Saturday, 16 August 2014

Mostly complete

So it's been a while since my last post, and work has mostly finished on the extension. We just need to have the electrics finished and the kitchen fitted, which *fingers crossed* should be happening next week (alongside the birth of our baby - who is currently late and being threatened with induction)

The underfloor heating finally works after many problems, in the end we had to have a sealed system. Now I don't entirely understand the mechanics of it all but it means that our underfloor heating is controlled separately to our central heating everywhere else in the house and hot water. 

The kitchen and appliances have all arrived and are awaiting installation, and the lounge can be put back together again today so it really feels like the end is very close.

Here are some pics of the progress, and possibly a video if I can get it to load. Given that I will be having a baby next week I may not blog for a while, but rest assured the next post will have a finished kitchen in it! However I think we may have to wait for the tiling, as inevitably a the budget has taken a bit of a bashing and we have had to stretch ourselves to reach this stage.

Monday, 21 July 2014

The a hole in my wall...Delilah a hole...

Things have been progressing on the inside since I last blogged, insulated plaster boarding is done and  is currently being skimmed. The window in the kitchen has been blocked in and will be bricked from the other side as we intend to keep the back wall as brick, and we are half broken through into the lounge which is super exciting!

The rendering is not quite complete yet on the outside as we decided that the inside needed to be moved forward because of the impending birth of our baby, but there's a lovely smooth coat at the bottom and I am confident that the rest is going to look beautiful.

For the rest of this week the ceiling will be plastered tomorrow and the insulation will be put down ready for the plumber to start laying the underfloor heating. The floor screed will be going down on Friday so that it can dry over the weekend. I think the outside work will resume while this is going on. 

Here's some pictures of progress:

Thursday, 10 July 2014

Almost there on the outside..

Well things have been moving on here in the little house, roofs on and insulated (being waterproofed today) roof lights are on and screwed down now, bifold doors are in, render is getting there and will be completed this week, first fix electrics are done. So by the end of this week we will be water tight and able to crack on with the inside!

Oh and baby is now only 4 weeks till due date....yikes!

Here's some pictures of the progress..

Tuesday, 24 June 2014

It's all coming together

So a week has passed and the walls are all up, we have a lintel and the roof has started to go on. It's starting to take shape! It's really exciting to see the openings being formed where the roof lights will go in. The roof should be complete, or thereabouts at the end of this week/ early next week, and the massive bifold doors have arrived but will be fitted next Friday. Here's some update pictures of progress.

Tuesday, 17 June 2014

Up up and away...

So it's been a while and a lot has happened, we are finally coming up out of the ground. The floor slab was laid, the blocks are going up, roof lights delivered, and a frame to represent the opening for the doors. Here's some pics...

Friday, 6 June 2014


And just like that...the diggers where gone!

Mid week update because things are moving so quickly...

Drainage works done, foundations poured, building control approved and diggers gone (as is the mound)

Next jobs are putting a layer of underground blocks where the walls will be to finish off the foundations, infill the middle with grade 1 hardcore, compact it and lay the floor slab early next week. Then they will start coming out of the ground! So exciting!! Whats even more exciting is that its my last day of work before maternity leave so I will be around to see a lot of this going on :)

Here are a few update pics

Tuesday, 3 June 2014

Moats, mounds and lots of digging..

So we are now a week into the extension and because of various things - namely building control inspectors who don't know current regulations or even what those regulations are based on (are you sending my tension?) we are a day and half behind. However we now have something a kin to a moat in our back garden, and a bridge over a mound in order to enter our house (not particularly ideal when your 7 months pregnant but hey ho) Apparently - weather depending - the concrete foundations are due to be poured today, and the 'mound' is due to be collected tomorrow, with the new pipes to fix our problem with the drains - i.e. we have 2 public sewers that will be under our extension, so hopefully by the end of the week we should have everything in the ground that we need to and next week (the start of my maternity leave) we can start coming up out of the ground - exciting!

Took some pictures last night to show progress, there is one of my husband standing in the hole to demonstrate how deep the foundations are. The area is quite big so i was not able to get the whole of it in one photo from an upstairs window, so there are 2, but you get the idea...

waist height foundations...the cat isn't really sure what on earth we are up to with all these new holes..

that diggers not coming out till the foundations are in...

make shift bridge


left hand side of the 'moat'

right hand side of the 'moat'