Where there’s a mill, there’s a way!
THE MILL OF DREAM
At Graham, we pride ourselves as experts and the staff at the Sheffield Showroom proved it yet again! This time the challenge they faced was the fitting of a bathroom in a customer’s windmill home.
Having a 200-year-old countryside windmill for a home sounds an idyllic way of life. However, awkward room dimensions inside such a building’s interior are bound to cause issues whenever improvements or alterations are required. So it proved when the owner of this Grade II-listed, five-floor, former working windmill close to Doncaster required a new bathroom.
Having lived in the stone-built mill since 1994 and being familiar with all its contours, she knew that upgrading the bathroom would present several problems.
The room’s shape was the major issue, but any complexities on this count were soon dispelled when the mill-owner travelled over to south Sheffield to talk through her plans with the experts at Graham.
“The bathroom I inherited was always something I wanted to tackle. I had a bidet and a bookshelf but didn’t have a shower because the water pressure here was appalling.”
The bathroom also has a couple of steps down into it, exposed woodwork and a sloping ceiling with eaves.
“I wanted a new bathroom which was modern but it also had to be traditional in appearance to fit in with the building quirkiness. I didn’t know Graham before, but I was very, very impressed with how they went about reconfiguring the room.”
THE NEW BATHROOM
Thanks to the seamless teamwork between Graham Sheffield and DC Heating & Plumbing, the room is now resplendent! The products used to achieve that are a Tissino bathtub, Laura Ashley bath and basin taps, an HiB Vanity unit and circular, backlit mirror. The large shower has a Mira tray, Aquadart enclosure and a Triton digital shower. There is a VitrA WC with concealed cistern and an existing radiator was given a new lease of life with powder coating.
High-tech underfloor heating has been installed for comfort no matter the season and modernity. But there are also nods to the building’s uniqueness with quirky alcoves and exposed woodwork above a window.
The low water pressure issue was dealt with the installation of a pump and a problem of limey water supply to the windmill was also resolved.
This all transformation has been performed in just two weeks! And now the owner is delighted with the finish job, especially the shower.
She was satisfied with the ideas, input and design work from Graham and said she will be recommending the company to others.