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We don’t have a kitchen. For a lot of people this would be like not having TV. The reason why we don’t have a kitchen is that when we moved in to our apartment it didn’t have one. Weeks before we moved in we designed one and ordered it. 12 weeks later it has arrived, so somewhere it is waiting to be installed, assuming they find someone to install it.

But before that fabulous event changes our lives and we can once again bake (I bake Pizza, the wife bakes real food), we needed electric sockets moved. The builders of the apartment complex decided that they would add all the necessary outlets in the area designated as the kitchen. After many consultations it would appear they followed a previously unknown standard of socket locations (position on the wall). Not only this, but they decided to use electric sockets that, according to the two electricians who cam today, are not only non-standard they have not been available for years.

These slight problems aside, the electricians went ahead and moved sockets and installed two new sockets for us which, according to the plans of the new kitchen, should be now at the “standard” height. The mess, however, greatly accomodates much room, for those who wish to do so, to have a nervous breakdown. What was once an acceptably decorated space for said kitchen, resembles a building site. Yes, I know it will be covered by kitchen units and tiles but there is still mess!

Which brings me on to the next subject, tiling in the kitchen. Now it is my understanding, and experience, that it is quite normal to install the kitchen, then tile the wall behind the working surface – the area between the wall mounted cupboards and the preparation surfaces. However, we have supposedly received much exclamation from people in this part of the world that we are not normal, and why is this? Well it would be normal (in their eyes) to tile the whole kitchen first, then install the kitchen units. And why do it this way? Because if any liquids spill onto the tiles they will run down the tiled wall (behind the working surface), and so not ruin the wall. I must admit I was speechless.

All kinds of questions came to mind like WTF, what about the floor, what about the silicon sealant that gets applied to the base of the tiles when it meets the working surface, what about the edging that can be applied…NO! You must tile the entire wall and you don’t think about that gap at the back of the working surface, if you apply sealant onto the working surface you will ruin the working surface.

My head hurts.

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