Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Three twenty seven

Today is the third day out of four that I woke up at precisely 03h27 (3:27am). I know because I have a digital clock next to the bed. On the two mornings prior, I woke up at 03h33. There's nothing that I can identify that would wake me up at the same time so early in the morning. The heating system does not come on then, I can't hear trains in the valley with the windows closed. It's a mystery.

The frame around the shower door was supposed to be stainless/silver, but the plumber ordered the wrong color, so we got white. Re-ordering would have taken more than two months. He agreed to a discount if we accepted the white.

The new shower is basically done. The plumbing contractor packed up his tools and did a little clean-up yesterday. There's still some touch-up painting to be done by the tile guy, probably about ten minutes work. I spent a couple of hours washing down the old tile walls, the fixtures, and the floor. There was a lot of plaster dust. I also washed the windows. Today we will each use the shower for the first time. We're slowly getting moved back into the bathroom. Since there's a little less wall space than before, we have to make some decisions about storage and we're considering the options.

The "old" pre-fab shower. It was new in 2005.

So here is the "before" photo (above). The pre-fab unit was 90cm x 90cm with a quarter-round corner cut out of it where the door was, and the seat took up some of the interior space. The new shower is 100cm x 100cm plus the bench, which adds another 26cm on one side, so there's more maneuvering room in there. I'll let you know how it feels.

21 comments:

  1. Very smart. If that lovely little chest of drawers has become surplus to requirements........

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    1. potty, not to worry. It has a new place in the bathroom. ;)

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  2. Très chic - I love the new tiles. Will you be having the rest of the bathroom re-tiled to match?

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    1. coppa's girl, no, we're keeping the rest for now. That's why it was important to get something that doesn't clash with the existing tile.

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  3. I love before and after shots. I have many (too many maybe) of our home projects. I need to remind myself sometimes that all the time and effort was worth it. Your new bathroom looks great. Pop the champagne (I'm always looking for an excuse).

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  4. No one will ever know that you wanted stainless steel unless you tell them. Personally I think white is the more obvious choice given the rest of the bathroom decor. I think it looks fine.

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  5. Very smart and well worth the effort.

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  6. It looks very nice, Walt. Enjoy the shower. About waking up at the same time in the middle of the night -- Paul and I have found that our bladders tend to get us up at the same time, all the time.

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  7. It's so infuriating and frustrating when you go to all the effort of designing and ordering something to then not get what you wanted. But I have to say that the end result is fabulous. I love the idea of a seat in there, we might copy that idea when we get our horrible ensuite bathroom done.
    Bravo!

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  8. First of all, it's funny how that frosted glass shower panel looks green. In reality, it doesn't. And then as for the silver vs. white framing on the enclosure, don't forget that all the plumbing fixtures in the bathroom — one the sink, bidet, bathtub, and then the shower bar etc. — are silver (or chrome). It makes a nice accent. I might have to do a Photoshop version of one of the photos to see how it might have looked.

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  9. As I said on Ken's blog, this is absolutely beautiful.u

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  10. The white looks good with the door and seat. Love how the shower turned out!

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  11. I like those wide tiles. It looks great!

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  12. An elegant and luxurious-looking improvement. I sure hope they remembered to connect to the water pipes!

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  13. Maybe the waking up so early is because you really, really can't wait to try out the new shower!
    I like the white framing. It snaps against the brown tiles, and it's just that much less chrome to keep wiped down and shined. The whole result is very elegant.

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    1. This morning I woke up, rolled over and looked at my digital alarm clock, and it was... 3:27 a.m. I'm not making that up.

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    2. The power of suggestion?

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  14. Your new shower cubicle looks great! I actually think the white looks better here and I'd also love to have a seat in the shower. Just sitting down while having a shower and waking up in the morning. ;) Hmmm, would be tempted to take a cup of coffee with me as well. ;)

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  15. Thanks, everyone, for the nice comments. We're very pleased with how it turned out. And the shower is great, roomy, comfortable, just what we wanted.

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