Wednesday 16 September 2009 8.49pm
We've got the builders in right now....Oh joy!
You are indeed fortunate if you can find a house where you don't have to make at least one compromise. With us it was the kitchen. (Very small.) After two years in the place we've at last got round to realising our plans, i.e. to knock the wall down between the 'morning room,' (sounds vey posh,) and the kitchen. Today the builders lifted the laminate on the floors,(which wasn't to our taste anyway,) to reveal the tacky 1970's Marley tiles. In the process they inadvertantly lifted some of the same, aforementioned, Marley tiles. Beneath, was the original Edwardian ceramic floor.
Why, oh why would someone buy a characterful, Edwardian property and then proceed to hide the features? It's all a matter of taste I know, but if you buy an old house, then surely you buy it because you like the character and antiquity that comes with it. I remember when I was working in the estate agency business in rural Lincolnshire and I went to value a 19th century former farmhouse. From the outside the stone-built property lookd idylic. Inside, it was the epitome of modernity. The kitchen, which was the size of an average village hall, had a stud wall at one end, which I found curiuous. I asked the story behind it, expecting him to say that it was due to the deterioration of the brickwork, or such. I nearly fell over backwards when he said,
"There's an old cast-iron range behind there, which
wasn't to my taste. So I blocked it up."
It's a bit like buying a Van Gough and going over it in magnolia!