Life at № 42 by E.M. Coutinho
I did ask for it. Now I’ve got a total of six serious reforms on my hands. Six kitchens to be redone, six bathrooms- goodness knows how many square metres of floors to be changed.
We took possession of the keys to our new building this morning. Two of the tenants are staying in place, so I only walked through and took pictures of empty apartments.
It’s exciting but also daunting. The current kitchens and bathrooms are appalling. I want a completely different feel. I’ve spent the past couple of weeks researching industrial materials. They’re not just inexpensive, they’re also very resistant. That’s the feel I want, industrial. That’ll allow tenants to use the flats as a blank canvas for their own things whether they prefer modern or classical.
At the moment these are the floors I’m leaning towards for the whole place:
The most challenging aspect: the two studios. The bigger apartments are quite easy and classical in distribution- but the studios will require some serious thinking so they’re comfortable and attractive. At the moment they’re neither. I’m investigating the possibility of mezzanine beds and all that, possibly a solution.
I’m going to spend the weekend walking from flat to flat, room to room. I want a real sense of what it is to live in each apartment. That’s the only way to make sure the project is up to the standard I’m hoping to achieve.