So ten working days into our home renovation project and it’s looking good. As I open a Friday night bottle of wine and the builders remove the cement from underneath their fingernails, here’s a little progress update for you of the renovation.
Having lost the kitchen sink at the end of week 1 we’ve resorted to washing up our dirt crockery in a washing up bowl on the floor in the upstairs bathroom. We don’t have access to a water source downstairs, except for a small hand basin in the downstairs toilet, plus the toilet downstairs is out of use also. At the end of week one we decided to escape to the inlaws whilst they were away for a few days and the thought of a lovely warm, clean and comfortable house was very appealing. We arrived and found their boiler had packed up, so we made do with lighting the log burner, sharing hot water bottles and blankets and laughing at the irony of the boiler situation!
On our return home one of our neighbours popped round with a home made apple pie for us, they did mention they’d heard the skip being delivered at 6:15am earlier in the week, whilst they insisted they understood the skip man had a job to do, I don’t want to become the person in the street that people moan about so hope we can keep our neighbours on our side during these noisy stages. The builders did tell me that our nearest neighbour has also made them some cakes which I thought was very sweet.
The kitchen continued to be dismantled and a dumper full of the old bricks would whizz past the window frequently taking these off site. The builders awaited the concrete delivery which was delayed by a day, ready to pour into the foundations. We had a visit from the window supplier and had the fun task of choosing the colour of the windows, we’ve gone for a Solidor in Anthracite. The hardest part of the windows was deciding about how they should open – I’m pretty laid back and decisions like this I’m sorry to say I just find dull! We also decided upon our front door – I won’t tell you about this as I prefer to leave a few things as a surprise but I’ve chosen the loveliest door knocker to go with it!
With the sink removed we were left to take our dirty crockery upstairs and wash it in a bowl on the bathroom floor. The old sink has been put back in to the kitchen yet won’t get plumbed in again until next week so for now we’re enduring the bathroom washing up experience! We had to do this before with our last project so knew this was going to happen. It’s funny how you adapt, none of this mess and upheaval has bothered me in the slightest. I may change my tune once they come in to the current house and start hacking down the ceilings.
These were a noisy but productive few days. Things seem to continually happen quickly and we’ve been thankful that its been reasonably dry.
Mid-week and with the cement now dry the builders began laying bricks to form the new extension. My first thought when I saw this was how big everything looked, the new kitchen / living / dining space is 45sqm and its going to be the heart of the home. As the builders progressed inside we were focused on trying to order our kitchen – which is were we ran into a problem (but thats a story for another day) and also source our flooring. We want directional oak herringbone, which costs more to have fitted than to buy (on average fitting is around £55 per sqm) so we’ll do this ourselves.
At the end of week 2 we’ve made some good progress. We have now chosen the oak parquet blocks we want, we’ve got a working sink back downstairs (that makes a huge difference), the brick work for the front porch has started shooting up and the downstairs loo is now back operational. Hurrah for small things!
Next week the plan is to continue with the brickwork on the rear extension, remove the chimney stack and repair the hole this leaves, remove a window from the old larder and cut out the shape for the new utility window, fit some steals and continue the brickwork on the rear extension. I’ll share another update in a fortnight but in the meantime if you have renovation questions or just want to say hi do leave a comment, or follow the daily progress over on instagram.