Dilemmas-How to get your own way

By Wendy the Other Half

You’ll be aware, if you’ve watched the video tour, that the cottage has a potentially fantastic bathroom. We have a fabulous, if a bit grotty, cast iron free standing bath, an original sink and a toilet that has been replaced probably in the ’50’s. To top it all we later found the fabulous beam which will make a wonderful feature. Right, this one’s sorted! Fit a Victorian style high cistern toilet, fit a large shower head with circular shower curtain, send the bath away for re enameling and we are in possession of a  “wow factor” bathroom.

Well, not quite. I had a bath and, unfortunately, the bath is just not designed to be stood up in. Ok can we fit in a separate shower? That would actually be the best option. If we have less abled or elderly holiday makers I’m sure they would rather not be climbing over a steep sided bath to take a quick shower (I’m sure myself and Stuff Doer wont one day either). We do need to have a bath though. They’re almost essential for people with young children.

Befor picture of the bath toilet and sink in the small bathroom

Bath Toilet and Sink, where will the shower fit?

So a bit of jiggling about and we can fit in a cubicle, but it’s a juster {ONLY JUST FITS}and may well prove difficult to clean, Stuff Doer tells me that  we just needed a few inches to make everything workable. I have a brainwave, how about a slipper bath? They come in smaller sizes, we’d still have the look and then we have a bathroom suitable for everyone with a luxurious touch.

Now the purist would say that we should keep the bath as it’s original, well as original as a bath can be in a pre 1650 cottage, but we do have to be practical as well. We don’t want holiday makers not returning because it’s lacking in some way. We want everyone to love it as much as we do. Plus the bath is bloody huge and takes loads of water to fill, which will prove very costly if there are eight of us staying there (I’m also surmising that a very large cast iron bath full of water may well have contributed to the sloping floor). I am resigned to losing my cast iron bath, but will never be resigned to having anything less than the beautiful bathroom our cottage and we deserve. The cast iron bath will be salvaged to grace someone else’s home probably with a good mark up to the salvage man, but hey, everyone’s got to make a living and re using is green.

Stuff Doer payed a visit on his own last weekend to investigate the built up floor in the bathroom. The floor in the bathroom is raised with a small step up from the living room and a further step from the sink and toilet area up to the bath. We’ve assumed that this further step is probably there to have the correct fall for the bath  but we needed to make sure. It turns out that the floor isn’t so much raised but was packed to level out a very uneven floor. This, I’m assured can be sorted.

Problem. Stuff Doer arrives home on Saturday night with a bright idea. We’ll have a “p” shaped bath with shower over and that will solve all our problems. I am aghast. I like these designer baths, I’d have quite liked one in my bathroom at home, but at home we had not inherited a characterful bathroom, in fact we’d moved it and gone for a really modern look.

I’m not about to argue my point when he’s been working hard all weekend, other than to point out if we were going down that route we may as well save ourselves a few quid and just go modern and the beam can be the star of the show. Apparently he’s not saying that, but it would make it easier for the fall and all those other technical practical things.

Now I’m not spoilt, if that was the only way we could fit in a usable bathroom then that would be that, but I know that my dream bathroom fits (the Stuff Doer made the mistake of telling me so). I also don’t see how a p shaped bath solves the problem of people who are unable or unwilling to climb into a bath to have a shower. I appreciate people make do when on holiday but I don’t want people having to make do, we want people to come back year after year and have a sense of it being their home for a couple of weeks. The master plan is, eventually, to spend the majority of the year there (not Christmas though, don’t think we can shoe horn 16 round the dinner table, or peak season we’ll leave that to the youngsters) and when we’re old enough to do that we might not want to climb in a bath.

I am resigned to the fact that I have a bit of persuasion on my hands. I need to press home that this cottage needs to pay for itself and it’s more likely to do this if we stand up there with the best that Whitby has to offer. I will also point out that I have the greatest faith that he will find a solution, he is a designer by trade and has never let me down yet. My Stuff Doer just needs to play with an engine for a while then take a fresh look at my design and he’ll find a way to make it work, he always does. I am in love with our cottage and will make sure it’s the best it can possibly be and the Stuff Doer will be glad I did.

3 Responses to “Dilemmas-How to get your own way”

  1. OK I get the message. You’re so good at this manipulation game (or would you call it “calculated persuasion”. You’ll owe me some more of that ego massage if I manage it

  2. You’ve done the Tardis thing before so you can do it again, and I’ve got the film to prove it!

  3. Oh dear – my defences are running low

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