This week on stuff, I'm talking about the cedar cladding. More specifically about the almost disaster I had with the interior cladding. In short - I had stained it, thinking that I wanted it to match the external cedar. (We are, after all, trying to get the entrance way to roll from out to in with the cedar running the whole length of both internal and external walls). However, the colour from the stain was so strong that it was never going to match the external cedar once some sun and rain had had a go at it. Happily, the problem was solved, thanks to Mark from TimberTECH. Man almost knows more about timber than a lumberjack.
But, it has shown me where my priorities are. Not that it's really ever been a secret. I am in charge of the inside, says Mr Building Boxes, and while i'm also in charge of how the outside looks, I care more about where we are going to be living our day to day lives.
A big thing for me is making sure our sleek shiny concrete floor doesn't make the place seem to sterile. Not only that, but I don't like everything to look super "new" and polished. When an interiors image catches my eye it's almost always because of the mix of old and new that has been lovingly meshed together, and with that in mind, I've been looking at what I might be able to find to put into the new, new house. It's a difficult balance at the moment, as I can't really buy anything (as we're about to move out of our current house and have nowhere to put it) but if I find just the right set of drawers say, to turn into a vanity, I need to get it now so that I can work it into a design with the cabinet maker. Damned if I do, damned if I don't. I also don't get much time to get out and look around, or at least, not much time without the Lego Engineer and Destruction Specialist. I was at a second hand store the other day and was drilling the boys not to touch anything, when the guy was all - let them touch, it's fine. I looked at him a little sideways, but shrugged and let the boys go. About ten minutes later he was concerned that they might have a)stolen one of his toy cars, b)reordered his vintage cup collection, c)hidden all the hats, and d) attempted to kill each other with the stupid-sharp dagger/walking stick/harbinger of doom....guess he either doesn't have any kids of his own or they haven't been to the same school of destruction specialization as mine have...
A family of four: writer, scientist, lego engineer and destruction specialist. Our previous home is featured in New Zealand Interior Style and this new project promises to provide plenty of great, green, smart and maybe madcap solutions to new building in New Zealand.