An upgrade to an Edwardian bathroom.

This property has been in the same family since it was built. The original bathroom was fully tiled with an unusual asymmetrical cast iron bath, where the bath “panels” in effect were moulded with the bath as one, rather than the traditional cast iron bath sat on four legs.

This was a ridiculously heavy bath, I would have liked to have removed it in one piece but it was simply too heavy and there wasn’t access to get it down the expensive ornate staircase, so it had to be broken up… great shame, it could have been re-enamelled and would have looked absolutely fine in the right setting.

This was another rare occasion when I tiled over the existing tiles because they were set in extremely hard mortar, like the old butchers shops you sometimes see, and trying to remove them just started destroying the brick walls.

The towel rail was chrome plated brass, not steel because the hot water feeding it came from an Aga in the kitchen downstairs and was supplied with fresh water, originally installed to use surplus heat from Aga.

If I had used a steel towel rail it would have just corroded away.

Section of floor had completely rotted away where the original sink was, at the end of the bath, also certain joists had to be strengthened as some previous “tradesman” had hacked away large sections to run a waste pipe??

Airing cupboard re-built and pipework replaced and tidied. Usual seized gate valves and seized valves in loft, all replaced, hadn’t been touched for years.

People are quite happy to live in blissful ignorance until one day they find they can’t close a valve when they have a leak or problem. Check your gatevalves and stoptaps at least once a year, if they don’t turn, or are stiff, a little WD40 goes a long way. If you have a leak which is fed from a loft mounted tank, you could have 50 gallons of water potentially leaking even if you turn off the main stoptap.
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