A Masterclass

This morning Connor and Josh prepared the boards they had laid yesterday by “feathering’ them with a mixed cement-like material and leaving it to dry while they went on to another job leaving me in charge of their powerful


The skim was then smoothed in preparation for

fitting the tiles, which is what they call the laminate strips, onto a further layer of glue.

The joins around all the corners and skirting boards of the rooms could not be tighter.

When they finish tomorrow Connor will have laid all the floors throughout the ground level of our house. The first image above shows how today’s work runs seamlessly through to the kitchen; the second through to the sitting room.

As we watched Connor showing Josh the ropes, we considered that we were witnessing a masterclass.

This evening we dined on Jackie’s succulent beef and onion pie in crisp short crust pastry; firm boiled potatoes, Brussels sprouts, and cauliflower; and tender cabbage, with meaty gravy. The Culinary Queen drank Hoegaarden and I drank more of the Merlot.


  1. Connor is a master craftsman all right. Takes his work very seriously. Knowing you will come back again and again is great inspiration to do the job right first time. And tell me, is Josh his twin – or just following him in the looks department, too?

  2. The laminate flooring is warm and hard-wearing. It is a popular method of ‘make-over’ for floors here as well as for new ones.

  3. I really enjoying seeing the process and I’m impressed with the quality craftsmanship. Doesn’t it look amazing? New flooring and new paint refresh a space like nothing else.

  4. Gosh, Derrick – where do you find your craftsmen? They ALL seem to be utter perfectionists and so skilled!
    Sprouts – one of the joys of winter… Well, not I don’t feel so bad about having chilblains on my toes!

    1. They are all recommendations from people we now and trust. Some actually recommend each other and also warn us against others. I forgot to mention Max, of Peacock Computers visited briefly yesterday. He asked Connor if he had been on the blog. “Yes, three times said Connor” 🙂 Sorry about your chilblains, Emma. Thank you very much

  5. Thank you for sharing this process we are gearing up to get our kitchen a guest bathroom tiled. I hope it goes as seamless as your photographs.

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