We''re planning to entirely renovate both bathrooms at the beginning of May 2017 and have been spending some enjoyable time over the last two weeks visiting bathroom and tile shops and planning the work.
Obviously, both bathrooms are obviously completely functional now, but they are decorated in a decor that is now 13 years old and we felt they definitely needed freshening up in a more modern, clean and bright style. Anyway, we are really thrilled with what we've been able to source here on the island, and at prices that make B&Q look extortionate. A lot of top quality ceramic ware is produced in Turkey and that makes it cheap here.
We have already taken delivery of the tiles so that they are available immediately at the start of May. The floors will look like aged, golden oak but they are actually ceramic. The walls are a very brilliant white tile with a contoured design in it. Hopefully they will give the bathrooms a very bright look. All the sanitary ware is white. The sinks are mounted onto a golden oak unit that has an undersink cupboard, a large mirror fronting a cabinet and some shelves to the side. The showers are full width of the bathrooms, walk-in style, with both a rain shower and a wand shower.
The shower in the family bathroom replaces a bath with a shower over it. This was quite a difficult decision to make. Most of our guests prefer to shower and would rather have a luxurious, large shower unit. But, some people like or need a bath. So, in order to accommodate small children and older people we have chosen a Turkish style shower tray in there. This incorporates a raised bench-end so that someone could sit and shower or a mum could sit and shower a small child in front of her sitting in the tray like a bath. Its a great idea and we've never seen one in the UK. It stems from the Turkish custom of the hamam, where you sit and either shower or pour water over yourself from a large jug. Rather a relaxing experience.
Anyway, can't wait to get the work started now but we have to...... Will post pics next May as it all begins. Summer guests are going to be in for a treat!
JA very exciting day because we had a call from Mermaid Fabrics to say that our curtains, chair and cushions were all ready for delivery. That was quick! I couldn't believe it. So we drove out to their showroom to see them and settle up. Really delighted with the work and with the price. They do a fantastic job and even deliver it all free of charge too. I think we had the whole lot done (including 6 cushions for the outside dining chairs which I haven't taken a picture of for some reason!! for what it would have cost to re-upholster the armchair at home. And I can't stress enough what first class work they do. The terrace furniture cushions are not only covered but they have changed the filling in them to be more "full". I must admit they had got a bit "squashed" over the 4 years since we shipped them out. The armchair is covered in a green material that feels like suede but is apparently very hard wearing. And the curtains match the ones in our living room and are all fully lined and weighted. Just hope our guests like everything as much as we do.
After the delivery, we set to hanging the curtains and deploying the cushions. Had to take some pictures. Next spring when we come out I am going to change the blinds in two bedrooms and also the kitchen too.
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