I realise, now that the house is so white, that I need to get my camera cleaned!
The last few days we saw the arrival and part installation of our tiles and bamboo flooring. The tiles came from Italy and are called ‘slate winter’ and ‘slate autumn’.
The bamboo is from China, but delivered through a company in England. Natural Strand Woven bamboo is one of the hardest materials you can use for flooring and compared to hard woods, is a great deal cheaper, mainly because bamboo grows so quickly! It is incredibly dense and so works wonderfully well with underfloor heating and has a beautifully warm finish. When we first heard about bamboo flooring we were intrigued by its hardness and liked the fast that it is sustainable product. When I ordered some samples we gave them to Josh, who was about 18 months old at the time. In typical Josh style, he started banging the living daylights out of them, and only one sample withstood his battering without as much as a dent or scratch, the natural strand woven sample. When I brought it to the site, I showed Florence the sample and proceeded to smash it with a large rock. Barely a mark!! That was the floor for us!
Here are a few pictures showing the tiles going in, the bamboo floor, some of the new window sills and the stairs. There is also a photo of the stairs going up to the attic. You’ll also notice in the background that most of the second fix electrics are also done!