Panic Button

The button was pushed when I walked in and looked up. This is the ultimate of 1st world problems. I was tired and frustrated with not making a final decision on the bathroom from the day before. Plus I had a long drive from London to Manchester and back in one day.

The view wasn’t as good as I was hoping. We had to sacrifice the line of sight to the second window for some extra storage for the walk in wardrobe. It really got to me how we affected the design. I was unhappy about the view from the ground floor. On top of that, I also decided I wanted the bathroom door moved to the right.

We spent all day on Tuesday going through the bathroom design and when I was looking around the bathroom on Wednesday I realized the ceiling had curved edges on two of the main walls. That changed the design completely. Don’t know how I missed the detail. It meant we would not be able to tile the whole bathroom as it will look strange having tiles going all the way up to the edge of two walls but not the others. That explains why the bathroom was never fully tiled in the past.

After looking at the bathrooms and landing, I went outside to check the measurement from the wall to the window where the kitchen units will start from. I discovered it was short of 60cm meaning the kitchen units won’t fit. I was really annoyed as we might have to make one of the windows narrow which will change the symmetry. We’ll check with the Architect (extra cost). I spoke to a kitchen shop and they recommended leaving 65cm. The general depth of kitchen cupboards is 60cm. The extra 5cm will allow space for plumbing pipes and the worktop counter lip.

The cure: Went sleep, woke up and vented out my frustration to my wife over the phone while driving to work. Done. Back to the right frame of mind. Not everything will be perfect and I’ll figure out a solution to the ugly box we added for storage. We’ll also book a session with the architect to fix the kitchen unit/window situation.

It is difficult living like this, however, it’s important you stay calm and try your best not to have sleepless nights thinking about the project.

STA Electrics in Slllooooouuuuuggggghhhhh

Thanks you to the lad’s (and lady) from STA Electrics. These guys know what  their doing. I purchased the plug sockets and switches for the first floor from these guys. My brother recommended them. They offer all sorts of electrics including AV, lighting, CCTV, etc.

My brother was adamant I went for a brand called Varilight for the dimmers, stitches and plug sockets. Apparently their the dogs *******. My wife preferred another brand as they offered a better colour, black nickel. The Varilight range doesn’t have the colour yet. I feel really bad for still going ahead with Varilight, however, there’s good reason. A few of our switches require to have dimmers and switches on the same plate. The black nickel brand only offered only dimmer switches on one plate which meant the dimmer would have acted like a switch. Seems minor but I didn’t like this idea. I want a switch to be a conventional switch and dimmer to be a round knob only used to dim the light. I also think the brushed steel I went for is more of a neutral colour.

If you have not been to STA Electrics in Slough, GO. Check out the fully automated Cinema room they have implemented. Wow

Note: I purchased switches/plug sockets with screws. After seeing screw-less switches/plug sockets in store, I’ll most likely order it for the ground floor. Varilight do offer screw-less. To install it you have to make sure the plastering is spot on.

All Lighting in the Cinema Room was implemented by Kam from Onlight

 

House Day Out

Spent the Saturday at the house going through different needs and the lighting. Was nice having people around. Can’t wait to move back and be settled again. The views from the top were really nice. They have the first coat of paint on the walls in the landing area making it look brighter.

Update: Changes to the First Floor Layout

We have made changes to the internal layout of the first floor. The good thing is once you have your plans finalized and given the go ahead, you’re able to make amendments to the internal layout as long as it’s not changing the look of the property. You must also consider building regs when making changes, e.g. you can’t move the stairs location, change the head height from the stairs, etc.

Below shows the old and new plan for the first floor. We had a big debate regarding having an en-suite. At the end, I’m glad we have it (I always wanted it). We managed to convince a certain someone by stating that an en-suite adds value to the property and explained scenarios where an en-suite will be ideal, e.g. kids using both bathrooms, wanting to be ready before the guests, etc.

Old

First Floor without changes

New

First Floor with changes