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London update

Colin has spent the past two days going from estate agent to estate agent in search of a place for us to live in London. If you don't follow colins_journal, you can read his post on the subject here.

Pet peeve: why do so many British rentals and homes have carpeted bathrooms? Let alone the horror which is the carpeted kitchen. I've even lived in one of those places, albeit for a thankfully brief period of time.

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owlfish
Jan. 13th, 2005 02:27 pm (UTC)
Clearly it is or was fashionable somewhere and somehow to carpet these things. I really wonder why.
venite_bestiae
Jan. 13th, 2005 04:36 am (UTC)

This post gave me horrible flashbacks to when my family moved into our (longest-lived-in) home in 1987 and I discovered, to my horror, that there was a green shag carpet on the wall of the downstairs bathroom. It wasn't the entire wall, mind you, just the bottom half. Needless to say, we promptly tore it off and the dreadful memory was repressed.

Carpet in the kitchen just sounds plain dumb.
owlfish
Jan. 13th, 2005 02:26 pm (UTC)
I can envision finding style or playroom-based reasons to carpet walls in a house but not in the bathroom! I can see some advantages to carpeted bathrooms - warmer feet - but you'd want a very well ventilated indeed bathroom to avoid mold at very least.
haggisthesecond
Jan. 13th, 2005 07:39 am (UTC)
I knew C would come over to the Dark Side eventually...! The commute is a bit better from the Docklands as well. It's still busy but generally he'll be going contraflow in terms of commuter traffic.
owlfish
Jan. 13th, 2005 02:25 pm (UTC)
He's currently considering two places near Limehouse station - one with Thames views and one with no real views at all but a bit of a neighborhood and more convenient security. We'll see!
oursin
Jan. 13th, 2005 08:31 am (UTC)
Carpets: to minimise noise through to flats below, since because vast number of London flats are conversions, not purpose-built, things like bathrooms, kitchens, may not be built over one another but over bedrooms, etc. (I might not have twigged this without our ongoing saga with downstairs flat people as a result of which we had to have carpet put over what we thought were perfectly soundproof - and hygienic - cork tiles in the bathroom. On the other hand, these are the first ones, in all the time we've been here, for whom it's been an issue. So maybe it isn't that.)
owlfish
Jan. 13th, 2005 02:24 pm (UTC)
I would understand carpeting throughout to minimize noise in blocks of flats, but that's not been the case in most of the places I've encountered it. I've seen it in two whole houses (i.e. not divided into flats), in a ground floor flat, and C. saw one today where the whole flat had hard wood floors - except for the carpeted bathroom.
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aquitaineq
Jan. 13th, 2005 01:20 pm (UTC)
yeah, i can understand carpet to minimize noise, but why the kitchen? i wouldn't want any in the bathroom but i'd tolerate it. but NOT the kitchen! gross!
owlfish
Jan. 13th, 2005 02:21 pm (UTC)
Exactly.
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