I’ve been told recently that I run the risk of my new kitchen being “boring”. Nice huh? It’s a large space and yes it could be run-of-the-mill. But honestly, what’s so bad about run-of-the-mill? Sometimes, it’s okay for things to look normal and not be overdone, right? I mean, I have a LOT of weird stuff already and my house will definitely be “unique”. So do I need more chaos in the kitchen? Apparently, yes.
As a knee-jerk reaction, we’ve been thinking about a bit of a feature wall. My brother in law suggested a sort of “tropical leaf” theme and I’ve been looking around for something I like (see below).
But my question to you is… will this look dated in 6 months? How will these prints stand the test of time? I’m not going to lie to you, I’ve seen tropical leaf prints in Ikea now which means we’ve hit peak market saturation. What to do? And which one do you like? I definitely have a preference but curious for other opinions.
While the builders were getting to work, we also decided to get down to business. Obviously we’d worked on or own bedroom prior to the major structural work being completed and so we knew what we were getting into. In this instance it was more wallpaper stripping and plaster chipping. Such an exciting way to spend every weekend in the summer, right? First we started with the entryway and hallway. I can tell you now that stripping wallpaper is a sticky, sweaty, nasty business. I’d done it before so I’m not sure why I volunteered to do it again! That said, it feels good to finish a wall, stand back, and admire a job well done. Continue reading “This kind of stripping doesn’t require a pole…”→
Or underfloor heating to warm our feet, to be more precise. As explained, our dreams of having an additional bathroom and a laundry room had disappeared into the mists of construction hell. But what happens when life hands you lemons? You make lemonade.
In this instance, lemonade meant we were actually able to afford underfloor heating. I had always dreamed of installing underfloor heating as being from California means I’ve not been warm in about 11 years? But it felt like a splurge when we were already spending a lot of money. The bi-fold doors alone were enough to make me cry… And yes, we wanted bi-folds instead of the very popular Crittall window that’s popping up everywhere at the moment.
Back to the details…
Now we could have been sensible and put the money we’d saved towards inevitable overruns, but given we want the kitchen to be the showpiece, we went for it. With the boiler installed in the loft space, we had to run (what seemed like) several miles worth of pipework throughout the house. This piping runs to the kitchen and I’ve been told can all be controlled through a “wireless” sensor. Mind. Blown.
While the structural elements were being nailed (see what I did there?!) there was also some serious plumbing taking place, including the installation of a brand new boiler! Note in North America we would call it a “hot water heater”. Oh yeah… have I mentioned I’m not actually British? Sometimes I use American words to describe things to my British builder and he looks at me like I’m nuts. Most recently I asked him to provide “flood lights” and it was like I had spoken to him in Swahili. And I’m digressing…
So if you remember, in my last post I promised to talk about the structural elements of my build? Well, the interior walls could only be knocked down once the proper supports were in place. These supports included multiple “RSJs“… or rolled steel joints. See those big red beams in the photo below? Those are RSJs and they are now responsible for holding up half of my house! I wander down most mornings and take a peak, just to see if it’s still standing…