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How to put in an upstairs loo
How I did it: When the man selling me his house showed me around for the viewing he'd shown me a cupboard in what would be my bedroom and said there's room in here to fit an upstairs loo. I bought the house, I showed people around and told them that there was room in the cupboard for an upstairs loo then filled the cupboard with luggage, little-used sporting goods, handbags, and other bits of stuff that found no other home. With a visit from my mum due, and a little nest egg with which to pay for an upstairs loo, my mind began to think of making the change.
Lessons & tips: Let's put this into perspective, I put in an upstairs loo. This isn't a rock and roll story but it is something which will perhaps make every day living in my house that little bit simpler. I have a good friend to thank for giving me the number of a very reliable builder and the rest was easy. We agreed on the layout, chose the fittings and off he went. One month and a lot of dust later, voila. Tips: cover everything up with dust sheets!
Resources: So why didn't I just get on and do this 5 years ago? Part of me perhaps never thought I would still be living in that house in that city for as long as I did. What I realise is, that just because I have an upstairs loo doesn't mean that I am forever to remain there. It's just an upstairs loo after all. But it does mean I can get a glass of water in the night and that my visitors don't have to risk a nocturnal trip down perilous stairs if they are taken short in the night.