So I just turned in my second assignment and like assignment 01, I got an A+. I’m really happy and it keeps me on track to make more time to finish this course as soon as possible. The assignments are actually pretty do-able. I think it’s because my daily 8-5 day job evolves around interior designing and architecture. I’m doing this course just to keep my creative flow going. So I wanted to share assignment number two with you today.
The assignment was to pick a room in your home and name every material that is in that room. So I picked our kitchen, because I just love the simplicity of it. We have the less is more concept in our home, so except flowers, there is really nothing on the top. The only thing that I’m still searching for is a big clock (train station style) to hang against the wall.
So let me break it down for you:
The floor finish is a floor tile with a wood pattern. It’s a ceramic tile with a 60×60 cm format. The structure of the floor itself is poured concrete with steel reinforcement ofcourse. The thickness of the floor is 12 cm and then with a finishing floor of 5 cm thick, floor tile included.
The walls are constructed with 6″ hollow cement blocks. The walls were plastered and then we put a layer of joint compound in order to make the walls even smoother to paint them over. We choose a light grey color form Valspar (I’m sorry, I really don’t remember the color code). For the whole house, inside and out, we used only paint from Valspar. They really have a good quality.
The ceiling consists of wooden lath and plasterboard. The plasterboard is 12,5 mm thick. We added also a layer of joint compound to smooth the connection between the boards to eventually paint them all white (also white paint from Valspar). The ceiling was painted white to brighten up the space and make the ceiling look higher, as it’s only 2,40 m high. To make the connection between the walls and the ceiling look perfect, we added a wooden (redwood) molding. The molding was sand downed and then painted them white (also with Valspar).
The idea behind the windows was to have wooden look-a-like windows without really having the headache of the care of wooden windows. So we bought aluminium windows with wood color. It’s so cool, because it’s so easy to clean and maintain. And everybody at first glance really think that they are made of wood.
Instead of solid glass, we choose for shutters and I’m not big of having curtains all over the house. And it’s a big window cleaning saver.
The kitchen cabinets are MDF, but the rest is particle board. We have no problem with it so far. No leaks no crisis. The top and back-splash are made of white corian (glacier white to be exact). We bought some stainless steel sinks from Ikea and the rest is all bought locally.
That was assignment number 2: Know the materials that the space is build from. As an interior designer it’s a good fact to know this things before you go and change everything.
Do you know the materials of your home? Did you build it yourself or renovated it?
I would love to hear it from you in the comments below.