Sunday, March 18, 2012

Settling in

It's been a while since I last blogged. We have settled in, and started turning the place in to a home. Plumbing is 100% done, and we still have few minor electricity-things left to do (worklights in the utility-room, configuring the smart-home system). We also need to buy some storage-closets and the like, since in our old home they were all integrated. We currently have cardboard-boxes here and there, and few loaner drawers and the like. We also don't have a study/guest room, since it's currently acting as our wardrobe. Also, we need to buy some more lights and stuff.


What else... We will be getting two pair-doors shortly, and a bit later we will receive two single-doors. They are custom-made, since the doorways are not standards-sized. Of course, we are still missing the kitchen and the balcony.


So what does it look like currently? Here are few pictures from our bathrooms:

(still missing the bathtub and the extra sink. You can see the preparations for the latter below the window)

This is our main shower. The showerhead is about 2.4 meters high (so high mrs. can't reach it), and it's 23cm in diameter. I love it! Here's our guest shower:

As for the other rooms... Here's a view to our living-room:

Notice the boxes hiding behind the sofa. From almost the same spot towards the TV:

The sofa fits really nicely behind the carved out wall, and the low ceiling makes it feel quite cozy.


We also got some lights installed on the beams in the living-room, bedroom and the... Um, second living-room? This picture is from the living-room:

Those lights don't look too modern, so they fit in quite nicely:

We also installed a light above our stairs. That light was previously in our bedroom, and in the temporary apartment it was in our living room:

We didn't plan on having that light there, but it looks good, and saves us from having to buy more lights, so why not?

Like I hinted earlier, we have a "second livingroom":

The chairs and the table are loaner-furniture. The bench next to the wall is and old bench I got from my mother. It was supposed to go to the area above our stairs, but we (read: mrs.) changed our mind. The doorway you can see is one of the two doorways that will get the double-door shortly. The other doorway is at the opposite side of the room. Our second sofa is on the opposite wall:

You could say that that is quite a few pieces of furniture for such a large room (about 30m2). But we don't have that much more furniture at the moment (and some of that we do have, is on loan from others), and we will not go to our way to fill everything up. Besides, the pillars in the middle kinda divide the room in to two smaller sections, so it works quite well as it is. I am thinking about getting one or two comfy chairs opposite to the sofa, but Mrs. is not entirely sold on the idea.

We still need to hang our various pieces of artwork on the walls. But ironically that could be quite hard, since the amount of suitable wall space is quite limited, even though or home is so large.


Well, that's it for now :).

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Rest weary traveller, sleep the journey from your eyes

That's right, we have moved in. It's not much at this point, basically just a bed to sleep in, but it's a start. Everything is a bit chaotic at a moment, because we really don't have space for all our stuff (our temporary apartment is not totally empty), so we have to put our stuff where we can. And we have some temporary loaner stuff as well, like those white chairs. 

The plan is that we will live in this end of the place (this is what will become our living-room), while the opposite end is finalized. Once that's done, we will move our bed there, and work will then start on finalizing our living-room. One room that is 99% done is our study, but it functions as our wardrobe at the moment. 

So, what else has been happening lately? Well, our main renovator has been on a well-deserved Christmas-holiday, but other workers have done some stuff. First of all, we got the door to our balcony:
Balcony is still missing, however. Besides that, we got our front-door:

Electricians have also been working, and it seems to me that they are almost done. They have installed the plugs for our ceiling-lights, and they seem to be working even. Almost all of our fixed lights have been installed, for example the utility-room:

And shower: 

Also, they have installed radiators, light-switches and power-sockets, so our home is finally self-sufficient in that regard:
And, we also got some interior-doors as well, for example, between the utility-room and our bedroom:

So, what's left to do? Well, the plumber needs to install some pipes, after that, we can finish the few remaining walls. Plumber also need to install showers, toilets, sinks and the water-heater. Electricians have few more things to, like configuring the "smart home"-system and fixing few things. But to me, it seems like they are 90% done. Our renovator needs to paint the floors in our kitchen and dining-room, install few walls and some paneling and do some finishing touches. After that, we are DONE! Well, we would still be missing our kitchen and the balcony, but those can wait. 

The journey has been really exhausting, but we are almost home.