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Started thinking about bathrooms changes for this winter, today. getting excited about the thought.

You may remember we refurbished one of our rooms last winter and it's been a big hit with the guests. We put the price up of that room and it's had no effect on occupancy, in fact most of the time when both the cheaper and more expensive doubles have been available people chose the more expensive, so we're starting to think about the next room.

Want to go and look at bathroom showrooms, but a bit early for that, but looking to book and electrician.

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A word of advice to those removing wallpaper. I have removed the nasty stuff from over 4 dozen walls throughout the property here (even had Jay Karen here once helping me). Anyway, the wall might look good after you get the paper off, but it's the paste that you have to make sure is absolutely removed! Wipe, wipe and then wipe some more. Go over the wall with your hand to make sure it's not sticky and then wipe some more with warm water. 

If you don't get the paste off, and I mean ALL OF THE PASTE, and then paint over it, the paint will crack in about 6 months or so. I suppose the time frame probably depends on things like humidity and temperature. But it will eventually crack. 

Been there, done that, have the t-shirt, though I think I used it to wipe paste off of walls. 

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Yup! Great advice.  I find that wetting the wall and using a broad flat scraper takes the big slabs of paste off on a first pass.  And then, as you said, wipe, wipe, wipe!  

Ugh...I curse the day I papered my bedroom.  When I put paper on, I put it on for life.  Fortunately I sized the walls well so here's hoping I can get the sucker off the wall this winter!

 

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Another problem occurs in bathrooms... The paste will run when it gets damp. We wondered why our walls were so streaky until my brother mentioned it happening in his house.

If you aren't sure you can get all the paste and sizing off another option is to skim coat the walls with plaster.

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It begins.

Quiet week this week so the electrician has been in to fit down-lighters and combination light/extractor in the two en-suites  yet to be refurbished.

We've taken the beds to apart  in these two rooms so we can swap them over to see if the king size bed suites the twin room and vice-versa, that will give us two double rooms with views and the twin/super king zip link will be in the larger room.

Plus I've started decorating the breakfast room.

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ive got my paperwork in for planning permission for my redevelopment at the back - for pics see my web site - am super pleased with what the architect has done.

Super excited but if I get it through first time we can start in 65 days! woo hoo!

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Everything crossed!!

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I'm getting a new kitchen ("galley") this Fall, but I dread having to tear out the old cabinets.  Every inch of wood was screwed and glued (with epoxy, I think).  Custom sapele wood cabinets, Fagor induction cooktop, Fagor side-opening convection oven, Bosch dishwasher, trash compactor, Corian countertops, a new stainless steel sink, and the biggest refrigerator I can stuff in the hole!  That should keep me busy for a while.  Can't wait until it's done!

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I've had my Corian in for 6 years now, and it does get scratched up.  If I had it to do over, I might see if something else would work better.

I am excited for you.

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Innkeep wrote:

I've had my Corian in for 6 years now, and it does get scratched up.  If I had it to do over, I might see if something else would work better.

I am excited for you.

 

Yes, it does scratch, but it can be polished.  I like the granite, quartz, and soapstone materials best, but weight is a factor for me, and those materials are just too heavy.  Formica has come a long, long way over the years, but it's glued to a particle board like material, and I can't have that either.  My options were pretty slim.

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I just want to find my winter coats.....sigh.

Just kidding.  I did have to unearth a jacket this morning because in the time we were moving, it turned from Summer to Fall! 

In all seriousness, I can't wait to update the bathrooms. AND bedrooms! I love the planning and shopping and especially the end result.  Have fun!

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TheBeachHouse wrote:

I just want to find my winter coats.....sigh.

Just kidding.  I did have to unearth a jacket this morning because in the time we were moving, it turned from Summer to Fall! 

In all seriousness, I can't wait to update the bathrooms. AND bedrooms! I love the planning and shopping and especially the end result.  Have fun!

BTW, it will get toasty warm again before that cold is here to stay.

When decorating a brand new place - take your time. Let the building talk to you. Find out what is not working. Ask questions here as we've seen it all. You are probably more in my neck of the woods (given you are cold and I think you're on the East Coast, I could be wrong) and some stuff works and some stuff doesn't. Also look at the demographic you inherited and the one you want. THAT will drive how you redecorate.

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Already started & done with power washing house,decks,patio furniture....now will spruce up my private area...its about time.! (area that I sleep ,bath in, & office). I think we all leave this area till last as it wont make any more income but sure will cheer me up !

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The showerhead is on the 1100 mm wall, so you have 1600 mm of splash, the side wall is 800closed +800mm open.

 

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I think that will work, I could probably get a 1400mm shower in that room.

Thank you.

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We have walk in shower cubicles and is there no water problem with them. However they are 1100 mm x 1600 mm. And we have a threshold.....

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Mmmm. Thank you.

1600 is quite a bit longer than 1100. Is the shower head on the long or short wall ?

 

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If I can picture how this is going to be, the shower head (and the knobs to turn it on) are going to be way into the shower. Which means getting hit with a blast of icy water when reaching waaaaaay in to turn the water on. Wet sleeves. Shock to not awake guest. Balancing act trying to not step right in the icy water while turning shower on. BTDT. Not pleasant.

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Which leads me into a question:

we're going to replace the shower cubicles in 1, possibly 2 en-suites with much bigger ones (they're currently 700mm square which is quite small, the one we replaced last year is 1100mmx900mm). We've seen "walk-in" showers with no door and since there's much less of the frame just supports with sheets of glass between they'd be much easier to keep clean than sliding doors.

However the concern is how much water spills / sprays out on the floor, it's not our plan to make a wet room. Does anyone have walk in shower cubicles and is there a water problem with them??

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my parents have one - hardly anything comes out - virtually the same as having a door - but a lot depends on the placement of the shower head

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As it's going to be an overhead rain shower type head I don't think it'll be a problem, but good to hear others views. 

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I have shower curtains AND nylon shower curtain liners on both of my showers. AND both showers have personal shower heads - those friggin' things can get away from you too easily! I have not had a problem with water. I have the shower curtain INSIDE the shower lip to start with. It may not look as pretty, but it has the curtain where it needs to be. Every now and then a guest may misdirect a personal shower spray but I only know this from the wet towels in the claw-foot tub. My side of the bed is directly under this shower.

I would have a devil of a time cleaning the showers if there were doors on it. It is so nice to take down the shower curtain and have all this open space to do the cleaning and then put the new liner on the hooks to rehang the curtain when done. The personal shower head is wonderful for cleaning! Spray the cleaner, scrub down, and hose off. One shower is 48 inches wide and the other is 60 inches.

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Going to be spending the time after Christmas getting the other house ready to sell.  (Is really hoping houses sell in the spring)

 

But the time before Christmas, about 3 weeks, on a cruise to Hawaii. Needing a much needed vacation and then traveling with the Inn Crowd!  wink

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I'm going to work on landscaping this fall and next spring.  Meeting set up with landscaper next week.

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Since when did our Diva become a Divo?

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Arkansawyer wrote:

Since when did our Diva become a Divo?

I'm a switch hitter <wink>

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Arkansawyer wrote:

Since when did our Diva become a Divo?

Speaking of Il Divo,...they are coming out with a Broadway hits cd soon... heart and playing Broadway in Nov

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Since the B+B suites have been getting all the attention and painting over the last 15 years, I will be focusing on pulling the wallpaper off our bedroom and giving it a fresh new look....new paint, bedding, rugs etc.  And it's time to have the hard wood floors in the kitchen screened and recoated.  

If I have any time and energy left by March I'll paint some of the woodwork in the cottage and re-coat the clay tiles in the bath and kitchen area.  Other than that, we are in good shape.  Oh, possibly we will replace the toilet in the cottage with one that has an insulated tank, or, if is less expensive, re-plumb it with a mixing valve so the tank does not act like a condenser all summer long, dripping water on the floor and mildewing up the wainscoting.

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We have the same problem with our cottage toilet. You get the cold water in the tank and all the hot steamy air from the big jacuzzi and it just drips off. Of course this wouldn't happen if the guests would actually use the vent fans. Nope, they'll complain that there must be a leak in the toilet or valve.

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our bathroom fan turns on when the light is switched on..no choice.

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We're considering pulling the carpet out of the cottage and replacing with fake (commercial grade which we have in our quarters) wood floors, then remove wall paper in kitchen & living room, paint, then replace the wainscot in the bathroom area with vinyl wainscot which is pretty new on the market here. We used the vinyl in one of our other rooms and it looks terrific and can stand up to the moisture of the bath area.

This is the same room we sunk $10,000 into 7 years ago and it still needs this additional work. It's a money suck. Fortunately this time it's mostly our labor which will make a difference.

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We want to pull up the carpet in our 'walkout' room and replace with fake wood. BIG concern is noise transmission as I can 'feel' the vibration of people walking across the cement floor even tho I am upstairs. So, we need to get super good padding under the floor and add some sort of sound-deadening material elsewhere in the room. Maybe swags behind the beds.

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Madeleine wrote:

We want to pull up the carpet in our 'walkout' room and replace with fake wood. BIG concern is noise transmission as I can 'feel' the vibration of people walking across the cement floor even tho I am upstairs. So, we need to get super good padding under the floor and add some sort of sound-deadening material elsewhere in the room. Maybe swags behind the beds.

We have two different kinds of padding under our fake wood floor because of concerns about moisture. Since we're one story, I can't tell you how it sounds from the floor below, but the floor basically 'floats' on the padding. We bought our from I K E A and it's commercial grade, oak color and was the cheapest around. It's wearing really well, even when our very large dog with her long nails was still with us. No scratches. Word of caution, the baseboards that are part of the system are worthless. Way too cheap looking. We took them all back and used regular wood baseboards we painted.

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Ours would be the same issues and the reason we want to take up the carpet...damp. But, even with carpet in the room I can hear guests talking, the TV, guests walking around and slamming the bathroom door. The room is on the first floor, I am upstairs.

I would love to dump the carpet in MY room upstairs but I am afraid the sound transmission would mean no shoes on in my own house. I could always get a 'runway' of area rugs across my bedroom to walk on.

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have you thought about that stuff that looks like wood but is actually lino? comes in pieces like a plank of wood size - might be better for bathrooms and then you could have it all the way through - my neighbour has it looks excellent and has a life time guarantee!

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We might be talking about the same product. Here is what we put in another room and it looks great. Vinyl wainscot

Here's what the room looked like after we put it in:

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I am going to spend the winter plotting, planning, and pricing removing my hedges and replacing with a wrought iron-look fence. It is time to spruce up the exterior here. High school kids will be hired in the spring to paint my porch trim (everything else is siding). Once I get the pricing, i can work out the how to pay for it.

 

I am also hoping to get rid of my cash crop with this effort - poison ivy!

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Wow Maddie! So much for "the slow slide into obscurity". Instead, you're upping your game! Good for you!

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Arkansawyer wrote:

Wow Maddie! So much for "the slow slide into obscurity". Instead, you're upping your game! Good for you!

Right. But it still won't be the glass & chrome ultra mod that some people think it should be in spite of the photos showing otherwise. Eye-wink

We have been slowly taking apart the house over the years, fixing what we can. We have never stopped that. We just aren't going swank.

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Us, too. Got my notebook out...2 bathrooms will get new vanities, all of them will get new faucets. The wallpaper is coming down in 3 more rooms and I'm painting all of the dressers. They are getting beat up the way they are and paint is easier to repair or just paint over.

I'm going to try spray painting the 80's style brass light fixtures so they are more matte finish and bronze. Can do that outside before it gets too cold.

1 room is getting a king bed.

Another room is getting a fireplace.

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I wouldn't use Victoria Plumb - my plumber says its expensive cheap rubbish

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That's my kind of winter! Sounds like fun, looking, planning, doing it, and admiring the result!

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