NEW year, new start – such a cliché.
In the Mincham house, the more apt beginning of the year quote to be applied is ‘out with the old and in with the new’ which is taking effect in varying forms throughout our abode.
Firstly, and the most exciting of all, is the satisfying ripping out of the unfavourable kitchen along with the invasive and offensive floor to ceiling ‘hand-painted effect’ (as in, each one exactly the same) blue wall tiles, a hideous sight. Most ceilings on the ground floor have been torn down, due to them being adorned with distasteful 3D effect wallpaper coupled with cheap mock ceiling roses to be replaced with smooth skimmed ceilings.
Thirdly, the ripping out of the objectionable bathroom with the ridiculous ‘spa’ bath.
The ‘spa’ part of the bath appealing to some as a luxury addition to a time of relaxation, but not this spa bath.
This one does not contribute any level of luxury or relaxation whatsoever, unless sending reverberations around the entire house with noise levels resembling something similar to a jet on take-off 50 feet away is considered tranquil.
Therefore, it is a totally abandoned and useless element. Welcome, new normal quiet bath.
The renovations have only taken a mere five and a half years to begin! And of course, no project is ever a straightforward procedure as first imagined... which leads on to the topic of the lining paper.
Surely this should be banned, or at least come with a British Decorators warning of weeks of additional work on future re-decorating projects that lie ahead. It is the bane of our lives. Then there’s the number of wires and cables and non-functioning copper pipes that surely must have served a purpose at some point, but now lay throughout the joists pointlessly redundant.
The project already having taken its toll on the patience front, with dust managing to acquire any single given surface and item throughout. Just to be able to plonk something on the still existing work tops and remain clean would be a novel experience right now.
Still, being married to the local kitchen designer, I have high hopes of the final result.