The builders have worked from 7.30 this morning and Dermot, who’s fitting the underfloor heating, is still here tapping away, tap, tap tap to fit the pipes that will eventually contain warm water into their special housing mats. As I write it is 10.00pm.

It’s going to be a big week: finally the doors are supposed to arrive and be fitted on Thursday and then they’ll start tiling with the slates at the weekend. In theory, that is. We have yet to see what happens in practice.

And so I have been asked to choose a colour for the interior of the new building. I managed to restrain myself from running away and hiding in my wardrobe. Dulux alone has hundreds of colours (No, I’m not splashing out with Farrow and Ball. You seem surprised.)

Here are four colours for which I found match pots this afternoon when I rushed out to Homebase:

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Dulux colours: Chic Shadow; Cornflower White; Pebble Shore; White Cotton

I think there will be enough strong colour in the kitchen already as the floor and units are going to be dark grey, so White Cotton it will be. But the selection is bewildering and, if you’re like me, once you select one colour you can;t help mourning the opportunity cost of using that colour in terms of the other colours.

And here is a picture of the housing for the underfloor heating pipes:

There will be eight individually controllable heating zones, apparently. Already I find myself stressed by that amount of options.

There will be eight individually controllable heating zones, apparently. Already I find myself stressed by that amount of options.