Saturday, 28 June 2014

Bathroom Tiling and Other Bits & Pieces

The bathroom work has started.  At long long last we are seeing some progress (other than the kitchen of course!) happening n the house.  Our kitchen cupboard door handles went on this week and I have to say that i really like them!  The measuring for the quartz worktop also took place but I’ve asked them to postpone installation until the plastering is finished after the windows go in.  I’m getting up stands for the work top so I just think it would be weird to plastering down to their level but not have plastering in behind.  It’s not a bit thing but as the plasterboard is already in place it’ll only be skim of plaster so it won’t affect the worktop measurements.  The guys are fine with this so long as it doesn’t run in to their company’s holidays (we’re getting worktop from Stone Solutions in Gorey).   We now have a number of things dependent on the plastering (and hence the window fitting dates) - kitchen worktop and parquet flooring work commencement!  Here’s the kitchen in it’s current non-glory...

Kitchen With Handles

Tubs & Tiles finally (and I mean finally) got delivery of the rest of our tiles this week so Dave collected them on Wednesday.  His poor car... the suspension felt it I think :)

I popped in last night to check out the bathroom progress… it’s a little weird as no grouting is being done (even on the floor) until after the windows are in but I *think* I like the floor.  It’s weird but I either love or hate the floor tiles and I’m not 100% sure which it is yet.  I think I love them :) 

The bathroom tiling is started!


Future work is that we’re looking at the week of the 7th July for the window installation… I believe that they left Denmark yesterday (we’re went with Rationel).  The insulation (internal on one side and external on two sides) should be happening at the same time.  Once the windows are in the plastering should finish on the front and back of the house.  Then my quartz work top can go in.  We have Mike lined up tentatively to start work on the ground floor parquet flooring the week of July 21st.  Maybe I’m being very optimistic with all those dates but I hope not!   The one thing that I feel that we can’t really do until the kitchen worktop is in is to pick the kitchen floor and wall tiles.  But hopefully that won’t be too much of an issue.

Now that we’ve decided on our initial paint colour for the house interior (Dulux Celestial in the bathroom, French Silk for the kitchen and Soft Cream or something or other for the rest of the house) I may even start on painting tomorrow (depends on weather I guess of course :) )  



Monday, 23 June 2014

Paints and Kitchen

So the kitchen is progressing nicely though it was at a bit of a stand still for the latter part of last week. We expected it to be finished up on Wednesday but by Thurs evening it was still unfinished. The doors were on but no handles and a general tidy up was still required. Dave had also noticed that we'd been given a chrome tap instead of the requested stainless steel one. I phoned on Friday morning and turns out that there's a delay with the door handles. Personally I don't think that it would have hurt to pick up the phone and just let us know that but not something that I'm going to get in to a tizz over either! They're apparently being delivered today so hopefully today or tomorrow they'll be fitted. I had a call from the guys who'll be doing out work top this morning to say they were leaving Gorey and what time would suit to let them in. I had to sort of point out that I was in work and that nobody had told us they'd be coming up today! Anyway, as one of the fitters from Domino Kitchens still has a set of our keys I believe that they're synching up for that. I'll ned to phone tomorrow to ensure that I get the type of drain that I want on the worktop! At the weekend Dave started work on scraping the front walls where the internal insulation is going to go. Neither the builder nor the insulation guys themselves believe that this is necessary but Dave read an article that said that it's best to have the wall exposed back to the original brick/concrete before the internal insulation goes on. It makes sense as it removes any hidden layers of damp where mould got fester behind the insulation. Plenty of dust encountered while doing that work I believe :) I had the much more onerous task of painting up wall testers! Rather than deciding on our colour scheme now I want us to just get the place painted (as it's all bare plaster) and then we can decide on colours at our leisure. Seriously though, who knew how hard it would be to pick a single neutral, bright, NOT white colour for the whole house??!
Coffee and Paint Testers Trying to decide on a neutral colour... We ended up buying yet another tester yesterday but that's it, we just have to decide now. I like both our bathroom options actually. I think I prefer the the darker blue (Celestial) while Dave prefers the icier lighter blue (Nordic Blue) but I accept that the former is darker. Having said that only one wall will be fully painted, another will be half white tile and half paint and another completely tiled so I'm thinking that I may have argument for pushing the Celestial. I'll put some of the other tiles (different designs) out this evening and look again.
Bathroom Paint Options In fairness to myself I also spent an hour making what seems like a feeble attempt to trim back our very own Bray jungle. Some effort made but not posting any photos of that considering it still looks a nightmare! Oven and hob purchased yesterday too. I now own a gas hob :)

Wednesday, 18 June 2014

The Kitchen

The kitchen got delivered yesterday!  John (from Domino Designs) phoned me on Monday evening to let me know that the clutch had gone in their van on Saturday but not to worry they’d be delivering our kitchen in their horse box!  I asked if the horse came free with the kitchen but apparently the horse is in horsey heaven so no.

Kitchen Transport :)

We were down there on Monday evening where I made some attempt to clear the kitchen space for fitting.  Very very dusty and not particularly easy to do (seeing as I came straight from work… possibly not the cleverest idea!) but I think it was okay.

Kitchen space ready for new kitchen

 The guys turned up on the dot of 9am yesterday which was great for me. I reckon they had everything unloaded within 20-30 mins and then one fitter stayed for the day and is back there today and then we should be done… well done bar the worktops.  Can’t even measure for the worktops until the kitchen itself is fitted!  We’re thinking we might actually purchase some appliances this weekend!  Here’s how things were looking last night… exciting :)

Kitchen in progress

The wire baskets in that corner unit are something we salvaged from the old kitchen.

Kitchen Installation

The wire carousel is also a it of salvaged old kitchen.

Kitchen Installation

So too are the pull out wire spice racks :)  And for one final picture… for this post at least!

In progress kitchen


Bathroom Progress

We have a shower tray.  Well, we’ve had a shower tray for quite some while but the shower tray is now in the bathroom.  I know you’d love to see a photo but trust me it isn’t that exciting and even I couldn’t be arsed taking a photo of a shower tray in a bare bathroom!

Dave collected the floor tiles over a week ago but tiling has still not started and what they didn’t tell us when ordering is that the plain white wall tiles weren’t in stock!  Then last Saturday Dave decided to count the floor tiles that we’d been given but it turns out that they didn’t give us enough.  I mean not enough to floor the whole room but also not as many as we actually paid for.  We’re still waiting.  I‘m a bit annoyed about this - we went with uneven mix of colours for the floor tiles as we didn’t want to wait two weeks for more to come in stock and we’re already at the two week mark now anyway!  I think they’ll look great once they’re down though...

Bathroom tiles...


Our actual bathroom suite has also been delivered and is awaiting installation - it needs the tiles to go in first!