The floor in my main cottage and on my veranda is driving me totally crazy. It is covered in pure white tiles. They would look pretty in a pristine home in the city but here they are just so impractical. I have to sweep and wash the floor twice a day to keep it looking slightly reasonable but most times it just looks like we never clean. Living in close proximity to water and sand does NOT work with white tiles. Also, living under a thatch (grass) roof creates quite a bit of dust which shows up very easily on these tiles. To add to the mess the tiles are very old and some of them are chipped and cracked.
I have always planned to renovate this cottage. My dreams of what I would really like to do are outside of my current budget so I need to find a way to improve the building in such a way that I can continue to make changes as I can afford them.
So you may ask why I am puzzling and that I should just do the floor and then do the rest when I can. It’s not so simple. I have a dividing wall in the cottage which closes off the pokey pantry/wash-up area from the lounge dining room area which I would also like to change. How exactly I want to change it is still not clear. See below – the red line is the wall I don’t like.
If I pull down the wall I will also have to remove the cupboards that are against it – that means new cupboards which I can’t afford right now. The cupboards are built-in, so if I change the floor and want to change cupboards at a later stage, I would then have to re-do some of the flooring which is not very practical. The same goes for the wall.
One option with the wall is that I just break it down to the cupboard level and make the cupboards into an island – I could leave a portion of the wall up just to screen the washing-up area. This was what I was going to do until a friend who visited (who is a developer and has designed and built many designer homes, hotels and lodges) suggested I move the wall further out and split my lounge off – make the kitchen bigger to incorporate a dining area and open the whole front of the cottage onto the veranda with folding doors. This sounds so wonderful but I am sure it is going to be so over my current budget. If I go this route, which is probably the best way to go, I will be living in dust and cement for months while I do parts slowly as there is no way I would manage to install new cupboards at this stage.
Right now I really don’t care what I do but I have to get rid of the floor before I go stir crazy! I want to replace the tiles with a screed floor similar to one of these – preferably not a light colour.
I like the top two on the right and the bottom one on the right. One can even insert some type of pattern, pebbles or even wood to make an edge or design similar to the picture below although I would not go for this type of pattern but rather a type of edging or border around the room.
Anyone got any wonderful suggestions before I rip the cottage to shreds?
- Decorate your Kitchen in Cottage Style (brighthub.com)
- How We Renovated Our Home (mamasbagoftricks.blogspot.com)