We are very contented in our flat, but there are a couple of flies in the ointment. One of them is that the sea air is high in humidity. As our flat is on the ground floor, and dug into the side of the hill at the back, we don’t get the warmth and air movement they get upstairs in the other two flats. So drying clothes is an absolute pain. If I’m not careful and they dry too slowly, they smell musty and are unwearable. I’ve tried all sorts of ways round this, and I’ve now got a system in place that works pretty well … but it’s not ideal.
Also, we are very tight on storage space. There are no places in the flat where we can put any more furniture – it’s even difficult finding a surface to take a vase of flowers! Not that I’m complaining – it’s fine for the two of us.
So. We have a bathroom with both a bath and a shower. And neither of us is a bath person – we always have showers, just in case you were hunting for a peg to put on your nose. So the obvious thing is – can we take out the bath, and plumb in the washing machine in its place along with a tumble dryer? That would release some precious space in the kitchen.
The answer is No, says our friendly electrician. No electrical equipment should be within 3 metres of a shower or bath. And there’s no way our bathroom is that big. However, says he. If you were to build a cupboard in the bathroom, and put the washing machine in there, then that would be legal.
But will the Church of England Pensions Board, who co-own this place with us, give us permission??? Will they think that taking out the bath will reduce the value of the property?
I’ve asked the question … now we wait to see