Windows at last

Jan 27

Windows at last


On Monday the day finally arrived for our windows to arrive and be installed.

We couldn’t help but feel both excited and anxious as we really needed everything to go well and for there to be no major problems due to the approaching deadline for our insulation and render installation.

Yesterday the window installation was completed and we are very pleased with the results and relieved all has gone well. The fact that we have single sashes gives us loads more light and makes the window openings seem so much bigger

I am now trying to coordinate some electrics, plumbing and plastering to be done before the render guys start work. My biggest frustration is that trades don’t seem to appreciate you need to arrange in advance time off work for when they are coming or that you need to know when they are coming so that you can arrange other things around this.

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We have a Front Door again !

Jan 20

We have a Front Door again !

January 20th

So last Friday the plumbers, gas man and builders all turned up to get the water main changed, gas supply and meter moved and our new boiler connected up and working.  I am very pleased and relieved all worked together to get the job done and it all went well.

Over the weekend we finished off insulating and boarding the front bedroom .

With the old boiler removed the builders returned on Monday were finally able to remove the last remaining chimney breast and block up a section of wall alongside it that had been previously built as a single skin of bricks and therefore not up to building regs. In addition we got them to remove our back door and block this up at the same time. This is in preparation for the insulation and rendering being done in a couple of weeks and ultimately stage two of the project, when we make alterations to the kitchen and have bifold doors installed.

This now only leaves a few minor bits for the builders to do and for their plasterers to return to plaster the window reveals once the windows have been installed next week.

Today was finally the day for our front door to be installed and we were both feeling pretty excited.

The fitters arrived and fitted the door without any problems and it looks fantastic.

The door was from the Entre Economy range from RK Door Systems and whilst it was pretty expensive for a front door,  many other aluminium doors suppliers charge a lot more for the same kind of spec so it represented good value for money. The fitters were from Woodfield windows and did a great job, it was definitely worth paying the extra expense to have a specialist fit it.

We are really very pleased with the result, now I just have to keep a close eye on plasterers etc to ensure they don’t mark the door at all.


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Plumbers start to install new boiler

Jan 10

Plumbers start to install new boiler


This week we had the arrival of our plumbers to start installing a new Worcester combination boiler.

The plan was for them to get preparatory work done so that next week the gas meter and water main can be moved and the new boiler commissioned.

As we don’t have the funds to do all the building works at once or to do all the underfloor heating in one go it is a bit more complex than a standard boiler install. We need to keep the existing central heating (radiators) working but at the same time have the manifold and ability to start installing the underfloor heating. Eventually once the underfloor heating has been installed throughout all the radiators except for 2 towel radiators will be redundant.

After 2 days of work the plumbers have done their preparatory work and they will be back next Friday when the gas and water are changed over to get it all running. Fingers crossed there aren’t any issues and all goes to plan.

Its getting very cold now and having no water or heating would be nightmare scenario.

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Fab slippers from Mahabis

Jan 09

Fab slippers from Mahabis

I have just come across these fabulous and unique slippers from the UK based company Mahabis.

What a fantastic idea, slippers with an outdoor sole that slips on. These would be ideal for me around the house. I always wandering outside into the garden still wearing my slippers, to be able to just slip on an outer sole would be so practical and far better.

Something for next years Christmas list I think.


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Christmas; a time for DIY

Jan 05

Christmas; a time for DIY

5th January 2016

With the majority of the plastering done and the Christmas holiday here it was our turn to get some internal works done on the house. We had a day off for Christmas day which we spent with my inlaws and it was our nieces first Christmas so it was lovely to be part of that, the downside was that it was the first Christmas I have not spent with my parents and brother.

With Christmas day over with we set to work on our schedule of jobs, a day was spent doing some block work on our garden room, I shall post a separate thread on this project soon.

We then set to work in removing all the floor boards in the front bedroom in order to clear out under the floor and insulate between the joists. Once clear we put batons along the joists for the insulation to sit on and left 60mm for the depth of the insulation. We then laid some of the 18mm plywood sheets down which our overlay underfloor heating system will be laid on top of.

The process wasn’t too time consuming and after a couple of days it was almost complete with the exception of a small area where there are still some central heating pipes to be removed.

Being able to get on with some tasks ourselves felt rewarding and gave us an uplift.

A few other minor jobs were also completed and then we started to get some  paint on some of the plastered walls.

What a transformation, even after one coat of watered down paint a white hall suddenly makes the world of difference.


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