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doing up a house, bit by bit

 

rip it up January 19, 2008

Filed under: bathroom — dom @ 1:11 pm

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We were quoted as 300 pounds a day for removing tiles. So guess what I spent two days doing?

The bathroom had tiles on every wall. The toilet had tiles on every wall. Twice. Bits of sharp pink ceramic are still etched in my arms.

Ripping out the shower cubicle, while satisfying, was damn hard work. A six and a half foot stud wall has a strange desire to stay where it is, and would rather not go downstairs into the skip, thank you very much.

 
 

curtained

Filed under: dining room, lounge — dom @ 5:41 am

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The final touch (well, apart from the postponed carpet) to the lounge was the curtains and their poles. After John Lewis quoted 400 pounds for some curtain poles we searched online and found a remarkably helpful man at www.stylehomeinteriors.com - a terrible looking website, but we got next day delivery, just before Christmas, with helpful service and very good prices. Book, cover, judging: some lesson learnt there from.

The ingenious gunmetal bay window pole has clever open brackets, so it can still work with just two curtains, but was an absolute arse to put up. It needed to be all built, then wedged into the space. There was much swearing.

Alice managed to make some stunning turquoise curtains for both rooms from some fabric at Habitat. They draped (aha!) for a couple of weeks until they’d unfolded nicely. They were then taken up and hemmed. Substantially better than anything we could have got predone in the shops.

 
 

needing a bath January 9, 2008

Filed under: bathroom — dom @ 12:54 am

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We were driven to a desolate warehouse, just outside North Allerton, by our friendly builder. We met a smartly dressed man who told us that at any one time he had over a million pounds worth of toilets in said warehouse. An odd conversation starter, it must be said.

Ambling into one of the industrial units we were surprised to see a neatly laid out showroom. Within twenty minutes we’d chosen some interesting fittings, including a free standing basin that made our builder wince (”are you sure you don’t want a pedestal? Just asking!”).

Still, turns out warehouses just outside North Allerton are a lot more straightforward, and cheaper, than ‘regular’ bathroom shops. We had been lured into a Bath Store the weekend before. While the people were very nice, and the stuff the sold pretty solid, the pricing reminded me a little of those Amazon sellers who ’sell’ items for 99p. Plus £50 delivery. While you could get a nice bath for £200, it wouldn’t have a plug. Or taps. Or waste pipes. Once you added those into it, you were around £500. Bugger that. I prefer the gestalt bath selling approach any day.