Show us yer house and house-related meddlings

Discussion in 'suburban75' started by mauvais, May 15, 2018.

  1. mauvais

    mauvais change has become unavoidable

    Our pair came to about four grand :eek: although bought on the never-never so it lessens the impact.

    They're lovely though. Authentic Furniture in Derbyshire.
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  2. equationgirl

    equationgirl Respect my existence or expect my resistance

    I didn't spend anything like that, and mine are coming from next. I've used some of my savings too. But still, sofas aren't cheap.
  3. equationgirl

    equationgirl Respect my existence or expect my resistance

    I really like the pink one you have.
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  4. mauvais

    mauvais change has become unavoidable

    It's this, in Linwood velvet:

    Tufted Glove Velvet Sofa

    The brown leather one is just such soft leather, it's called 'silken' and it's lovely. It should in theory last forever.
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  5. clicker

    clicker nanook rubs it....

    Gorgeous sofas on there :thumbs:.
    I'd love a velvet sofa with big squishy cushions. But I have cats :rolleyes:. Lovely cats, but they come with hair and claws .
  6. equationgirl

    equationgirl Respect my existence or expect my resistance

    Lovely sofa, some really nice colours on that site.

    I went for a grey velvet fabric with a shimmer to it, but I have no cats.
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  7. mauvais

    mauvais change has become unavoidable

    We have two cats. We're careful with access to the lounge but they are allowed in. So far, so good - no scratching.
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  8. kabbes

    kabbes "A top 400 poster"

    Kitchen floor laid and sealed but no grouting yet:

  9. kabbes

    kabbes "A top 400 poster"

    That’s a low light photo — the real thing is less patchy.

    Also, the lead roof is finished. I went right up to the top ridge to see it, which was beautiful and terrifying. Plus I rod the best views I’ve ever seen in my life, which is totally useless to me as I’ll never be up there again.
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  10. equationgirl

    equationgirl Respect my existence or expect my resistance

    That's a lovely floor kabbes, your kitchen is going to look brilliant.
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  11. kabbes

    kabbes "A top 400 poster"

    One more seal to go, but we’re about there with the floor:

    And the roof is getting there too. We’re going to artificially weather it though because it’s too red right now and we lack the patience to wait two years.

  12. teuchter

    teuchter je suis teuchter

    Is there a bit of flat roof hiding on top?
  13. kabbes

    kabbes "A top 400 poster"

    Yes, done in lead. There was no choice if we wanted a useable bathroom, but you can only see it from the highest point of the garden, as per the photo and this one from the very top


    When the roof is done it’ll be even harder to see because the ridge line will block it

    The guy who did the leadwork is somewhat of an artist and is a bit pissed off you can’t see it.
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  14. kabbes

    kabbes "A top 400 poster"

    Some more badly lit photographs

    Tiles in family bathroom (ungrouted)


    Looks intense in the photo but is much calmer in real life.

    Kitchen from last week, before the floor had been grouted, but shows the surprise cupboard we could put in after we found the gap behind the wall that had the shield and spears.


    On the right you can just about see the flue that emerges through the flat roof. A little wood burner is going in that corner
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  15. teuchter

    teuchter je suis teuchter

    Properly done leadwork can be quite something.

    Is it all going to somehow drain into that lead-lined valley (which will presumably disappear under the swept tiles) you can see in the photo?
  16. kabbes

    kabbes "A top 400 poster"

    Yes. And he’s done it such that the inevitable tree drops will also magically be swept away. It’s all in the angles and the oiling, apparently, which is bloody clever.

    He said if it were his place, he’d have a chair up there because of the view, but I don’t exactly have his head for heights!
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  17. teuchter

    teuchter je suis teuchter

    It seems a bit risky to have a drainage route concealed under the tiles like that. Because if it gets blocked you won't see it and the water could get diverted under the tiles without your knowledge until it starts appearing inside. But maybe there is some kind of special detail?
  18. kabbes

    kabbes "A top 400 poster"

    You’ve got me. They’re the experts and they’re doing it in a place out of my sight so I can’t tell one way or other. Whenever they start explaining, I rapidly get list in jargon. I do trust them though — they’ve been at it now for, what coming up to three months? Nobody can accuse them if a rush job.
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  19. teuchter

    teuchter je suis teuchter

    Seems like a very non-standard detail (as far as I know - I could be wrong) and it would make me nervous. Usually you either have a lead valley which is exposed with the tiles stopping either side of it, or you have those special swept tiles to form the valley (as elsewhere on your roof) but then you don't design it with any intention for water to be running underneath.

    Whose design is it...are they building to drawings or is it a roofing contractor who take on design responsibility themselves? Anyone overseeing the work on your behalf?
  20. kabbes

    kabbes "A top 400 poster"

    It’s a specialist roofing firm — they only do roofing — brought in by our lead builder, who has worked with them for donkey’s years. The lead worker also appears to generally be the head tiler and is responsible for the tiling design, and he’s been doing it for over 20 years. He spoke to me about taking the lead apron over the tiles vs covering it with a ridge — he was happy with the ridge option. I’ll take some closer up photos tomorrow if I can — be interested to see what you think.
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  21. equationgirl

    equationgirl Respect my existence or expect my resistance

    Looks really good kabbes, I like the bathroom tiles.
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  22. teuchter

    teuchter je suis teuchter

    I'd be interested to see what they are doing even if only out of nosiness.
  23. kabbes

    kabbes "A top 400 poster"

    Here’s the best photo I can get of it, by clambering through the undergrowth

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  24. teuchter

    teuchter je suis teuchter

    Looks to me like the intention is to dress the edge of the lead flat roof over the tiles, on the edge facing the camera. So water would run over the edge and then down the surface of the tiles. Not necessarily problematic unless it's a large area of flat roof that will dump large amounts of water over the edge. I don't see how the runoff would be diverted sideways into that valley gutter unless they are going to put a horizontal gutter of some kind.

    About the valley gutter itself, it looks like a fairly well built one (maybe a little deeper than normal?) and if the tiles just stop and overhang either side of it then it would be fairly normal. If it's true that the tiles will somehow run over the top of it, then I don't really see how that would work anyway; apart from anything else what would they be fixed to?

    My concerns about it being concealed (if that's really what's going to happen) would be (1) makes it more easy for stuff to get trapped in it (2) you won't necessarily realise it's blocked until it's worsened to a point where greater damage results and (3) it makes it more difficult to un-block if something does get trapped in there. If they are making it extra deep then that's better than nothing obviously but I reckon there's still plenty of opportunity for blockages - starts with a twig getting wedged somehow, then gradually bits of other stuff, some lumps of moss, maybe some moss even starts growing on the agglomeration.

    Speak to most building managers and one of their main gripes will be invisible/inaccessible rainwater drainage routes.
  25. not-bono-ever

    not-bono-ever Not what they want but what is good for them

    7D99CE19-9198-4DE1-97ED-0A87F72F2672.jpeg As part of the project, I finally got this linen backed and will be framed up this weekend. Will go well with my house of art
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