Episode 90- The Pipework of Doom-The Return ( down the drain)

023Renovation , restoration, evacuation…

Regular readers may recall that we had a plethora of pipework down the front wall of the salon already, dropping from the room above which had a basin and shower ( but no toilet, naturally)

Short of dropping a waste pipe down the front of the house ( an absolute no-no  given the fact that I am trying to LOSE all the draped utility feeds that decorate the front of the house like grotty necklaces) the only solution I could come up with was to drop a new waste pipe inside the front wall from the shower room and insulate and box this in. I patiently pointed out to my many detractors (including the plumber, initially) that this scenario of special utility duct spaces was quite acceptable in modern buildings  and hardly an issue. ???????????????????

It was dead space anyway and we had to visually lose the existing water feed pipes and the doorway to the kitchen was over four feet wide and we could stand to sacrifice a bit of that to run the new pipe across and down through the kitchen floor to what will be utility and wash room below.sept13 120(2)Unfortunately the new pipe from the loo dropped down an inch too far left to allow me to hang the pelmet  symmetrically.

Was this an issue for Trev ? no!

Was this an issue for me ? yes!

After DEEP thought, I came up with the idea of continuing the boxing in of the pipe horizontally along the whole front wall and mounting the pelmet slightly lower, within the new framework.

This way it was central over the window and the new structure  literally looks structural as it echoes the existing boxed in beam that runs parallel with it as above. Genius..

???????????????????????????????We had a few teeny, tiny teething problems; like the curve in the ceiling, which has very old original chestnut lathes and lime plaster which I would like to preserve, like the  curve in the front wall  which I think was constructed by medieval myopics under the influence of  strong ale;


and as usual we have to balance what LOOKS straight with what is ACTUALLY straight.

Trev is inordinately proud of the part finished product of his new plasterboarding skills and I am proud of Trev’s first post cardiac episode DIY


About coteetcampagne

Artist, period home maker, renovator, restorer, Francophile. My mission is to save the old stuff, one beautiful piece at a time
This entry was posted in Renovation and restoration diary- France, What we did, how we did it and what we used and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

3 Responses to Episode 90- The Pipework of Doom-The Return ( down the drain)

  1. Clair says:

    I love the photo of Trev pointing out his work. He worked to make that sucker work. Tell that man to take a bow 🙂

    “medieval myopics under the influence of strong ale” ** giggle!**


  2. bizzyella says:

    Well, I’m proud of you guys for neither just living with the “no toilet” thing nor just painting the pipe white and calling it done. Good job!


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s