Post 39: Door handles and floorboards
It seems bizarre but apparently I have to decide many of the seemingly minor details, such as door furniture, shade of floor boards and colour of floor coverings now. Despite the fact that it is well over a year before those door handles will be turned. Fortunately the majority of the decisions are not too onerous as the new doors are mainly in new areas of the museum and so do not need to be Georgian or Sixties just sensible and operational.
There is going to be a wooden floor in the new Learning Studio space. The wood will be sympathetic to the wooden boards in the rest of Handel’s house but not upstage it. The off-site project meeting this week was reassuringly detailed in its approach to this and the proposed floor board was tabled – quite literally. It will be grey-ish oak which should work well for Handel or Hendrix events. It was suggested that the sample board should really be viewed in situ. Of course in situ is tricky – the room doesn’t exist yet nonetheless the architects kindly bought it to the museum yesterday and it did look much more attractive here than under the florescent lights of a meeting room.
Even though it seems rather previous I know this is all very important. Colours, fixtures and fittings need to be worked out now but I really hope I don’t have a change of heart any time soon – that would cost money and time.