I H8 PAINTING

Okay, so, it’s been a while but I wanted to post some pictures when things were properly finished. The build’s done (yay!) but, it turns out that decorating takes forever when you’re painting on to new plaster so most of my evening time’s been taken up with that.

Also, we’ve had quite a few things going on (un-related to the build) and it feels like our house is turning into this:

Not to be confused with this:

And thankfully, not as bad as this:

Pics to follow (at some point).

The End is Nigh……

….in a good way though! The builders have been working away on all the little extra bits whilst the weather’s been good, and, as usual, they’ve been doing a great job.

fence

path

decking

So yes, very nice all round. As you can also see, our new windows are all in too, which leads to an updated photo of the front of the house:

front

Hopefully not long to go now. As much as we’re looking forward to it being completed, it’s pretty hard seeing past the daily hoover and dusting. It gets everywhere!

Kitchen: Reborn

Things are still going at a rocketing pace, I think the builders want this finished as much as we do. There’s been loads of little bits and bobs getting done (I won’t add photos of everything, I’m sure you’re not too bothered about looking at plastered walls!) and the kitchen has been coming on great.

The separating wall was taken down today and……

Tadaaaa!

Tadaaaa!

……we have our light switch back! 🙂

We also have a very nice looking kitchen now (which will look even better when it’s finished off):

You can see through to what will be the utility room, there will also be an under the stairs cupboard to the right of that.

You can see through to what will be the utility room, there will also be an under the stairs cupboard to the right of that.

These are slightly out of shot in the last picture but you can see that they really let a huge amount of light in. Of course, until the blinds are put up, it also means that we'll be living in a bit of a goldfish bowl for a bit.

These are slightly out of shot in the last picture but you can see that they really let a huge amount of light in. Of course, until the blinds are put up, it also means that we'll be living in a bit of a goldfish bowl for a bit.

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.