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Re: Building a house in Ukraine
« Reply #45 on: 22:07 01-Jul-2014 »
Glyn you must have been born with the Midas touch.

Bold move with leaving your interior wall finish as concrete.

Kitchen looks great too.

Congratulations.

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Re: Building a house in Ukraine
« Reply #46 on: 07:54 02-Jul-2014 »
Thanks - it does cause some raised eyebrows but eventually I can see exposed concrete being all the rage... especially when they calculate they don't need plaster, paint and then carpet on the walls.

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Re: Building a house in Ukraine
« Reply #47 on: 08:47 02-Jul-2014 »
A few metal gears and industrial what-nots on the walls and you can start a Steam Punk theme.

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Re: Building a house in Ukraine
« Reply #48 on: 13:25 02-Jul-2014 »
Thanks - it does cause some raised eyebrows but eventually I can see exposed concrete being all the rage... especially when they calculate they don't need plaster, paint and then carpet on the walls.

lol

Any wall covering would do after 17 years exposure to carpeted walls in various relative's and friend's homes. Thankfully, my babushka has seen the light!

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Re: Building a house in Ukraine
« Reply #49 on: 13:29 02-Jul-2014 »
Carpeted walls. Still don't get it. Never will. Looks stupid, looks ugly and god damn hard to walk on the side of a wall.

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Re: Building a house in Ukraine
« Reply #50 on: 15:37 02-Jul-2014 »
Carpeted walls. Still don't get it. Never will. Looks stupid, looks ugly and god damn hard to walk on the side of a wall.

...but great for alcoholics and those who don't know which end is up...
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Re: Building a house in Ukraine
« Reply #51 on: 19:48 22-Aug-2014 »
I'm curious about how you found the plot of land, what it cost, and the general area of where it is? (How far to a metro stop?)

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Re: Building a house in Ukraine
« Reply #52 on: 15:39 04-Apr-2015 »
Carpeted walls. Still don't get it. Never will. Looks stupid, looks ugly and god damn hard to walk on the side of a wall.

I may finally have an answer for the mysterious conundrum of the carpeted walls.

Whenever I visit my wife's mother's home my clothes gather a coating of old paint due to my brushing up against some walls that have not been re-painted in a while. The carpets are there to prevent old paint from rubbing off on clothes.

The other theory I have is based on the old -Soviet notion that a carpet meant that your family was better off than non-carpet owning families. Hence carpets were a kind of status symbol. Hanging that bling on your wall maybe was one-upmanship for mere floor covering.

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Re: Building a house in Ukraine
« Reply #53 on: 16:12 04-Apr-2015 »
...will stick with the rationale the wife gave me...soundproofing...based on experience, it makes sense...
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Re: Building a house in Ukraine
« Reply #54 on: 17:38 04-Apr-2015 »
My other half said it began in the late 50s when cheap sheet Khrushchyovka building programme took over from the better, more solidly constructed Stalinka buildings. The standard of the former was so bad with extremely poor insulation AND soundproofing qualities, fitting carpets to the walls served fairly well to reduce this annoying feature of "modernity".

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Re: Building a house in Ukraine
« Reply #55 on: 17:56 04-Apr-2015 »
My other half said it began in the late 50s when cheap sheet Khrushchyovka building programme took over from the better, more solidly constructed Stalinka buildings. The standard of the former was so bad with extremely poor insulation AND soundproofing qualities, fitting carpets to the walls served fairly well to reduce this annoying feature of "modernity".

...same explanation received...forms a consensus...good enough for me...
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Re: Building a house in Ukraine
« Reply #56 on: 18:00 04-Apr-2015 »
That's why they put carpets on the walls?

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Re: Building a house in Ukraine
« Reply #57 on: 18:33 04-Apr-2015 »
That's why they put carpets on the walls?

Perhaps they also believe Lionel Ritchie might visit?

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Re: Building a house in Ukraine
« Reply #58 on: 07:19 05-Apr-2015 »
The one answer I've heard for the 'carpet on the walls' conundrum is that the carpet was 'too nice' to put on the floor, and that it would get ruined if people walked on it...strange but true...

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Re: Building a house in Ukraine
« Reply #59 on: 18:01 29-Apr-2015 »
When I was in Istanbul, I was in a carpet shop where everything was hand woven. It took an Artist 6 months or longer to weave such a beautiful rug. They are made to hang on the wall. It is a form of artwork. Many very famous Artists designed these, but other people did the actual weaving. Tapestry!