Bathroom Project

rubber ducks

Memory is fine-china fragile: this is both a good and a bad thing. A good thing because sometimes certain things are best forgotten quickly.

Having builders in is a case in point. No matter how good a contractor is, who doesn’t long for the day you get your house back to yourself. On account of: the noise, the erupting-volcano like incessant lava flow of dust and just, you know, the generally hassle of it all.

I have obviously forgotten the inconvenience of having a builder in, just before Christmas, because I am once again doing some more work to my house. The bathroom is the current project.

I originally had something quite simple in mind but I was seduced, by smart-looking room sets in a bathroom supply shop, into the idea of having a wet room and getting fancy stuff such as LED lights behind the mirror … The project has grown like Topsy. And the work is taking weeks, which given the size of my lilliputian bathroom is akin to the construction of the pyramids taking eleventy-nine centuries. However the guys working on it seem painstakingly particular and that is most definitely a good thing.

I am committed at this stage: there is no way back. But I am semi-stressing that my bathroom is going to look too ‘done’, too hotel-y and such a look is just not me. So, I am feverishly trying to think of ways I might soften it – plants, pictures, rubber ducks even …

Anyway, I may well end up totally loving it when it’s finally finished. And if I don’t, I know, from previous work I’ve done on other places I have lived in, that if it is not wholly in tune with my psyche there are always tiny tweaks I can stamp on it that will make it my own.


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11 responses to “Bathroom Project

  1. Your bathroom sounds wonderful, you can add things to make it fit you, sounds like a great canvas though to be tweaked and I love a modern bathroom. It will also add to the resale value of your house in case you ever decide you want to upgrade.


    I had to smirk at the parallel to pyramid construction 🙂

    However, since I am yet making plans to settle, I have a case of (positive!) envy for anyone like you who have already decided on their “net”. I can’t decide on the place, but I am pretty positive it’s not going to be Berlin where I want to have a home…

  3. Oh brave, brave, brave. But it will be beautiful. And, if you are planning to stay in your house for a long while, I can’t speak highly enough of wet bathrooms for your older age. Love the tweaks you have given to the look of your blog. 🙂

  4. Ha, dear B – as the saying goes, been there, done that! 😉 We just recently re-emerged from a a home extension project that entailed, among other things, building an additional bathroom and I totally hear you! The project of course ended up lasting longer than planned (beside costing more than we had originally budgeted…) and at the end we were just counting the days until we could have the house back to ourselves! However, in the end all looks nice and even better than anticipated and so we are happy that we did it, but while you are in it, it definitely is a pain. Hang in there and don’t worry about your bathroom becoming too hotel-like: I am sure you are going to love it and you will find ways, if necessary, to make it entirely “your own”. Just enjoy it when it is done! 🙂

  5. What a wonderful project for your house! I’m sure you will find the perfect little touches to give it the right amount of personality! Also love the picture of the little duckies 😉

  6. We have just had our kitchen renovated and some painting done. It is good to have everyone gone.
    I’m sure your bathroom will be wonderful.

  7. Bless you, my dear. I hope to never, ever again live in the midst of a construction zone.

    Will you post photos? I’m so curious. It sounds wonderful! The bathroom can be such a sanctuary place; and I’m sure yours is going to be stylish and unique.

    Love the duckies!

  8. It seems like a place one could even eat in 🙄
    Best wishes. Aquileana 😀

  9. Fragile as bone china indeed! I love that expression, as I do your 3 little ducks. It’s quite funny because I found one lonely one hiding in a clump of grass on an Algarve beach and looking cute. It had to be a photo opportunity 🙂 🙂 I LOVE your new clean look. The bathroom will be fab! (but I hate builders in too)

  10. I hope it doesn’t take too much longer – I also hope it turns out to be what you wanted. It’s always fun to add touches to make it more your style!

  11. The dust – it gets everywhere doesn’t it. But how lovely to have a new bathroom and the pleasure of adding the finishing touches and making it your own when the builders have gone 🙂

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