The last few weeks has seen the finishing trades commence with work shifting primarily from the external to internal works. Internal linings are now in, painting underway, and tiling (of which there is a significant amount on this project) has commenced.
It has reminded me that it is at this stage that most buildings begin to start feeling like a ‘building’ now and less like a ‘building site’. The bones have all been covered up and the vision of the end finish can start to be better understood. We still have a way to go of course regarding joinery and detail carpentry, but for the first time the concept of the finished internal space can be seen.
On this point, it is important to understand that when we begin to talk about ‘level of finish’ there are many things to consider. As an example, plasterboard has several base finish options that should be specified by your designer. Level 4 is standard industry finish, level 5 is an upgraded finish. For the most part level 4 finish is perfectly adequate and we have specified this finish for most of the home. However for the walls and ceilings in the main living area we have specified level 5 finish. We have done this as the room will receive alot of light (mainly in the winter months) and it has an expansive ceiling, with large glass windows up very close to the ceiling line. The space is also adjacent to a pool that will provide some rippling reflected light into the space depending on the time of year.
Based on all of these factors there is a high chance of glancing light that will highlight any imperfections in a plasterboard surface. Hence the need for the top level 5 finish that removes this issue.
In summary, be sure to liaise with your architect to confirm level of finish specifications on your project including wall finish options, tile grout colours, tile setouts etc. These items when all is said and done play a huge part in how refined the building will feel and on that basis important to understand.
Image looking toward the future pool area through the large north facing glass wall, loving the porthole window from the hall into the pool area :)