Tim and Nev came back yesterday; having done a great job on the kitchen, they are now here to do my lounge/diner.
They have only been here two days, but already the walls are stripped, the hideous brick fake fireplace has gone, and the awful artex ceiling is now under a layer of plasterboard, waiting to be plastered over.
I had tremendous fun (not!!!), emptying out the lounge – you don’t realise how much you have until you have to move it. As a result, my office and box room are even more filled with plastic boxes than it was before, while the furniture is in the garage. I’ve made a little home from home for myself in the conservatory, with a sofa and TV, and I’ll be living that way, until both the decoration is done, and I get someone in to fit a carpet.
Without any furniture, and with the fireplace removed, the room looks huge, and I want to work out exactly what I am going to do with it before moving any furniture back in. I still have several different ideas for how to use the space.
My original idea was to simply arrange my two sofas in an L in the lounge, where the fireplace was originally, and have the TV on a unit in the mouth of the alcove opposite (where my small sofa used to live), effectively turning the furniture round 180 degrees in the room. The main advantage of this is that the path from the door would no longer separate the two sofas, which means they could be placed more conveniently for conversation. However, although positioning the TV like that would give a comfortable view for both sofas, it will restrict the use of the alcove.
More recently, I have realised I could mount the TV on the backwall of the alcove, with a dining table underneath it. You would watch the TV across the table. The only downside of this is that I would probably have to go for a larger TV, as you would be watching it from clear the other side of the room. It is still a possibility, though.
A totally different is to make the existing dining area (which is narrower than the main lounge) my TV area. The main problem with this space has always been that it is also the main thoroughfare from the house to the conservatory and garden. So putting a dining table dead centre gets in the way, while pushing it into a corner means it simply doesn’t get used. Making this bit the TV area means I can have a sofa along one wall, the TV mounted on the wall on the other side, and leave a clear path between the two. It also means the main lounge area can be easily rearranged, depending on what I am doing – entertaining, gaming, playing music or whatever, without having to worry about having to move a heavy sofa and TV unit all the time.
Of course, if you have never seen the room, you won’t have a clue what I am talking about!