We are now two months into our building works and an end is in sight. We are still a few weeks away from completion but it is all coming together now. All the unwanted internal walls have been removed, new partitions are partly up, some walls are plastered and the light fittings and sockets are in. Here some photos:
|This is the outside of the extension. There will be four large roof windows across the length of the extension. The plywood sheets indicate where the large glass doors and full length windows will be. In between, the walls will be cedar clad.|
|Here is the view towards the kitchen door, away from the extension. The former dining room door has been bricked up. The tall kitchen units will be at the back wall next to the bricked up door.|
|Finally, this is the snug, a small corner of the room for a couple of armchairs next to a full height window. It looks a bit pokey of course because the roof windows are covered, as are the windows.|
We have ordered the floor, solid beech, my favourite hardwood. Our kitchen worktop is beech, too. I like the way beech ages, gently and with the slightest hint of red. I also love the grain of beech, subtle but clear. It is a lighter wood than oak, which is more common for flooring. If you are not familiar with this hardwood, wooden gym hall floors are often beech. The entire ground floor will be re-floored. The current floors have been laid in 1929 and are a bit worse for wear.
The kitchen is all white, with the exception of the of the cooker splash back, which will be brightly coloured. I haven't made up my mind but favour orange, or an egg yolk yellow. There will of course be other colour splashes, for example ceiling lights and pictures. I have bookmarked a crazy pendant light that I want to buy. Richard is happy with my crazy choice as long as he doesn't have to dust it. Fair enough I'll keep this as a surprise for now.
We just took a short trip to Ikea to get one sink cabinet and a simple sink for the utility room. It might be handy to have a sink there. Annie was going on about our poor colour choices so Richard and I decided to get a bright orange cupboard door, for the sink cabinet just to annoy her. She says she'll make sure the utility room will always be closed because it is so hideous.
The disruption is bearable. The builders plumbed the washing machine in for me specially and all laundry is under control. We also discovered the old oven sitting in the extension. As the electric sockets are done, we can plug it in, right in the middle of the building site. We had cheese on toast for lunch and will have roast chicken for dinner. Exiting! I have thoroughly cleaned the living room and strategically dusted high thoroughfares.
Now I am sitting with my feet up, nail varnish drying. I am kinder with my feet now that I am back to doing yoga and make sure they do look and feel pretty. Wishing you a lovely Sunday afternoon! Thanks for stopping by. xx