Isn’t it amazing how you can fall in love with a property online, and then when you go to the open home you wonder if you are in the right place! With the use of filters and the right lens the real estate agent can portray even the most dark and dingy of properties as sleek and stylish. In the advertised photo the bathroom appears a very bright white, when in actual fact it was a grubby pale yellow.
Replacing the vinyl would have been such a mission, as the Hardie Glaze wall lining sheets would have had to of be removed, and replaced, which was way out of our budget.
I removed the ugly cabinet, which intruded into the toilets personal space, and the broken heated towel rail. It was time to call a tradee.
Replacing the toilet and installing a pedestal basin were not in my list of skills, and so a plumber was required.
The plumber found numerous open pipes, which should have been capped by a previous plumber. These open pipes are unhygienic and can attract rats into the home, as we found out, uncovering the remains of a rather large rat nest. It was not pretty.
My crappy plumber knew that I was going to patch up the holes left in the gib, and yet he left pipes protruding out of the wall. My DIY skills are limited, and the tools I had available did not include anything that I could use to cut a brass pipe, and so I had to get the apprentice plumber’s supervisor to come back to cut back the pipes and to cap them. Weird I thought to of left them uncapped as we had uncovered others in that state that he had fixed up.
The toilet had a cistern within the wall cavity, so I opened the wall from outside, and removed it, repairing the external wall in the process.
With a coat of paint on the walls and ceiling the bathroom was complete. A functional clean and tidy family bathroom.