The good news is that House By The Water is starting to come together. The bad news is that the photos are lousy. Dodgy, locked-out, bad angles, reflection-on-the-windows, ground-floor-only kind of photos. I’m going to show you any way.
Last week the painters made the ceilings, doors and door frames white.
Then the tilers got busy in the bathrooms and the laundry. I caught them on the job one morning:
Since then, the wall tiles in both bathrooms have also been laid.
The laundry tiles are almost complete. There is just a small section under the cabinets left to tile. This is going to be the hiding spot for our robotic vacuum.
My powder room floor tile choice is proving to be more than just a puzzle:
The tiles come in a series of 6 different tiles. When they are pieced together they create a rug effect. We planned to use just three in the series since our powder room is fairly small. All nice in theory. Problem 1: wrong tiles delivered. Problem 2: replacement tiles still wrong. Problem 3: calculation of powder room floor space did not include extra width at the door openings, therefore 4 tiles in the series are actually required. Problem 4: the second tile in the series is darker than the 1st and 3rd tiles making it look all wrong. Gotta feeling the tiler isn’t going to love this tile. I just hope I still do once all the problems are resolved.
The renderers covered some of the planter boxes beside the canal:
And, most exciting of all, the Caesarstone went in today. Most of it is covered in protective plastic, but I managed to get a close up of the Alpine Mist bench top in our scullery through the scullery window.
Behind the scenes, the landscaping ball is rolling again. I’m selecting tiles for around the pool for the third time. The first tiles were discontinued, then the second. There’s a chance we will have some decking before handover of our house which is a thrilling prospect. You all know that it’s the glass of wine on the deck that I’ve been dreaming about for the last 3 years.
Our dishwasher is purchased and is awaiting fitting. We bought the integrated model of Fisher and Paykel’s double dish drawer. This means that the dish washer will be disguised as a kitchen cabinet. Very swish! We’ve had Fisher and Paykel dish drawers in several houses over the past 15 years and I give them two thumbs up.
It’s almost time to start making some lists. It’s not long now before Webb and Brown-Neaves’ work is done and ours is just beginning.