Saturday, 26 June 2010

Small Update & A Layout

Friday was supposed to be a day for me to have some time to myself, which I had planned to spend crafting. Hubby sometimes plays golf with his friends and then will watch the baby on his own so that I can do something I want to do. Usually, that's crafting. I find it very therapeutic and stress relieving.

unfortunately, life had other plans for us. Hubby got home at 12.30pm on Friday, but it was to a house with no electricity and full of fellas going about their business at work on the extension. With no food in the house and no access to the kitchen anyway (and no power) we decided we needed to go out to eat.

So, my afternoon of "me time" was spent eating at the local soft play eaterie - The Wishing Well (which was crap) and choosing tiles for the kitchen and bathroom while Scott tried to control a very excitable and then tantrummy baby. "But, I want to climb on all the tiles Daddyyyyyy!"

Thankfully, due to the late departure of light, I managed to get one layout done in the evening. I love this photo of the baby when she was only a few weeks old. I thought about editing out the yellow in her skin but decided not to. She looked like this for the first 8 or so weeks of life, so that is how I shall keep her photos!

It occurred to me as I was making this that I do actually like vintage styles in scrapping. I was telling someone the other day that I wasn't into vintage type stuff, but I was obviously talking babba, because this is a pretty vintage layout. Meh. I talk babba a lot.

In other news, this is how our kitchen looks at the moment, except with more health and safety proud extensions and cables laying around.

The photo below is of the new walls to the shower room and the cupboard around the boiler.  

This is where the loo and sink will be (below) and the shower will be where the fridge is now.

I've ordered our new appliances from t'interwebz and they should be arriving in the next week or so. New kitchen stuff is happening next week along with plasterboarding the old kitchen / new study.

I just can't wait until it's all done. Not least of all because it will be awesome and it's all very exciting, but I neeeeed to have my home back. It's so draining living in a shithole 24/7 and being able to do nothing about it. I clean, but within a day there is dust all over again. Everything feels dirty all the time. I can't do my washing as well because there's nowhere to dry it. I've been hanging stuff out on the clothes horse stood in front of my front door! But even then you just know it's all getting covered in dust from the rubbish that's in the skip on the drive.

Baby can't go anywhere except a small section of the living room because it's literally a building site. We have no time to do all the things we wanted to do with her because every weekend seems to be eaten away by prior plans or things to do with the extension or just catching up on a week of being able to do no housework. She can't play outside in the back because it's full of bricks or cement and generally not very nice and the front garden looks like a meadow and all she is interested in is the skip!

Thankfully we have a great team of boys doing the work who are all very considerate and as clean as they can be under the circumstances. I'd hate to think how much more stressful this would be if we had a bunch of cowboys in here!

I know, I know, I shouldn't moan. :)

Friday, 11 June 2010

Extension Update

Okay, so now I have access to my images from my poorly laptop I am able to bring you up to date with the progress for the extension. Scott and I were saying today that we haven't had even one small moment of regret since starting this build. In fact, the only negative point we had was when we looked at the footings and thought "Oh no! Did we go big enough?!" but then we spoke to a few people and apparently it's a common reaction to have to the footings. Now we have walls and stuff we're like "EEP! It's massive!!"

We're so excited. It literally turns our home into somewhere we do not need to leave for the foreseeable long term future. We have somewhere to put our hobby things, which could potentially be a fourth bedroom if needs be. The kitchen will be gorgeous and the living room massive with plenty of room to put all our kid's things in.

Jon The Builder said that we may even get finished before we thought we would, so although I'm not pinning my hopes on that or anything, it does make me go YEY!

Here are our kind of before photos. The garage was already dismantled, so it's not a true before, but it gives an idea.

The build began!! (week one)

Week Two - We have big gray bricks up and our back window has been customised. Yes that is my ironing pile on the table.

Week Three is about the external proper brick work and building our shed.

Week Four has been exciting. We have windows and walls and french doors and a step and ALL SORTS!

This is the window that will be in our new downstairs bathroom. The boiler will be getting moved to the right a little to fit the bathroom wall in. 

It looks neater from the outside!

Notice our shiny new fascias and soffits. The old ones were dire, so we figured we should get them done with the extension. What a boring thing to spend money on though! At least it was done along with more exciting things.

Inside we have been boarded out and the electrics and plumbing first fix has been done. The floor has been insulated and boards screwed down. Flagstones have been laid in front of the door and right along the back so it's not just straight to grass when you step out.

The garden will need some attention! :)

So that's us up to date. I will definitely keep you informed as time goes on with more photos of the renovations as they progress. I am MOST looking forward to taking the end result pictures though! OOOH!!
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