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  • #491
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    We have a kitchen largely from Ikea, with cheap endgrain worktops from B&Q and an open shelf unit I made from 2x2s, more worktop, a borrowed downling rig and walnut slats for the shelves. It was not expensive.

    The process was something like this: going to Ikea, discussing the configuration options (carcass choice, mounting options, handle style, door choice etc) , going away and drawing up a plan (on grid-ruled A4 paper out of my 1997 undergraduate lab book) and going back to Ikea to get everything ordered for me including all the bits I didn’t realise I needed. I hate shopping for more than grocery and get apocalyptic rage at attempted up-selling, extended warranties, credit pushers and the like. I left Ikea happy.

    5 years later and it’s as good as new, apart from the worktops – which would look new if I could be bothered to sand and re-varnish them. Friends of ours have the same worktop and do this every couple of years. If I could afford it, I’d get single stave walnut worktops from Norfolk Oak… Well, I probably wouldn’t as I just can’t justify the cost but that’s me.

    I think it’s lasted undegraded so far because it was assembled and fitted well by a couple of lads who were good and experienced.

    It turns out a certain type of Londoner buys a new ultra-high end kitchen every 5 years or so to stay chic. The old ones are pulled out by the kitchen fitters and sold or auctioned off for a song. My partner kept an eagle eye out but we didn’t have the option of waiting until something we liked and that was suitable came available we just went Ikea.

  • #471
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    Never heard of that. They are brilliant and would never now use anything else.

  • #447
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    If the listing of the building allows I would certainly look at some good insulation on the insides of the external walls.

    As you say it will make the window reveals even larger and there might be room features (eg coving) that would make it hard to achieve but I think it would make a big difference. Something like 100mm Kingspan or to be more environmentally friendly sheep wool.

  • #428
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    I was chatting to the plumber about this (not sure why) but he was telling how his parents in law got very slap happy and got it everywhere and he felt he couldn’t say anything as they were ‘helping’. Turned out the reason his FIL enjoyed it so much was that he isn’t allowed to do it at home. Less is more was his take home message!

  • #427
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    I’m not a keen painter but I can do it.

    A roller is the best tool for walls. Personally I wouldn’t use gloss on skirting boards as It’s hard to get neat. I use Satinwood instead.

    You can use masking tape for the edges but remember you can always go back and correct paint so it’s not the end of the world if your edge isn’t tidy. I made the mistake of letting the kids help when I did the hall (carpets were already gone) and I was forever touching up where they’d got the wall colour on the ceiling and the white ceiling paint on the walls.

    Try to paint in daylight. Painting in the evening with artificial light makes it much harder to see where you’ve left patches. You think it looks perfect until you get up in the morning and it looks like you did it after too much wine!

  • #387
    nab
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    Mmm, difficult situation to be in, especially as you seem to like the (rest of) the house.

    As you stated, there’s not much to be said for this practice:

    – ventilation of the roof-space is restricted which increases the chance of the timbers decaying (even though you say the timbers seem solid, it won’t be helping. When was the foam applied?)

    – there is no insulation benefit on a cold roof i.e. one with insulation at ceiling level

    – it is almost impossible to get the foam off to be able to reuse the tiles

    – proper inspection of the underside of the roof is restricted – see my first point re the state of the timbers

    – although foam is not a good thing regardless of the building type, be aware that it could attract a Listed Building Enforcement Notice and have to be removed and repaired. I don’t know much about this but it would be worth you looking into so you don’t get caught out later.

    Check the rest of the house carefully for other ‘improvements’. Did you spot the foam and knew what it was or were you just alerted by a survey or similar?

    I’ve no answer as to what you should do, maybe get a quote for the roof to be redone correctly (by somebody who works on listed buildings) and take it from there.

  • #366
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    Mine paid housekeeping contribution when she left college and started in a job, it came out of her 2nd months wages.
    I didn’t do her washing nor went into her room once she started at college.

    I think its good for them to learn how to budget. Having shown her what came in financially, and how much went out, she realised how little I was asking of her, in comparison to perhaps splitting things 3 ways (that always scares them! )

  • #350
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    Sending sympathy,it’s horrible. A product called Orajel from pharmacy which is topical 10% benzocaine may help a lot with the pain. Worth a try.

  • #331
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    If you’re combining with the Dolomites, then I agree with others that the Italian Lakes sounds like a good option, maybe combined with Verona.

    I’ve only been to Garda, which I think is the busiest of the lakes, but still beautiful. Don’t know the best resort on the lake, but Sirmione is very picturesque. Opera in the arena in Verona may or may not appeal. The classic show is always Aida, but they do 2 or 3 operas throughout the summer.

    I liked Venice, but I went in March, and I went nearly 20 years ago, so no idea what August will be like.

  • #296
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    I’ve got some custom made orthotics but, honestly, the ones I order online are equally good, just not as long lasting. They are, however, much cheaper than the custom made ones and just involve a quick trim with scissors rather than standing in a bath of plaster of Paris!

    I’ve got very flat feet and that’s a predisposing factor, along with age and doing a lot of walking. Mine’s playing up currently as I’ve did a longish walk last weekend. Hope your feet feel better soon

  • #271
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    I’d 100000% recommend Croatia. Would highly recommend:
    Dubrovnik – we stayed slightly outside the city centre – much cheaper and v easy to get into city on bus. The most beautiful city I’ve ever seen, and surrounded by amazing islands that you can stay on/visit. Lots of AMAZING beaches up to an hour’s drive from the city. The cable car and mountain-top restaurant are stunning.
    Split – another lovely city, a bit more night-lifey than Dubrovnik. Close to Krka National Park – breathtaking, the most amazing place. Again, incredibly beautiful beaches, totally unspoilt.
    Zadar – Plitvice Lakes!!

    It’s easily the nicest country I’ve been to in ages. Dubrovnik is pricey (standard European city prices), but the other cities are cheaper. Food is incredible – seems to take the best bits from a load of different cultures (think Italian/Spanish, lots of sea food). The people are SO nice, incredibly welcoming. Has some of the most beautiful lakes/waterfalls I’ve ever seen. We rented a car and driving was pretty easy, not as terrifying as Spain!

  • #245
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    If they’re in your campsite they’re not pumping out distorted beats whilst driving past my house or queueing outside my office in traffic…

    If you can figure out the radio station, jack it with a little pirate broadcast, your choice of content…

  • #468
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    I’ll have to check the legal cover, we do on home but this is a rental property. And yes, the second plumber has taken photographs and has done a report in his quote.

    I wasn’t that happy with the work as it progressed but everything I queried or questioned or even said “this is a problem” he simply fobbed me off or just refused to alter anything. When the WC started to leak and I called another plumber, he had to dismantle WC (no easy access contrary to my instructions), and then looked round and pointed out all the faults, including a waste pipe running uphill! I do feel a complete fool.

  • #466
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    Yes, I was thinking this. It makes more sense doesn’t it? It is a new situation for me though. I haven’t sent the letter yet, but I ran it past the Citizens Advice bureau and I asked but they didn’t pick it up.

  • #337
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    Yes, there is a Juliet’s balcony in Verona, but can’t remember the back story to it.

    The opera is an amazing location (but take a cushion). I saw Aida, which is the classic for Verona, but I think some of the other operas are more accessible. They’ve got Carmen this year, which is one of the best if, like me, your main knowledge of opera tunes comes from the adverts.

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