Tuesday, 26 November 2013

Three things we didn't mention

There were three things we didn't mention when they came around for the one-year-and-four-months inspection. It should have been the one-year inspection, but it was a little late. We did mention several issues, and one was addressed quickly, when the electrician came shortly afterwards and quickly switched the sensor light in the pantry, then drilled a hole in the cover for the light in the under-floor storage so we can use that. Most of the other issues took a couple of months, and we're still waiting for others.

One of the things we didn't mention was the lights above the kitchen sink. They shine down in a perfect direction, but unfortunately the sink below them is about 20 cm too far forward, so the front of our kitchen top is not adequately illuminated. At the time, we had to put the lights in that position to fit the shelves in the cupboards above the sink, which cleverly can be pulled down and allow the space to be used. I suppose it's possible we could do something about their angle. It would be quite easy to fit a lens, if we had one.

Another thing we didn't mention was the trip-wire functionality of anything plugged into the power sockets at the top of our staircases. This is a design issue that we can't do a lot about now.

The other thing is the width of the wardrobes. This is another design issue, and it would also cause some upheaval to fix it now. Wardrobes need to be an adequate width to ward the robes inside them, so that the doors will shut properly and not hit the jackets and shirts hanging on their hangers, even if the doors slide rather than open outwards. I think the problem is that the architect was doing his usual calculation from the centre of the pillars in the wall to the centre of the pillars of the wardrobe door frames, forgetting that there is an extra 60 mm of insulation on the inside of our walls. I worry that the solution to this design problem may have been to remove the insulation.

This problem manifests itself most in broken buttons on the cuffs of my jackets. The first time this happened, it seemed like one of those bits of wear and tear that just seems to happen to things. When a bit of broken button dropped off another suit, it struck me as a little strange. Then when I saw the button that had been replaced on the first sleeve broken again, I realised there was some systematic problem here. It can take over a year to realise some of these problems.