At last the bathroom is complete! Donald has worked really hard on the painting and decorating over the last couple of weeks. Fitting it all in to evenings and weekends has been a bit of a trial but so worth it now we see the finished result. I’ve helped where I can, mostly cleaning and providing meals, but at 34 weeks pregnant now what I can do to help is a bit limited.
Today began with a final snagging list – hang the blind, clean the tiles, apply silicone, finish the window sill and hang fittings like toilet roll holder and soap dish. I’m pleased to say it is all done and now properly clean too for the first time in weeks.
We love the wall colour and the mirror which we’ve had for years finally has a proper home.
Day 3 – The concrete is levelled at the office end.
Day 3 – preparing the walls for the cladding.
Day 3 – first cladding is on the far side, amazing progress!
Day 3 – The garage door is put in place
Day 3 – and the office patio door frame is in too.
This week Donald, Jerry and John (Jerry’s dad) have been working away with joiners Gus and Kevin to build our new garage and office. In only 3 days there has been fantastic progress with the frame built, roof on and doors in place. Also Donald has dug the trench for the electric cable and John has been removing the tiles in the bathroom ready for the project there next week.
Tonight was the first time I have seen the garage for myself and it is looking great. The sloped roof and the overhanging section over the office work really well and I can’t wait to see it all clad in the larch wood.
On Saturday we arrived back from a lovely week’s holiday in the Lake district and Wales. This was only the second time camping with Eva but she was great.
After camping in the lakes we went down to Wales to visit my best friend Lisa and her boyfriend Dean in their new home. Lisa also has a chocolate labrador called Glo and Eva had the time of her life, playing all day.
The holiday we knew was our only week in a very busy summer to switch off so all thoughts of the projects on the house were put to the back of our minds.
Arriving back we got straight to action putting up an ad offering the garage for free to anyone who could dismantle it.
We were a bit taken aback by the number of responses that evening so we thought it was worth seeing if the first one to reply could take it down the next day.
It was a big ask but at 11 o’clock David arrived, a young guy who wanted to make his own workshop from the timber, with a whole team of helpers. By 6 o’clock the site was completely clear and our garden 3 metres wider than we’d ever seen it.
The site is now ready for the new building which is going up in only a week and a half!
As soon as the paint was dry in the dining I started making a mental list of all the other things that needed our attention. I expect this is a worrying sign that the house is taking over! So on Sunday we started the list hopeful to plough our way through it that day. At the end of Monday this is where we’ve got to so far.
To do list Things we have put off list:
Hang up bathroom mirror
Complete bathroom floor (tricky cutting of the laminate needed to fit around the sink and toilet)
Fit bedroom blind within window frame to block light
Make roman blind for dining room
Paint wardrobe doors
Paint wooden pelmets above windows (living, bedroom, dining room)
Donald was in charge of the bathroom floor as cutting with a jigsaw is beyond me. It was a frustrating job but the room looks great now it’s completed. The floor had never been completed because initially we thought we wanted to replace the bath suite and it would be better to lay the floor around the new sink and toilet. However as so many people have said before living in a house changes your ideas. We grew really like having a big old sink and a deep bath and now it will probably be one of the last rooms we change. So it is important to finish the flooring so the room looks complete.
I tackled all the painting on Sunday and the wardrobe doors look so much better. We also ordered engineered oak flooring for the living room, dining room and hall plus doors for all rooms. Wickes had a great offer on flooring so we thought we should go for it and it can wait in the garage until we’re ready to fit it.