Show us yer house and house-related meddlings

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

  1. Mumbles274

    Mumbles274 running from law and the press and the parents

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  2. mauvais

    mauvais change has become unavoidable

    Shout if you want any specific details, happy to oblige.

    It's come to silly money in the end but we knew what we were getting into - factored it into buying the house in the first place. In retrospect I would probably do a couple of things differently but the fundamentals would be the same.

    I should add it's mostly been my missus' project so I can't take too much credit. Got myself the Grohe shower I wanted though so I win!
  3. Mumbles274

    Mumbles274 running from law and the press and the parents

    To be honest. If i can afford it at any point ill pay someone else to do it, but the style is nice. I really like the shower and tiles, the bath and the mirror is well cool. The fresh plaster will look ace when painted
  4. mauvais

    mauvais change has become unavoidable


    This has all been a case of paying someone else. We specced stuff and were quite involved in the design, but apart from buying accessories, that was it. 2-4 people for 3 weeks doing some quite involved stuff so no chance of us getting stuck in.

    The hexagon tiles are Spanish, Codicer 95. The mirror is £75 from IKEA. The shower is a Grohe Euphoria and was about £300. Haven't been able to use it yet as the sealant's drying, but high hopes. Stuff like the marble sink top and a Castrads radiator added lots of cost.

    This was a decent size bedroom that we converted, whilst turning the old separate toilet & squashed-up bathroom into one small 'bedroom' that will really just be used for crafts. Hence it's a bigger space than really necessary, which pushes up costs, especially tiling. It also went back to brick as seen upthread which took a while.
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  5. bimble

    bimble noisy but small

    oooh hexagon tiles. I like that a lot. Finally this thread is making me have every intention of getting my arse in gear to sort out the bathroom.
    But Lucien died??

    One word of advice mauvais : When you think the paint has dried on the bathroom walls and its ok to jump in and test your brand new shower, just don't do it. Wait another 24 hours at least else you'll be left with really annoying streaky bits from the steam.
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  6. colacubes

    colacubes Well-Known Member

    I also have that mirror in my bathroom :cool: Everyone who asks about it is always surprised it’s from IKEA :D
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  7. mauvais

    mauvais change has become unavoidable

    Bathroom's painted, or nearly anyway.


    And then, more controversially, there's the lounge...

  8. 8115

    8115 sitting down is bad for you

    I think it will be very hard to make that colour work decoratively as basically it looks like a Christmas tree in a child's drawing but it is a beautiful hue. I would recommend going light on the objects in the room and don't have anything sparkly or spindly that hints at Xmas.

    I have asked someone to come round and quote for the bathroom to my shame. If they can also do a bit of kind of coving that delineates the kitchen my flat will be finished and I can actually relax.
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  9. bimble

    bimble noisy but small

    Bold move. Will look great when you've got books and pictures all over the walls, at night, with very little light.
    ^ me saying something polite about your chosen shade of green.

    Love the matching cat and washbasin though.
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  10. cupid_stunt

    cupid_stunt Dyslexic King Cnut the Great.

    Love the bathroom, and the cat, but what drugs were you on, to pick such a dark colour in the living room? :hmm:
  11. Cloo

    Cloo Surfeit of lampreys

    mauvais - I would have loved a colour like that blue in our bedroom, which is very big, but my other half is just too nervous about colours.

    Almost all hallway woodwork has a white undercoat on now, such an improvement already, especially the doorway to the cellar perpendicular to the kitchen door, which was previously a dark, shadowy spot and now I keep double-taking every time I go past because it's now light!
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  12. mauvais

    mauvais change has become unavoidable

    Good feedback, keep it coming :D

    It's a funny colour. It looks very different around the room, and as the light changes, and it's very hard to accurately photograph. The photo is a bit saturated compared to reality at least on this screen. I think we should have gone darker, but that it still works. Remember that the floor is pine - the carpet is strictly temporary.

    The aim is for cosy, with a Chesterfield and some antique furniture.
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  13. bimble

    bimble noisy but small

    If you decide its not quite right, that particular shade of green which as far as i can think occurs nowhere in nature (except maybe some nudibranches / lichen) you could consider doing fancy stuff with washes / glazes etc, to tone it down make it less flat whatever?
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  14. kabbes

    kabbes "A top 400 poster"

    We picked a (more olive) green for our dining room. It works a treat but it’s a bastard getting things to match. Go for dark wood, burnished good or bronze with a smattering or a red or orangey red and avoid anything overly fussy.
  15. kabbes

    kabbes "A top 400 poster"

    Putative start date for our works of 20 Aug but I’m not actually back from the US until 19 Aug, which isn’t ideal. Also, no quote yet for the removal of a bank of earth and erection of a retaining wall in line with the directions of a structural engineer. I’m worried that particular “small” job might cost as much as £50k, which would cause some soul searching about what we *really* need and want. Moving tonnes of earth is expensive!
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  16. mauvais

    mauvais change has become unavoidable

    I think this gives you a slightly better idea.


    It's still somewhat over saturated on the right compared to reality. I guess you have to see it - absinthe party at mine?!
  17. bimble

    bimble noisy but small

    :D That does help a lot. Watch out for wood clash though, i'd go for really dark wood when you get furniture in there.

    Also kabbes bloody hell, you're building fortifications and i can't get it together to sort out a new bathroom floor.
  18. Lupa

    Lupa It's all about the butter

    It's very workable.
    Dark furniture...lots of lamps and pictures on the wall.
    And a big rug.
  19. mauvais

    mauvais change has become unavoidable

    This is pretty much the idea, tbh.
  20. kabbes

    kabbes "A top 400 poster"

    That’s very similar in style to our dining room, in fact
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  21. mauvais

    mauvais change has become unavoidable

    Dig up a little topsoil. Send the Kabbess on an exotic trip and then phone into Crimestoppers with a tip that you've done her in. Sorted!
  22. teuchter

    teuchter je suis teuchter

    Green, dark polished wood and a bit of brass or bronze is a classic combo :thumbs:

    Screen Shot 2018-08-06 at 20.18.01.jpg
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  23. a_chap

    a_chap When the world came apart, where were you?

    Perfect colour scheme.

    I can just picture you...

  24. Poi E

    Poi E Pessimism: a valuable protection against quackery.

    That's great-you can remove the spotlights as they are works of the devil.
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  25. kebabking

    kebabking Unfettered ambition

    I had a gorgeous flat in Hillhead in Glasgow's fashionable West End that had that Green in the living room - 40ft, stripped floor, high ceilings, huuuuge bay window looking out onto the private gardens - it was the most beautiful room I've ever been in.

    Athole Gardens, if you want to see.

    Having so much natural light really made it, but it was also amazing at night with lamps on - I used to stand outside just looking at it..
  26. mauvais

    mauvais change has become unavoidable

    Just looking at these on Rightmove - they look lovely :cool:
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  27. UrbaneFox

    UrbaneFox Wrong thread

    Safety or taste?
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  28. mauvais

    mauvais change has become unavoidable

    Today's job, and continuing, is painting the world's longest radiator. About three metres.

    Cleaned, sanded, painted, but barely in places so will need at least another coat.

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  29. not-bono-ever

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

    fucking hell

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  30. teuchter

    teuchter je suis teuchter

    Now they have to work out how to rotate the beam into position with all those acro props in the way.
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