible part of the bathroom, it’s worth splashing out on something a bit special. The plan is for some grey metro-tiles to feature. Not sure what else yet. What do you think?

Boilers, Plumbing and Bathrooms

In Bathroom, Plumbing, Workmen and Trade on May 1, 2012 at 4:25 am

I’ve been on the receiving end of many visits from boiler and plumbing engineers recently. Every person who visits has a different take on what to do. Yes, it’s utterly befuddling.

It’s ok though, because it will enable us to install “The Basin of Joy”  eventually. In the meantime here’s a summary of what I’ve been told.  Perhaps it may be of use to you, or perhaps you have an opinion.

Sfera Yellow Bowl Sink

The Sink of Joy

Here’s our situation:

1. We currently have a large Concord WRS boiler. They stopped making them before I was born, but it is working fine.

2. The current boiler is illegally vented at the moment as the flu goes into an open carport, which still counts as enclosed.

3. Our pressure for showers is, well, let’s just say I’d get cleaner using a watering can.

The options presented to us have been the following:

1) Replace the boiler and keep the hot water tank, adding a pump for pressure.

  • Some say pumps give better pressure than mains and combi, some say not
  • Some say pumps are noisy

2) Replace the boilers with a 30kw combi boiler.

  • Could use an electric shower to stop hot water/pressure drain when using more than one tap. Some say it’s an issue, some say not
  • Put flow regulators on taps to solve pressure / water sharing issue

3) Other variations in advice

  • Whether or not to powerflush the system (this could highlight leaks unnecessarily. Some combi boilers have magnetic sludge filters built in)
  • Whether or not radiatiors will need replacing

So, all in all there’s basically every permutation of the above open to us and every time someone comes, we are persuaded that their option is best….until the next person comes.

Excitingly though I have discovered that some combi-boilers have weather meters that monitor external happenings and adjust pre-emptively to drops in temperature. Swanky.