So we started the actual building work Easter last year, so it’s not strictly a calendar year, but allow me some poetic licence.
We are still not completely watertight, although we have windows and doors we are still waiting on the installation of the roof light on the chimney for the final seal. However, despite all the bad weather and storms, and there were many this last winter, we have been water tight in as much as we had no leaks or damage. We are grateful for that.
The windows and doors are beautiful and we are so pleased with the look they give the house. The internal shutters should be easy to use and mean that we don’t have to have curtains or blinds. The mosquito nets will be fitted later, when the decorating is finished. For the time being most of the doors and windows are wrapped in plastic to avoid damage from the tradespeople.
The decorators start tomorrow and will be focussing in the bathrooms, so that the plumbers can finish installing the taps and sanitary ware. In the small shower room we have some patterned tiles on the floor and polished concrete on the walls. It will be nice when the rest of the fittings are in and we can see the completed look. It is tantalisingly close now.
In the larger en-suite bathroom we have been waiting to fit our specially delivered cast iron bath from England. The plumbers held it in position for me to check.
And I tried it out for size!
The polished concrete in here has been shaped into an arch from the toilet area to the bath’s resting place in the chimney, which echoes the other arches in the house.
And we commissioned a carpenter to take some of the old roof beams that were removed during the demolition phase, to hand craft a shelf for the sink. He wasn’t sure what wood it was (some if it is wild oak and chestnut) but said it was as strong as iron and the screws he used to fit it are the longest I’ve ever seen!
We now have an internal staircase, which the original house never had. Obviously this meant giving up some floor space on both floors but better than going outside in the rain to go down to bed!
We are now working on ideas for a space saver staircase to get to the mezzanine level above the kitchen area.
We have guttering, and a connection to our septic pit.
And an electricity column, to connect to the Network and a place for our water tank and solar panel. Boring and ugly but essential.
Stuart has been working hard back in England to earn more money to keep the rest of the project going and I am busy spending it! The next items on the shopping list are kitchen (planned and just need to decide the colour of the cupboards), internal doors and wardrobes. Light fittings and furniture choices after that.
The only thing stopping us from moving in within the next few weeks is our electricity connection. We are in the queue but there are currently no poles available, and we need a new one put up at the bottom of the plot. So I’m not sure how long we’ll have to wait for that, but we hope not as long as it takes to grow the tree from which they come! We are chasing every lead we have to get this done but if necessary then we can move in using a generator to run the fridge and wifi!
Hope to be sharing some more photos of the finished decorated house soon and some more exciting news in the next few weeks.
In the meantime hope you all have a great Easter!