Monday, 11 August 2008

Progress! Yay! Long way to go. Boo.

So, we were away on holiday for three weeks, during which work was supposed to stop (because we're such control freaks we need to be there every day, just in case). In reality, this did not happen.

Work has been taking a little longer than expected, and the guys wanted to catch up, so we decided to leave them to it, despite feeling a little dodgy about it. When we got back at 10pm one night after seven hours of travelling, the first thing we did was to get on our bikes and go down to the apartment to make sure no disaster had happened. And we were reassured.

The bathroom has come on leaps and bounds. The tiles are on the walls, the toilet's in, the hot water boiler is neatly boxed away. Very satisfactory.
Of course that lino isn't staying. Remember that we designed our own Spanish cement floor tiles? Well they arrived, have been laid and now just need a protective coat of varnish (or something). We rather like them...
The parquet in the front room has been sanded, and slats that are going to be under cupboards have been used to replace broken, wonky, rubbish slats in various parts of the room. That floor is definitely not flat, but I really wanted to keep the original features if possible, and I think it'll look great once waxed.
We've had to get a bit of new parquet laid near the wall, and although I think it could have looked nicer, it isn't a disaster and most of it won't be visible once the sofa's in...And the main room is starting to look like a proper living space now that construction of the cupboards has started. Looking at them, I think we should have enough space to tidy everything out of the way so people have the maximum amount of room possible. I felt this was important in such a small space. Once they are painted they should be less conspicuous...
Work should start again at the end of August. Hopefully the bathroom sink will have arrived by then, the wallpaper has to go up, the curtains will be made... I still have to get a lot of other stuff worked out, but there's definitely a feeling that we're past the main bit and can see the end...

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