27 January 2018

Time for an update

With the first month of 2018 nearly over - where does the time go?  I thought I had better get around to updating you on whats been going on around here.

Work started in earnest w/c 20 November and has continued at a pace since then, apart from a week break over Christmas.  We now have a new boiler, have been rewired, archway removed from the lounge, every room has been plastered, the cloakroom has a new suite and has been re-tiled walls and floor, the bathroom re-tiled walls and floor and a new kitchen.  Utility room made in the store room at back of garage. The back bedroom now has built in cupboards in the eaves space, the under stair cupboard in under way and the front bedroom eaves cupboards will be started soon.  The wood burner for the lounge will be fitted next week all being well.  Decorator is due to start during February. Parquet flooring has been discovered in the hall and back sitting room, so this needs sanding and refinishing as we are keen to keep it. Carpets have finally been chosen. Still to finalise the curtains and upholstery fabrics for the lounge and chose curtains for the bedrooms and back sitting room.

Then, on to outside, the large conifer trees come down on 9th of Feb, we can then replace all the damaged fencing. The patio and driveway need to be pressure washed and repaired where necessary. At this point we can finally start to enjoy making a garden.  Exhausted yet, we are.  The garage and loft are still full of unopened boxes ........

So lets see what photos I can show you, it will only be a peek as nothing is finished yet, as in lights not in place or decoration done.

dining end of lounge with archway removed and wet plaster

new hearth and opening ready for small wood burner
parquet flooring in back sitting room

Some photos of my new kitchen, not so tidy, as I was about to start marmalade making

lovee these corner drawers

So yesterday we bid farewell to Steve our plasterer - with the help of his son Aaron - he's been with us for 7 weeks, almost feels like part of the family.  If you are in the market for plastering or tiling then Steve's your man, thank you so much for a great job done.  Give me a shout and I'll be happy to let you have his details. To Simon our electrician, Dave the plumber, Kitchensmiths for the kitchen, son in law Stuart for all the carpentry work - still on going, Swain Builders, British Gas.  I think that's everyone so far - thank you.

Must admit it will be good to get the house back to ourselves..........