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One dining room, many kitchens. Design changes.

Slight change of design plan for two of the two bedroom flats… the kitchens are going to be white lacquer.

Instead of black Friday in France the soldes (sales) start on the sixth of January and go on for two weeks or so. Anyway, the manager of the kitchen shop told us that if we bought one of his fully equipped display models (at a 40% reduction), he’d give us a second one for the same price. So we spent the morning loading, carrying and unloading. Now we’ve got two kitchens sitting in my dining room.

The countertops are a slate grey colour. Fridge/freezer are integrated which makes for a much nicer look as the kitchens are open to the  living room. We’re also adding bar/tapas tables for a bit of extra storage and counter space.

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This is the point where a project starts getting really exciting (for me.) Moving from paper to reality. It’s also when one finds out if a concept really works 🙂 So far, so good.

The one bedroom is slightly delayed, but should be done next week. The shower room is petite but looks really great. The kid who’s moving into it is thrilled. He actually went to Mike a few days ago and said he could increase his rent payments by €50 a month once he moves in. That was fantastic; it reinforces the theory that if you make an effort for people, they’ll make an effort for you too. It’s also partly why we decided to go ahead and get the higher quality white lacquer kitchens.

I’ve got the feeling we’re going to end up with a really excellent property.

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18 comments on “One dining room, many kitchens. Design changes.

  1. carmen
    January 9, 2016

    I’ve got the feeling that property got really excellent people to remodel it. 🙂

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  2. Cara
    January 9, 2016

    The French don’t have black Friday sales? When do they trample each other in the name of half price flat screen TV sets?

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  3. acflory
    January 9, 2016

    I like that colour scheme. 🙂 And it’s fantastic that you already have such a nice tenant. Long term it’s the quality of the people that determines how successful an investment becomes and it’s clear you’re already there.

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    • Mr. Merveilleux
      January 9, 2016

      We were definitely lucky with him. He’s more enthusiastic about his future apartment than we are 🙂 That makes the whole experience immediately more interesting. Every time something gets put in place, there he is smiling in the doorway.

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      • acflory
        January 9, 2016

        lmao – you may have to consider strata title somewhere down the track – in case he wants to buy. 😀

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  4. karenjane
    January 10, 2016

    A good tenant is worth his weight in gold. He obviously wants a home, not just somewhere to rent. You are all fortunate.

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    • Mr. Merveilleux
      January 10, 2016

      And he’s only 19. He’s doing an apprenticeship of some sort. He told me what it was, but I was trying to figure out colours at that precise moment, so I wasn’t really listening. Anyway, he’s very sweet.

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  5. davidprosser
    January 10, 2016

    You will have a good property because of the effort you’ve invested in it. I hope you end up with model tenants too who give no hassle.
    Hugs

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  6. karenjane
    January 10, 2016

    Do I get a prize for spotting Mike on the RSC poster/programme? What play was that?

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    • Mr. Merveilleux
      January 10, 2016

      OH MY GOD! Yes, you do! 😀 But I’ve just sat down by the fire, and embarrassingly enough, I don’t know for which play that was- but I’ll check tomorrow… How did you know it was him? Your eyes are evidently better than mine.

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      • karenjane
        January 10, 2016

        I’ve been looking at the RSC website recently to see whats on, so spotted the logo, then thought it looked like him (I saw The Racing Game years ago….& also On The Black Hill, which was superb).

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      • Mr. Merveilleux
        January 10, 2016

        Would you like me to send you the previews and what’s worth watching? People are always emailing Mike (which means me, as I actually receive and respond to 99% of his messages)
        Watch out for Tony Sher’s Lear! The Fool is the wonderful Graham Turner- who I’ve referred to on the blog as Chimney Sweep 🙂 Once upon a time he was a B&W minstrel, he’s been down many stairs with Carol Channing, and he’s excellent at everything he does! Well worth watching.

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  7. karenjane
    January 10, 2016

    OOh yes please. We love Tony Sher, seen him in several things at the RSC & the Crucible at Sheffield. He’s very modest too, 7 charming. We used to be members of the RSC, which mean a few weeks priority booking over the general public & we’re thinking of joining again – it’s only 1 1/4 hrs drive on a good day.
    Do you deal with Mike’s letters too? I do that for my husband – he only sees mail/email concerning the car, as if I don’t deal with it he ignores it all.

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    • Mr. Merveilleux
      January 10, 2016

      Will do!
      Yes, I deal with everything. When we met he had a desk with about 500 unopened envelopes… and an email with over 1500 unopened messages. Letters, gifts, cards, thank you’s, food, taxes- that’s me 🙂

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  8. I’m excited about the kitchens!
    I can’t wait to see more pics as things get installed.
    How is the grass growing?

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    • Mr. Merveilleux
      January 12, 2016

      The grass is doing great! There should be an installed kitchen and pictures in the next few days 😀

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      • I’m waiting on the kitchen pics.
        My favorite parts of your blog are the remodeling articles. I like the political ones and the philosophy ones but my favorites are still the remodeling and decorating articles.
        I have learned a lot about a different materials and methods by reading your blog.
        I know you are big into your gardening, shrubs and flowers but I mostly enjoy the installation pics and information of putting in the new lawn for example. And the stone edging of the driveway, what you picked and why. I think a huge transformation will be when you repaint the shutters so I’m hanging in until that makes it to the top of your project list. It’s really fun to watch you transform it, and you still have far to go so I look forward to many more articles to come.

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      • Mr. Merveilleux
        January 19, 2016

        Well, then you’ll be pleased to know lots of remodeling pics are coming next week 🙂 Work has already begun on bathroom #3 (at building II), I just keep forgetting to take the camera.

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