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Vernal and equinoctial [Mar. 20th, 2017|10:41 pm]
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The daffodils on the bank below the station are now in full bloom: I've been watching them open over the last couple of weeks, but this morning there were no more buds, just golden trumpets.

A pair of geese are nesting on the riverbank, where the heron used to stand; the heron has moved closer to the weir, near the Archimedes screw. This morning one of the geese had adopted the heron's pose, standing very upright on its short orange legs, neck erect.

I don't know whether to blame the urge to spring clean, but we have been trying to restart the programme of work on the house. Something untoward is going on under the floor of the downstairs bathroom (shower room, I suppose, since it doesn't contain a bath), and I'd like to take the opportunity to turn it into a wet room (because I find the shower cramped - I'm forever banging my elbows, or pushing to door open without meaning to). I thought this would be - well, not easy, because I don't find this kinf of thing easy, but I thought this was a reasonable sort of home improvement aspiration, that we were going with the flow. Apparently not. The builder we used before was very discouraging about the whole wet room concept, and has given us a quote for the job with very little derail and several things missing. We have been talking to a firm that specialises in bathrooms, and they are more interested (though they too keep trying to insert screens in spaces where there isn't really room: they don't like the idea of a wet room in which things might get wet). It has taken two visits to the house - I don't think the boss could quite believe the measurements he was given, and he certainly didn't believe what we were telling him about our hot water system. But we do now have a quote from them, too. We can't have our first choice of shower, and the choice of colour is pretty much a choice of shades of grey (monochrome is not only fashionable, it's compulsory) and nowhere near fifty shades, either... But it's progress of a kind.

And we have started making bookings for a holiday.

[User Picture]From: steepholm
2017-03-21 06:29 am (UTC)
You're clearly wet room trend setters! Sounds good to me - and I look forward to seeing it in next year's Sunday supplements.
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[User Picture]From: shewhomust
2017-03-21 09:34 am (UTC)
I'm grateful for this reassurance that what I'm asking isn't completely unreasonable!
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[User Picture]From: sam_t
2017-03-21 12:33 pm (UTC)
The people who used to own this house made their own wet room (or maybe it's called something else? It's got a shower in it, and it's tiled and has no door, but it's not the whole room), and apart from slightly bodging a joint on the pipes from the boiler to the shower they seem to have managed it OK, so I don't see why professionals couldn't do it on a slightly larger scale.

I wonder whether it's worth talking to a tiler and a plumber separately - they wouldn't take the whole job, but they'd have seen them before and should know what's required (and possibly have recommendations for the other tradespeople). At any rate, a tiler would probably have a larger range of tiles to choose from, not being so bound to a supplier.

If you don't want a screen or wall or something, how will you keep towels in reach but still dry? I can see why firms would default to having them, especially if there's other furniture (shelves, toilet etc.) in the same room. I've noticed that some shower users are splashier than others when given a large space to splash in, though, so perhaps you're just not very splashy.
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[User Picture]From: shewhomust
2017-03-21 03:02 pm (UTC)
If we were different people, project managing the job ourselves would be a really good suggestion. As it is, we make quite heavy enough weather of finding someone to delegate to!

And you're right that the point of the screen is to avoid splashiness. The problem is that although the room isn't tiny, it is partly under the stairs, and there's a window along most of one wall - so anywhere you might put a screen creates tiny unusable spaces. We'll find out how much of a problem this is!
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[User Picture]From: sam_t
2017-03-22 10:39 am (UTC)
I'm glad it's not just me that finds both co-ordinating house projects and getting someone to do it for me hard! I've got a couple of things at the moment that aren't difficult but are fiddly and time consuming, and no-one wants to take them on. I can see why not, since I don't want to do it either, but still...
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[User Picture]From: shewhomust
2017-03-22 12:34 pm (UTC)
Certainly not just you! Why does no-one want to build me some bookcases?

Not quite true, since one firm has expressed willing, but not till this time next year...
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