The house is slowly starting to feel like home, helped significantly by the plumbing of the shower and bath, and the completion of the plastering upstairs.
This all means that (finally) we have moved in to our bedroom and so have a real grown-up bed, not just a mattress on the living room floor.
Today we finished painting the bedroom and landing walls, though we still need to paint the woodwork before the carpet fitters arrive on Tuesday, with only the minor matter of the start of the school year getting in the way of that plan!
The view from the bedroom really has made all the building work worthwhile – it takes our breath away, even with the added scaffolding (which is now waiting for the scaffolders to come and take it away).
More photos have made their way to us and we were pleased to see that the loft ladder has now been installed in the ‘den’ which will become my office. Access to the storage space was previously via a small hatch in the upstairs bedroom. This will become our new bathroom and we didn’t want to waste the available space in there, so Sarah had the great idea of installing a loft hatch for access from below.
We have also heard that the scaffolding has gone up around the rear of the building now, so hopefully work on the upper part of the project will be able to commence shortly.
One change that caused great amusement to Stuart my father-in-law, was the addition of a wheelbarrow to the dining room.
We shall be heading up North ourselves at the beginning of April to attend a friend’s wedding, so we’ll be spending a few days at the house too and see the changes for ourselves.
With the demolition started we’re beginning to get a feel of what the space in the kitchen will be like. This combined with a trip to a potential kitchen supplier has got us starting to think about the specifics of what it might look like. Any excuse for me to play with sketchup will do, so at the weekend we sat together in my office and got to work modelling it out.
We’ve got as far as choosing the colours and the placement of the tall units, but we don’t yet know how we’ll arrange the other units in-between.
The tall unit on the far right will house the fridge-freezer, the next one will house the oven and likely a microwave in the cupboard underneath (Sarah prefers it to not be visible) and the far left unit will be cupboard space, probably for things such as the vacuum and ironing board.
For the wall units in between we will most likely include some open shelves for glasses, but we are unsure whether we’ll split them all into two rows of vertical doors, or have standard cupboard doors.
There’ll be a dishwasher under the sink’s draining board, probably bins under the sink itself and then deep pan drawers below the hob.
The built in seating area and table were Sarah’s idea. She’d like us to eat together in the kitchen both for some evening meals (to get us off the sofa and away from the TV!) and for breakfasts at the weekends. It also gives me somewhere to sit and keep her company when she’s in the mood for baking. I suspect we’ll use the dining room occasionally too, but it will probably mostly be for when we are entertaining.