Can you get excited by concrete?
Well Mrs Mole once wrote a whole post about it.
We have a completed ground floor slab. The first picture was taken when we had completed on buying the land in June 2015. The second was taken in January 2016. The three trees are the same, but have lost their leaves. The green plastic sheeting is still there between our site and the lake. Between June and January we agreed the design and got planning permission. We have been waiting for the contractor to complete the ground works and I am thrilled we have now completed the first package works of which includes piling, caps, beams, insulation and concrete slab.
We have still to agree the costing of the works – if the price is too high we may have to do some “value engineering” – this involves reducing the specification for specific items or eliminating them to bring the cost down to the budget. Once that is done the building work will start. The building is promised for Christmas, but things always take longer than expected. We shall see.
In the meantime we have been discussing the colour of the paints. The outside of the house includes some render so we were obliged to choose the exact colour we wanted this week – H 68.
We have decided to use Welsh slate for the worktops. We have slate in our flat at the moment and we love the colour and the wow factor it gives to the kitchen. In our flat it was a reclaimed billiard table top as our flat used to be a billiard hall. This time round we will have to have one made.
Inside the house we will be using Farrow & Ball paints and I think we managed to choose the colours we want to use for the walls. It is all rather subdued and calm; the stronger yellow – the Hound Lemon is for my sewing room. The floor will be oak, and we have bought some 1940s metal lamps for the kitchen which are a greyish blue.
That’s it for now. When my draping classes end (at Easter) I may sign up for a textiles class. I think some linen cushions in these sort of colours with some blue, turquoise or emerald printing might make the whole thing a bit more exciting.