housing ideas

housing ideas

Hello house, we've come a long way ;)

This blog tells the story of my renovation and extension of a London terraced house. It's told through inspiration, ambitions, frustrations, and occasionally progress too.

How long does it take to choose a good chopping board?

How long is a piece of string again?

I want 2 or 3 lovely matchy timber chopping boards that have some sort of hanging solution integrated (so that I can free up the drawer they’re currently occupying).

Other than that, my only requisite is that they’re not bulky and heavy - I’ve never been a fan of butchers block style ones that tend to bend your wrist off when you want to pour your neatly chopped goodies into the pan.

After a not insignificant browse, I’m currently perusing the below…

Sagaform - £22

(32.5 cm diam)

Walnut by Malle W. Trousseau - £62

(43 x 24cm)

Garden Trading co - £37.50

(40 x 30cm)

Maple Cutting Board 1.4 - $88

(43 x 20cm)

Hmm…. thinking Sagaform…

Home office is pretty much there. I need a decent desk chair (all in time jem, all in time), and some more pics on the wall… maybe a shelf or two, et voila.
But for now.. it’s a lovely space to work, and I just treated myself to some #Bang computer speakers (I passed a certain annual threshold today).  :)
For reference, here’s how it looked a month ago.

Home office is pretty much there. I need a decent desk chair (all in time jem, all in time), and some more pics on the wall… maybe a shelf or two, et voila.

But for now.. it’s a lovely space to work, and I just treated myself to some #Bang computer speakers (I passed a certain annual threshold today).  :)

For reference, here’s how it looked a month ago.

Let there be light! (And a place to sit).
[Quickie iPhone photos only - proper ones in due.]

When the extension was done, I managed to squeeze a single light and socket onto the plans for the garden, but once winter rolled in I realised that single bulb was not going to suffice.  And since midnight games of pingpong require an even and reliable source of light, something just had to be done.

Introducing Jules (who I met in a warehouse party - amazing!), and who rocked up just before Christmas and installed wicked festoon-style lighting around my garden.  Easy peasy.  I sourced the hardware from essential supplies, and she wired it up at custom lengths to fit neatly around the garden (normally you buy festoon lighting with all the bulb-holders already wired up to the cable - plug and play style). 

For the very final win of the year - I used some leftover ply from the kitchen fit, and two chair frames that I found rusting in the backlands, to create two chairs that now complete my garden-dining setup.  I screwed the final piece in at 8pm on New Years Eve before heading out to celebrate 2013’s many happy happenings (namely, the starting of my very own business, This Here).

And so all that’s left is for spring to roll around (so I can plant up the garden), and summer to bring all the wins.

Oh sighs of yes.

Oh sighs of yes.

I’ve made the beginnings of a great home office - awesomely top lit with glass window as big as the room itself (designed to bring light into the middle of the house).

However, it needs storage, badly (the whole house does), so I’m pondering ways to build shelves around 2 or 3 sides, that will let light and views through both ways, but give the room a more enclosed feel.  Am thinking glass shelves where the light needs to flow, but up against that white brick wall some intermittently closed off shelving to hide a bit of mess).  

We shall see. :)

The lighting is being sorted out next week… updates after.

This happened.  :)It’s hard to overstate my happy glow of leather laden copper reflecting ply resting concrete padding cat DREAM-THINGS.Genuine cave woman moment.
[blu dot real good chair meets tapered ply unto this last meets hopper]

This happened.  :)

It’s hard to overstate my happy glow of leather laden copper reflecting ply resting concrete padding cat DREAM-THINGS.

Genuine cave woman moment.

[blu dot real good chair meets tapered ply unto this last meets hopper]

Obsessively tracking my dining room chairs from Florida to London.  Come on DHL… you’re a mere couple of miles from my home!

Obsessively tracking my dining room chairs from Florida to London.  Come on DHL… you’re a mere couple of miles from my home!

Two things happened today.

  1. My garden table was built by the fair hands of Ben of Cercis Gardens. Yay.
  2. The neighbouring school put up a fence against the back of my garden so that none of the local residents can enjoy the disused wild land out back (a children’s heaven, with swings, play things - a great little hidden community gem looked after and enjoyed for decades by residents).  They’ll eventually do something brilliant with the land for the school to use, but until then (which will involve years of fundraising first), it’ll be a little haven out of anyone’s reach.  Sad.

You win some, you lose some. 

Do you like my table?  I found the wheels in an unusual place - some fancy fishing get up.  Do the trick perfectly, and means I can wheel the bench around to other parts of the garden. The table on the other hand weighs a tonne, literally. No moving that - Oak Sleepers are not feather weight.

I just need to clad the chair frames I found in the wild land, and I have myself a brilliant 8 seater table. Winter BBQs ahoy. :)

p.s Here’s a link to photos of garden looked from a couple of years ago.

And here it is today :)

Six of these SEXY beasts are soon to land in Hackney via Florida via Bludot (soon, and not soon enough).

Six of these SEXY beasts are soon to land in Hackney via Florida via Bludot (soon, and not soon enough).

thisjem:

I just found this rather stunning home in Kew up for sale - lock stock and barrel.

It’s a bicycle museum, with a rather extensive collection of sprockets, and having looked in the non-museum rooms, I suspect the owner was an epic hoarder in general, but with a nose for beautiful objects.

Quite beautiful really.  And I should imagine, a brilliant deal.

Some rather nice copper lights in there.

Some rather nice copper lights in there.

My garden is a week from completion of major works. So whilst the flowers, exterior lighting, and hanging pots etc will take a while, here’s a little of the inspiration that’s driving my thinking.

P.s One lesson for gardeners, don’t cement the gaps between your stones on the hottest day of the year, it’ll crack, and you’ll have to pull it up and start again 3 days later.  Nice.

Garden progress, 5 days in (here’s the before pic).

Still deciding on the detailing of the bench. I prefer the white render, but cost is likely to be super high. The outdoor table will sit on the house’s side of the bench that is horizontal to the rear wall, leaving that area at the back for table tennis etc. Nice.  Oh and no need for a step halfway down - it turns out the height change was optical illusion.  After brain ache from potential choice of stones, have gone with Kandla Grey Sandstone - all large rectangles aligned as per the sketchup renders.

Garden work started this week, so here’s the official 'before'.

Garden work started this week, so here’s the official 'before'.