I’m floored…

I’m floored…

Today I’m talking floors. Beautiful, wonderful, floors. Now, flooring is not only important, it’s expensive and choosing the right flooring can be complex. You have to think about the room (what floors are typically used in this room – you wouldn’t want to install carpet in a kitchen), how people use the room (wear and tear – is this a heavy traffic area), the style (are you re-flooring your kitchen and installing shaker cabinets or sleek, white, modern glossy, cabinets), heating (is there underfloor heating in the mix). Anymore, simply choosing a neutral carpet doesn’t cut the mustard. Lord, I wish it did! Sometimes I think we’re so spoiled it makes it difficult to choose anything, let alone the RIGHT thing. Don’t even get me started on door knobs…

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Cooking up a disaster

Cooking up a disaster

In my previous post, I shared some pictures of the kitchen as it was being installed and highlighted a few of the issues we faced. This post I’m going to share a few hard-learned lessons that came out of this disaster. Some of these things will seem blindingly obvious, but when you’re six months into a build and the builder you’re working with is making excuses, it’s easy to trust them at their word. I’m here to set the record straight so let’s not waste any time, shall we? 

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The corrections

In my previous post, I mentioned that the plastering had gone terribly awry. While I didn’t go into specifics, you’re in for a treat now. One of, if not the biggest issue was the new kitchen ceiling. As said, in an older building you expect some wobbly lines but in a brand new space to have a sloped ceiling is completely unacceptable.

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When measured, the kitchen ceiling was 2 inches out. So if you look at those wooden slats they are thicker towards the kitchen cabinets and they then thin out. This was to compensate for the slanted ceiling. It’s rather extraordinary in my opinion, that a new space could be so badly constructed. After the slats had been carefully measured, the end result was a new ceiling. Again. Continue reading “The corrections”

The big pink

After all of this demolition, it finally came time to start to put things back together. When I say finally, I mean FINALLY! When we embarked upon this journey we were told that the build would be finished by end of June, early July at the latest. By the time we started putting the plaster on the walls we were already at the end of July and I was at the end of my wits.

Going through this process is not for the faint of heart and you have to be ready for all manner of delays and excuses. There are going to be times when you wish you’d never bothered and then you’ll see the hard work start to come together. For me, I had a moment of pure happiness when I came home from work and saw fresh, pink plaster all over the house… But unfortunately, that moment was short-lived and this isn’t a happy post.

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What I really, really want

So, tell me what you want, what you really really want? I’ll tell you what I want, what I really, really want. I wanted all kinds of things for this build, but a big lesson I’ve had to learn was “what do I want vs. what makes sense”?

Perfect example… A quick google search yields all kinds of lovely photos of black faucets in designer bathrooms. They might be a “fad” but I think they look so classy (at least in the photographs). So sleek and I can imagine how they feel on your hands when you turn the faucets.

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An exploration in customisation

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I’ve been searching for vintage chairs for about two years now and I haven’t found a pair I felt I could confidently invest in, that would stand the test of time. This is partly driven by wanting to own a bit of history but also because I want to upholster my own chairs to accentuate the sofa. I wanted something different. While it hasn’t been a full-time search, nothing caught my eye until now. Continue reading “An exploration in customisation”

How to: Work with a designer

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As you can hopefully see throughout this website, I’m very much learning as I go. This includes working with multiple trades alongside my partner, to make sure we are reaching compromises that will make us both happy. One thing I am not doing in this instance is working with an interior designer. That’s not because I don’t want to, but my budget doesn’t really allow for it (and I want to make/learn from my own mistakes). I am 100% convinced that working with someone would be a great learning experience and I would love to have the opportunity in the future, but it’s not in the cards at the moment.

That said, I’m conscious that some of you may feel more comfortable going down this route and so I’ve done a bit of sleuthing around the internet, to share some resources below. Continue reading “How to: Work with a designer”