I’ve been away from blogland for a while. There’s a big reason. I’ve been quite busy. Here is a semi-reveal and more will be revealed quite soon when the decorating has been finished. The bedrooms in their raw state… OK! There is more. The front of the house… We have achieved sign off from building… Continue reading We have finished … apart from the snags!
I am the happiest I’ve been in months. Our new builders are fantastic to work with. We discuss things together and they work fast. There’s even been a lot of laughter and camaraderie over the last week. The window installation was completed yesterday and the house looks amazing. The windows are really attractive. Suddenly this… Continue reading In love with my house
We fired our builder. That comment deserves a pause, and I find myself pausing in order to formulate the words that express my feelings about it. I feel fairly empty after this experience. I am incredibly disappointed that he let us down so spectacularly. He came with good recommendations and he had some good men… Continue reading The windows are going in.
It has been weeks since I posted a blog. It’s been an incredibly hard summer. I injured myself playing sport and was incapacitated for weeks and we were unable to leave the house unattended for a holiday as it was vulnerable to break ins. In the meantime, the builder maintained complete radio silence. We have… Continue reading What a journey …
This is the shortest of updates. The build is on hold and I’m trying to make sure that life is not also on hold until September. The window supplier emailed last week to say that the windows would not be returned to us until early September as the glass had been damaged when removing the… Continue reading Mostly on hold now
I have learnt the hard way that not all builders know how to rebuild parts of old buildings. It’s been an expensive and demoralising lesson. This is what I have learnt along the way and I hope it will help anyone renovating a Victorian or Edwardian house. I was very pleased to source handmade bricks… Continue reading Brick conservation and new additions
What I forgot to mention in my last blog was that the windows from Poland spent a weekend at our property before I noticed that the quality wasn’t as good as the sample our builder had shown us and that the beading on the top panels was totally different from the beading we had ordered.… Continue reading Now you see them, now you don’t