Save water…bath with a friend

25 Feb

Or, you could just install a very large shower. At least, that’s our plan.

Remember this quaint vile bathroom?

Scary, scary, scary...

This how it looks now.

17 Feb 2013 (3)

We’ve cut a hole in the wall up high as it’s an internal room with no natural light, so we’re putting in a long window panel which will give us light from the room next door which leads onto the garden. Clever eh?

It’s all getting very messy, but exciting. More to come soon…


55 Responses to “Save water…bath with a friend”

  1. TBM February 25, 2013 at 13:51 #

    Do you actually take part in the demolition? I wonder how it would feel to rip it apart–kind a fun I imagine.

    • Chica Andaluza February 25, 2013 at 13:53 #

      Well Big Man did this as he had to cut the hole but I have wielded a great big hammer to help bash out bricks. And yes, it’s great fun but a killer on the arms!

      • TBM February 26, 2013 at 15:30 #

        Hm, I could use some exercise and sounds like a great way to get out some frustration. I fear Big Man would scoff at my puny attempts. However, I’m pretty sure I can eat just as much.

      • Chica Andaluza February 27, 2013 at 09:27 #

        Big Man has a big pneumatic drill thingy, so I think that’s cheating! Large quantities of food are essential whether working or not 😉

      • TBM February 27, 2013 at 12:38 #

        Oh the drill sounds super cool! But yes, cheating!

  2. thecompletecookbook February 25, 2013 at 13:57 #

    You are super clever to put in the high window! You two are becoming quite the pros at all of this renovation business. I feel there may just be one more to come – you know, just for good measure. can’t wait to see the end result of this bathroom.
    Had to have a giggle at the tape over the toilet lid – do not use.
    🙂 Mandy xo

    • Chica Andaluza February 25, 2013 at 14:08 #

      And quite frankly you wouldn’t have wanted to use it…eek, a public health hazard! I think we’ll have to stop soon…I want to go home and see some sunshine and have a good long rest!

  3. Mad Dog February 25, 2013 at 14:45 #

    Sounds like a good idea on both counts – it’s a bit squashed with a bath, but it will seem bigger with a shower 😉

    • Chica Andaluza February 25, 2013 at 16:18 #

      Yes, and now that we’re getting to be two old farts, it’s easier to get in and out of 😉

  4. Florence February 25, 2013 at 15:42 #

    Hi T, I can just see you with a sledge hammer and a tool belt. Laura Croft of the construction world. Hope you are both ok. Miss you lots.
    Florence x

    • Chica Andaluza February 25, 2013 at 16:19 #

      We’ll be home soon – about a month! I’m good at destroying things, less good at putting them back together 😉

  5. bitsandbreadcrumbs February 25, 2013 at 16:03 #

    Love the high windows and can’t wait to see what this looks like when you’re done. 🙂

    • Chica Andaluza February 25, 2013 at 16:20 #

      Yes, it was a good solution to the interior bathroom/darkness problem – we’re just about to go and buy everything for the bathroom so very exciting!

  6. narf77 February 25, 2013 at 17:59 #

    Or you could not bath at all? 😉 Love the idea of the windows using borrowed light, clever little vegemites you and the big man aren’t you? You are starting to really get good at this renovation stuff 🙂

    • Chica Andaluza February 25, 2013 at 23:24 #

      I can be a bit stinky with all the hard work…but a shower at the end of the day does it for me! I like being a little vegemite too 🙂

      • narf77 February 25, 2013 at 23:42 #

        You can be our Little Vegemite ambassador for Bexhill ;). You are only smelly if everyone else has had a shower…otherwise they don’t notice! LOL! 😉

  7. spree February 25, 2013 at 20:20 #

    I love the idea of the high window! Such a great idea when you’re looking for privacy as well as natural light. It will be quite the feature in that room I think! You clevah gull (& guy!) 🙂

    • Chica Andaluza February 25, 2013 at 23:27 #

      I hope it works – well, it can’t be worse can it?!

  8. Simply Tia February 25, 2013 at 20:53 #

    It does sound exciting, indeed!

  9. Marianne February 25, 2013 at 22:06 #

    Can’t wait to see the final photos!

  10. Piglet in Portugal February 25, 2013 at 23:25 #

    The window is a very clever idea. I can’t believe someone actually painted the walls that disgusting colour!

    • Chica Andaluza February 25, 2013 at 23:31 #

      Can you believe that colour (and the others they used). I am reacting violently and going for a sort of café con leche colour!

      • Piglet in Portugal February 25, 2013 at 23:46 #

        That sounds more neutral! If thy’d ahve painted it bright yellow I could ahve understood it…at least it would ahve brought some warmth and sunshine to the room…but lue? geeeeesh

  11. Tandy February 26, 2013 at 04:55 #

    Big showers are important. Love the lateral windows 🙂

    • Chica Andaluza February 27, 2013 at 09:23 #

      Yes, we shower more than lazing in a bath, so we wanted it to be a good one!

  12. Ira February 26, 2013 at 05:02 #

    Great idea with the high windows!! Gotta love a bit of extra light!

    • Chica Andaluza February 27, 2013 at 09:21 #

      The window went in yesterday and we’re really pleased!

  13. ChgoJohn February 26, 2013 at 05:07 #

    A room that small desperately needs a window! A lateral window situated above will be perfect, Tanya! And although a bath sounds nice, in that space a shower will work so much better. Can’t wait to see the next progress report.

    • Chica Andaluza February 27, 2013 at 09:24 #

      I do confess to enjoying a good soak in a hot bath but to be honest, it’s more of a treat than “functional”. We could have fitted both it but it’s such a funny space we decided to just the one thing, the shower, and do it well!

  14. Calico Stretch February 26, 2013 at 09:35 #

    Vile yes though that is an interesting shade of blue on blue on blue. Very clever window …. hope you are surviving the renos :o)

  15. themateriallady February 26, 2013 at 12:20 #

    I’m all in favour of a massive shower and no bath but the Management doesn’t agree.
    Hilarious tale of when my elderly MIL converted to a shower. She thought it was great but couldn’t understand why it only washed one side. In fairness she howled with laughter when we suggested she turned around. Bless.
    Can’t wait to see this bathroom turned into a wonderful place.

  16. chaiselongue1 February 26, 2013 at 12:34 #

    It will make a great shower – I prefer a decent-sized shower to a cramped bathroom – it’s what we’ve chosen in our house and what we’re putting in the house we’re renovating. Bon courage!

    • Chica Andaluza February 27, 2013 at 09:26 #

      That was our thinking too. In Spain we have space for a big shower and a large bath, so I can still get my bath “fix” when I want a soak!

  17. gardenfreshtomatoes February 26, 2013 at 15:58 #

    Clever idea, that window! Can’t wait to see it finished…as I’m sure you agree 😉

    • Chica Andaluza February 27, 2013 at 09:27 #

      Yes, I can’t wait either. It’s all getting very exciting!

  18. TheDorsetFinca February 26, 2013 at 16:03 #

    Ooh, I can’t wait to see the next installment! A lovely big shower is the best!

    • Chica Andaluza February 27, 2013 at 09:28 #

      Can’t wait to use it…not that I don’t have access to a shower right now you understand 🙂

  19. Karen February 26, 2013 at 22:29 #

    You are getting so clever with your remodeling. I’m just imagining what it will be like when you are on your l0th project. 🙂

    • Chica Andaluza February 27, 2013 at 09:30 #

      If we get to project number 10 that would be work, and dull for everyone by then so I’d find something more exciting to talk about! Mind you…I’m just doing a bit of chair seat recovering and wood polishing too 🙂

  20. Promenade Claire February 27, 2013 at 15:59 #

    messy and exciting it certainly is! You guys really are cracking on with the work

  21. Natalie Ward February 27, 2013 at 16:42 #

    Do you go into estate agents requesting all the vile bathrooms that no one else will touch? 😉 Seriously you’re doing amazingly well! I am a bit jealous I would love to get my hands on an old wreck and beautify it a bit. I am sure I would find it hard to let go afterwards,though. You must become attached.. Or are you just glad/deperate to get rid!! 🙂

    • Chica Andaluza February 27, 2013 at 20:03 #

      Something like that – once our estate agent understood what we were prepared to take on, she kept pointing us in the direction of the nightmare ones! I was rather attached to the first one as I loved the house but the second was totally “business”. This final (!) one is for us so am pouring my heart into it!

  22. cecilia February 28, 2013 at 16:58 #

    You and I are so alike!.. cutting holes in walls to let in light.. oo that rhymes.. how about that!! c

    • Chica Andaluza February 28, 2013 at 21:11 #

      You’re poet, doncha know it!

      • cecilia March 1, 2013 at 00:57 #

        though i have to agree with you, that bathroom is disturbing.. c

  23. fati's recipes March 1, 2013 at 13:23 #

    A very large shower………mmmmmmmmm!! 😀 I saw a photo of one that sprays you from all sides, above, angled and left and right 😀
    Will you be leaving that blue colour in? I do like my lighter colours in the bathroom… Can’t wait to see what you guys get up to! 🙂
    I honesty LOVE these posts, and the work you guys get up to 🙂

    • Chica Andaluza March 1, 2013 at 16:28 #

      Hi Fati, so glad you are enjoying these posts! I used to have one of those showers and it was great…maybe in the next place 😉

  24. kathryningrid March 5, 2013 at 01:50 #

    Yes indeed, the clerestory window is a stroke of genius and will makes worlds of difference in the finished room. You are going to love the new space all the more for having put so much labor and heart into it yourselves. Our own down-by-the-sea place is waiting for us for a couple of years before retirement makes it possible to visit, so I hope we’ll get good renters for it in the meantime; the bonus of waiting, of course, is that it gives me time to scheme about any renos and personalization we want to do, all the while watching friends like you give us inspiration! Cheers!

    • Chica Andaluza March 5, 2013 at 14:43 #

      Oh how exciting, you have a down-by-the-sea place too! I’m crossing everything too for you for good renters. And I learned a new word – clerestory – love it!


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