M. Leger arrived yesterday to finish the last of the spiral staircase. We had agreed that to finish things off we needed a balustrade with a curved hand rail to circumnavigated the hole on the landing.
Using the remnants of some 23mm thick floor boards, I experimented yesterday with the shelves under the work surfaces. These baskets from Ikea certainly look good.
What do you think?
Of course, whilst we have opted not to use Ikea to provide the kitchen it does come in handy to supply the necesseries for equiping the house out.
M. Marcello, or to be precise Thierry came today and completed the plumbing to the Gite. The hot water boiler is in, the shower, the basin and the kitchen sink are plumbed in so now we are functoinal.
For me the highlight of the day was opening the a new belt sander to complete the work surfaces.
Although the kids did buy me The Saving of Private Ryan. A powerful film.
Boy! some people are slave drivers! :-0))
I took a tea break at 3.30 today and was reminded that our first guests were due shortly.
OK, He might be right but it is my birthday today so the tea ,maybe, was deserved?
Today after about three days of preparation I finished the work surfaces in the kitchen of the gite. Donna and I think they look great and it will be interesting what feedback we get on them.
The grain of the elm is fantastic although there is some wood worm damage.
The woodworm is not a problem to us. We think, especially as the wood is local and stored in Monflanquin for so long it has a history to it that IKEA, MFI or Kitchens for us cannot provide.
I am sorry that the updates are soo few and far between at the moment. I feel a weight of responsibility but the reality is we are flat out ploughing through the jobs on the run in to our first let on the 20th July.
One thing we are delighted with is we have now let 4 weeks even though we are not finished! We have to thank our guests for their order, their vision and for their faith!
The tiles for the pool were delivered today and if all goes to plan the liner should be here at the weekend. One more week and the pool hopefully will be operational.
I plastered the walls in th kitchen today and tomorrow I will place the work surfaces and we will be ready for the cooker etc.
A question I asked many moons ago. Should it be Ikea or self build?
Well, in our main house (in a bit of a rush as we had nowhere to live or cook) we decided to build our own using blocks with a tiled surface and splashback in tiles with Lutece 2000 plaster over the blocks. It forms a very rustic, almost understated look.
In the Piggeonaire we have decided to stay with this theme but utilise the Elm which we bought not long ago. Although in a very basic state after being ripped into boards some 40 years ago or more, the Elm works down nicely and with a light treatment to retain the lovely grain and light colour we feel should look really good. It rips down well with a chainsaw which is a good thing because handling it on the band saw would be hard, especially as I need 2 metre lengths and 40mm thick.
In between her many other chores Donna is about 1 hour from completing the tiling in the shower. This means next week another milestone is reached as the water will be connected for the first time.