Double Sinks

A whole bunch of double sink ideas from Houzz:

One benefit of a double vanity is the extra storage gained beneath. Lots of drawers and shelves mean a clutter-free bathroom and never missing a clean towel or a roll of toilet paper.

I seem to like those photos with tile floors, white sinks and light wooden units / drawers / shelves.

double sinks + storage


bathroom wood etc


double sinks + storage - 02

In terms of how the sinks are plumbed in, the sinks below have the pipes in through the sink unit (not from the wall).

But I am biased towards a single handle to control the flow rate and temp, coming out of a single outlet.

double sinks + storage - 03

Frame colour – RAL 5007

As per the planning application, the triple glazed windows are going to be framed in a grey / blue that ties in with the current grey / blue colouring of the current (original) Silver Spray building:

Silver Spray from the road (Google Earth)

The front garage and sign are a lighter blue than the blue on the building:

Silver Spray sign


The surrounding houses have also gone for shades of blue:

Neighbouring blues

By going to Silver Spray and comparing the colours to a RAL colour chart, the colour that seems the best match is RAL 5007.

It’s hard to show this on a screen, as different monitors and different graphics cards will show the same colour differently. But here are some attempts. The first is from a Google image search on “RAL 5007”.

RAL 5007 image search on Google

Then from a window company (,palette_de_couleurs.html) that shows different painted frames (well the corner, so the colour impact is bigger than it’ll actually be !).

RAL 5007 for glazing frames - 03

RAL 5007 for glazing frames - 02

RAL 5007 colour swatch



Fire + TV + Log storage

The plan for the east wall of the lounge is to have a wall with the fire, a TV and a log store. Potentially also the HiFi equipment.


I’m currently thinking indoor fire with a TV into an insert above it (so onto the fire chimney wall, that is built for thermal mass) and logs to one side and possibly also below.

I recognise, that with an efficient house, the fire will need to be small (lower thermal output). But any heat will fill the whole open plan downstairs and then travel up the 3 storey stair well column.

Here’s the a few of the current images of ideas for the fire.
– I’m not having an open fire, but some of these images show an open fire.

Above has the fire, woodstore, TV and a bench in front of the fire to sit on or leave stuff.

On the photo above, at the top of the block to house the fire is an exposed section of fire chimney pipe, which will transfer more immediate heat into the room.

Note the metal lining to the log store 🙂

This layout (above) could also allows the fire to be moved lower, making it easier to put the TV at a more normal height, but above the fire.

Example low fire position below:

fire - low - StovesOnline-co-uk - Stovax-Riva-50-Stove

I do like the above idea of a bench that sticks forward from the fire.

Or have the fire in a fire breast column with a bench to side for the TV etc.

fire - bench to side - poss 4 TV - - Wendron contura-ci4-4-sided


fire - vertical log store - poss lower fire - wide bench to side for TV

An alternative is a bench onto which is the fire and TV (if heat between the 2 is OK) with logs below. Riva do a bench up to 180cm wide. (wider than the one below).

fire - bench from RIVA Screenshot - poss with TV + logs underneath - Riva freestanding on Riva bench - see PDF brochure

Further  great log storage photos and ideas at

Slate hearth

As the lounge area is to have a wooden floor, it’d be good to either have slate on top of the wood, or instead of the wood, just in front of the fire. Dropping logs (whether alight / hot or not).

fire - vertical log store - poss lower fire + so lower TV - slate hearth



Inset slate floor in above photo. On top slate on the photo below.

fire - slate hearth - StovesOnline-co-uk - Stovax-Riva-66

To the north (sea view side) of the fire:

To the north of the fire, on the west wall, the idea is to have a tall vertical window and maybe a comfy seating area.

Guest room tips from article

“Impress Your Guests: 8 Tips for Gracious Guest Rooms”


An assortment of books. – nice idea

A folding luggage stand. – not so sure

  1. Piles of pillows. – yup
  2. Hooks and hangers. – nice idea
  3. A coffee bar. – not so sure, come and socialise !
  4. A well-outfitted bed side table. (water glass, small bowl for things) – nice.
  5. Fresh flowers. – depends
  6. Robes and slippers. – not sure about the slippers

Cornwall based sustainable furniture

I’ve got some ideas for a table made from recycled wood and maybe recycled steel. The more of the house (build, materials AND furniture) can be recycled:

  • Built in a way that can be recycled in the future
  • Be built from materials that have had a previous life

the better.

So great to come across St Austel based who also have a showroom in Truro.


Nice look & feel :: Fire, kitchen, stairs

Some nice ideas, look & feel vibe etc. from Houzz.

Nice enclosed fire, with fire side storage and seating:
Nice look and feel to kitchen and stairs:

Bamboo “wood” stairs:

Which could be on just the horizontal sections like for: