Category Archives: Flooring

Bits and Bobs

We have been finalising and buying lots of bits and pieces:

  • Variation for the tiles – natural (marble and limestone) cost more to lay than ceramic tiles.
  • Variation for screening on the verandah (a mistake on the engineering report has our deck looking into the neighbours house, so a screen is required).
  • More lights – swivel spotlights for the walk in robe and pantry (Ikea), outdoor spotlights.
  • Shelf for the shower in the bathroom (Metric Tile).
  • Returning the tallboy we ordered for the bathroom – we must have miscalculated as it doesn’t fit!
  • Walk in robe order – a custom designed Elfa solution from Howard’s Storage World.
  • Furnishing bought for Oscar’s Star Wars room – new doonah (to fit the european star wars cover), desk lamp (metalic and star wars-ish) and bedside table (it looks a bit like those walking fighter thingies!) from Ikea.
  • Floor protectors for under the desks (Ikea).
  • Globes – lots of them!
  • Connecting the electricity (this task finally pushed me to tears!).  Are there no electricity companies that know their processes for connecting a new property?
  • Confirmed solar panel installation.

Oscar came to Ikea with me and enjoyed the shopping, but he is a bit over being dragged out shopping and to the house!

Bedroom 3
Bedroom 3


Floor Tiles

We have spent most of this week looking at tiles.  We don’t have a lot of tiles, but we have somehow managed to avoid thinking about them, and now it’s decision time.  We went to National Tiles last weekend and left there totally uninspired.  Given the natural materials we have in the house (bamboo, red gum and marble) we thought we’d have a look for natural tiles.  Our best friend Google led us to Edwards Tiles where we found Black Velvet limestone tiles for the laundry and bathroom floors.  The tiles can be sealed with Aqua-Seal Bronze+, a water-based no VOC natural look sealant.

Black Velvet Limestone Tile
Black Velvet Limestone Tile (image from Edwards Tiles)

Having chosen these we just had to find tiles for the bathroom shower and the ensuite floor.  We went to Metric Tile, where they had a great range of tiles, with lots of them in patterned displays to make it easy to picture how to use them.  Even so, we struggled to make a decision on the bathroom, but when we asked for a period style floor for the ensuite we made a great find.  Out the back they had the perfect tile.  It was a clearance lot and pre-dated the implementation of their computer system (almost authentic period!).

Cream Octagonal with Green Dots
Vanilla Octagonal with Green Dots