18 – 24 August 2014: London
Finishing Touches in the Kitchen
With the gas hob installed we could finally attach both the benchtops and finish everything off in the kitchen. Sounds quite straightforward and easy really but thanks to our professionally butchered benchtops, actually trying to line everything up to join the tops at the mitred cut was almost impossible.
Next up it was attaching the range hood to the wall, (yes Mark is standing on the new benchtop to attach the hood!!) then the glass splashback was screwed onto the wall behind the hobs. We carried on with all the “arms in the air jobs” with the wiring up of a 3 directional spot light.
Then we had to get very creative to hide the gaps along the walls that were created to make the “unsquare” mitred joins marry together. Out came my favourite power tool the jigsaw and I started slicing up the leftover pieces of the benctop into bite sized pieces to fill the gaps. Then we put the matching splashbacks around the walls, tiled the windowsill and we were done. The end result is great.
With the kitchen finished we moved our attention back into the bathroom. Mark was back busy wearing his plumbing cap again.
The taps, plughole and waste went onto the bath, all the pipes were attached and plumbed across the bathroom. Tiling was finished down to the bath, the glass shower screen was fitted to the wall and the white bath screen was attached to hide the bath underside. Trim went up between the tiles and ceiling, skirting boards went on to finish off the laminate flooring. The heating radiator was refitted, the towel rail attached, extractor fan and power points refitted and small tiles laid as a splashback behind the hand basin. We are still looking for appropriate light fittings and will cover the pipes if we have time, but all in all the bathroom is finished and it looks magnificent.
We were quoted £2,500 to tile, install the bath, shower, toilet and basin. There was a lot more to do than that and we have done everything ourselves in there. As with the kitchebn, it’s been hard work but very fulfilling. Here’s the end result …..