There's some downsides too. Our tradesmen are exasperating. The man who diligently measured up my entire house in September to quote for decoration and to install a bathroom hasn't come back although I've been told on the grapevine that he's working on it. Also too is the carpet fitter who advised me that I needed to buy new carpet to replace the one where I had a massive paint spillage when I first moved in. 'Leave it on the stairs and I'll get the spare key from Mr Metrosexual' he said. It's been there for two months.
In desperation I've turned to the big guys to speed up parts of my home makeover. Another friend was pleased with her Wickes kitchen so I thought I'd give them a go re: the bathroom. I also thought they could tackle this, the downstairs loo. Leeroy at the Call Centre ran through his scripted questions. 'Would I like a shower in there?' I chortled. 'Look' I said 'It would be great if I could just shut the door when I have a wee!'.
Last week the bathroom planner came around. He was really helpful. Ideas for a beautiful place to relax and bathe upstairs are forming. 'I'm sure you've seen rooms this size before'. I said as I lead him downstairs to inspect the downstairs loo. I have never seen anything like it!' he said. 'And we don't stock anywhere near as small as the sink you've got in there anyway. That's the one that I bruise myself on as I brush past it. The toilet roll holder and towel rail have given up the ghost as they've taken a battering from body parts so often.
A corner toilet and basin might be the solution that I need but for the moment I'll have to live with Grimville. That isn't even a window to the outside but hides a blocked off wall. I've thought of a temporary solution to the problem with privacy though. Maybe a sign saying 'Sit Very Far Back' will suffice.