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This is me today

In Kitchen, Walls on August 30, 2012 at 1:13 pm

This is me by the way. See that smile, that’s because despite the fact that the kitchen is now delayed by four weeks, I’m beginning to rather enjoy this renovating lark. Ask me again in a week or so….



This is my favourite roller

In Kitchen, Walls on August 30, 2012 at 12:59 pm

This is my favourite roller. I have “borrowed” it from Dad. He’ll have to fight me to get it back. I’ve tried posh new Dulux ones and shiny new Wickes ones, none compare for cover or rolling action to this old, war worn, excellent roller.


The list: Kitchen supplies

In Kitchen on August 25, 2012 at 11:00 am

Here’s what we are using for the kitchen and dining room:

Shaker style kitchen

Kitchen units:  Cotswood by Crown Imperial, with Beecn worktop ordered through Benchmarx

Half in “grey/green” (not shown here) and half in “stone”. Fitted by local fitter. If you live in London and want to know who, contact me.

Handles and knobs: Hafele zinc 32mm knob and 104mm zinc pull handle

rangemaster elan 90

Cooking: Rangemaster Elan 90 Duel Fuel in black

caple tap and belfast sink

Tap and sink: Caple Knighsbridhe tap (through the excellent Appliance House) and Yorskshire belfast sink

and the less pretty bits, but the ones that take even more reserach (esp to hood):

Neff 73cm integrated hood

Neff 151L integrated fridge

Neff 91L integrated freezer

Kitchen carnage

In Building, Kitchen, Workmen and Trade on August 23, 2012 at 5:41 am

Bathroom done, we move onto the kitchen in the next stage of the lovely “project” that is The Squirrel’s Drey.

I have come to the conclusion that all house-renovation is like the song “I know an old lady who swallowed a fly”. In order to fix one thing, you find you have to fix another thing, which means something else has to happen. O.K, this is partly due to our own choice but still, for every moment that it is exciting and adventurous,  there are evenings when we are floored by the sheer range of decisions need to be made, things to be research and time-frames to be juggled.

Because we want to floor in the kitchen and dining room to run through into each other, this means it has to fit in with kitchen-fitting timings. We also have the afor mentioned fireplace in the dning room which needs attention. This has to be done before the floors. So…the fireplace before the floors before the kitchen. We just thought we were doing the kitchen!

We are completely dry-lining the kitchen (this means covering the walls in thick foam-back plaster board) in order the unsightly pipes. So here’s how this are going so far…

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What to do with a fireplace

In Building, Lighting on August 4, 2012 at 9:19 am


What should we do we this? We want to keep a working fireplace and we’re having dark wood floors. Want something fairly traditional probably but we’re totally clueless about revamping fireplaces when it comes to style or requirements or cost!