It’s all happening here now. The carpets were laid last week –
Wet working area with grey vinyl surround
Vinyl bottom left of picture with grey and red carpets
All the greys are soft and delicate to go with the colour of the window and door frames. The red strip of carpet greets you as you step in the door. It was such a beautiful rich colour that I fell in love with it when I saw it in the shop and had to have it. Common sense took over of course and I went for the pale grey for most of the studio especially along below the design walls, so there were no distractions for the eye from what would be hanging on the wall, but I did get some red along in front of the doors and windows, I love it :-)
We did get the ceiling fans and lights in place just in time before the carpet was laid – we didn’t want the scaffolds being pulled around on the new carpet!
Installing ceiling an lights
Fan blades fold in when not working
Then the plumbers arrived. Chaos reigned for a few days while new water lines were installed, replacing the old and already existing pipes under the house. Every now and then the cry would come up from under the floor boards, “Don’t turn any taps on for half an hour!”
Then it was the drainage that had to be changed over – one day we had the toilet in the house, laundry tubs and the shower that we could use, next day it was only the studio toilet, laundry and kitchen and the message would be “Don’t press the button or pull the plug anywhere!”
The last bit of drainage work under the house was changing the pipes under the old toilet, from the old terra cotta to the new poly-pipes. We were warned what could happen, and of course it did – in chipping the concrete away from the pipe the bowl broke near the base – not repairable –
There’s a hole in the floor, dear Henry dear Henry ….
so it was off to the plumbing shop to get a replacement, actually able to get the same as the one in the studio – we now have matching loos !!
All new loo
While this drama was happening, outside everything went quite smoothly. The new tank rolled easily from truck to new resting place on its gravel bed,
Manoeuvring water tank
Tank safe on new bed of gravel
and the local water carrier came with a truck load of water to hold the tank in place so it wouldn’t move in the wind – tank will hold 5,000 gallons and 2,000 is enough to keep it anchored in place until all the pipes are in place.
Transferring water from truck to tank
New drainage lines with gravel bedding
Meanwhile the outside looks much like it did last time I took a photo, still no deck, hopefully, touch wood, and all things crossed, we will have it before Christmas.
Till next time, keep smiling :-)