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Thursday, 30 October 2014

Bathroom Bliss

The last three and a half weeks have been a foretaste of hell.  For me, and for the cats.  The noise, the dust, the incredible mess, the chemical smells and the intrusion into our lives was difficult.  And Jazz made me pay, poor cat.  I don't know how many times I depiddled the kitchen floor.  Jewel skulked in the wardrobe and filled me with guilt.  When they were sure the coast was clear in the afternoons they emerged, and needed a LOT of comfort.  And comforting.

But it has been worth it (for me).  This morning I had my first shower in the new bathroom.  And revelled in it.  The bill will arrive sometime next week.  And will, without doubt, make me shudder. 

It was a big job.

The tired old dangerous fixtures were removed.  As a plus, the bath has gone to live in the country and become a horse trough.






The tiles, the walls and the floor were removed.



The plumbing was moved.  New drains were installed.  The wiring was checked and replaced where necessary.  The walls were rebuilt, and retiled.  The ceiling was repainted and the cornices replaced.  The door jamb was widened and a new door installed.  This meant that a new piece of carpet was needed.  It was installed.  New fixtures were installed.








The floor tiles are non-slip.  The vanity is wheel chair accessible.  With luck, this is an unnecessary precaution, but it is done, and won't need to be redone.  There is a custom-built storage cabinet beside it which more than makes up for the missing vanity drawers.

The towel rail is also a grab rail.  There are another two grab rails in the shower.  There is a fixed shower head, and a hand held one.

And I had my first shower in the new bathroom this morning - and it was blissful.  Safe and comfortable and a joy.

A few years ago one of my friends was undergoing chemotherapy.  One dreadful day she passed out in the toilet - blocking the doorway.  When her husband tried to open it to help her he bashed the door (repeatedly) into her head.  She, her husband and the dog went on anxiety medication after that episode.  And it will now never happen here.  Both the bathroom and the toilet doors can be opened from the outside, without using tools.  A brilliant initiative.

There were delays, and irritations.  However, when issues arose they were addressed.  Quite quickly,  and they didn't try and pretend that the problems were all in my head.  A plus.  And yesterday I received a huge shock.  The primary contractor rang to say that when he had given us his initial quote it had included an amount for the custom vanity and cupboard.   They had cost less than his estimate to build and install - and the difference would be deducted from our final bill.  Which amazed me.  The custom joiner bills the contractor not me, so I would never have known if he hadn't told me.  Big brownie points.  And he will be coming to do a final quality inspection on Friday - and will not issue the bill until he is satisfied that all is as it should be.  A tradie among tradies....

Just the same, I really, really don't want to go through another renovation anytime soon.  And neither do the cats.

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  1. Looks great! I bet that shower is awesome. Sorry it was such a strain but you can enjoy now.
    And your cats can stop peeing on the kitchen floor.

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    1. Alex J Cavanaugh: That shower is bliss. And perhaps you can tell Jazz that he no longer needs to piddle on the floor. He hasn't quite settled yet.

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  2. oh how wonderful, enjoy

    amazing you are getting a refund, just what you deserve

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    1. Linda Starr: It is wonderful. Safe showers are a big plus.

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  3. What a huge improvement! And I'm so glad it's all behind you now. The cats are, too, I suspect. :-)

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    1. DJan: The cats are just as pleased as I am. Perhaps more pleased.

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  4. Oh gosh, EC, everything looks gorgeous, but oh dear, can imagine the angst for you all. And a jewel among some downright scoundrels the world over.

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    1. Gillie: It does look good doesn't it? And functional.

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  5. This is wonderful. You're two days ahead of me, watching the water go clockwise, but I will l will have counterclockwise soon! I am so happy for you. The sink is wonderful; the storage is wonderful; the hand held shower is wunnerful, the tile is beautiful, I love it all!

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    1. Joanne Noragon: I hope your two days go fast - and that you too have as much bliss as I did when you christen your new bathroom. I am looking forward to your big reveal...

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  6. That's wonderful - the shower looks very tempting, and so much safer having a walk-in. Enjoy!

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    1. lynners: The walk-in is soooo much better. Some day we will build accessible homes as a matter of course.

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  7. I can tell that this new bathroom is perfect and that a lot of thought went into it. Yay for you and the cats!

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    1. ditchingthedog: A lot of thought - and a lot of experience on the part of the building contractor.

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  8. Compared to what you gained, perhaps what you went through just won't seem that bad as the months and years go by.

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    1. Snowbrush: I hope so. I expect so - but the pain is still very recent.

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  9. Oh I am glad for you, and does it looks marvelous EC. I am still waiting for mine, bah.

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    1. Bob Bushell: I hope you get your usuable bathroom soon. Very, very soon.

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  10. Reno's BAD...new bathroom GOOD...it looks terrific.

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    1. Delores: Reno's very bad - but the results are good.

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  11. Woo hoo!! Marvellous! Hard work, but so worth it and at least you are both much safer for it all. I'm so pleased you have had your first blissful shower, and money back too....blimey, the Small Gods did listen to me after all *grins*

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    1. All Consuming: Thank you - and the Small Gods. A lot.

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    1. Andrew Maclaren-Scott: Excellent news.

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    2. By the way, have you seen Susan of phantsythat's drawing of Edrig and Adrig? As someone who followed their adventures ou may appreciate it:
      http://phantsythat.blogspot.co.uk/2014/10/meet-edrig-adrig.html

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    3. Andrew Maclaren-Scott: Thank you for the link. Big, big smiles. There is so much talent here in the blogosphere. Worlds of talent.

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  13. I have to show this to the Great Scot, it's EXACTLY what we want to do to our bathroom!
    So glad it's over with, for all of you, but does this mean we have to give up blanket forts?

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    1. Jacquelineand...: There is always a place for blanket forts... And I hope the Great Scot likes our bathroom too.

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  14. glad the ordeal in over and it was worth it in the end. nice and functional. good idea about the door, I hadn't thought about that!

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    1. mohave rat: I hadn't remembered about the door either. The builder suggested it, and when I remembered my friends experience I agreed quickly.

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  15. All's well that ends well. The past discomforts will soon be faded memories, not only by you and the Skinny One but by Jazz and Jewel, too. Harmony has returned.

    How wonderful for you, your new bathroom...I bet as you look at and use the end result, you now think it was all worthwhile. :)

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    1. Lee: The cats memories are fairly long. They are interested in the new bathroom too. And don't seem to bear holding grudges. Or not many.

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  16. Yay for everything! honest contractors and a beautiful, safe bathroom

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    1. Sue In Italia/In the Land of Cancer: I knew that I had my heart in my mouth every time I used the old bathroom - but not how much...

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  17. Holy smokes, that's a big walk in shower!!!! And your friend's story of passing out and the door banging on her head repeatedly... not funny but it did elicit a little chuckle from me. Poor woman!! NOW I understand why it's better if bathroom doors are openable from the outside. I used to hate that. I felt exposed... like anybody could open the door while I sat on the pot. But now I'll feel differently about it.

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    1. Furry Bottoms: She made a very, very funny story of coming round having the door bashing into her head and the dog howling outside - but no, it wasn't funny. This is an alteration I am happy to have made.

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  18. Look, I hate the word, wow, but I'm sorry ... wow! What a transformation - for the better. It's fashionably elegant, plus it's functional (the two often don't go together). Bloody good job.

    Almost chocked when you told the tale of the bill being actually lower than estimated. Did you pass out???

    Delighted for you, EC. Give the cats a snuggle from across the ditch. Cheers :)

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    1. Oops. Meant 'choked' not 'chocked.'

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    2. Wendy: Choked, and stoked. And I nearly did pass out when he rang me to tell me that.

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  19. Beautiful! Glad that you have your house back.

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    1. Lisa: It is wonderful to reclaim the house - and the bathroom is a plus.

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  20. While the previous blue was pleasing to my artist eye, the new is so wonderful and useful. How in the world did you manage in the old bathroom? Happy Bathroom Cheers all around!

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    1. Susan Kane: Using the old bathroom was fraught with danger. Heart in mouth stuff - and more than a few bruises.

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  21. Now I'm jealous again, our bathroom really needs too be done. We still have an avocado toilet and bidet. Yes, like some hideous bathroom from a 70's porn movie. I hope you really enjoy your new room.

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    1. LL Cool Joe: I know just the avocado shade you mean. Shudder. Some day you too will get that change.

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  22. You have a gorgeous new bath! I love all that blue and white! Like that shower too...just used one like that on last road trip. Very nice. Blue bathtub! Wow, never saw such a blue one before...I like it!

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    1. Bookie: The blue bath was a stunner wasn't it? I hadn't seen one that blue before either - or since.

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  23. The bathroom looks amazing! So glad for you that it is all done. And glad for the kitties too! I know cats don't handle upheaval and change very well at all.

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    1. Julie Flanders: The cats resented it - and don't get any of the benefits either. Jazz in particular will make me pay.

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  24. This calls for a celebration! Wine and chocolate and a book. How nice that the bathtub will be a horse drinking trough! Good for you for arranging that so satisfactorily. I hope Jazz and Jewel calm down quickly so you don't have any further inappropriate peeing.

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    1. jenny_o: I had a glass of celebratory bubbles last night. And there are always books (and usually chocolate). The cats are calming. Slowly.

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  25. Delighted to think of you enjoying your new surroundings! Tell the kitties we send them love.


    ALOHA from Honolulu
    ComfortSpiral
    =^..^= . <3

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    1. Cloudia: Jazz n Jewel thank you. As do I.

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  26. It's really beautiful. I'm glad it's done and done well. Celebration time!

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  27. You have a lovely new bathroom and I'm glad it's over, both for your sake and the cats! They sure don't like change.

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    1. mshatch: It is lovely. And peace will be too. For me, and for the furry overlords.

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  28. Clearly, you haven't time to reply as you're busy baking that cake...

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    1. dinahmow: Not yet - LL today. The builder is coming by tomorrow for his final inspection. Thanks will be made. Big thanks.

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  29. Very nice indeed. I've always wanted an open shower. Maybe one day. The old blue feature wall tiles were interesting. I've never seen them before like that.

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    1. Andrew: The walk in shower is blissful. One of the previous owners of this house was a builder and I think the feature tiles were part of his 'stamp' on the home.

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  30. Me again. I have to say that I love that old blue tub and I would have gladly taken it to use in the garden. It is very funky!

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    1. ditchingthedog: I was a bit tempted - but love the idea of it being a horse trough...

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  31. I'm so happy for you!!! It's absolutely beautiful! It sounds perfect, safe and so user friendly. Enjoy. And may your cats find renewed peace.

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    1. Myrna R.: Safe and comfortable. Which the old bathroom was NOT. And the cats are recovering their equanimity. Which is also lovely.

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  32. What a relief to have it all done. You were smart to make it safe and comfortable. It's lovely too. Congratulations, EC.

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    1. Rawknrobyn: Thank you. It is a huge relief.

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  33. It looks wonderful - what a relief for you to have it all over. Enjoy!

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  34. I know you and the cats are relieved. I need grab bars right now! In the motel this weekend, I had a removable shower and a stationary shower head. That was great. I think that is smart to plan for the future needs since you were remodeling anyway. Now the cats can relax.

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    1. Practical Parsimony: The grab rails are great. And I love one set doubling as the towel rail. And the soap dish in the shower is on another grab rail. Safety. Finally.

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  35. Your new bathroom looks fantastic, and I am now suffering from bathroom envy. That shower head alone makes me gaze longingly ;) hope the kitties and you have recovered but it certainly looks like it was all worth it. How splendid that you have a trade among trades.

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    1. DeniseinVA: The shower head is blissful. When we were in the process of getting quotes most of the businesses told us we were expected to buy the fixtures. We chose this, and it was a good choice. And of course the business we chose in the end supplies its own fixtures...

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  36. I don't think I can add anything the others haven't already said. I'm so glad it is finished and wonderful and dollars off the bill has to be the best surprise ever. I'm making notes now stipulating a walk-in shower with grab rails and toilet doors that open outwards if I'm ever lucky enough to build a house. I already have a walk-in shower here, but no grab rails, I'm thinking of asking to have one installed. I'm glad the bath is now a horse trough, so much better than just dumping it. (I might have made it a goldfish pond)

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    1. River: The doors still open inwards but have been amended so they can be lifted off and out of the way if necessary. Himself thought a fishpond was a good idea but the birds and the cats would have haunted it. Sending it to the country to become a horse trough was a great compromise.

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  37. This is wonderful news and what a change. Love the idea of the shower and tile floor and those doors are brilliant.

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    1. Donna@LivingFromHappiness: I am amazed at how much better it feels to shower safely - and what a shower it is.

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  38. What a wonderful and happy ending to an otherwise stressful period. The end result is practical, functional, future provided for and absolutely gorgeous decor wise. Well done EC, great choices! Now enjoy! :)

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    1. Rose ~ from Oz: Thank you. And I am most definitely enjoying it. Lots.

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  39. Wow! It looks great. That is a great idea that the bathroom door can open out. I wonder that people have not thought of that before and it has not become the norm. You often hear of small children locking the door and the not been able to get out.

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    1. Margaret Adamson: As I said to River, the doors still open inwards but can be lifted up and off if necessay. And there are no locks - because that would mean that the door couldn't be easily removed. Still blissful.

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  40. Congratulations on many things: a great achievement, so much practical foresight, and finding such an honest and reliable work-force. I hope you all enjoy the results for a long time.

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    1. Relatively Retiring: We think/hope/believe that it will meet our needs for a very long time. And with the bonus of comfort as well.

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  41. It looks really nice-a brilliant combination of safety and luxury. I like the intelligent solutions that you have put in , and the timeless look. I hope you'll love it. And tell the cats that this, too, shall pass.

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    1. CrimsonAnna: The cats are settling down again day by day. And we are revelling in the improvements.

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  42. Dear EC
    I ma so pleased to hear about and see the finished results - it looks lovely and will be so much safer and better for everyone (once the cats settle down again!) We will have to have our bathroom re-done in the near future so will be able to empathise! It was also lovely to hear that there are still some decent traders out there.
    Best wishes
    Ellie

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    1. Ellie Foster: I am still in shock at being told that a portion of his quote was too high. Unheard of. And the bathroom is a daily joy. I still wander down and smile at it from time to time too.

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  43. I'd love a renovation in our bathrooms! We have the handles on the walls in the master bath and I really like those. Your bathroom looks nice!! I'm glad the job was done well, and turned out gorgeous. And def. brownie points for calling to say the quote was too high (I'm happily shocked that could even happen). Congrats on your newly renovated space. It looks great!

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    1. mail4rosey: There is another bathroom in the home which himself would also like renovated. Me? I can see his point, but not for a while. Quite a long while. And we will go with the firm that did this one when and if it happens.

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  44. It's GORGEOUS! I would want to just go and hang out in there all the time. I'm so glad it's done and that the cats can get back to their routine.

    When I had my bathroom remodeled a few years ago, I had a grab bar added to the tub/shower, since I guess I'll live in this condo to the end of my days. :) But I find that I use it all the time - a great feature, I think.

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    1. Lynn: Grab rails/bars (another language difference) are great aren't they? And I do look at it often. And smile. Broadly.

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  45. Before Ron died we added a handicapped access bathroom in our bedroom. We also remodeled the other two bathrooms. I never dreamed how much that new bathroom would benefit me now that I have have this hip problem. Everyone should think ahead and make their bathrooms suitable for potential physical problems. You are going to love yours, obviously, and I do wish I had that double shower head set up.

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    1. Grannie Annie: Accessible bathrooms are a joy aren't they? And yes, I would really, really like it if they were built that way automatically. And the hand held shower option is such an easy addition...

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  46. LIke Denise I also have 'bathroom envy' - something tells me we could do with an updated room but something else tells me it is going to have to wait a while.
    I'm also making notes on what you felt was functional for someone with limited mobility. Lucky you to have the room for all those changes - we have a very small bathroom and I'm sure that would be a problem on its own.
    Nothing worse than cat pee - vinegar helps with that. Try using Feliway by the bathroom - I found it really did work wonders when our cats were upset with renovations a few years ago, Calmed them down a treat.
    Cathy

    I've tried twice but this keeps saying I'm anonymous - I'm actually Cathy from Still Waters

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    1. Cranethie/Cathy: Many years ago this team amended my mother's bathroom (a very small one) after her stroke. And turned it into a safe delight as well. And yes, cat pee is difficult to remove. Very difficult. I will hunt down Feliway - thank you.

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  47. Oh wow EC, what an amazing transformation!! I love it :)

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    1. Optimistic Existentialist: So do we. Even the cats.

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  48. That looks like a beautiful bathroom! Roomy, airy, functional. Love that shower head.

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    1. Kathleen Cassen Mickelson: It is beautiful. It is safe. It is a joy.

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  49. This is one of the best happenings I've read in ages! Beautiful work and results and honest people.

    I feel good just reading this!

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    1. Guyana-Gyal: Isn't it sad that so many of us are shocked by honest tradesmen? Shocked, amazed and so very grateful. And I suspect that he gets a lot of benefits from it, word of mouth can be very effective. If only other companies would follow his lead.

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  50. Looks like all the heartache of going through a remodel was worth it, in multiple ways. Glad you lived through it and can now enjoy it. I love that your old tub is now a horse trough. The first bathroom remodel I did resulted in the tub going to a farm/ranch to become a sheep trough.

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    1. Jesusan: I loved hearing that your tub became a sheep trough. Recycling is always a plus. And recycling so the animals benefit an even bigger one in my eyes.

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  51. Looks wonderful....Well worth the wait....Everything you will need for now and into the future! Hooray!!

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    1. Sienna Smythe: And shortly I am going to revel in it again.

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  52. It looks like a fantastic bathroom - well worth the mess, I hope!

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    1. ladyfi: It is a fantastic bathroom. And the mess is largely gone. I am very, very happy with it - but won't be undertaking any more renovations any time soon.

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  53. Renovation is a tedious task, but the end result is lovely!

    www.volatilespirits.com

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    1. Anumpam K Mazumder: Welcome and thank you. Tedious doesn't begin to describe the process though...

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  54. Congratulations! I know you're thrilled to have the renovations behind you. Not only because the bathroom looks so good, but those added safety features must put your mind at ease. Oh, and don't you LOVE that rain shower head? That's what I requested for my birthday a few years back, and even though my hubby thought I was slightly nuts (So what's new?) for asking for such an odd thing, we both love it.

    Happy weekend!

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    1. Susan: The smaller portion wanted the rain shower head as much as I do. And it is truly blissful. And the extra safety in the bathroom is even more blissful.

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  55. Your old bathroom was good looking but the new one is spectacular! I am so covetous of your new shower. Can I come over and use it? :) Jazz n Jewel (and you!) must be so relieved to be without workers around.

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    1. River Fairchild: Isn't that new shower a treat? And of course you can come and use it.
      We are all very, very happy to have a tradie free home - except that they will be back next Tuesday to do a minor touch-up. And Jazz will make me pay for my treachery.

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  56. What a handsome and safe and comfortable bathroom you have now. And cheaper than it was first thought! Brilliant. Bathrooms are an absolute necessity, used every day, and they must be safe to use, more so than other rooms we use less frequently.

    Congratulations on the work done and I hope the cats will forgive you.

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  57. Wow, what a transformation! So glad you finally are getting to enjoy a safe and far more pleasant "spa" experience in your new bathroom! And while we can't help but wish there would be no problems during a renovation, it really does help immensely when the INEVITABLE problems are addressed speedily and satisfactorily. And a nice bonus that the cost will be less than anticipated. All's well that ends well!

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    1. Laloofah: I hadn't realised just how much my daily shower was scaring me until I could feel my shoulders relax in the new bathroom.

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  58. Whoa! It is BEAUTIFUL, and congratulations! Especially on having an honest contractor! I had a similar thing happen to me with a mechanic recently, where he gave me an estimate bu after he did the work, he found he wouldn't need some of the parts he bought, so he returned them and was able to bill me half what he thought! I was so overjoyed, I called up to thank him again 2 weeks later.
    Anyway, congrats and enjoy!

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    1. Dawn@Lighten Up!: An honest contractor is an amazing thing. And an honest mechanic blows me away. How wonderful for you.

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  59. what an amazing job. I'm so happy that it's DONE, for your sake and sanity, as well that the cats'!! Enjoy alllll the showers.

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    1. Raquel Somatra: I am very, very happy with it - and the cats are recovering.

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  60. Renovation is glorious when it's OVER (like dental work); peace and rest to you and the kitties
    as you recover:)
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    1. Jennifer Richardson: And like dental work frightening and obscenely expensive. But worth it - so very worth it.

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  61. Not sure why the last two comments didn't upload but here is hoping for third time lucky. So nice to read your renovations are complete and that you are pleased with the result. Bliss is one of my favourite words. Enjoy x

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    1. Carol: There isn't enough bliss or fun in this world. And I cherish them both where I find them.

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  62. I'm glad that the renovation is done! It looks good, and a real plus that the contractor turned out to be such a decent one.

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    1. Carola Bartz: It is such a relief (for us all) to have it done and to no longer have the house invaded each day. No matter how considerate or good the contractors...

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  63. I'm catching up on posts on my favorite blogs today. So glad to hear that your remodel is completed! It sounds wonderful now!

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    1. Susan F.: Thank you - on both counts. And the bathroom is a joy. A minor issue to be fixed tomorrow and then we are free of tradies. Which is another piece of bliss.

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  64. Hooray for being done!!!!!!

    That is horrible story about your friend. May you never collapse, and happy that the door will never bang your head.

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    1. Riot Kitty: It is a horrible story - and the way she told it brought tears of laughter to my eyes. And the knowledge that I needed to do something about it. And it is done.

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  65. It looks really amazing! Congratulations on your new bathroom. Dragon Hugs

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    1. Al Diaz: Thank you. Dragon hugs are ALWAYS welcome. And the bathroom not only looks good, it is amazing to use.

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  66. Photo number 6 took me back ten years to when our bathroom was gutted and renovated. They had to unfortunately destroy our bath to get it out of the house. We too had the dust, noise, smell etc etc but in the end it was worth having a wonderful shower. vanity (with drawers and cupboard) and a toilet too. It was probably the cement dust from them having to cut a huge swathe out of our back verandah for pipes that was the worst. I am sure there are corners here in my workroom that still harbour cement dust but who's looking? So glad your new bathroom is as you wanted it and may you enjoy it for many years to come. Hugs.

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    1. Mimsie: I won't be rushing out to have any more renovations (and can't afford them anyway). Just the same, each morning as I shower safely I am so so grateful that we did have this done.

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  67. How wonderful to have it all completed with such a good job done. I have a pipe problem which I am afraid to have further investigated. The removal of floor and installation of the timber floor took months. A good job, by a good tradesman, but to do more feels far too scary.

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    1. persiflage: It is wonderful to have it done, and we were very, very lucky with our choice of tradesman. Just the same I completely understand your reluctance to do more. Completely.

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  68. Wow! It has literally transformed :) Great job :D That Shower would be some thing!!

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    1. Nivin: The shower is WONDERFUL. As is being able to use it safely.

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  69. Dear EC, You are a brave woman! But what exquisite results...your new bath design is gorgeous, and the shower might be found in a spa. Did you coin that word, "depiddled"? Perfect! Poor kitties....but now they can return to their routines. And the greatest part is the integrity of your tradie! Very gratifying indeed.

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    1. Musings, Tea and Me: Depiddled and its chunkier counterpart detruffelated won't be found in any dictionary, but are all too familiar to the owner of any cat which spends time indoors. And the new shower is still blissful.

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