Kitchen: Destroyed!

As the work has started on the inside now, focus moved to the kitchen. We’re taking out two cupboards to widen it, adding patio doors and knocking through to a utility room in the extension.

This required full scale annihilation of half of the kitchen.

Thankfully, the builders were able to set up a semi-permanent wall to cut down on mess (probably also to shield our eyes from what has become of our dear kitchen).

wall

Our kitchen light switch. We've been told that it's safe but.......

Our kitchen light switch. We've been told that it's safe but.......

Unfortunately, the builders uncovered a bit of an oversight on the part of the architect as one of the cupboard walls that was due to get demolished was actually a load bearing wall. Doh indeed. A few phone calls were made to ‘the boys’ and an H beam was constructed in speedy quick time. This was installed today and allows us not to worry about the bathroom ending up in the kitchen. Which is nice.

Looks sturdy enough.

Looks sturdy enough.

The other side of the wall. It looks like the room that they're trapped in in 'Saw', minus the dead body.

The other side of the wall. It looks like the room that they were trapped in in 'Saw', minus the dead body.

See that, 3 days ago, our fridge was there. It's now in our living room.

See that, 3 days ago, our fridge was there. It's now in our living room.

They also had to knock through to our living room, something we weren’t expecting. Gives us an excuse to redecorate though.

The wallpaper's a bit rubbish anyway.

The wallpaper's a bit rubbish anyway.

Before all this happened though, the back door finally realised what was going to happen to it.

....and I'll miss you most of all Scarecrow!

....and I'll miss you most of all, Scarecrow!

A surprise at the bottom of the stairs

This one was a surprise. It was done pretty quickly and without too much hassle (that came later), it was then boarded up to minimise noise and airflow as there aren’t any windows in the downstairs yet.

This will be our doorway to our new study. Note 'interesting' attempt at insulation by stuffing tissues in the holes in the wood :)

This will be our doorway to our new study. Note 'interesting' attempt at insulation by stuffing tissues in the holes in the wood 🙂

The hassle started at 1:30 in the morning when pipe that the radiator had been removed on seemed to think it was still attached to something and started pumping water into our hall. It stopped after a few minutes and thankfully dried up OK, but it’s never nice being woken up thinking you’ve left the tap running to realise that you now have a swimming pool at the foot of the stairs.

A surprise at the top of the stairs

We’ve had loads going on over the past few days so apologies for the lack of updates. I’ll do a few posts with new photos to cover what’s been going on.

The first update goes to a landmark in the build: the first knockthrough from outside. It was at the top of the stairs to allow the builders to start putting the finishing touches to our new bedroom.

yes, that is the downstairs you can see through the gap!

yes, that is the downstairs you can see through the gap!

new room

The upstairs windows have also been installed and will make a welcome change to the condensation generators that are our current, aluminium framed windows.

new windows

Hooray for harling!

We’re on the final stretch now, things have really been moving on. It’s amazing what a difference a bunch of gravel blasted onto your house at *insert ridiculous figure here*mph does.

So yes, as you can see the extension has now been completely covered in harling, a pretty good match too. The pink stuff I’d suggested was declined by, well, everyone actually.

side view

other side view

Work has also started on the interior. Wires have all been put in place and insulation has started to be fitted, they’ve even started applying the plaster board and floor boards up stairs. Start of June completion date isn’t looking as unlikely as we first thought!

Wires. Not to be confused with The Wire. Obviously.

Wires. Not to be confused with The Wire. Obviously.

This is going to be the extra bedroom. There's going to be an ensuite bathroom added also, just for that extra "Ooooooh!" factor.

This is going to be the extra bedroom. There's going to be an en-suite bathroom added also, just for that extra "Ooooooh!" factor.

Quick update

Just to reiterate how speedy things are at the moment, here’s a photo of the porch extension, the day after the timber frame went up. Again, my wife went to the shops and came back to find it finished. Might have something to do with the length of time she spends at the shops though 🙂

porch bricked up

Also……

The cat strikes again!

The cat strikes again!

The Extension 2: Revenge of the Porch

I’d almost forgotten that we were getting this bit done to the extension but the builders started to build up the porch section to the front of the house this week. And, as with the rest of the build, it was done at quite a pace. So much so that it had magically appeared between my wife going to and coming back from the shops!

It has a kind of TARDIS effect on the front of the house, doesn't look like much from the outside but is really good size when you stand in it. Pity the comparisons stop there, I could have done with some sort of space/time travel function built in.

It has a kind of TARDIS effect on the front of the house, doesn't look like much from the outside but is really good size when you stand in it. Pity the comparisons stop there, I could have done with some sort of space/time travel function built in.

That concrete block is our new front step. The size of it is due to new restrictions on access and what have you. Looking at the size of it, I'd say it was also suited for landing and taking off of Harrier jump jets.

That concrete block is our new front step. The size of it is due to new restrictions on access and what have you. Looking at the size of it, I'd say it was also suited for landing and taking off of Harrier jump jets.

This is where the patio doors are due to go. Its amazing the light work that a sledgehammer and angle grinder make of an outer wall. And it wasn't the slightest bit noisy...........

This is where the patio doors are due to go. Its amazing the light work that a sledgehammer and angle grinder make of an outer wall. And it wasn't the slightest bit noisy...........

A view of the roof from further up the street. Looking very nice now with only the guttering to attach.

A view of the roof from further up the street. Looking very nice now with only the guttering to attach.