I always find it interesting to get caught up in the work that comes after flooring is done. All to often you might find that you work day-to-day, with your main concern being to get 3 pallets of laminate flooring down without scuffing a clients walls on your way to and from the van. Your mind can be more on where the next job is coming from, rather than the work that is at hand.
Recently I had a welcome break from this grind when I got involved with helping my little brother make some changes to a flat he recently bought as part of a project. At the time of writing, he's got himself a nice 'fixer upper', which he says he's going to sell on for a profit. But if I know my brother like I think I do, there's a good chance he might move in himself for a couple of years and wait to see what the house prices do. Given the current climate, it's anyone's guess as to what could happen.
So getting back to the original story, I'd put down some dark wood flooring in the living room not dissimilar to this one, which looked really good with his white walls that he'd painted the week before. (Remember what I said about being carfeul not to scuff a clients walls? That's doubly true when you're doing work for your won brother! He wasn't afraid to scream at me when I was looking like I might mark his handy work.)
What was interesting about doing work for my brother is that after the floor went down in the morning, I found I had a free afternoon, so I helped him get some other things to spruce the room up a little bit. We were able to source a decent coffee table off of Gumtree that I picked up in my van that helped bring the room together. That afternoon we did some research into getting a new leather sofa, which threw up some interesting questions; 2 seater? 3 seater? Corner couch?
The point I'm trying to make is that it was interesting getting involved in a project the whole way through and seeing someone else's vision take shape in front of your eyes. I think in this job, it can be a little bit too easy to work from job to job. At the end of the day we are helping people realise a vision of thier home and that can be a really rewarding thing.