Day 73

We were all up early this morning as I was off to work and mark and the kids going to help set up the gala.  Tilers arrived at 8.  Decisions had to be made about direction of tiles and height as we needed to have a full tile at the bottom.  Left them to it and came home and love it.   We realised we needed tiles in the utility room so mark picked some up in top tiles and for an extra £30 they fitted them for us as well.   

Circle security also arrived as we were leaving to redo our burglar alarm. It hasn’t been on since Mark got locked out the house😀.  Cables are now in place for the new sensors so should be operational again soon.   


Day 72

The sink is now plumbed in so was great to get up this morning and be able to wash the dishes in the sink. I have got the cupboards cleaned and have put some of the plates and cups in there. Washing machine is plumbed in just need to sort the extension cable (thanks mum and dad) and get a wash on. Although mark managed to get mum to wash his football strips this afternoon!   Thanks to both mums for helping out with all our washing over the last few weeks. We are going to miss everything coming back so neatly folded and ironed and all e and b socks the right way out. 

Plasterer brought reinforcements today, his dad and brother and between them have finished most of the plastering only the living room and hall to do next week.   

Builders had planned on narrowing the hall window to make a hatch but after marks suggestion to make it more a door shape they decided to do this and now have a fab door shape ready for a door.  The pipes have also be been boxed in. 

 The kitchen has arrived.  It was due for delivery between 8-8 not ideal with us both at work so dad was on stand by to come up when the builders left. However it came before they left so they have it all organised ready for installation to start on Monday.  

   Looking forward to the tiler coming tomorrow. 

Day 71

What a difference the plaster makes. The wall with the windows is all done as are the ceilings. Just the back room and the garage room to do before they do the living room.  

Mark had to go back to ikea today as the sink we bought had indentations it shouldn’t.  He managed to change it for the right one. The drawer unit is in the shower room ready to go in.  

The hall window has now gone which has meant they have been in and out the insulation down and it is ready to floor. They will now create a door so we can easily access all the storage.  


Day 70

Loved coming home today to see the utility room installed. The builders used the old kitchen units and have it all fitted in perfectly   The white worksurface makes it look different.  Just need to wait for the plumbers to come tomorrow and connect the sink and washing machine to the pipe.   Our mums will be pleased that we won’t be dropping washing off anymore, although we will miss it coming back ironed. 

Plasterer has finished the showroom. 


He has made good progress in the back.   

The cupboard in the hall is all boarded up.  Tomorrow the dip in the floor will be getting filled in so will be using the back door until it dries.  


Day 69

Plasterer arrived today and has made good progress already. Utility room is now ready to get fitted when it is dry.   

He has started plastering the showroom and will finish tomorrow and start on the back room. 


The toilet pipes have been boxed in. The shower tray has been fitted and the plumbers were back to put the pipes for the shower.   

The hall cupboard has had screed put on its floor.  


Mark has been and ordered the tiles. Everything starting to take shape now. 

Day 68

  1. I am back blogging as mark has been out running the balerno rigg 10k run tonight. I am very impressed he did it as he only had 3 hours sleep before we dropped the kids at the childminders and went to CTD tiles at polworth.  As we drove up in our two cars it was closed with a sign saying not open until 9 because of the bank holiday.  I went back after my meeting and found a fab grey stone effect tile.  I brought a sample home and mark will go back tomorrow and order. There is plenty of stock so they will get delivered on Wednesday ahead of fitting on Saturday. Here is the sample tile on the shower room floor.  To avoid the problem with the 16week drying time for the screed a raised floor has been put down ready for the tiles.   The shower room has all the walls ready as well as the floor and the ikea sink was built today.   

Day 67

Early post today as the guys are finished. They have worked darn hard this week so well deserved.  E was most pleased when the muscular, tattooed electrician arrived. Nice smile, down the stairs she went and gave him his cup of coffee. Walking back up the stairs towards me, smile is gone and she says, “He smokes, forget it.”  Brilliant. 

So, the sparkys were here to prepare electrics for the bathroom and garage room. 

Meanwhile Kevin and Jamie did the walls in the bathroom and hall cupboard. 

Looking good and almost everything ready for the plasterer on Monday.  I went to Howdens today to order a work top for the utiliy room. was hoping for beech but that is discontinued so white it is.  Not wanting to spend too much on it as it is only the utility room.  I picked up a catalogue for doors that is as thick as a telephone directory so am glad there is not too much choice!! 

Right, B at park with friends, E at ballet rehearsals and Karen at work. night shift tonight so time for a quick snooze.   Do I set my alarm????????