A Yorkshire Bathroom
We continually seek ways to demonstrate our skills and promote the possibilities of our materials.
During the latter part of the year 2003 we supplied and installed several very original components for a relatively expensive bathroom refit.
As you might imagine, this is the type of work we excel at; Original designs, interesting work, imaginative clients.
In truth, this job was “right up our street”, tailor made for our strengths and abilities. Also this is the type of work we enjoy doing.
The original bathroom was OK, but quite honestly there was little wrong with it. However (and thankfully) our clients wished for something special and several months later that “something special” was achieved.
The picture to the right depicting part of the original bathroom illustrates the adequate but quite unexciting original scheme. As sometimes happens, we were not given a fully schemed out plan with clear instructions as to “what is wanted and where”.
Initially we were shown this small column on the left here and asked to reproduce features of it elsewhere in the swimming pool area. As you will see, this was not the end of the story! The swimming pool area had a fairly intrusive, unattractive square pier to the long external wall elevation. This was remedied to the clients’ huge satisfaction with the large reeded casing shown here on the right.
Following this success, the first floor bathroom scheme was quickly amended to incorporate these reeds. The original (quite nice) fluted columns were put aside in favour of this unusual, pretty original reeded design.
The first item to be installed in the bathroom was this large diameter item, partial view here on the left prior to decoration. This large girth was necessary to conceal a large diameter soil pipe, also the associated knuckles and plumbing.
Throughout this process our company, Ossett Mouldings Ltd. produced a succession of scale drawings and sketches, not only for correct proportioning and client approval but also to enable us to carry out the often technically difficult workshop setting out and manufacturing operations.
While this task might seem onerous, it does eliminate abortive manufacturing for clients who, while brilliant in their profession are unaware of the significance of our trade jargon. And believe me, we have a great many, often baffling trade terms! What for instance do you suppose “prossing” , “cockling” or “chattering” are?
On the right one can see the complete bathroom corner column. Just compare the (adequate) bathroom image above to this brilliant, lovely item! To be honest, other people contributed, the client, the main contractor and particularly the other sub contractors all of whom also invested their effort, time and cash.
Elsewhere in the same bathroom there is a truly fabulous sink, supported by two similar reeded columns. One of these is shown in close up, here on the left. A miniature version of the other fitted columns.
We have traded for very, many years. During all of these years we have produced a great many truly unique items. The patterns and moulds that created all these many originals would probably reach to a North Sea oil rig if all were laid down on end.
Well, as you might guess, all we have left of these exceptional items is photographs! Hardly any thing else remains to produce further examples. Therefore objects such as these will probably remain “one offs”. Simply because space does not allow us to retain these huge numbers of production moulds.
Finally, on the right is a broad, overall view of the sink featured above. I thought it might be interesting to describe other parts of this project should readers wish to know.
Our two dwarf columns are supporting a black granite sink base, this base has a “moulded” edge with radiused external angles. Sadly I don’t know sufficient plumbing jargon to adequately describe the sinks and taps. Thankfully they are visible in this shot!
There are black floor tiles, a corner bath, and a corner shower unit. The ceiling is slatted black laminate separated by fine mirror strips. Wall tiles can be seen in almost all these illustrations.
In short, this is very obviousely a job we enjoyed, we also enjoy showing our achievements off. We would very much like to help you create something original and exciting.
Can we help each other? We, Ossett Mouldings would certainly love to help you!