Decorating has commenced!
The lovely wooden panelling is gone; the highly suspect rubble pile under the load bearing beam on the stairs has been rebuilt with gasp mortar! The carpet on stairs is up along with more staples than your average junior school.
By far the best thing though isÖ
I get to play with a crowbar! Or more accurately; with a ďwrecking barĒ (canít decide which sounds best!).
My slave labour pool (aka Dan) is working hard stripping wall paper and paint and other noxious substances (that left my hands disturbingly dry and cracked when I did it) from the upstairs rooms after the planned kitchen wall moving has been postponed. Dan and I have decided that a degree in Electronic Engineering (between the two of us, Dan is foolishly spending another year doing a masters!) is enough of a qualification to build a stud wall ourselves upstairs. Not load bearing, no sockets (that I can see externally, have to hope there are no wires about) and best of all, no door to hang! It will blatantly fall down within a day of having been done but it is all about the experience! ;-)
Anyway, it wonít be the wall of my bedroom, itíll be the guy who is renting from me so all is good. Though it will form the wall of my study so guess Iíd better do an okay job.
The kitchen is fully designed now using the wonderful Ikea kitchen planner (what an excellent way to waste half an hour) and the tiles picked out. Now just got to wait for the wall to be moved and prep for some serious flat pack assembly.
At some point in the not too distant future Iím going to have to pick the colours for the rooms and find a carpet for myself; now for me this is the worst part of the whole projectÖ Iíve not got a clue what kind of carpet I want! Or what colour walls to have thatíd go with all my black furniture (which I already have). Current thought is some description of light grey or some form of off white for the walls, and then ??? for the carpet!
Ideas on a postcard!