Construction with renewed vigour

Sasha - August 26, 2008

Hi. So OK, I’m back with photos. The builder’s vacation is over, and I’m relieved as my apartment has been sitting idle for the last 3 weeks or so, and I’m getting more eager and excited about moving in.
So anyway, work is underway again, and things continue to take shape.
Here’s the living room:
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And study, where you can see the skeleton of the shelving on the walls:
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The lighting has been placed, and you can see that the insulation has already gone in. Double thickness I asked - Dutch winters can be quite chilly to say the least!
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A lovely alternative view:
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I was pretty devastated to find out that I couldn’t move this wall as planned, as it’s load-bearing and a potential nightmare to the whole building if shifted. I’m over it now; these thing happen in projects. I need to replan the bedroom area slightly. I’m really through with planning already!
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I’m told that the whole place is 5 weeks off finishing. I’m skeptical to hear that, but hope to be surprised!
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Looks Almost Liveable

Sasha - August 3, 2008

Well, I survived the demolition, but note that there is still a lot of rubbish around the place and I guess more to come as things are refined.
I have wires hanging from the ceiling and a contractor on my back to provide lighting and final lighting plans.
The stress of it all!

I’ve finished planning the bathroom now - the most stressful space to plan after the kitchen. What I’m realising here is that the level of detail is astonishing. You don’t just buy a new bath - you pick colour, size, style, think about placement to the nearest millimetre, order all associated parts, concealed parts (what size do I need?!).

Step and repeat for each and every feature of your apartment. Get the idea? (wouldn’t give it up for the world though :))

As far as the work goes, the biggest surprise has been knocking down the study wall, which really opens up the whole apartment space. I stood there in awe for about 5 minutes when I first saw it:

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The walls have been concreted for extra stability now, and in a matter of weeks the walls and ceiling will be ‘closed up’ (ie plaster, etc.):

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And the reverse view:

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Here you can see the view of the soon-to-be bedroom with entrance to the bathroom:

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…and the bathroom:

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