The Arch

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?

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Our new doorway

We have our new doorway between the entrance lobby and the hallway. There’s storage space behind the facing wall - plenty of room for shoes and stuff!

The door will hinge on the right hand side of this photo and swing towards the front door - more for emergency exit reasons but there’s also no obstructions swinging it wide open that way.

For the uninitiated this would make it a left hand reverse swing door - doors are “handed” according to which side the hinges are on, and from the side of the door you would be on if you were entering the room.

It’s about a metre wide at the moment but we need to add about 100mm to the left hand side to allow room for the door frame… it wouldn’t look good if the door closed right against the wall. It’ll still be wide enough to get a wheelchair through it.

Inner door at entrance

A new doorway and a new archway

We’ve decided to add a door between the entrance lobby and the hallway. We’d been thinking about having the bathroom door with a right hand reverse swing (pulling out towards the front door) but this won’t really work if we add this new door, so the bathroom door will need to be a normal left hand swing (in towards the bath). We can make a small cupboard or something to the right to the door (as you enter the house). The door will need to be glazed to avoid blocking all of the light from the entrance lobby.

New inner entrance door

The new door will be a single leaf left hand reverse swing. An alternative would be to add double doors at the entrance to the living room, but we can add this later if we wish, and everyone seems to agree on putting one near the front door - this will help block any disturbing noise coming from the stairwell/lift, and also help to spare our neighbours from any noise leaking out from our home.

We’re also going to make the entrance doorway (which will remain just as an opening) into an archway, like this:

New archway for kitchen entrance

To allow better access for the wheelchair it might be better to widen the opening - as a guide the opening into the kitchen in our rented apartment is 1 metre wide x 2.26m high, which is plenty big enough. The ceiling height in the kitchen will be ≈ 226 cm so this would give an archway like this:

Archway into kitchen

General progress update

The new apartment is still plodding along but there’s a dispute between the developer and the residents about a mansard he wants to build on the top of the building. They don’t trust him and say he’s going to try and build another floor (I was up there last week and I don’t think that’s even feasible) and they’re trying to block his planning application so he’s retaliated by threatening not to install the lift. It’s all talk - Georgians are very good at talking and not so good at doing. I’m sure I won’t offend any Georgians by saying that because they are basically good people who can be honest with themselves - they have their national traits and flaws just like all other nationalities have theirs… throughout history us Brits have demonstrated much more serious flaws than simply not being able to agree with each other!

Terrace RoofA byproduct of this dispute is that the application for our new terrace roof is all bound up in the same planning application, so all I can do is stand firmly on the sidelines shaking my head until they manage to sort it out between themselves. I could care less, if I tried. Anyway, it’s something I won’t need to spend money on for another month or two so I can juggle the pennies a bit and bring some of the other works forward. I’ve received all the electrical stuff from the UK now, so that can go in when a couple of our own guys find themselves at a loose end, and they’ve started putting the frames up for the coffered ceilings. I was there yesterday to make the final decision on the sizes and where we’re going to put the lights, so I’m expecting to have all the ceilings up within the next fortnight.

Kitchen DesignWe went to see just such a kitchen manufacturer on Thursday, and I found it very useful to be able to pull up this website on their computer and show them everything - even the kitchen equipment we’ve selected, and links to all the datasheets. I was a bit dubious when we pulled up outside a little cafe on a street in the back of beyond - a place in Tbilisi they call “Africa”. We went in and asked where the furniture place was and we were directed to a little door - it led to a showroom full of really top notch stuff which, itself led to a huge modernised and very professional-looking warehouse where they made all of this stuff. The Sales Manager who greeted us there really knew his stuff and it was refreshing talking to him. He took us all over the factory and up into the offices to see samples of the worktops and other materials. They’d obviously done all the offices out themselves (they doors and general furniture too) so the offices themselves were a bit of an eye-opener for me.

I was very impressed with what I saw and listened to.

Ready for occupation!

We found these progress photos on the developer’s Facebook page. These show the building practically complete and at the stage where some people were beginning to move in. Nice view from the roof!

These photos were posted at around about the same time as we were on our hands and knees at the bank asking for a loan to buy our place!

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