Tuesday, 5 April 2011
This weekend we laid the floor in the living/dining room. Starting with a good clear out and a sweep up, then we laid the damp proof:I remain unconvinced that this is actually necessary, but the literature did keep on saying specifically with UFH you have to use one, so we laid it as instructed. Next is the roll of paper/cardboard underlay, and begin laying the floor:
The stuff is from a Swedish company called Kahrs, and it locks together really nicely. You have to put some effort in, but it's not really hard work, and we had done the whole lot, including all the tricky trimming around the end boards, in a weekend. And when I say a weekend, that's one of MY weekends, which amounts to about 6 hours actual work! Here is the finished article:
We are about as pleased with this as it is possible to be, it really looks stunning. It even looks quite good in those photos, but you'll have to believe me when I say it looks 10x better in real life, especially when the sun comes through the slats in the blinds, or when you start adjusting the light levels & colours in the evening. We have the airing cupboard to do with the couple of boards we've got left over, and we need to sort out something for a doormat (which will have to be set into the floor) and the edges, and of course the skirting boards too.
The council have delivered our recycling box, so we're just waiting on the food bins for the full compliment of waste collection equipment.
And finally some good news about the whole rendering situation - I have some money in my account and a post-dated cheque from our builder who at the last minute agreed to settle out of court for an amount of money not too dissimilar from the amount we said we would settle for in December! Shame it took this long and this much effort to get here, but I suppose that was always going to be the case. The court hearing was due to be tomorrow morning.