Home Improvements: That Glass

Thursday, 09:30 – It’s the big day, and the glass splashback boys arrived on time.


10:15 – There might be a problem. The fancy laser plotting machine has made a few mistakes in the measurements. Three pieces need to be recut as they’re too short. I’m disappointed but, on the other hand, I’m relieved that the installers didn’t try to botch the job by leaving each glass panel with a toothy gap. I’m starting to go blind from constantly looking on the bright side of things.


11:30 – It’s agreed that the electrician should come back on another day, when all of the glass panels are fitted. We still don’t know how many days before they’ll return with the recut glass. They said that they’d ring but, typically, they didn’t.


I love the look of the glass walls though, where they’ve been installed. At night the colour changes from white to a blue tint, and it seems to reflect whatever colours are nearby. It’s given the kitchen a whole new feel, and seems borderline modern now. I really like it.


So we still need glass panels for around the boiler, and the whole end wall by the sink. When that’s finished, Steve-the-Electrician will replace the white plastic power plates with chrome ones, and he’ll activate the under-floor heating system.

Phase 2 starts at the end of next week: level the garden, redesign it to include a kitchen garden, and lay new turf that’s drought resistant.


13 Comments Add yours

  1. Why oh why do there always have to be mistakes and delays with renovations. Your kitchen looks incredible!
    🙂 Mandy xo

    1. Misky says:

      Don’t know, Mandy, don’t know, but it’s the way of the world nowadays. Haphazard and all willy-nilly.

  2. cecilia says:

    I completely understand going blind from looking on the bright side of things, The Kiwi Builder and i are always saying to each other when we yet again look at a delivery that is wrong..why can’t they get anything right? Too much time is spent sending stuff back,calling to check on the new stuff, double checking every single thing.. anyway.I almost fell into a rant!! Bright side is that as mandy said that really does look incredible..now I want glass walls! c

    1. Misky says:

      The amount of light that glass bounces around the area (even on a cloudy day!) is quite amazing. I highly recommend it if gaining more light is your aim. It’s also dead easy to keep clean, which is a total bonus.

      I’m still puzzled why people don’t double-check their work and orders before sending them out. They double their work by not paying attention to detail. Oh dear … I’m ranting, aren’t I.

    1. Misky says:

      Thanks, Polly. It’s electricians today. Let’s see, that means 2 coffees and 1 tea and 1 water. 🙂

  3. Joanna says:

    I think one of our pieces of glass was wrong too but it got put right fairly speedily. I love my glass, I don’t think I would ever want tiles again 🙂

    1. Misky says:

      The 5 mis-measured pieces will be installed on Tuesday, 28th. So glass in the morning, and British Gas annual inspection in the afternoon. Busy day! 🙂

  4. Janet Rörschåch says:

    That glass looks stunning.

    1. Misky says:

      I can’t disagree with you, Janet. 😀

  5. Glenda says:

    Misky, everything looks great

    1. Misky says:

      Thank you, Glenda. 🙂

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