A Bucket Load of Achievements: This isn't supposed to be in any way a 'god aren't we achieving so much right now' sort of post. But actually more of an acknowledgement that the aforementioned mighty To Do List, which grows ever longer each day, is gradually being beaten back, or rather, just about managed. That To Do List also includes some frankly crazy things, which we never expected to have to have an opinion on. We aren't drowning right now. We are very nearly drowning, but our heads are still just above water, even if we're spluttering ever so slightly. OK, enough of the water metaphor chat. Move on.
Last Week We:
- Got permission through for new waste drainage road dig up from the Mairie
- Got the water pressure turned up (finally! it was a veritable dribble before)
- Ordered the kitchen carcasses
- Took delivery of the kitchen carcasses (Loathe that word - ugh, why can't that sound more exciting?)
- Ordered the bathroom tiles - this took half an hour to choose and order these, and arrange delivery. Boom. (For the record I also loathe 'boom' as an expletive, but lots of people at work are overusing it right now. It felt appropriate in this context. And won't happen again)
- Got final unit numbers for all the lights
- Ordered all the lights + sockets + extractor fans (in fact all the electrics)
- Ordered the boiling water tap for the kitchen
- Decided and confirmed the position of the TV and the wood burning stove (harder and more painful than this sounds. This has caused us the most stress.)
- Found 2 potential suppliers for the kitchen work surface in Annemasse near Geneva, and got quotes (all in French - I still don't know the English word for 'jambage' which is where the worktop goes down the sides of the unit as well as on top, FYI)
- Found 2 potential chemineers to fit the stove, and plenty of people who couldn't. Or wouldn't.
- Confirmed the plans for the ski boot room under the outside balcony stairs (in lieu of the garage extension which we've run out of time for)
- Finalised the layout and design of the chalet website - www.chaletdesoie.com. Not live quite yet though...more anon.
- Finalised the chalet logo:
- Explored door handle options (not ordered)
- Confirmed plans for the secret door to the kids' bunk room
- Research mural designs for that room.
- Chosen and ordered 2 x sofas and 1 x armchair from sofa.com (yoohoo The Emily! and also cooee Sark chair!). Particularly pleased with this one - took 20 mins of quick decision making and confident ordering...they didn't know what hit them.
- Planned out plan of attack for tidying up the outside area once building work has completed.
- Ordered and took delivery of the wood burning stove.
- Chosen and ordered all kitchen appliances, including hob, 2 x ovens, fridge, wine fridge, washing machine, dishwasher, sink...I'm particularly excited about the giant ovens for all the cooking to be done in them, as well as the fridge which has a huge ice compartment for drinks...
- Organised for all the above to get hauled out to France on an HGV. This was the real headache for Darren. Very many balls in the air for delivery and when/ where sort of questions to answer. The tiles, apparently, are the real issue as they're pretty darn heavy. 3.6 tonnes!
- Finished researching listing site prices, and also market research on which might drive the most traffic our way with key search terms.
- Finished publicity and marketing plan.
Next Week We Need To:
- Measure the windows and get the curtains ordered up
- Finalise all the copy on the website and get it live
- Start sourcing and ordering the rest of the furniture, most urgently the beds and the dining table and bedside tables. Ensure delivery of all items matches up with delivery of sofas, so all can be transported in one go mid November (ideally)
- Order the items we've identified and know we like - the bar stools, the coffee table, the chairs, the blankets, the towels, the linen...
- Continue to handmake the scatter cushions for all the bed (this has been ongoing all year actually - but it still remains on the list)
- Still go to our real work every day and do a good job while we're there.
This obviously doesn't count what the actual builders are actually doing to the property currently either. Which is obviously the really hard work.
PS the image at the top sort of felt appropriate to illustrate this post as it seemed to visualise the constant murky misty bank of 'to do's' that engulf us both at all times and which never seems to lift...