These are the drop seals which I want to install in the bottom of the interior doors. They neatly install in a routed channel made in the bottom of the door and are held in place by two end plates.
They are adjusted by screwing the operating button in or out to allow for different gaps between the bottom of the door and the floor/threshold.
Used in conjunction with perimeter seals (from the same company) and decent quality doors this should provide and effective sound barrier between the bedrooms and the living room, and also between the corridor and the entrance lobby.
There was an interesting article on the BBC website today about a guy who has turned his home into one which watches who is in the building and alerts the owner if there is someone there which it doesn’t recognise. It also adjusts the heating etc. if someone turns up who prefers the house a little warmer or cooler, and the developer expects to be able to expand his system to allow him to “talk” to the house and just issue whatever commands he wants.
It may all sound a bit geeky and even a bit sinister from a privacy point of view, but this is exactly the kind of system which I am surprised hasn’t been developed by a big company such as Amazon or Google because it could open up the possibility of affording a much greater degree of independence for disabled people.
Couple this with a few robots for specialist operations such as getting someone in and out of bed, or to the bathroom, and it would be just brilliant for someone like Georgi to be able to live more or less on his own, yet still be monitored in case he needs help with something.
I quite like the archway into the kitchen now, even with all its current imperfections.
Maybe we could have a bigger archway (or half-arch) at the wall in front of the side window?
We’ve finally decided on the paint colours for the rooms. Caparol is widely available in Tbilisi so we want use CapaPlus (it says CapaTrade on the tin) Silk Emulsion so we can wash mark off it more easily.
I think the above paint may be only manufactured by Caparol in the UAE (caparol.ae) so the equivalent which seems to be widely available in Europe is Caparol Capaver Silk Finish:
All ceilings will be white but the wall colours of the room will be generally yellow for the living room and corridor, peach for the kitchen and one of the bedrooms, and blue/green for the other bedroom, so the colour key for the the living room would look like this:
Living Room & Corridor
Walls: Caparol CURRY 120
Coffered Ceiling (Ceiling Border plus Ceiling in Corridor): Caparol CURRY 115
Walls: Caparol COELIN 60
Coffered Ceiling (Ceiling Border): Caparol COELIN 55
Other Bedroom & Kitchen
Walls: Caparol APRICO 180
Coffered Ceiling (Ceiling Border): Caparol APRICO 175
In all areas except the kitchen the coffered border around the edges of the room will be a slightly darker shade of the wall colour, with the rest of the ceilings in white. This begs the question of what to do where the coffer at the living room entrance continues through as the corridor ceiling? Either we paint that ceiling in the yellow colour or paint it white but have a yellow edge to it where it forms the coffer in the living room.
I think it would look better if we simply continues the yellow colour through on the corridor ceiling - so it would look something like this:
In the kitchen the whole of the ceiling will be white.
All the Caparol colours are here:
We need to decide which type of doors to buy for the inner entrance door and the two bedrooms.
Door from entrance to corridor
For the inner entrance door I think we should have one which lets plenty of light through so we have at least some natural light getting through to the front door - it was already very dark there but with the new inner wall and door it will be as black as a tunnel if we use a solid door.
I would love a door like this TWENTY (20) pane one, using hand made glass panels (or anything except perfectly flat clear glass). This water effect is quite interesting.
Door to bedrooms
For the bedrooms Lana in keen on have some kind of “Eurodesign” doors with a wavy glass panel in them, but I saw these which looks like a good compromise between what we both want - it lets a fair amount of light through without causing privacy problems and also looks good. We could possibly even use the same design for the inner entrance door, if the one I like proves unpopular.
One other thing we need to be careful with is the handing - it may give us a little more room to manoevre Georgi though the door (or let him drive through himself) if the door was hinged on the left so we could open it nearly 180 degrees, though it will open to mabe 100 degrees as already planned so it might be ok (and would look better).
We could get some custom made using the glass wall blocks I saw in Domino. You can get some quite interesting designs and lighting effects…
I would REALLY like to have concealed dropseals fitted to the bottoms of the internal doors too: