We’ve pretty much finished laying the reclaimed flooring in the upstairs of our barn conversion. And this weekend was a time for some crucial decisions. For years now, we have slowly been slogging away – largely on things that will not actually be seen once the build is finished.
So far, our decisions have largely been based on practical and ethical/ sustainable considerations. We’ve tried to always make the most eco-friendly choices, in terms of materials of course, and relating to the lifetime of the home.
This weekend we reached a rather exciting stage, and have had to make some further key decisions which were about aesthetics – not just about function and sustainability. We have chosen sustainable oak skirting boards, architraves, doors and fixings, and a few other things that feel like almost finishing touches. (We are using reclaimed wood wherever possible but in some cases, we have not been able to source reclaimed materials and so have purchased from responsible suppliers. ) We have also ordered all our clay paint for the upstairs rooms.
There is still just a bit more work to do before the paint will actually go on the walls. But making these decisions and placing some crucial orders really does feel like a big step forward towards actually moving into our eco forever home.