Home Improvement (2)

I returned home pretty late last night, and was in a mad rush to take a shower and pick up my daughter from my parents’ home. I was also hungry, because it was already 9.30 p.m. and my lunch dissolved at about 5 p.m. I bundled up the stairs, removing my clothes as I did,┬áinto my bedroom, grabbed my towel, flicked on the heater switch and plomped into the shower area and turned it on full blast. Nothing refreshes you like a nice hot shower at the end of a long day. I scrubbed, I soaped, I sang as suds of shampoo spilled over my face.

After I was finished, I took a critical look at the exposed piping running the length of the bathroom, to the water heater. The sound of a little drip drip annoyed me, and I hated the faulty ol’ bathroom faucets. The WC was a sorry-looking piece of fixture, a basic white one with a yellowed, cheap-looking plastic cistern. I critically surveyed the bathroom tiles, white with a pink and red lily pattern adorned, cheap-looking too. These came with the house when we bought it, and because we had spent our money buying the house, we took it “as is” and didn’t bother with any renovations or home improvement projects. Now, though, I was beginning to feel a sense of discontent creep in.

I imagined a clean, beautiful spacious bathroom with a transparent wash basin sitting on top of a faux marble closet, and shiny new taps. A ceramic water cistern, white, but with clean lines and contours. A tempered, frosted shower screen with a stainless steel side rack to place toiletries. Shiny, stainless steel towel railings. Hidden piping works. And I would definitely want to change those ugly tiles, plain pretty ones would do for me.

The bathroom is the first thing I check out when I’m in a house, friends’ ones or otherwise. Next to the bedroom (which is first and foremost, my sanctuary), the bathroom plays an equally important role.

I was determined that after the conversion of the study room into the maids’ room, and the improvement of our upstairs living area into a study/computer area, this would be my next project. Maybe I should start looking around for bathroom fixtures and fittings…