Because IKEA has changed from Expedit to a new form called Kallax.
I use a lot in my house, as it means I can use the same inserts everywhere.
This 4 x 2 in brown-black is a bit tatty, but with a bit of glue and perhaps some other work, it would be ideal for a lot of places.
I live in the Dalston area close to the Islington border, so if anybody would like it, let me know. I may have some others in the future, as some will have to be replaced to fit with the new style.
Doesn’t it get annoying that IKEA have discontinued the old design. Hence the reason for the Bad Design tag.
Just look at these pictures from my house.
I’ll accept the lack of mirror in the bathroom as my fault, but the others are just bad workmanship. Anyway I have a better idea for a mirror!
This is an image of Dalston from Britain from Above taken in 1949.
This is the same area today from Google Earth.
In the Google Earth image, the Overground lines are marked in orange and Dalston Junction station is marked by a red arrow.
In the aerial image the following can be clearly seen.
1. The platforms at the old Dalston Junction station in the bottom right hand corner.
2. The A10 road stretching away to the North.
3. The Balls Pond Road stretching towards Highbury Corner.
I can pick out more, but then I live in a house that was built ten years ago and is or would be in the bottom left hand corners of both images.
I’ve finally given up on trying to shut up my thirty-year-old Workmate. What my builders had used it for to bend, I know not!
So I put it outside the house with an appropriate note.
I suppose the fact that it got bent was because I broke rule one of dealing with builders. I didn’t lock all my stuff up in a safe place.
At least now, I’ve taken the decision to only have a builder in my house, when the project is defined down to the last nail.
It’s not surprising news to me, that we have a shortage of habitable houses and apartments in this country. Many builders couldn’t put a up a shelf on budget and to an agreed time-scale.
What is the collective noun for builders?
I would put forward a never-on-time-or-budget of builders.
Jerry had put up this awful piece of granite as a splash back in the living room.
Perhaps he put it up, as he had a spare one and it would cover up his dreadful plasterwork. I sometimes wonder if Jerry’s surname was Boughton.
Before I went away, two guys took it off and down the stairs, leaving it on my patio by the street.
I then put a stick note on it, saying that anybody who wanted it could take it.
And take it they did!
I wonder how many hernia they got lifting it into the back of their car?
It really was a case of good riddance to bad rubbish!
I’ve taken my electric blanket off the bed, as I have found I’ve not used it for some months.
The bed ceretainly feels more comfortable and the only new problem I’ve got is that I can’t fold it up to put it away.
I said in this post which I called Reflections on Surviving Another Year, that 2015 will be the Year of the Kitchen.
I should say that I’ve only once done any real project management, but I did spent much of a working life reasonably successfully providing software solutions for project managers to use.
So let’s look at my kitchen today.
It’s a bit of a mess, but I know where everything is.
The problems are in addition to those highlighted in the pictures..
1. There is not enough space to put everything.
2. Where is my frying pan? It’s actually in one of the cupboards.
3. There are not enough electrical sockets.
4. The light is terrible.
5. I have only one sink with cheap and nasty taps.
6. The cooker hood is broken.
7. I don’t use the dishwasher, but it doesn’t work well.
8. My style of cooking uses a lot of spices and they get everywhere.
9. There is no freezer in the kitchen
I can also lay down a set of objectives about the design and installation of the new kitchen.
1. It must be capable of accepting a new AGA City60, after completion, if I should so desire. As all this requires is a flat floor, a 600 mm. wide space and a 32 amp connection, I could buy and fit one tomorrow.
2. Everything must use standard size cabinets.
3. There needs to be a button I can press, that activates a force field to chase unwanted visitors out.
4. I’m not without a sink, cooker or work surface for food preparation for more than a few days.
5. It would be nice if the freezer problem could be fixed early.
These inevitable lead to a series of work modules.
1. The area in the living room, where I would effectively create a workshop extension on the other side of the hole in the wall. This section would have a small under counter freezer, a set of drawers and some storage space. It would also cover up the central heating manifold.
2. The upper part of the wall behind the cooker, where I would replace the broken cooker hood and the two wall cabinets. A subsidiary objective here, would be to create more space to keep things out of the way of future modules.
3. The wall containing the sink by the window.
4. The side of the kitchen facing the living room.
5. The worktops and what I do to join the two halves of the back-to-back in-the-hole shared worktop. I have a very different idea for this.
The whole sequence might change, but if I do Module 1 first, it does tidy up the living room and allow me to finish it, get me a freezer and more space in the kitchen. I also don’t lose the cooker or the sink.
I now have a front garden.
Note the berberis. People regularly sit on my front walls and drink rubbish beer and eat disgusting takeaways late at night. As none of it is gluten-free I worry about their helth.
Hopefully, a few pricks up the backside will make them think twice about their diet and they will sit somewhere else!
They might not look like that as they sit amongst the builders rubbish in my garage, but I’m getting ready to start assembling my vertical garden.
The pictures show the steel beams in their primed state, some of the beams in my house with their dark chocolate paint and brass bolts, and the large expanse of wall with the glazed roof above.
I’ve put the lights in the pictures, as I have masses of lights in this house I don’t like.
Ever since I moved here, I’ve searched for something better, but all I see is expensive crap more suitable for an Algerian brothel or an Arab’s palace in Mayfair.
So what if I got a length of steel beam about 600 mm long, painted it chocolate and bolted it to the wall with brass bolts. On top could be some LED ropelights and their driver. I could also put ornaments or flowers at each end of the light. I would use IP65 components, so that it didn’t matter if they got wet.
Someone actually pointed out to me that orchids don’t need watering.
I reckon each light would cost about a hundred quid and if I didn’t like the colour, I’d just change the flowers.,
Isn’t designing gardens in the air fun?
I live on the top floor of a two story house in the sun. This is my staircase.
It needs a handrail capping off the glass. The glass is 20 mm thick.
The level bit at the top is 880 mm.
The top slope is 2640 mm long and the bottom is 1310 mm.
As everything is at all sorts of angles, I think it’ll be a nightmare to fit.
I also need a handrail on the wall.
I know that brass will be expensive, but this London mongrel doesn’t want to meet the devil through falling down the stairs. She threw me back once, so she’d probably reject me again!