House update!!

Well, we are getting there with the kitchen and flooring. But for the last couple of months, our focus has been on the ensuites, hence the lack of updates!

Excitingly, they will feature on a channel 5 TV programme called Dream Kitchens and Bathrooms! Which means we haven’t been able to share any updates, unfortunately, but as our episode will be on on the 29th March, all will be revealed soon..as they say!

But enough of that! What else has been going on? Well, we are a little closer to the black metal balustrades being made, once we receive the revised drawings. And we love this detailing on the stairs, following the line of the steps. Watch this space for more details when we have them in place…

And some very cool sockets to tie in nicely with the exposed brick wall! Love these, it’s all about the details as they say.

Plus lots more flooring and this time upstairs. We are actually having the same flooring upstairs,as we have downstairs, aside from the ensuites. It’ll look fab in the bedrooms with the odd rug, too!

Andy’s dressing room

And lots of Crittall…these ones are for Andy’s ensuite…love the reeded glass!


And this showerscreen is in the guest ensuite. Love the floor to ceiling detail!!

Plus the heat pump is almost up and running! Almost, just waiting on the plumber to do the last bits.

Kitchen wise, we now have the worktops, and these are so gorgeous from Foresso Watch this space for more details once its all fitted! Needless to say, we love it!



Pewter Oak

Next up, finishing the kitchen, setting up the utility so that we can order the worktops, and more flooring!

Selfbuilddreamers

Caz and Andy x

House shenanigans update!

Well..there’s been lots of bits and pieces going on in the last few weeks from kitchen layout to digging to the odd purchase!

And Andys laid out the kitchen island and fitted the doors now, wow these look fab from Naked Kitchens

Plus the kitchen layout is pretty much in place…watch this space for more…and we can now order our worktops! Hopefully they’ll be here in the next few weeks…worktop post pending!

Also, this India Yellow by Farrow and Ball looks fab against the blue kitchen…LOVE!

And the solar panels are now up and running. We just need some sun now….it doesn’t look likely anytime soon!

More painting shenanigans..it really is never ending when it comes to painting, and I’ll have all the upstairs skirting boards to do soon..joy!

Plus I’m a little in love with this chair! And it’s so comfy! I think it’ll probably live in the open plan kitchen area as a nice TV chair…but we just need a nice foot rest too!


And the digger has been back! This time the water connection and drainage..


Plus lots more plumbing, the heat pump should be up and running next week fingers crossed!

Watch out for hidden door shenanigans too…Andy took a very retrained speedy visit to Ikea to pick up this mirror…

And that’s it for the last few weeks, week 91 should see more plumbing plus ensuite layouts and more kitchen related things!!

Selfbuilddreamers

Caz and Andy x

Week 87 – We have a kitchen!

Yaassssss! We do indeed have a kitchen and utility! Woop! Andy picked them up on Friday and what a road trip. A 5 hour round trip in total, but it’s all home now and ready for fitting! And definitely one to start in week 88!

It’s really filled the back room. I didn’t think we’d ordered this much, ha! Looking forward to seeing it take shape now. Andy is actually off for a few days, so he can crack on with the layout.

Plus Andy’s uncle made the concrete base ready for the heat pump, and this should be fitted in week 88! Watch this space.

And the Crittall is starting to take shape, these being the showerscreens eek!!


Also, finally, I have decided on a greenery wall for my dressing room! I have ordered so many samples over the past two years and struggled to find something that looked real! But this one is perfect! It’s a good mix of different materials, plus the little pops of colour will give it a tropical vibe! Look out for a step by step when we install..

And this wall will be the one, together with a neon sign and a secret mirror door!!

Well, that’s it for another week? Next week should be a busy one with Andy fitting the kitchen, the plumber installing the heat pump, and the electrician finishing off!!

Selfbuilddreamers

Caz and Andy x

Week 86 – Second fix almost complete plus Crittall samples!

Wow, another milestone…we have light upstairs! And Eddie, the electrician, is almost done! Maybe just a few more days than we are good to go.

And the cinema room really is taking shape; these small diamond spotlights are SO twinkly!! And the lightsaber wall lights finish it off a treat! Great advice from Claire at Luxplan with regards to lighting, we hadn’t come across these before.

We just need the wood flooring laid, a big sofa, a big screen and some black shutters!! Easy right?!

Such a great splay of light

Andy was a little unsure about the “peacock” style lights but these look so cute in the living room and give off a nice splay of light, definitely for show though!

Plus, the Tom Raffield Skipper pendant is looking good in the living room…

And alongside the peacock wall lights…

Also, the big ball lights in the bedroom look great! Just what we wanted, and we’ve ordered our bed too! We were going to go with a four poster, but I really think we need to show off these pendant lights, so we’ve gone for the Oliver bed from Feather & Black in pink! We decided to go a little daring, and it should look great with the Green Smoke walls and Setting Plaster ceiling…(Farrow and Ball paint colours)




And the lights are up in the guest bedroom too, how cool are these? More lightsabers!

Plus the guest ensuite is ready for grouting now, and we’ll get this done in week 87.

And, as promised, steel finishes samples, for all things crittall! As mentioned in our last post, we’ll be having this in numerous places. We quickly decided to go with the matte finish for everything!

If we were living in a period property, we might have been swayed more towards the LAQ, STOVAX, or PATINA… a little bit more rustic, but I think matte will be better for us.

And that’s it for another week! Week 87 will be a busy one, with the second fix pretty much wrapped up, and the plumber back to sort out the heat pump. As well as the kitchen delivery! Oh my goodness, I’m so excited for that! Watch this space.

Selfbuilddreamers

Caz and Andy x

Week 85 – Tiling DIY! Plus more decision making…

More DIY-ING this week, and this time in the form of tiling! But first, some more decisions with regards to the stairs and, more importantly, the detailing!

Having decided to go with a black metal balustrade, we were still a little up in the air as to how it should be fixed to the stairs. I luckily came across this detailing on good old pinterest!

As we want to show off some of the concrete along with wooden treads, something like this will work well and add a bit of interest to the shape of the stairs. We just need to wait for some quotes to come in, and then we should be good to go!


Stairs currently
Inspo!!

Plus some more lights…we have two of these bedside lights…something a little different right!?

And Andy fitted the guest ensuite tap and shower bits…its still hard to believe that we have finished items going in…


All things crittall have also been ordered now; we just need to decide on the finishes…and are just waiting on samples. Funnily, I didn’t realise that there were so many options. I think we’ll probably go for something in between powder coated and worn. Once they’ve arrived, I’ll share some pics and the decision-making process!





And last but not least, tiling! Andy’s really enjoyed laying the floor tiles. It took a little prepwork and head scratching, but they are looking goooodddd…just the grouting to do at some point this week! Check out our YouTube below for more details…

And that’s it for another week. Week 86 will see some drainage shenanigans, getting ready for the heat pump set up plus fingers crossed the upstairs lights should all be up and running!

Selfbuilddreamers

Caz and Andy x

Week 84 – More underfloor..this time upstairs!

A busy week for us with underfloor installation and touch-up paint jobs!

It looks so much tidier now that the overlay panels are down!! Unlike downstairs in which the underfloor piping was stapled down and a screed applied, the upstairs is somewhat quicker, using the panels and positioning the pipes. All in it took about two days to set it all up. These are the 18mm thick Polypipe Overlay panels and the floor can be fixed directly on top of them.

And I can’t wait to get all the upstairs lights up; that’ll really clear the floor space!


And Andy will be setting up the manifold for the underfloor in week 85…

Pipes..pipes..pipes

Plus tile ordering…and how funny is this point of reference image! If you can’t picture the tile size…

Watch this space for more details, namely floor tiles in my ensuite.

Also!!! So so so excited to have booked in all things Crittall! And luckily the fabricator has had a cancellation, and so he can crack on with ours now. Yay! We will be having multiple Crittall doors from a divider to sliding doors, to shower screens. He just needs to measure up and we also need to decide on a finish…watch this space!


And another trip to B & Q…shocker!! This time for tile adhesive and grout…hopefully we’ll be able to crack on with tiling in week 85.

Well that’s it for another week, we should have another busy one coming up. Fingers crossed the electrician can finish off the lights upstairs!!

Selfbuilddreamers

Caz and Andy x

Week 83 – Microcement! Plus underfloor heating, flooring and more samples..

Happy new year!! We’ve certainly had a busy one, and are edging closer to the finishing touches!

And, I thought we were pretty much done with light decisions…no such luck ha! We actually recently changed our minds when it came to the living room ceiling light…we were going to go with a large vertigo pendant light HOWEVER  it looks so much better in situ on the landing, and as the living room is a pretty standard ceiling height, it probably would have looked a little crazy in there!

These samples are from Tom Raffield and we really like the look of the oak. It should look great with the engineered oak flooring and inchyra blue walls…

The undulating loops of timber look so cool don’t they! Definitely need to get this ordered soon…

The Skipper Pendant Light

And more flooring this week..its looking good in the open plan area, with the big windows and the bifolds.


Look at that flush threshold ha!

Plus the living room too..I’m loving the Inchyra Blue on the ceiling!

These knee pads are getting a run for their money!



I absolutely love this floor; it’s beautiful! The mixture of tones and textures works so well.

Plus underfloor heating panels upstairs, this isn’t taking long to lay at all, Andy had already done half the upstairs in one afternoon…

And more coving panels upstairs in our bedroom. Look out for more details soon, when the LED lights go up!


The plasterer has also been at ours all week, microcementing the guest ensuite and parts of the other ensuites as well. He needed to do 4 coats in total, as well as a waterproof sealant. Needless to say, we’re very happy with the finish! We really wanted a concrete look, plus it should be pretty low maintenance, too! Watch this space for more when the taps, etc. go in!

I’m glad we didn’t try to do this ourselves as you can tell it really is a skill, and takes lots of time..

And that’s it for another week! Week 84 should see more underfloor heating, and more lights yay!!

Selfbuilddreamers

Caz and Andy x

Week 81 and 82 – Happy Christmas!

Well, we certainly had a busy couple of weeks with flooring and lights! Eddie, the electrician, set up some of the circuits, and as I drove up to the house from work, it was so strange seeing light and so exciting!! Plus we have been able to take the scaffolding down, now that updown lights in the vaulted areas are up. Yay!

Just need to sand the stairs soon and add the wood treads…watch this space!

It still feels so strange having light ha! Can’t get used to the house being a house.


Sp pleased we kept the double height in the hallway, it is looking fabulous!

Plus, more foresso deliveries, as mentioned here These plywood worktop options are so beautiful and should work well with the blue cupboard doors in the kitchen and the yellow in the utility….

And another hat light….or Vertigo pendant light. We had originally wanted to go with multiple pendant lights in the hallway, but I think this works so much better and will go well with the black metal balustrade…



Plus, we have light outside!! These antique brass up down lights are so nice!! And tie in well with the door furniture.



Plus Andy has been busy with the flooring, heading into the open plan kitchen area now and wow its beautiful!

And the large table we won on an auction, is actually an okay size for the space….we thought we may have to sell it ha! But it fits well…we just need some nice chairs to go with it!

It was so strange setting up the table, and being able to eat in the new house on Christmas day! We were so giddy as you can imagine…

And I set up my new chair from Bombinate…although it does look a bit lonely in the open plan area!!


Happy Christmas!!
Another crazy light!

And that’s it for another two weeks! We should get the downstairs flooring done between Christmas and New year plus skirting boards. Oh! And the plasterer is back to microcement the ensuites….look out for more info.

Selfbuilddreamers

Caz and Andy x

Week 80 – Heat pump delivery plus we have power!

And so, another week, and the electrician has been back yay!! We officially have power! As we have mentioned previously, we have a 3 phase electrical system, and so it has taken a little longer than a typical system. But it is up and running and we’ve been able to use the remote control garage door! Next up switches and more lights…we should be up and running in week 81.

And the heat pump arrived..look out for a more detailed post when it’s good to go…

Plus more deliveries, overlay panels for the underfloor heating upstairs. Wow there was a lot, Andy was pretty achey after moving them all.

Eeeek glad I was at work..this spider would have freaked me out ha!

And the front door is ALMOST finished, just waiting on the door company to sort out the letterbox as they’ve made the hole the wrong size. Fun and games! I’m so pleased with how it looks, though, and the peacock doorknocker. Plus we couldn’t decide where to position the central doorknob, and then realised that it should probably be central to the door height ha!

I’ve been so tempted to get a peacock Christmas wreath, but I might wait until next year, and enjoy the current look!


Also!! Almost forgot to paint the last window sill ha! Andy’s been keen to take down the scaffolding so that he could carry on with the flooring in the hallway, luckily we remembered otherwise that would have been fun!

Plus more flooring chat from Andy…check out our YouTube…

And that’s it for another week, week 81 should see more lights, and switches. We are actually going for smart switches…look out for more on that!

Selfbuilddreamers

Caz and Andy x

Weeks 78 and 79 – More flooring plus guest bedroom architrave!

Week 78 was a little quiet, given that the electrician has been held up on other jobs. So, just some more flooring and light deliveries!

These ones were out of stock for a while, but luckily, they were available again, phew! And they are the plaster lights mentioned in previous posts..we had only ordered one initially, so yes, very lucky.

And Andy finished the flooring in the tiki bar, wow, it looks so good! And it’s so strange having a finished floor. We have popped an electric heater in the new house so that the wood flooring is installed at the optimum temperature.

And this Jenson bench from made is actually from a John Pye auction and a steal at £42! We just need to decide where to put it! Maybe the hallway or as a seating option in the dining area… If you haven’t checked out these online auctions, they really are worth a look! So much variety, and they are also worth a visit to check out the quality of items before bidding. They sell kitchen appliances and TVs etc. too!

I can’t wait to take the site fence down! We’re just waiting on the digger to arrive to sort out the drainage, then we will be able to, not a good look!

And another decision…skirting boards! There are so many, aren’t they?! After much deliberation, we have decided to go with the “Groove One Square MDF” nice and simple! And that will be a job for me when it arrives…lots more painting, joy ha! We think we’ll paint them the same colour as the walls rather than white throughout.

Plus, Andy had another day off to carry on with the flooring and has branched out into the open plan area…happy days!


And we decided to finish off the front door, if I’m totally honest, I’m not sure why we hadn’t done this already! I think I was a little nervous, as the door knocker actually needed drilling into the door. Given its new, it did freak me out somewhat!

But we persevered, and it does look beautiful, however the bolt for the striking plate isn’t long enough, and so we have had to order another…and we’ve also found out that the door company have made the letterbox hole bigger than we had requested. Ugh! Not quite there just yet but hey ho, it’ll be worth it in the end…

And we put up our guest bedroom border! It’s actually architrave from B and Q…we wanted something really simple, and I think this works! The dado rail is back ha! Check out our YouTube for more…


So that’s it for another two weeks, it’ll be great to get electricity soon and be able to do stuff after work! Fingers crossed that’s in week 80.

Selfbuilddreamers

Caz and Andy x