Friday, August 28, 2015

carpenters and electricians

Kevin the carpenter came and replaced the doorframe. Turned out our old one, pictured here, was smaller than the gap which had been filled with screwed up paper and bits and pieces. At the moment our bathroom has no door!

Nick the electrician came and he and Dan planned what needed wiring in. We've done a lot of the cable-laying ourselves which included taking up the carpet in the lounge to get it under all the floorboards. Who knew the bathroom would take over the entire house?

 We've also had to drill through a few walls to fit cables. Sadly our 30+ year old drill met it's end as this cartoon by Dan shows...

So. Now we have a bathroom with no tiles, no ceiling, no bath, no sink, no door and a bunch of cables which aren't connected to anything.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

getting it all off

With demolition fully underway, Mark and Dee came round armed with hammers, chisels and crowbars to help rid the bathroom of it's peachy tiles and pine ceiling.

With the bathroom bare but usable, the next thing on the to-do list was to remove all the plaster to expose the damp breeze blocks so that they could dry out.

It's harder than it looks!

Many hours of chipping away at the bathroom walls have taught me that if I'm ever in prison, I can't rely on my chiselling abilities to tunnel out. 

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

getting stuck in

This summer we've started our first big house project. Operation bathroom.

Here it is in all it's estate agent photographic glory. It's a shame they didn't photograph the ceiling. It was a "delightful" pine-panelled sauna-style offering. They did well with the lighting here. The suite is a tasteful peach colour.
It wasn't ever really our plan to do the bathroom first, largely because we don't really have a plan. Unless you can call a cloud of random ideas of what we'd like to do with this place a plan? No?

But the tiles started to come away from the wall.
The lino was showing signs of mould.
The pipes revealed that they'd been fitted with an uphill journey out of the bathroom, so the bath and sink both struggled to drain. You can sort of see that in the photo above if you look at the lower pipe to the right of the bath.

It wasn't our decision any more. The bathroom had spoken.

We're pretty clueless about house renovations so obviously we decided the best way forward would be to do the job ourselves. How hard can it be?

So Dan started to take the tiles off the wall. It's wet under there. Really wet.
Progress was pretty quick at the start. Turns out demolition is fairly speedy and quite fun.


Sometimes I do go on...