The skirting has arrived!

The stone skirting we ordered has arrived and is starting to be installed.

The radius on the top isn’t as perfect as I’d hoped, but we’ll live with it. That’s something we might be able to correct one day but the top edge needs a good polish anyway so that might iron out a bit of the flat spots. I know it’s possible to produce a nicely rounded edge - I bought some marble from Turkey for the Marriott Courtyard Hotel in Tbilisi which had beautifully rounded and polished edges. If anyone ever visits that hotel then the bar and the hot and cold buffet counters a bit further along from the bar were all drawn up and procured by yours truly. The cold buffet counter in particular (a sort of London Underground logo shape) was well worth the sweating and loss of sleep in the days leading up to it arriving and being fitted. We had Indian stonemasons on that job - they were the best of the best!

Here’s what it will look like after a bit of spit and polish - it goes quite well with the floor:

Stone Skirting

The skirting has just been loose-laid for the most part so far, but this is what the room will look like:

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Mitring was never my forté so this is a lot better than I would have managed - even in wood. Once it’s permanently fixed, filled, and polished it should look ok. We could even round those external corners off a bit.

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There’s a bit of jiggery pokery going on where the door opens but that will look ok after a final polish.

Adjustment needed to allow for the door to open

The living room flooring is nearly finished now.

Living room flooring nearly finished

This shows the plastic spaces and wedges which are used to get the floor perfectly spaced and level with each other. It’s a slow job and a little bit expensive but it needs to be done right because Georgi’s electric wheelchair, especially, is very heavy so the floor needs to be rock solid with no voids, and no flexure as there are underfloor heating pipes laid below it.

Plastic Spacers and Wedges

We’re now thinking of using the same material to form the ramp up to the bathroom floor level. I still need to think about this a little because I would have preferred the door frame to be where the wall is rather than set back into the bathroom (and looking plain ugly from the inside) but there’s no reason why we can’t have a large gap between the bottom of the door and the ramp. It might even be possible to adjust a drop seal enough to cover that gap.

Stone ramp to bathroom floor level

Flooring Progress

The flooring in both bedrooms has now been completed, and the living room is progressing nicely. There’s no threshold between the rooms as we want as few obstacles to the wheelchair as possible. Instead, we’re going to install drop seals in the doors to keep the noise level down. We were originally thinking of putting a brass strip where the orientation of the floor tiles changes but, aside from being hard to get hold of here, the joints will be hidden under the doors when they’re closed

All that remains is to fill the joints and install the stone skirting which is 2cm thick x 6cm high, with a 2cm quarter radius on the top.

Bedroom looking towards the balcony:

Bedroom Flooring

Bedroom looking towards the living room:

Bedroom Flooring

Living room looking towards the bedrooms:

Living Room Flooring

Lorient Door Drop Seals

These are the drop seals which I want to install in the bottom of the interior doors. They neatly install in a routed channel made in the bottom of the door and are held in place by two end plates.

They are adjusted by screwing the operating button in or out to allow for different gaps between the bottom of the door and the floor/threshold.

Used in conjunction with perimeter seals (from the same company) and decent quality doors this should provide and effective sound barrier between the bedrooms and the living room, and also between the corridor and the entrance lobby.

How drop seals work

They are also made in Britain!

Internal Paint Colours

We’ve finally decided on the paint colours for the rooms. Caparol is widely available in Tbilisi so we want use CapaPlus (it says CapaTrade on the tin) Silk Emulsion so we can wash mark off it more easily.

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I think the above paint may be only manufactured by Caparol in the UAE (caparol.ae) so the equivalent which seems to be widely available in Europe is Caparol Capaver Silk Finish:

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All ceilings will be white but the wall colours of the room will be generally yellow for the living room and corridor, peach for the kitchen and one of the bedrooms, and blue/green for the other bedroom, so the colour key for the the living room would look like this:

Living Room Colours

Living Room & Corridor

Walls: Caparol CURRY 120

Caparol CURRY 120

Coffered Ceiling (Ceiling Border plus Ceiling in Corridor): Caparol CURRY 115

Caparol CURRY 115

Georgi’s Bedroom

Walls: Caparol COELIN 60

Caparol COELIN 60

Coffered Ceiling (Ceiling Border): Caparol COELIN 55

Caparol COELIN 55

Other Bedroom & Kitchen

Walls: Caparol APRICO 180

Caparol APRICO 180

Coffered Ceiling (Ceiling Border): Caparol APRICO 175

Caparol APRICO 175

In all areas except the kitchen the coffered border around the edges of the room will be a slightly darker shade of the wall colour, with the rest of the ceilings in white. This begs the question of what to do where the coffer at the living room entrance continues through as the corridor ceiling? Either we paint that ceiling in the yellow colour or paint it white but have a yellow edge to it where it forms the coffer in the living room.

I think it would look better if we simply continues the yellow colour through on the corridor ceiling - so it would look something like this:

Corridor Ceiling Colour

In the kitchen the whole of the ceiling will be white.

All the Caparol colours are here:

http://www.caparol.de/gestaltung/farbtonkollektionen/3d-system-plus.html

Internal Doors

We need to decide which type of doors to buy for the inner entrance door and the two bedrooms.

Door from entrance to corridor

For the inner entrance door I think we should have one which lets plenty of light through so we have at least some natural light getting through to the front door - it was already very dark there but with the new inner wall and door it will be as black as a tunnel if we use a solid door.

I would love a door like this TWENTY (20) pane one, using hand made glass panels (or anything except perfectly flat clear glass). This water effect is quite interesting.

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Door to bedrooms

For the bedrooms Lana in keen on have some kind of “Eurodesign” doors with a wavy glass panel in them, but I saw these which looks like a good compromise between what we both want - it lets a fair amount of light through without causing privacy problems and also looks good. We could possibly even use the same design for the inner entrance door, if the one I like proves unpopular.

One other thing we need to be careful with is the handing - it may give us a little more room to manoevre Georgi though the door (or let him drive through himself) if the door was hinged on the left so we could open it nearly 180 degrees, though it will open to mabe 100 degrees as already planned so it might be ok (and would look better).

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We could get some custom made using the glass wall blocks I saw in Domino. You can get some quite interesting designs and lighting effects…

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I would REALLY like to have concealed dropseals fitted to the bottoms of the internal doors too:

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