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…


Kitchen update

While we’re sorting out the bathroom upstairs, the new kitchen is steadily nearing completion. Cabinets are in along with the worktops & sink………


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…


Unplanned works; new hot water system!

On inspecting the heating / hot water systems (DHW) when we first got the keys we’d noted that the hot water cylinder was getting a little tired, and…


No kitchen would be complete…

… Without a set of drains ! The old utility room was equipped with a water supply but unfortunately no drainage. As a result, during a rare break in…


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…


Now that the kitchen’s underway…

Next stop was obviously to make a start on ripping something else out! The house has two upstairs bathrooms, one that’s looking somewhat tired and…


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…


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…


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…


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…


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"…


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…


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…


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…


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…


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…


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…


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…


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…