The builder, roofer, plumber, electrician and glazier all came to the property to meet us on our flying visit to Belvès this week. We also squeezed in giving one room a quick makeover.
The room in question will become our office. Here’s what it looked like before.
It was a small bedroom at the back of the property with no view. We figured no guests would ever want to stay in it, so we’ll use it as our office.
As you can see, it was last decorated in the 1980s. Let’s just say that the shiny pink-flowered wallpaper wasn’t quite to our taste – nor was the green paper that had been used to cover the ceiling.
We painted the whole room in an off-white colour – a greyish white.
It still needs a new floor and that radiator is definitely going, not least because the heating system doesn’t work. We really only painted it at this early stage to give ourselves the impression that we’re making progress.
But as it’s a room only we’ll see, we haven’t spent too much time or money on it. We’ll save that for the rest of the place…
Speaking of which, the builder, roofer, plumber, electrician and glazier all came and saw us this week. This seems to be part of the two-stage process of getting a quote.
Step one is the straightforward one: you ask for a quote. Step two is less obvious: the tradesperson comes and goes over all the information you provided when you asked for the quote.
Not sure if they’re trying to work out if we’re worthy of their skills or if they just need to see the whites of our eyes.
If you know why this is, please fill me in. In the meantime, we await their quotes…