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!