We still can’t have a shower at home…

… but the prospect is a lot closer than it was when we moved in two weeks ago.

The bathroom is now tiled, the bath is fitted, and we painted it on Wednesday and Thursday this week. It now needs the plumber and electrician to come back to do the final fixings.

 

It really has changed quite a lot – this shows it last year after we had stripped the panelling off the walls:

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It doesn’t look much like a bathroom here!

Hopefully the final plumbing and electrical fittings will go in this coming week, though it may be longer until we have the glass screen to separate the room in to wet & ‘dry’ areas.

In which the plan starts coming together

We finally managed to move in to our new house on Saturday morning, having decided that living on site was finally possible (working loo, tap & electric sockets in the kitchen working, if no where else, and two serviceable rooms to live in). We are still popping back to my parents’ house for showers though!

It feels like a lot has happened in the three days since we moved, so here’s a summary.

The dining room plaster dried, so we could paint it:

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Our fabulous main builders spent Sunday on the roof fixing the ridge tiles in place (I don’t have a photo of that yet). They also fitted the wetroom boarding ready for tiling.

The plasterer came back and plastered the bathroom today (Monday), so hopefully in the next few days the plumber will be back to fit the bath so the tiling can be done.

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The electricians (there were three of them here at a couple of points today) also came today and lit up the downstairs. This is fabulous as it means we don’t have to use a torch to find the loo after dark. They’ve also fitted the plug sockets in the other rooms downstairs, so we don’t have extension leads everywhere.

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Really real

Yesterday we said goodbye to our house in Brighton for the last time. We’d had a “Friends” moment collecting all our keys from local friends and it was finally time to go.

The removals men arrived (after a slight ‘really, gas company, you are choosing this moment to park a huge truck directly over our driveway?’ moment) and made short work of packing our belongings into their van.

It still feels very odd that we aren’t going back to that house, particularly as we can’t unpack everything as the house is still a building site. Having been up and down to the new house so much over the last year is enhancing the feeling of ‘we are only up here for a week, we’ll be back in Brighton soon’. Hopefully we will be able to start living at the house soon, even if fully unpacking is a little way off.

At least the guinea pigs seem to be settling in to their new home well!

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Two and a half weeks?!

Yes that’s right. We are moving house in 2.5 weeks and at this stage we aren’t particularly confident that the house will be liveable, so it’s likely we’ll be staying with Sarah’s parents for a short spell.

That being said, this weekend things have moved on leaps and bounds.

We managed to find time to travel up for the weekend and on arrival we were excited to find the bifold windows in place!

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IMG_20170624_094325Plus the first fix electrics and plumbing have been taken care of. Now we can see where the shower head & controls are going to be.

It’s all rather exciting!

But that’s not why we were there. It was time to actually get stuck in and do some work for ourselves because the kitchen walls and ceiling were plastered and the floor was tiled, so it was timed to get the first paint on the walls before the kitchen fitting begins!

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Catching up

We’ve visited the house twice since the last post, in fact I’m writing this one having just spent the day working there, but you’ll hear about that in the next post. Today I’ll share the updates from our last visit.

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The framework making up the ‘landing’ has been completed and the remainder of the old gable has been removed. On the other side of the tarp is the beginnings of our balcony!

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The wall between the landing and the bathroom has been erected
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Now we can see the actual size of the bathroom

 

Not only have they finished the landing structure, but they’ve also got the bedroom up as well.

The next surprise was that the wall and door under the main staircase have gone, opening up the hallway space and making the room feel so much bigger! Eventually we’ll have a glass balustrade instead.

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Finally, we decided during our last visit that the empty doorway between the dining room and the sun-lounge wasn’t really how we wanted it to stay, so the pillars have now been removed leaving a much larger double-doorway.

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In the summer the sun-lounge becomes like an oven and the lack of door means that the heat is passed straight into the dining room and raises the temperature of the house considerably. So we’re going to have some doors added in to regulate this somewhat. We just need to decide if they’ll be sliding doors, bifolds, or just regular doors!

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Possibly the most exciting change to date. At least half of the roof has come off and the framework for the dormer has gone up. Here’s a quick before and after:

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This view is looking out from our ‘Landing’, which we’ll be using as a sort of reading nook, toward the garden. So where the old gable can still be seen will become doors onto our balcony. We’re going to have our own balcony?!

From the look of the tarpaulin on the right side of the picture it seems they haven’t yet done the same work on the bedroom side, but I expect that’ll be up soon enough.

Going up

The major work upstairs has started in the last week – parts of the roof have been taken out and the wall that will split the bedroom and landing has been started. Our fabulous builders are reusing as much of the original material as they can, so this wall is mostly being built out of chimney.

We were there briefly during the week this week, so were able to meet with the electrician and talk through the rewiring as well as seeing recent progress. The electrics are a bit of a mixed set at the moment (“Have you got an outside socket?” “Well, there’s a socket outside.” “Umm, that’s just an extension lead.” “Ah.”) so we are having the whole house rewired to modern standards. This also includes moving most of the light switches as we have moved some doorways¬†and, because we’ve changed the use of rooms, will be changing which way doors open. Apparently we don’t need a shower pull in the middle of the kitchen either. It has been an interesting challenge trying to decide where we want plug sockets and lighting, especially with sockets in the kitchen, but we now have a plan to start with, even if it gets adjusted nearer the time.

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The light switch next to that ex-doorway probably isn’t so useful any more.