General progress update

The new apartment is still plodding along but there’s a dispute between the developer and the residents about a mansard he wants to build on the top of the building. They don’t trust him and say he’s going to try and build another floor (I was up there last week and I don’t think that’s even feasible) and they’re trying to block his planning application so he’s retaliated by threatening not to install the lift. It’s all talk - Georgians are very good at talking and not so good at doing. I’m sure I won’t offend any Georgians by saying that because they are basically good people who can be honest with themselves - they have their national traits and flaws just like all other nationalities have theirs… throughout history us Brits have demonstrated much more serious flaws than simply not being able to agree with each other!

Terrace RoofA byproduct of this dispute is that the application for our new terrace roof is all bound up in the same planning application, so all I can do is stand firmly on the sidelines shaking my head until they manage to sort it out between themselves. I could care less, if I tried. Anyway, it’s something I won’t need to spend money on for another month or two so I can juggle the pennies a bit and bring some of the other works forward. I’ve received all the electrical stuff from the UK now, so that can go in when a couple of our own guys find themselves at a loose end, and they’ve started putting the frames up for the coffered ceilings. I was there yesterday to make the final decision on the sizes and where we’re going to put the lights, so I’m expecting to have all the ceilings up within the next fortnight.

Kitchen DesignWe went to see just such a kitchen manufacturer on Thursday, and I found it very useful to be able to pull up this website on their computer and show them everything - even the kitchen equipment we’ve selected, and links to all the datasheets. I was a bit dubious when we pulled up outside a little cafe on a street in the back of beyond - a place in Tbilisi they call “Africa”. We went in and asked where the furniture place was and we were directed to a little door - it led to a showroom full of really top notch stuff which, itself led to a huge modernised and very professional-looking warehouse where they made all of this stuff. The Sales Manager who greeted us there really knew his stuff and it was refreshing talking to him. He took us all over the factory and up into the offices to see samples of the worktops and other materials. They’d obviously done all the offices out themselves (they doors and general furniture too) so the offices themselves were a bit of an eye-opener for me.

I was very impressed with what I saw and listened to.

Another view of the revised kitchen design

We received another picture of the revised kitchen design - this one is looking back from the terrace door back towards the entrance.

Kitchen - looking from the terrace door towards the entrance

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Revised kitchen design received

clip_image001I like it! The appliance to the left of the oven is a built-in dishwasher so the controls will be hidden… there will just be a horizontal pull handle to pull the panel down.

The full-length glass backsplash shown has removable panels so we could have put pictures behind there if we want, and would have made for easier cleaning of the panels too… but Lana wants to have tiles there instead so, no glass.

Since posting this we’ve received another view of the kitchen looking back towards the entrance which also shows the table and a fridge (which I like but it’s not the one we’ve chosen, or can obtain!).

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Pendant lighting styles

Copper Dome Pendant Light We need a pendant light to go over the dining table in the kitchen - and possible some in the living room and bedrooms.

Here’s a selection but I think a lot of them will be very difficult to clean. I like the dome type which is similar to what they have in Tbilisi’s Hard Rock Cafe, but maybe only for the dining area.

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2nd fix electrical goods have arrived!

MK K2747WHI Double Socket OutletI took delivery of the 2nd fix electrical goods (switches and sockets, etc.) from the UK today.

Just need to get someone to fit them all now then get the plasterer back in to make good around the installations.

I’ve bought primarily MK gear so it should last for many a year - 3-pin UK sockets though, which will go down like a lead balloon once Lana sees them, lol! I did buy plenty of plug tops and properly-sized spare fuses so we shouldn’t see smoke coming from any of the appliances, or smoke or sparks coming from the sockets.

The building is already earthed, too, which I was pleasantly surprised about as it saved me having to find an earth myself (it’s a bit of a rare find in Georgia).