What could go wrong when doing a house renovation you ask…? Well, a lot! Since the episode of the red bricks we have come across a number of “obstacles” which have all tried to test our stress levels, and cash flow! The latest (and most impactful) is the delay of our windows. Yes, no build … More Things are never simple…
Sorry for the lack of a build updates recently. Things have been rather tense after coming to terms with the fact that the bricks used on the extension are not a good match to the existing. The issue with them is that they are too red/orange in colour, looking brand new and unsympathetic to the … More Red blo*dy bricks!
Evening all, It’s been a while since my last post (18 days in fact) and this is solely because very little has happen during this time. Thankfully, we rectified the issue that was our incorrect plans and were able to proceed with the steels order. Little did I know that the order would take up to … More A momentous day!
Thankfully we have found a solution to our structural dilemma. Our engineer has confirmed that the external leaf of the new cavity walls for bedroom 3 can be supported on 10mm steel plates. Beams D1 and D2 are to be located in line with the existing partition wall above (and with the inner leaf of … More Good news, we are back on track!
We have suddenly found ourselves in a position that we really do not want to be in. Our plans are incorrect. On Saturday, as our builder measured up for the new steels, he realised that there was an issue with the plans. One of the existing structural supports in the dining room has been drawn … More Utter Dismay
Last Friday, Riley and I decided to venture into London town on a quest to find the right type of wood flooring for the house. We visited the recently opened Havwoods showroom in Great Sutton Street which offered us the opportunity to view large samples of their products all in one space. We even managed to … More On the hunt for wood flooring
Things are starting to get a little scary…! Windows have come out, walls have come down, supports to hold the house up have gone in and foundations are starting to be dug out. Despite the progress, we have unfortunately come across our first stumbling block; the foundations to the original part of the house which dates … More Week 2
Wow, demolition is quick! It’s only been a week since the builders came on site but jeez, a lot has happened in that time! On Monday we could hardly step foot into the house because it was full of rubble – we had tonnes of the stuff (literally). Upstairs, all carpets had been removed and everything … More Week 1
Man, what a difference a day (or two) makes! Our house, our home, is quite simply a building site. We have walls knocked down, bathrooms skipped, a chimney demolished, decking removed, floors drilled up and a conservatory pretty much flattened. Everything seems to have happened so quickly, and we are only 4 days in! I … More Day 4, demolition derby
Today was full to the brim with activity. We had a team of builders on site, a referendum to vote on, my Rayburn and kitchen eBay purchasers turning up to dismantle and collect their goods, wood flooring collections and a rather naughty little Jack Russell (AKA Percy) who decided to go for a 2 hour wonder … More Day 2, and what an eventful day it was