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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Dealing with disappointment

Dealing with disappointment

I’d like to think that I’ve been pretty real so far. I’ve expressed my frustrations, pointed out where things have gone wrong, and talked about what I’ve learned. Yet up to this point, I’ve not really let rip how disappointing so much of this build has been. Nobody likes a complainer, right?

That said, I think it’s important to talk about disappointment. Learning how to deal with setbacks in a healthy manner is fundamental when going through any sort of renovation process. Why you ask? Because every project is going to come with compromises and if you can’t find a way to move on, those compromises will eat away at you and ruin what should be an exciting time. Further to this, working with people is challenging. Everyone has their own vision for what you should be doing, how you should be spending your money, how you should design the space. What is intended as well-meaning advice, can quickly become incredibly frustrating when nobody stops and listens to what YOU actually want.

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The world at our feet

The world at our feet

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.

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