Nearly there

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Stuck with minimal space for a basin, I was rather pleased with this very clean lined 30’s style corner lavabo from Mr Bricolage .

The guys were less pleased with the fact that facilitating it’s release from the mould during the manufacturing process meant that the angle at the back was NOT 90 degrees; further, the bracket supplied did not permit stable fitting. So, new brackets had to be made.

Happy with how it looks in the space. Simple tap works well.

The grout is taking ages to dry and lighten. Lack of ventilation maybe…

Fitting my waterfall shower is giving the guys multiple headaches and minor tantrums on Trev’s part.

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Further news on the wet room

Back on the ground floor wet room project again.

We had a slightly anxious night waiting for the floor grout to go off, not only because it did not look anything like the carefully chosen grey shade on the packet but, also, we had one tile right by the shower drain that was rocking slightly.

Obviously an air pocket in the adhesive, but Justin was so careful to get the floor perfect, not least when there has to be a teeny slope off in order to drain the shower.

Grout has dried the correct shade and applying a looser mix to flow under the problem tile has fixed it.

All stable and looking good now

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More work in wet room

So, we have tanking fabric smoothed and bonded to walls, the drains and floor tiles are in, but not grouted.

One and a half walls tiled and a functional toilet. Boxing in for corner basin and shower assembly started.

12 years of assorted accumulated project materials mostly cleared out of cave so we could get a bed in there.

Floor tiles M. Bricolage

Plain pale, pearly grey, very slightly irregular wall tiles from Brico-Depot

All this achieved by Trev and Justin, who worked until almost midnight two days in a row so my poorly son-in-law would have his own private space.

The following day Justin messaged me to say he would be over to fit the basin before the family arrived.

I said no, you two guys need a rest!

Work starts again in earnest next month.

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Black hole – mid way point wet room

Wednesday-Floor levels are being built up and we seem to be using a lot of this fibrous cement

Floor smoothed and skimmed with bed of cement, rubberised film with integral drain glued smooth, then more layers of the fibrous stuff to create appropriate drainage slope.

Boxing in of evacuation pipes ( marine ply) from shower room two floors up and connection to new toilet. Justin has put in what will be a tiled seat for the old and infirm to perch on in future years when we cannot drag ourselves up the stairs.

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Looking slightly less like a hovel

I now treat you to an image viewed many times before by long suffering followers; the front of our French house in 2006.

Although we still have some tidying up work to do and the walls to paint, it is much improved from the original.

At least we no longer have the random pipework and loops of electric cable draped across the frontage.

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Black hole

This is the smallest space in our French house.

I took a couple of photos, and, windowless, it really is dark in there; the further photos are flash – assisted. But you get the picture? The external shot shows the new plasterboard box on two walls, just to get some idea of the layout in context. The other two walls are, probably, 14th century stone and a bit of old plasterwork. Justin is working on getting these flat. You can’t tile lumps and bumps. This means building up thin layers of “screed” , because thick stuff will just fall out

1.59 x 1.36 metres in size (yes, you read that right) we have arrived by dint of much discussion (most of it internal dialogue on my part) to the only sensible solution for getting a toilet, wash basin and shower in the cave. So, it will be a wet room with toilet and basin, basically.

My family arrive in eight days…..two of them are using this “guest room”….. one of them actually needs this separate space due to medical issues!!!

The bath will sit in the cave itself. You really need the back story to this. Enter “cave” in the search box right there on the right of this page and gasp….

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