Week 77..we have a floor!!

Another week and the first of the flooring has been laid, in the soon to be tiki bar! We decided to measure from the centre of the house, as the same floor will run through the whole of the ground floor. And as luck would have it, our house is so symmetrical, the herringbone pattern is central in the tiki bar, central staircase, and living room ha!

Doesn’t it look good against the Inchyra Blue (living room colour). I love the grain, and finish, so so pleased with this!


And it’s been taking shape in the tiki bar along with the Hague Blue walls! Andy’s been mixing up the boxes to add a bit of interest to the floor, and character! Plus we love the little knots here and there…

One weekend later and we pretty much have one room done yay! It’s a good job we have some holidays and Christmas off, given we both work full time! Such a shame we aren’t retired ha! And Andy is laying the floor himself, using Murexin

This flooring is called 70mm Engineered Brushed & UV Oiled Smoked Charnwood Oak Parquet Block Wood Flooring and is from Ambience hardwood flooring

Plus before Andy starts on the hallway, the staircase will need a good sand in week 78..we have a concrete staircase. We then need to decide whether to just seal it and add some wood treads, or go with a microcement…stay tuned!

We love this look and hopefully can keep the concrete as is, and add similar treads…

Watch this space!

Selfbuilddreamers

Caz and Andy x

Weeks 75 and 76 – Lots of flooring plus more painting and the first of the lights!

Lots more painting this last couple of weeks! We are almost there now, I’m so over painting ha! It’s just so messy, I can’t wait to have a good old sweep up and a tidy..and put away the paint brushes…and the sprayer!

We actually did the walls of my dressing room and our bedroom with a roller, as it would have proved difficult covering up the ceiling to use the sprayer! We will do a more detailed review of the Sprayer soon, now that we’ve pretty much finished..stay tuned.

Dressing room Ceiling – Setting Plaster
Walls – Green smoke

And we’ve painted the guest bedroom in multiple colours ha from Farrow and Ball Again, using the sprayer for the ceiling, and a roller for the walls for ease of prep..

Guest bedroom: Ceiling – Setting Plaster
Walls – Sulking Room Pink and Off Black

We also plan on using an architrave for the paint join between the two colours on the wall..stay tuned! We have made a start on this in week 76 but we’ll do a more detailed post!

Sidenote..In other news, I bought a chair! Could not resist this little beauty from Bombinate Not sure where for just yet but I love it!

Topaz Retrostar Chair Premium Velvet Line

And Eddie the electrician has been back for the second fix! We have lights! These Antique brass up down ones from Arrow Electrical will look fab with the soon to be door ironmongery.


Plus black up down ones at the back of the house…

And lots and lots of flooring arrived! Over 200 boxes to be exact! We will be busy….

This is called 70mm Engineered Brushed & UV Oiled Smoked Charnwood Oak Parquet Block Wood Flooring and is from Ambience hardwood flooring Stay tuned for more details!

Plus the kitchen island light is up..

And my vertigo pendant light…also known as a hat light is looking beautiful! Together with black spotlights and a couple of cool wall lights


I almost forgot about these ha they were bought that long ago! And we will be having bigger versions of these on either side of our bed in the master bedroom..

And that’s it for another two weeks! Check out our YouTube together with some timelapse footage…speedy cinema room spraying and just a whole lotta painting!

Selfbuilddreamers

Caz and Andy x

Plaster up down lights…

I love these lights, the Astro Kymi 300 Indoor Wall Light in Plaster. They look so sleek and it’s great that they can be painted to suit your wall colour!


And in our case, we’ll be having two on this wall…

And, after a couple of coats of the same paint (Charlotte’s Locks Farrow and Ball colourmatch) it blends in with the wall perfectly. And so do I ha!

On a separate note, the colour of the wall really changes with the lighting!

And we’ll be having two more of these on the opposite wall in the double height area plus 4 smaller ones in the hallways, but we can just leave them as is, given these walls are white!

Watch out for more lights…our electrician is back in week 76 eek!

Selfbuilddreamers

Caz and Andy x

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Week 74 – Let there be colour! Plus we can officially have electricity!

The 3 phase electric meter is now good to go and we can ask the electrician to come back..more importantly, yay!! Apparently there aren’t a lot of installers available to do 3 phase, but luckily for us we only had to wait a couple of months. We’ve heard that others have had to wait a lot longer. We have 3 phase rather than 1 due to having a heat pump and a car charger.

And we had a wasted morning on Saturday…tip for anyone with a whole lotta painting to do. Make sure to decide on your colours before you start, especially if you are using a sprayer! We were going to paint the ceiling in the open plan area a mustard yellow, and having prepped all the walls, we decided to just do the window reveals. If we had made this decision sooner we could have done this with the sprayer, before we did the white walls but instead we had to roller and it took so much longer. Lesson learned…if you’re going to use a paint sprayer, plan out your colours to reduce prep time!


If you look close enough you can see the India Yellow in the window reveals..this is a Farrow and Ball colour, however we colourmatched using Valspar

Plus Hague Blue in the tiki bar, and we bravely painted the ceiling too! Again, another colourmatch…

Andy looks like he’s living his best life…covered in paint all the time ha!

And alas, we decided to do this wall with a roller as it would have been so much prep to use the sprayer just for this little area. We would have had to cover all the freshly painted Strong White (another colourmatch) and it just wasn’t worth the prep time…

Charlotte’s Locks farrow and ball colourmatch

Plus check out the Setting Plaster paint colour in the guest bedroom..another ceiling colour!

And in our bedroom and dressing room too…

Plus! Tiki bar paint spraying video below….sidenote the paint sprayer is a Wagner Control Pro 250m

Next up more colours in week 75 eeekkk almost done with the painting!

Selfbuilddreamers

Caz and Andy x

Week 73 – More paint spraying, white paint samples..plus go big or go home….!

And so, this week we finished all the undercoat painting, and we used Express Coat by Valspar from B&Q. This one can be used on fresh plaster and doesn’t need watering down, always a bonus!

The downstairs took around 4 hours for 110 metre squared which isn’t bad going at all! I do love this paint sprayer, the finish is pretty flawless and you could almost just leave this undercoat as is, but we have a whole lotta colours in mind so that’s the next job!

And oh my goodness, the white paint decisions have been some of the hardest. I actually read an article about this and apparently, because there are so many undertones when it comes to white paint, it can be much more difficult to choose compared to colours.

We had thought we were going to go with Blackened from Farrow and Ball, however when we sampled it on the actual wall it looked a little too grey for us and probably wouldn’t flow with the other colours.

Then we were thinking maybe Ammonite or Wevet but we were still a little unsure. And so, because we are sick of pretty much living in B&Q ha! We bought a few more samples and tried them out in the car park…as you do! And after all the messing around, decided to go with Strong White for the hallway and landing. This is a grey based white and looks fab against Crittall…something which we will be having. And Wimbourne White in the open plan kitchen area. This is a white with yellow undertones and looks really fresh, and can work well with colours such as India Yellow, a colour we are looking to incorporate into the open plan colour scheme…watch this space!


And with that we made a start on the finished coats! Eek that is so strange to say. And, because we are so logical ha, we are going to start with the whites and lightest colours, using the paint sprayer, and work our way down in the dark stakes! We’ve also come up with a little list based on where the same colours will go etc. so we’re not cleaning the machine unnecessarily.

We have started with the Wimbourne White, and then next week, we should hopefully do most of the colours!




Plus we’ve decided to be a little daring with the lower wall on the landing and use something pretty bold to make it a feature in all the white…

We think Charlotte’s Locks might be the winner, looking forward to trying it out properly and hey its just paint, we can always change it, if it doesn’t work out…

Selfbuilddreamers

Caz and Andy x

Week 72 – The paint spraying has begun..plus staining wood and another light!

It is so strange to be at a stage where it is down to us and the progress is actually ours to control…mu ha ha! And it is quite simply, based on how proactive or lazy we are feeling on any given week ha!

And so this week Andy’s been sanding more of the unfinished Oak parquet blocks and then giving them a stain to check we are happy with the finish….we are thinking of having this throughout the house mainly because we haven’t found a finished parquet we have liked

Plus these blocks are so versatile and the floor will be an original parquet floor pretty much!

After three stains…

As you can see the before and after is pretty good, and as we want the bevelled edge, the sanding has worked well so far…


This is the stain below, however we will be using a wax as well to make sure it is super sealed! It does actually say on the the tin that it isn’t suitable for floors but I think it is more because of the potential high traffic, and so going with a wax as a top coat should be the way to go..we just need to decide on one! Once we’ve had a good play around I’ll do a more detailed post.

Plus another light, and this one is for Andy’s ensuite, he just can’t decide how many to use. He actually has 9 potential spotlights in this room but he might go with 3 of these and the rest a more standard spotlight…

How cool do they look in situ……

And we did some window prep upstairs ready for paint spraying!!

The Wagner Control Pro 250m is ready to go too….check out our unboxing here…


And B&Q have 3 for 2 on paint at the moment which couldn’t have come at a better time!

Plus we realised that we needed a whole lot more paint for the first coat than we first thought! We ended up using 60 litres for upstairs! However, as we are using a paint sprayer, we have been able to avoid two coats…

What do you think to our outfits?! Suited and booted as they say!

And we are so pleased and relieved as to how easy it has been to use, and therapeutic might I add! The prep took longer than the actual painting in all fairness..


Check out how we are getting on so far in our YouTube video below.

Next up downstairs paint spraying!

Selfbuilddreamers

Caz and Andy x

Week 71 – Site Progress!

Annnnddddd the plastering is now finished woop!! All done by Friday and now it’s just drying out before we start painting next weekend…eek! The plasterer said we could probably leave it just a few days before making a start on the painting, but we think we’ll wait…patience is key ha!

Love love love the landing area…this is going to be fun to paint though!

And we paid a visit to B&Q to buy some window prep masking film…3 packs of 20m should do it!

Plus, we quite like these tiles for the guest ensuite from B&Q, they should work well with microcement walls and also they don’t need sealing..bonus! It feels a little surreal to be actually picking the finishes; We have been planning for so long and bouncing ideas around, its still hard to believe that we’ll be living in the new house soon!


Bargain!! Plus 15% off

And window prepping, we’ve made a start on the fixed windows, but as we want to open windows, to dry the plaster, we’ll wait until the end of the week to do all of the prep….

Quick note as well, we have been experimenting with sanding and staining a parquet unfinished hardwood flooring…the before and after look pretty impressive, however we really need to calculate the time to do this rather than going for a finished wood…watch this space for more!

Selfbuilddreamers

Caz and Andy x

Week 70 – Site Progress..plus we have a front door!

Busy week plastering, and wow what a difference it makes! Also Andy has been fitting some of the borgos before plastering in our bedroom…

Super cute!

Plus..the big one…the front door arrived! Yaassss! And wow I love it, I was so nervous that there might be something wrong with it or the colour might not be quite right, but it’s perfect!

And now for the cover up while we do all the messy jobs…its ready for Halloween ha!

Loving our bedroom/dressing room/ensuite….

And, one of the plasterers can actually do microcement too. If you are unfamiliar with this, it gives a similar finish to the plaster. I actually love the peachy tones of the plaster so I might have something along these lines in my ensuite, together with terrazzo tiles (siena finish)

And we’re going to do the guest ensuite in one of the greys…just need to pick one! It is around £80 per square metre

And that’s it for another week! Week 71 should see the completion of the plastering and then we can make a start on the painting once the plaster has dried out. Andy’s uncles’ farmer friend should be dropping off a skip this week too so we can get rid of all the rubbish outside…cannot wait to do this!

Selfbuilddreamers

Caz and Andy x

Kitchen decisions..

So! We have changed our minds numerous times when it comes to the kitchen and the utility..if you have seen our Instagram over the past year you will see the odd “decision made” post ha!

From Wren to Howdens to diy kitchens…we couldn’t quite decide on something that was “us”. We began with copper, handleless simple style doors from Wren, but because we didn’t really love the end design, we then moved onto shaker from Howdens because this is a little more timeless right?! Maybe with some antique brass handles too..

But then colour was an issue, if you have looked for kitchens yourselves, it can be quite difficult to find custom painted options, and as we have both fallen in love with the inchyra blue colour from farrow & ball…for lots of different places in our house might I add(!) We then looked to diy kitchens… blog post

And that was it…sorted!! But I still wasn’t sure about the shaker, I don’t know why, I just wasn’t wowed by it, maybe its just because its all over instagram perhaps. And then, after watching “Ugly house to lovely house”….if you haven’t watched it, it’s great for design ideas by the way! I fell in love with one of the kitchens…

This simple slab design with (they are called) Ladbroke handles are so in keeping with our style and so we were on the hunt again! And this time from a company called Naked Kitchens


Now, with this company, there is an option to buy just the doors and fit them to pretty much any cabinet…say Howdens or Ikea

So we then decided to look at Ikea options, for all things cabinetry and there are some big pros to going down this route. For one, no lead times, you can pretty much order your cabinets, integrated storage etc. and have it delivered within days, plus if you miss anything you can always pay the store a visit!

We’ve read lots of good things online too with regards to cabinetry and the quality and they also have kitchen consultation appointments as well as a great online 3D tool system to help guide you along the way…

Some negatives though…cabinet sizes, there aren’t as many size and height options as some of their competitors. Plus the kitchens are flat packed so that might be an issue for some people as well as all the multiple pre drilled holes in the cabinets, I’m not a big fan of those!

But, having paid the store a visit, and browsing the options I think they are a good contender if you are looking for a new kitchen. There are black internal cabinetry options too which look super slick! 

Sheffield Ikea

And so, to compare, we went to the naked kitchens showroom as well…which is in Norfolk by the way…some what of a distance from South Yorkshire! And loved the doors immediately. Plus their own colour “Branchester Blue” is pretty much an Inchyra Blue replica so that was the doors sorted!

Which led us to our final decision…cabinetry, is it to be Naked Kitchens or Ikea? This was a difficult one, but having visited the Naked Kitchen showroom, some of the integrated storage looked so good, and yes it is inside a cupboard but we will no doubt be opening them on a regular basis ha! I was pretty much sold once we had visited the showroom, however it is much more expensive, if you are looking at your options. Ikea, for example would have been about £4k for the kitchen and utility without doors, whereas Naked Kitchens will be approx £15k (without appliances)


Pierhouse Blue

Also…we have decided to go with this mustard colour in the utility, it looks so good against the Branchester blue in the showroom!



Colour options but there are also custom paint options available

When it comes to ordering, they do offer a rendering service for £500 (half of which you will get back if you order a kitchen with them) and includes a full design and quote, however we have already had numerous designs made so we were pretty confident with the layout.

Good old sketch up has worked wonders for us as well, on our self build journey! Visualising and deciding where to position the handles was a must! That was probably the most difficult decision. We are just unsure on the backsplash hmm!

Not quite the mustard colour for the utility but you get the idea, maybe with some shelves too..

And once you have put together your basket online, if you send over your quote number to one of the team, they can check over your basket against any plans before you order

One more thing to add, Naked Kitchens make their kitchens on site too and can really make your kitchen to your individual taste, mixing up different styles or incorporating different accessories

And so, the kitchen is now ordered and will arrive in January..no Christmas move in ha! But no matter, it will be worth it…plus we have a lot of work to do ourselves before we get to that point!

Selfbuilddreamers

Caz and Andy x

Week 69 – Site Progress! More plasterboard plus floor decisions and a paint sprayer…

Eeekkkk lots more plasterboard this week! And the vaulted ceiling areas are looking fabulous! Wow it is really starting to look like a house. It’s so strange when you live pretty much on “site” and it develops into a home rather than a build project ha!

Andy’s dressing room

Master bedroom, my dressing room and ensuite

Landing

And as you can see, we are a little excited!! It’s crazy that we will be painting soon. Oh and a word of advice, cover up any exposed brick because the plasterboard adhesive can get everywhere! Let us be your cautionary tale, luckily we have some brick acid that will get rid of it but still…very annoying!

Speaking of paint spraying, ours arrived this week too and we are looking forward to trying it out..watch this space! We’ll do a review once we’ve finished the painting, I’m hoping it will be a worthwhile purchase and something that we can resell too

Plus flooring decisions! We have known pretty much throughout the build that we wanted a parquet hardwood floor, running through the house but we hadn’t nailed down (excuse the pun!) the actual specifics. And, after visiting a timber floor studios showroom, we have decided to go with this…

It really does look like an original parquet floor and it’s a little easier and more versatile than a typical parquet floor

The wood pieces do not slide into each other and so we will really be able to play around with patterns, but we do love the herringbone pattern with a border

This floor won’t actually be a finished hardwood, it will need to be sanded and stained but we don’t mind the work. And we can choose our own stain which is a positive! The one below is a satin stain but we might try out some others such as Danish possibly…we shall see!

And Andy is pleased with his new laser measure for the kitchen…I’ll make another blog post soon with regards to our kitchen and utility decisions!!

And that’s it for week 69, week 70 should see the majority of the plastering, a tidy up of the soon to be front garden, and the new front door! Eeeeeeekkkkkkkk!

Selfbuilddreamers

Caz and Andy x