Been slow here lately on the old DIY front. Work took over. So much so that I gave in and let a joiner in the house to give us a couple of quotes. What I couldn't believe was the prices he came back with.
One task was to a set of built-in bookshelves. The plan is to fit them against the whole of one wall of our back room. I've been looking for inspiration in home magazines for a while now and found this set that I really like:
This is the photo I showed to the joiner and said "I want something like this". He measure the wall (probably about same size as in photo) and asked no other questions.
I thought it was funny when he said he didn't want our phone number as he preferred to write. At the time I thought to myself that this was maybe because it was so ridiculously over-priced he couldn't bring himself to actually say it.
Turns out I was right. For the shelves he wanted £1,800. Now maybe I have a distorted image of what things should cost. I was thinking something like £400. Tops! £1,800!!? But wait for it, guess what they proposed to make them out of. Maple? Oak? Pine? No. MDF-ing-F.
Needless to say they won't be hearing back from us. Assuming I won't find anything cheaper I'm going to have to go it alone. Something I didn't want to do as making things out of wood (I mean carpentry) is not my strength. Gaps always appear. Good job we want the shaggy look of the shelves in the photo above.
Another task was to build a pair of replacement French doors for the same back-room, that I've yet to finish off. You can see the bottom of the doors in the first photo of this entry. I think they're odd-sized and I can't find any ready built. Maybe I should look harder as they quoted me £800 for the pair. Fitted I'll admit but still it's a little steap. The doors are simpler than the originals as we only want one pane in each side!
Anyway, more on both projects as they progress. Slowly.