Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Bathroom Makeover

The bathroom and my ensuite are nearly complete. Here are a few photos.

My shower stall. I put in a new shower head that I already knew gives good water flow. being hand held, it is useful for shower cleaning, and gay men (roll your eyes if you must, but the head is easily detachable for a strong stream of water) The old triple sliding glass door will be replaced in a couple of weeks by a semi frameless outward swinging door.



New chrome taps to match in my shower stall. R has since bleached away the red from the grouting.


The two basins were exactly the same in each bathroom. It was a hard call as to whether to go to the expense of replacing the basins so that we could have a mixer tap, but we did and we are very pleased we did.


The tap is a dream to use, and no more rubber plug. Very happy.


Empty cupboards that were crammed with my bits and pieces, all cleared, stuff thrown out and less to put back in.


These flexible water hoses should be replaced every ten years. Our are much older than that. They fail and of course you have a flood. These were what really pushed us to get the two areas updated, as we had to get a plumber in anyway to replace three sets of these pipes. He installed little isolation valves in them all and they are easy to get at if the worst happens. Otherwise, the water has to be shut off in the buildings service cupboard, one on each floor, and they are normally locked. A lot of water could flow in the time it takes for someone to arrive to unlock the cupboard, especially out of hours. One of these flexible pipes did break a few years ago in the apartment above ours and my bedroom was flooded.


While the pans themselves were ok, the toilets lids and seats were deteriorating and look at that awful cheap plastic cistern, yellowed with age. R's was the same.


Nice new and bright white china systems replaced the old, with nice self closing seats and lids.


While we couldn't have the new pans as we wanted with straight sides and going straight back to the walls because the tap is in the way, this was a reasonable compromise. The old inlet pipe was replaced with a chrome pipe and a neat little tap replaced the larger old one.


New laundry and washing machine taps.




R replaced his shower head some time ago. They are trying to make it harder for consumers to remove flow restrictors, but with the aid of an electric drill, we did and my new shower head has been drilled too.

R's bath screen with a folding panel will be replaced by a less wide frameless solid sheet of glass.


New taps for R's bath.


The kitchen tap is only a couple of years old, and apart from a very poor flow rate (which I might just fix, again with a drill) is very nice to use. But it had worked lose at the base and without specialist tools, I could not fix it. The plumber fixed it, added some Locktite to the thread,  and again installed an isolation tap.


This was a real bastard to install. About 1cm behind the plaster is fibro cement, waterproofing for wet areas. It was difficult to put in R's toilet. I am not really happy with it and I think it will come loose. We will buy some butterfly bolts and that will hold it nicely.


This was much simpler. The door is hollow, but there is a piece of timber running across and inside the door where the towel rail is, so it was easy to install this new chrome towel rail in R's bathroom. The old rail was a nasty plastic job. We had bought special screws to install his dressing gown hook above where there was only the skin of the door.



Maybe in the next post I will tell you about the mystery of the toilet flushing buttons.

24 comments:

  1. I love the vanity and new bathroom sink! I also think you two were very ambitious, even if you needed to call in a plumber for some of it. Are plumbers as pricey in Australia as they are here?
    My next project is to get my bathroom painted. I used to do all that myself, but I simply do not bend that way anymore, so need to hire the work out.
    I admire you getting the fixtures mounted in the bath. I recently had to reattach a towel rack that fell off! What a pain that was! But I got it!

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    1. Thanks Maribeth. Yes plumbers are expensive here however in this case we had the job plus supply of the new units and removal of the old in one quote. Yes, we are getting too old for this physical stuff. We have to make sure there is something to grab to haul ourselves up from the floor.

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  2. Looking good. Congratulations on job(s) well done.
    We have two bathrooms. One has been updated (at considerable expense) and I love it. The other? Neither pretty nor very functional. Some day...

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    1. EC, I think I remember you getting the bathroom done. I hope have the good one or share it at least.

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  3. I like the idea of a 'dressing gown hook' on the inside of a bedroom door It's one of those things that sounds very old fashioned, but it's so comforting.

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    1. Cro, imbued with confidence of our home renovation skills, we are going to replace cheap and nasty hooks on the bedroom doors too...yes for dressing gowns and guest's towel in the spare bedroom.

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  4. Nothing like a renovated bathroom! Mixer taps and self closing toilet lid are great and I like the new vanity unit.

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    1. Sami, I was thinking today about the the words vanity unit, which is the unit that contains the basin. Fortunately ours vanity unit was already ok, with a marble top and good cupboard space. In my childhood, it would been a bathroom bench with a basin and a bathroom cupboard. But then in my childhood, it would have been a pedestal basin with a shaving cupboard above, with no room for you makeup. You would sit at your bedroom dressing table to apply your makeup.

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  5. Ooooh shiny!
    it all looks very nice and doesn't it make you feel almost like you have a whole new home?

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    1. River, it is crass consumerism. The old fittings etc functioned and would have continued to do so for many years. You might be horrified at the cost. But nevertheless, we just see it as less money left behind in our super for our siblings. It is money spent that has made us very happy, yet in another way it is sad that this is the last bathroom we will ever renovate. Oh, I feel like I want to cry.

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    2. Sorry River. That was a bit much. I am a bit fragile at the moment.

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    3. you are emotionally spent after all that change, have a wine and a nap, you'll feel better.

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  6. Jobs well done...or almost done by the looks and sounds of it. Good on you! :)

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    1. Thanks Lee. Getting close, just the shower screens to go. For some reason I feel bad about this post. But c'est la vie.

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  7. Glad to see that the toilet seats go back to their rightful position automatically! I only comment because my husband, sons and grandsons have to be reminded to lower the seat.

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    1. Hels, no one wins the toilet seat battle with us as the lid goes down too.

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  8. Oh well done you two. You saved yourself quite a bit doing all that yourself Andrew. Will look fab with the new shower screens in too. P and I are going up tomorrow to do a little bathroom renovating for Aimee, should be interesting 😀

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    1. Grace, that will be interesting. Best if she is not there, perhaps.

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  9. Looks pretty good! Our bathroom needs to be re-done...

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    1. Thanks Mark. It took some pushing of ourselves to get there, but we did.

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  10. Very nice, all of it! That new toilet is very handsome.

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  11. Looking good! A thumbs up.
    Waiting to hear about the toilet flushing button:)
    FYI: A daylily bloom lives for one day.

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    1. Hope I did not overstate how interesting the toilet button post is. I see, so they send up lots of blooms.

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