Friday, 15 March 2013

Renovation Project - What you don't know can't hurt you

Renovation Project - What you don't know can't hurt you

Today is spent working on the bathroom, john finishes making the boxing in for the heating system, this has the added benefit of muffling the noise that it makes.

We then decide to build the shower, this is even easier than last time, we are really getting the hang of these.
It is almost like a Lego pack, here are all of the pieces and they literally just screw together, we would recommend also adding a line of silicone along all of the joints for added water proofing to prevent any leaks, and as we found out last time it helps if you have a selection of screw drivers because every screw head is a different size.

As you can see from the picture the plumbing is quite simple, or it would be if you had water pipes in place and didn’t have to get them through walls that were 2 foot think and made of stone and granite.

A big tip for putting together a shower is to leave the plastic cover on the base, this prevents any scratches when installing the shower and means you can stand on it in boots without any worries, this can be removed once the shower has been fully installed, (but do make sure that you lift it off the bit that is going to have other parts connected to it) 

Another big tip when installing basins and showers is to cover plug holes , there really is nothing more frustrating than watching a screw you need role down the plug hole and disappear forever!

The shower is all completed and the layout of the bathroom finally agreed.

We have an easy evening and I go for a big long soak in the bath, this is bliss, the bathroom is warm, the water is hot and the days of 2 inches of luke warm water in a room that feels like an ice bucket seems a million years ago, it is surprising how quickly you forget the bad bits when doing a project like this.

We also receive a message stating there is an amber weather warning about the snow that is due, we don’t really panic as we don’t know what it means, and I am a great believer in what you don’t know can’t hurt you. 

Top tips

  1. Have a selection of screwdrivers
  2. Ensure your cordless is fully charged
  3. Leave the plastic cover on the base of the shower (but do make sure that you lift it off the bit that is going to have other parts connected to it)
  4. Always cover plug holes


  1. You are making so much progress!

    Very jealous of your lovely warm bath - we are currently renting a house with hideously outdated bathrooms and I shower as quickly as possible and would never consider an hour in the bath with a book (bliss!).

    Take care in the snow.

    Kate x

    1. Hi Kate, you have my full sympathy, it doesn't seem 5 minutes since I had to have a shower that could go cold at any moment in a room that was more of an ice bucket, hope your bathrooms improve soon :)