I started 2020 by thinking that I would have more spare time, so in February we set ourselves a 12-month deadline for finishing the house. Completing the main bathroom was our top priority and work progressed well until plant orders came in thick and fast. Everything was put on hold again as the business, eating and sleeping took priority once more! Then, as winter approached, I took on a zero-hours on-line teaching contract.
But over Christmas we took a complete break from work and Martin buried himself in the bathroom once more. Pieces of trim were added, doors were cut and fitted to our re-cycled cupboards, the bath panel was adjusted to size. All was going well until we wanted to fit the shower riser rail.
Firstly, we weren’t entirely sure where we had positioned the batten for it to fix to. That is one of the downsides of building over a long timespan. We trawled back through our many photographs, but none of them showed that exact piece of wall. We hoped that it was where we remembered – half-way along the shower.
Secondly, we couldn’t get the middle part of the shower head holder to pivot, which it clearly did in the on-line catalogue. But an e-mail to the suppliers swiftly solved that problem. They confirmed that we really did have to use brute force and a lever in order to break the plastic lugs which held it rigid. But still the shower head hose just wasn’t a snug fit in the holder and even the lowest angle seemed all wrong. We decided that we weren’t going to drill big holes in our lovely wall panels in order to fit a sub-standard shower head. Back to the internet to find something more suitable, but still reasonably priced.
And what about the black gloom that made us think we might have made a mistake with the colour scheme? We’re fine with it now. It just needed a little sunshine to remind us how big and bright and airy the room is.