Day 83

Today was the day the builders started to clear out.  It is going to be really strange them not being here everyday. They will still be popping in to finish off  small jobs and once we have decided on our flooring they will come back and fit the skirtings and door facings. 

E&B will miss them as they have been so good with them and always been interested in what they have been up to at school and outwith. They both drew thank you cards for them that they gave this morning.   


The plasterer finished the harling and the windows look great, especially after their wash.    

Mark picked up the kitchen cupboards today after I forgot on my way home from work.  Need to nip back tomorrow as they didn’t give new hinges as the old ones were on the faulty door.  

They also resealed our bath upstairs which is fab as it was so mouldy it looked awful. The shower downstairs was tested by B last night after he came back from a cub walk with really bad hay fever after going through a hayfield. It sorted him out and we can use while the bath sealant dries. 

Had a carpet fitter out to give us a quote for carpets for the living room stair and new garage room. He also suggested amtico, karndean or earthworks for the floor so have been having a look online and ordered some samples. He will give us a quote and then we can decide about the hall and kitchen. 

Off now to use the Henry Hoover the builders have said I can use this weekend to get all the bits around house as we empty the living room ready for plastering on Monday. 

Day 82

It is the penultimate day of the builders before they start their next job on Monday. It is just down in cherry tree so they will be popping back to finish off anything still needing done. 

All the doors have been hung and handles are on. They make a huge difference and we are living them. Good choice mark. 


The harling has been done at the back of the house I think he is coming back tomorrow to finish at ther window frames.   

Day 81

We have door steps, much easier getting in and out of the front and back doors.     

The doors have started to go in.    


The builders have made doors for is for the utility cupboard and the attic space      

  Fab day out in the sun. Plasterer has been back and getting ready to harl the back. Spotted the new drain on the  house. 


Day 80

Early start this morning with Kevin and Jamie here at 7.45. They started by measuring the floor. The back room needs 40 square metres and the hall needs 11 square metres so that will help us budget for the flooring. It was great watching Jamie writing all the measurements on the wall. Good to show e and b how much you use maths. 

The piano has been moved out of the living room. We were a bit worried it wouldn’t get out the door because the wall wasn’t there when it went in. But it got out. Living room seems huge now. Just need to wait for the plasterer to do this room on Saturday morning.   
The plasterer was here today and the Velux surround has been finished off it looks fab now as it looked a bit squint before. 

Window sills have been put on the back windows. This is great as the upstand at the kitchen window was squint so now looks perfect.   

We are having to use the back door as the dip in the hall floor has been filled in. 


Day 79

Excited to come home today and see the kitchen as the blue protection had been peeled off.    


We are really pleased with how it looks. Came home from work early as E has a violin concert tonight. I used the oven for the first time to heat a shepherds pie. Forgot that I would need to burn off from oven before use so just as well I came home early. Oven is great and has a keep warm setting so tried this as the boys were later back from gymnastics. 

Plumbers have been back and flushed out the whole system apparently some of or existing radiotors had the blackest water they had ever seen. All clean now. 

The builders have floored the attic space ready for us to store everything. 



The roofer was back finishing the roof so the lead lining is all in place.     

Mark stayed in all day waiting for the new freezer to be delivered. When it still wasn’t here at 5 I phoned to discover that despite an email saying it would be delivered today it isn’t in stock.  It won’t be in the warehouse until Wednesday so hopefully here by the end of the week. I logged a complaint not sure it will do anything but made me feel better. 

Day 78

Was at the shops while B at gymnastics and got a phone call from the builder to let us know the electrician had been out and all lights and electrics in the kitchen were working.  Was standing outside pro cook so had to go in and buy some new utensils to use with our new pans.  

Mark was bringing a Chinese take away home and Ben was having tomato soup. I had brought the milk pan home from mums the other day so instead of the microwave we used the hob to heat it. Wasn’t what I thought my first use of the hob would be for. Loving the induction already had it boiling in less than a minute there is so much control.   

Here is the kitchen with all the cardboard removed. Can’t wait to take off the blue but just need to be patient for another week.   

The plumbers have been out today and all the radiators are on. They had the thermostat set to 30 so the house was like a furnace.  Tried our new hot tap in the kitchen and nothing came out. Then discovered there was no hot water in any tap.  Plumber popped back out as has forgotten to open a valve. 

Builders have started making the wooden door frames ready for the doors coming next week. 


The freezer is out the utility room as it is leaking so have had to buy a new one. It is getting delivered on Monday so off to deforest this one ready for them to recycle. 


Day 77

The kitchen is in. Looking forward to the blue protection coming off to show the cream but worth waiting until the builders are finished. 


There is one cupboard door missing so hopefully that will get sent out when the broken door is replaced. 

The electricians have been in today and lots of lights and switches are in place.  

They are coming back on Tuesday when everything will work. So only one more weekend of no kitchen.