In a couple of days time, our 'tower' will finally be finished.
My builder (Baptiste) has arrived to lay the tiles, the Champagne is on ice, and I'm already preparing the ribbon for the cutting ceremony.
In the picture, above, you can see some of the un-laid tiles soaking in a bath of linseed oil. These beautiful rustic hand made terracotta tiles will eventually polish up to look timeless, and hopefully give the room a really wonderful finish. They obviously cost a bit more than bog-standard industrially produced tiles, but the difference (between Aaaah, and Errrh) is worth every centime. They are being laid on (and pointed with) a simple mix of sand and lime, just as in times past.
I hope Baptiste doesn't tile himself into a corner!
Absolutely wonderful. Quality shines out of every crevice. Well worth, in our view, the extra expense. And how exciting that the end of all the work is in sight.
Camera ready, I hope, for the grand opening. I expect to see you dressed to match the splendour of the tower, just enough patchouli dabbed on wrists and throat, speech recorded for posterity! What a very satisfying and successful project.ReplyDelete
Lovely depth to the colour of terracotta. A very earthy and honest material. My favorite...ReplyDelete
Whacko it looks beaut mate! lovely Cro I hope you have a good bubbly on ice lol it deserves the best.ReplyDelete
Beautiful! Is the oil used for polish only, or does it have another protective function? I've never heard of this.ReplyDelete
Not entirely sure Grouch. But it seems to be traditional, and certainly gives a good finish when polished.ReplyDelete
I'm expecting video.ReplyDelete
It's going to be beautiful, isn't it?ReplyDelete
And patchouli? Have always appreciated it, being a bit of a hippy myself, but I can't get over how much I love sandalwood...
Terracotta is extremely porous. The linseed oil acts as a sealant.ReplyDelete
Completing this project must be so satisfying.ReplyDelete
I do hope the champagne is for consumption, and not for "launching" your lovely room! (Never quite saw the point in wasting a perfectly good bottle of bubbly by breaking it ...)ReplyDelete
It all looks fantastic! I love those rustic tiles - well worth splashing a bit more cash on themReplyDelete
It's already looking wonderful, and the tiles are helping that much more. I can't believe it's almost done. Looks great.ReplyDelete
Tiles look great. I hope you're having a tower opening ceremony!ReplyDelete
Glorious Cro...utterly glorious...wish I was there to pop the champagne with you!ReplyDelete