Here are a few pictures of the kitchen in the building work stage, the new cupboards have arrived and are waiting to be assembled but since they’re IKEA we’re going to attempt to put them up ourselves.
We’ve had a few problems. The tiles were glued on with the strongest adhesive, and they’d used LOADS of it, so getting them off has severely damaged the walls. It seems like the wall between the bathroom and kitchen is only made of two pieces of plasterboard with an inch between for wiring.
We’ve had conflicting advice on how to fix the walls, two builders have said to put PVA glue over the crumbly bits and replaster, and another two have said just to outright remove the plasterboard. Since this wall is meant to hold our IKEA wall cabinets, I’m thinking that rebuilding the wall all our glassware and china is going to be hanging off of is something best left to the professionals…
I’ve also found that underneath where the oven used to be are thermoplastic tiles (left). Now, the flat was built in 1988 so the blue and green types of asbestos were banned, but the white stuff was being used (although it was being phased out) in things like vinyl floor tiles.
These tiles are the same in all the hallways of the complex, but one carpet fitter outright refused to go near our hall until they’d been tested. We can’t afford asbestos sampling right now, let along complete abatement so since one of the best things to do with asbestos (if it even is that!) in good condition is to leave it in place, we’re going to tile over them to make sure they’re sealed, and just leave them there.