It has only been one week since our builders moved in but it seems that things are moving along at quite the pace. So far, the builders have gutted the entire flat, re-wired everything (including the fuse box of doom) and taken down a significant chunk of the interior wall.
What was formerly our lower terrace has become a temporary dumping ground for everything that was once inside the flat, including the bath which is currently balanced fairly precariously on a pile of other rubbish. Apologies to the former resident pigeons.
The last week has also seen a rapid change to my sleeping habits and my relationship with Mr Flatzilla. Whereas once I slept until 8am, I am now forcing myself out of bed an hour earlier virtually every day to trek round to the flat and discuss all of the ridiculous things that one doesn't really think of when it comes to buying a flat. For example, where you would like all of your plug points.Who knew you could argue so much about just how many plug points you want in the living room?
Luckily for both of us, Mr Flatzilla and I had plenty of time before we completed for endless discussions about most of the big things (wall colours, kitchen type, floors etc) but I'm not sure we were fully prepared for the details that need discussion. A lot of discussion. We spent an hour one night last week trekking around in B&Q's bathroom department trying to pick a toilet. Much to Mr Flatzilla's consternation, I insisted on sitting on virtually each one to establish which ones were higher. Noone wants their knees round their ears while they're having a wee, do they?
Mr Flatzilla didn't want a square loo whereas I'd been somewhat swayed from my online trawls. Also, I did not know that it is virtually impossible to buy a loo with a handle flush these days unless you're going for a Victoriana vibe in your bathroom which we are most definitely not so we are now the proud-ish owners of a button flush loo in a compromised style somewhere between normal and square.
Having also purchased the rest of our bathroom from B&Q, we came home and I pulled up Victoria Plum for a quick surf, only to promptly buy another entire bathroom (minus the loo) online an hour later in their really rather good sale. You may think me mad (noone needs four sinks) but the problem with B&Q was that as lovely as the pieces we'd ordered were, they were all special order with the average delivery time of 10 days and our builders have itchy fingers whereas Victoria Plumb delivered on two working days later.
So, itchy fingers crossed, our bathroom may actually start being plumbed in very, very soon. One room, sorted. Except for taps, a towel rail and other fittings. Still, it's progress.
Next up, it's time for some Ikea kitchen fun. If anyone out there would like to give me a lesson in how to use their rage-inducing online kitchen planner without punching my laptop, I would be most grateful.