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I blended two rooms to create one

By removing a dividing wall, Petra Rebekova created a spacious shower room

When Petra Rebekova bought her home, the previous owners had done work in some rooms, but other areas hadn’t been touched. ‘The WC had been beautifully revamped with a heated towel rail, ivory brick tiles and dark wood plank vinyl flooring, but they hadn’t got round to the shower next door, which was terribly dated. This had an avocado shower tray and tiles, a wooden ceiling and shower curtain on an extendable pole that was always falling down!’ explains Petra. ‘I lived with it for a while and almost got used to the 1980s look, but when some tiles became loose and I discovered that the grout had failed and the partition wall was disintegrating I knew it was time to act!’ she exclaims. ‘The water leak had been going on for a while and the wall was rotten so I would need to either rebuild or remove it and it seemed obvious to take the wall out to make one bigger room. In doing so I could block up the existing shower door and use the WC door instead, this would then leave enough space for a new shower enclosure, as well as a basin by the window.’ Petra had the foresight when buying the house to ask the previous owners for a list of products they’d used in their renovations. ‘As they knew I was hoping to finish the house off, as well as notes on flooring and paint, they even gave me all the tiles they had bought for the shower but hadn’t got round to using so it would be easy for me to get the rooms looking as one,’ she smiles.

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