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The bathroom’s arrived!

Although we’re still a way of needing it, most of the various bits for the new bathroom arrived today – in the snow, to say the least. Shower screen, Sink, WC pan & cistern, sink/WC cabinets, tap, shower controls & shower head all arrived in one pallet-sized delivery which resulted in much slipping & sliding…

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New DHW Cylinder

The new pre-lagged cylinder was first fitted with all the various bits and pieces needed to connect it up – new hard-water suitable immersion heater went in first: Followed by a specialised Salamander S-Flange for the domestic hot water take off & dedicated air-free supply to a pumped power shower, yet to be purchased or…

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Back to the bathroom

One of the distinguishing “features” installed by the previous owner was a wood-panelled ceiling.    Perhaps not quite to everyone’s taste… and definitely not to ours…! Unsurprisingly, this wasn’t particularly well attached and soon parted company with a little persuasion to reveal that it had simply been put up underneath the original plasterboard ceiling, which…

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Deliveries!

After several weeks’ wait, another milestone’s arrived – what felt like a pallet’s worth of laminate flooring for the lounge, hall, entrance porch & old kitchen has finally turned up from B&Q..

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It’s here!

The day has finally arrived…. Our new kitchen is in the building – in bits though! The new room is nearly ready to have the bits fitted and with luck, will acquire floor tiles & necessary plumbing tomorrow with the kitchen going in next week. All building work has now been completed; walls & ceiling…

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Kitchen progress

Great progress is also being made in the new kitchen. The builders have demolished the old dividing wall, ripped down the ceilings, stripped off old plaster, sorted out the electrics & have nearly finished plasterboarding / drywalling the room ready to tape & skim the new walls.

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New year… new kitchen!

With the onset of 2010, our builders have arrived in style on the first working day of the year. We’ve engaged a brilliant local firm called Upgrade Building Solutions (UBS) to demolish the dividing wall between the old Utility & Dining rooms, make good, tile the floor and supply/fit a new kitchen. The rooms started…

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First challenge of 2010!!

After spending most of today using one, I’m convinced chemical paint strippers should carry more of a health warning: “do not use if currently alive” or “full-body protective clothing & breathing apparatus must be worn before opening” might do the trick! We’ve been in the process of restoring the stair case back to more of…

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Lack of updates….

Just a quick apology for the complete lack of any updates over the last few weeks. We haven’t given it all up as a bad idea, but have just been busy getting things done. I’ll post a fuller update later but for now here’s a quick pic of the rather wintery view we currently have!

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Progress!

Things are moving forwards nicely so far this week – and it’s only Monday! Lots of painting is being done, with vast quantities of raw plaster being covered with 1st coats of paint. While paint’s going up downstairs I’m taking advantage of a few spare floor boards that had been left in the loft to…

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Busy week ahead…!

Just a quick update to say that a busy week is coming up… Progress today includes lots of ground work to prepare the way – getting a couple of rooms nearly ready to finish off when a floor sander arrives on monday! Window sills have been painted & coving “installed” in both main bedrooms. Tomorrows…

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Watching paint dry…?

… we’d happily take watching paint dry over watching plaster dry out. Paint never seem to take that long to dry to the point that you can move on and do something with the wall. Fresh plasterwork on the other hand seems to take forever to properly dry out!!! Ah well… plenty more to be…

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Decorating progress

Now the plaster’s done, it’s time to crack on with the rest of the house. The first couple of coats of paint have been applied to the main bedroom to seal & cover the newly dry plaster, and this weekend’s job is to start getting the proper top-coats of paint done along with all the…

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Plasterwork finally done!

Reached a bit of a milestone over the last weekend – all of the replastering we needed to do for the moment has now finally been completed. The Lounge has now been finished, along with the hall, staircase walls and upstairs landing walls! The biggest benefit of this work being finished is that it means…

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More mountains moved!

Great progress today – starting to feel like the house is slowly coming together now. Lounge plastering is well underway; bedroom 1 has had all of the remaining mess/carpet tape removed along with the first coat of paint on the replastered walls & ceiling and the remaining paintwork in bedroom 2 completed. We’ve also made…

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Moving forwards

Things finally seem to be building up a solid head of steam & are starting to move forwards….! Bedroom 1’s new plaster’s nearly dry and we’ve made inroads today into getting the room finished. The carpet’s been pulled up to reveal a floor that has tons of potential if sanded & varnished; skirting has been…