bathroom portugal renovation

We have a working shower

We head over to Brico Marche to buy a new shower

These showers are fantastic, they come in a kit so no tiling required, easy to install and easy to move if there is ever a problem and the best bit, they cost from 250 Euro. We had them in our B&B in France and they look fantastic and are really big.

A big bonus was the sink units that were on special offer, a large basin with cupboard and matching mirror for only 89 Euro, we know that we are going to have at least 2 bathrooms, so we buy both units.

Installation of the shower is quick and easy, it takes longer to remove the old shower that was tiled and had the shower tray cemented on to the floor.

renovation of an old manor house, portugal


renovation of an old manor hose portugal

renovation of an old manor house

The crazy thing is, the old shower would´ve cost far more money to buy, as you have to buy the base, the shower unit, the enclosure and the tiles. Then you have to pay to have them all installed or spend a couple of days installing it your self.

Again with the basin, a pedestal basin is the same price as the unit with mirror (when bought on special offer, you can spend a fortune on them if you want to)

Remember these are personal opinions on bathroom fittings, if you prefer the other options they can look great, but you need to use quality fittings and equipment.

But we are renovating on a budget and need the property to look its absolute best for the least amount of money, and this does mean shopping around and buying when you see things on special offer.

If you are paying some body to do the work, you can still buy the units your self and just pay to have them fitted.

Then we get our second upset. The entire first floor is beautiful wood floorboards, except for the bathroom and kitchen which has had lino installed. Not a problem we can remove it and clean the boards, but no.

As John moved some lino to install the shower he finds that every single bit has been glued on to the floor boards, the boards are completely ruined, we could cry with frustration, why would some one take some thing beautiful and destroy it with cheap modern materials?

We leave most of the lino in place and will decide another day as to what we will replace it with.

Top tips

  • If you have beautiful wooden floorboards do not ruin them!!!!!!!
  • Lino is good for a bathroom floor, but ensure that it is fitted correctly
  • Have a look at what bathroom fittings are available, you do not need to buy the standard shop stock
  • Make sure your bathroom is big enough to fit the shower in (yes this does happen)
  • If you see something on special offer, buy it, it probably won´t be there tomorrow

10 comments on “We have a working shower

  1. silversewer09

    Oh my God how could anyone be so crass as to glue lino to a wooden floor, lino stretches any way. What a shame I guess its too much to try and remove the glue and redo the wooden floor?


  2. Poor, mis-treated house but when you have finished with it it it will be a thing of beauty and all of your creating.
    J x


  3. Vicki Ross

    Wonderful, a working shower. I really enjoy your blog and reading about all of your adventures. I love that fact that all your belongings can fit into your car. One question though, since renovations requires a lot of tools, do you move them with you?


    • as we drive, John takes his favourites and the ones he has inherited from family members, but we tend to buy new, as the cost of shipping them would be so high, there are plenty of shops to buy from and if you work out the cost of replacing compared to shipping, plus they are normally worn out after the renovation has been completed.


  4. Lynda Smith

    This has just happened to us. Beautiful wooden floors and carpet glued on top. Removal of carpet, glued on underlay, then the glue, two lots of sanding and finally relaxed. Luckily it has worked, 1 floor down 6 and the stairs to go!!


  5. Ragnar

    Apparently here in Austria the building regs required PVC/Lino and carpet to be glued down or stapled to prevent tripping hazards for a long time. Once I helped a friend renovate and one part was removing a horribly dented engineered parquet floor from the 80s or 90s. Underneath we found 1970s carpet (red and orange) that was absolutely soaked with cat pee so that had to go. Unfortunately it turned out to be glued down and glued down well. It was flat out impossible to separate the carpet and layer underneath! Since that layer underneath was 20 mm chipboard we grabbed pry bars and a 6-foot piece of 1″ gas pipe and started prying up the chipboard – that was screwed into the floor boards with 80 mm plasterboard screws. Turned out the floor boards were beyond saving so we covered them back up again, just minus the soaked carpet. The boards had fairly large gaps, were badly cupped (like almost 10 mm) and someone had drilled 30-mm holes into them to get expanding foam underneath. Besides, for some odd reason the floor boards were 20 mm lower than the terrazzo floors in the kitchen, bathroom and loo. I’m still not quite sure what was going on there but I suspect the top floor of that house was at least partly blown up during WWII and then rebuilt as cheaply as possibly, with the pine floor boards deliberately installed too low so in the future someone could install a hardwood floor (oak herringbone most likely) on top. That would explain the odd mish-mash of doors and hardware too.

    The nicest part of the renovation was the crazy downstairs neighbour who literally threatened to beat us up if we made any more noise (on a weekday in bright daylight).


    • oh wow your renovation sounds crazy, luckily our neighbours are just so pleased that some is renovating the house, it is the main house in the centre of the village and was spectacular in its hey day. In our first renovation, people just used to wander in and come for a look, we had no door for a while, so people did not see a problem, again appreciated by the neighbours but we were known as the mad english at the top of the hill


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