Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Bark: Regeneration

The new bathroom suite is going in.

No more dusky pink! Hurrah!

The bath is in already, and barring a small issue with the waste pipe, we're pretty much on schedule to be finished by the end of the day. Which is terrific news, all things considered.

Of course, once everything is in, I then have to re-tile the floor and the walls, but that shouldn't take too long. The floor should only take an hour or two, but I imagine that the walls will take a full day, if not longer - since I've never attempted to put tiles up before. It's going to make such a big difference to the flat, it's incredible. I really have to do a good job with the tiles, though, as otherwise the walls are going to look horrible.

I'm mildly appalled by the cheapness of construction, however: after stripping the tiles and removing the old suite, the walls look a right mess. Some tiles were more securely fixed than others, requiring a bit more work with the hammer and chisel to prise off, and taking some of the plasterboard with it. Worse though is the black mould (surely toxic) growing where moisture had gotten underneath the old tiles; it looks awful and smells worse. That's going to have to go before I even think about re-tiling. Taking up the floor was pretty easy around all the old fittings - again, mainly due to water having got underneath the vinyl, so it's not going to be that difficult replacing the floor, which I'll probably make a start on tonight.

Fleur should be pleased, though. I might have the whole thing finished before she comes back from France on Thursday.
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