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.
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.
- 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