The drain man came on Friday afternoon. I liked him, he was way better than the plumber who didn't listen to me at all and seemed to have already decided what our problem was. The drain man had a thorough poke around, and seemed to be impressed and bemused in equal measure by the invisibility of our pipes. I have no experience of drain men but the price seems OK and he made noises that I was happy with.
On Saturday we finally bit the bullet and went floor browsing. We started off at a showroom in Blackpool. I think calling it a showroom is probably making it sound far grander than it really was, but wow it was cheap! We spoke to a man who, for me, was an appropriate carpet bloke as he winked at us as he sent us on our way. We we sent off to the main warehouse, on an industrial estate somewhere deep in the heart of Blackpool to speak to a bloke who would take us into a special room "at the back, near the toilets" to look at the flooring we were after.
We arrived at the warehouse but were not greeted by Wolfie, we were greeted by someone who seemed suspicious of our motives for requiring a commercial grade floor. Eventually we spoke to the right person and were soon on our way with our little sample cards. Talks began and with must throcking back and forth we have decided on a colour. It's different to the floor I thought we were going to get but for very boring, practical reasons, it's the best thing. So, someone is coming round to measure up on Wednesday.
We have to have a levelling layer put over our current concrete floor first, which thankfully this company will do, they're used to commercial work. To say I am nervous about the quote is putting it mildly, but it will be what it is and then we'll be done.