DECK THE HALLS – NARROW BOAT RENOVATIONS

Did you know there are only 14 Mondays until Christmas! So we are getting into the spirit and are going to tell you all about decking the halls. Before we loose our entire readership this is just a terrible attempt at a witty pun! I do want to talk to you all about decking the hall, the entry hall, with decking, our latest home improvement.

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We’ve been aboard now for 16 months, when we purchased our wonderful boat Fantine she had some pretty funky artificial grass on the front deck, initially I quite liked it. But it proved to be a bit of nightmare, it did a great job of trapping water, which equalled a word all boaters fear … rust. This did improve somewhat when the cratch was installed, but given how terrible I am at over filling the water tank, every couple of weeks the floor would end up submerged.

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YOU CAN JUST ABOUT SEE IT IN THE BOTTOM OF THIS PICTURE

It was also a pain for collecting dust and rubbish and poor bumble bees who thought they had found the holy grail of green grass, only to find the insides of the dogs mouth. So enough was enough, we are a couple in our (late) twenties, we did what all couples our age do with a day off, we went to B&Q. After playing around in the stage set bathrooms and kitchens we wandered off in the search of decking.

Any eagle eyed readers will remember this had long been a plan of ours, but with time being what it is we had just never really gotten round to it. We wanted clip lock decking tiles, these have wooden panels to the top but have a plastic underlay which acts as brilliant drainage and made laying them a doddle (I sat inside reading my book, asking James every half hour ‘Are you sure you don’t want any help’).

Once down the tiles look amazing, I love them it has totally transformed the front and has made it a bit more practical for how we use that space, all for under £100. Hurrah! It also has the added advantage, every time the dogs walk on it we get a little glockenspiel performance, I’m sure that won’t great irritating in the slightest!

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ISN’T IT BEAUTIFUL 

So you’ll find us marveling at our (James’) handy work and the dogs symphonies for the foreseeable!

Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen & Linda Barker (For anyone who isn’t in there [late] twenties they presented a snazzy makeover show called changing rooms).

James and Kirsty

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