Week 10 – Site Progress!

More brick laying this week! We are pretty much up to first floor now. There is just the front of the house to do, which will be in week 11 then next up is the blockwork!

The majority of our internal walls will be solid, we are close to needing scaffolding now, people really weren’t kidding about the speed!

Stone cills and heads have been decided too…last blog post. We have also decided to go with a precast concrete stair which could potentially be craned in in September! Honestly when we have stairs that will feel like real progress!

Also this week we became brinno influencers and have their new HD camera TLC2020 to test, you can really see the improved quality, we have kept the old camera so now have multiple angles on our time lapses!

On a sidenote after months of discussion about hot tubs and whether we would actually use one we decided to get an inflatable one to try, after trying multiple shops and online we finally managed to get one from B&Q, called cleverspa, it took a while to heat up but should be worth it! Not much garden left though now! Watch out for a review!

The dogs aren’t impressed…


Caz and Andy x

Stone heads and cills..

As you may have seen on our Instagram the brickwork is progressing nicely and with that new decisions!

During the planning process we decided to go with stone heads and cills. I LOVE these against a grey window and grey roof tiles. Initially I wanted stone surrounds however planning rejected this as they felt it would look too grand


Unfortunately we can’t have the stone above the bay windows but these 3Ds are very close to the finished look. We could go with bigger bay windows and lose the stones cills but I really think we need them for balance!

We are going with head type 1

And cill type 2

And also a 2020 stone and a house name stone…just undecided where at the minute!


Caz and Andy x

Week 9 (and week 8) progress!!

So we managed to get our second bricklayers! Whoop! Another father and son team who have worked with our builder before on previous builds. Nothing happened in week 8 but plenty in week 9.

They were due to start on the Monday of week 9 but frustratingly rain called off the first day, better weather the rest of the week meant some good progress and apart from a half day on the Friday due to one of the hottest days ever lots of bricks have been laid already. We have a full wall down the neighbours side and the have started a few of the other corners.

Rather than the bricklayer and labourer that we were going to have we now have two bricklayers with a bit of labour from us (mainly moving bricks) so it should be quicker than planned and we may catch up some of the lost time. They have estimated around 15 weeks for all the brickwork so we may have a roof on this year!

We really love the bricks and the brickies are doing a really good job of mixing the different colour bricks so it looks random

Check out our brinno timelapse footage…

Watch this space for more updates!


Caz and Andy x

Dressing room ideas – The Ikea PAX system

We have had a play around with our plans a number of times as you may have noticed (!) And decided to have a dressing room each, I really don’t think I could share with Andy and deal with his messiness!

He is basically having bedroom 4 and we have kept it open from room to room. We have tweaked this slightly, i.e. moved some walls around so that there is one opening from bedroom 3 to my dressing area now, rather than 2 openings. Simply because, having had a playaround with Ikeas online PAX tool, this would work much better!

This is a really good online tool if you aren’t sure about layout etc. We actually had an online appt with someone as well however we had a good playaround with it ourselves. Obviously it isn’t bespoke, however with a little creativity, such as attaching skirting boards to the fronts of the frames or using flower walls (!) if there is a slight gap could work really well and I love how modular the Ikea system is and versatile!!

I am blown away by this one!

I really like the glass shelves too!

And the LED lighting option….

The inserts are so cute!!

The options for Andy’s are so classy too! They definitely have a Ralph Lauren feel to them

As you can see you could definitely box in the frames and give it a bespoke look, and add in a central island!!

Let’s see if he keeps it this tidy!!

Needless to say I think we will be going with Ikea because we love the versatility! I think it will work really well for us and I’m impressed with the quality up close!


Caz and Andy x

Week 6 and 7 – Not a lot of progress!

Not a lot to report unfortunately! This was expected for one of the weeks but not for the other…

We knew that our brickies, whom I hasten to add had been working on the last two houses that Andy’s uncle had been building, were going to be on another little job in week 6 . Which was okay because the bricks would be arriving mid week

The bricks by the way are a furness ember blend, really beautiful and have a reclaimed look. They will definitely be in keeping with the other houses in the area

Anyway, we had all the materials ready on site and then in week 7 they told us that they weren’t coming back as they had a more permanent job so that was that. I was shocked! I didn’t know people did things like that! Apparently “back in the day” it used to be quite common

Very luckily Andy’s uncle got out his little black book and we now have someone who will be starting week 9, and so we have had 3 weeks with no site progress. As we live pretty much on site, its quite sad not being able to watch our little ring videos during the day and get excited about the daily progress

Oh well…onwards and upwards as they say! Hopefully there won’t be many more delays and we can keep our new brickie Dave happy! Watch this space…

Caz and Andy x


Flower walls

I’ve seen these on nights out in bars and thought they were pretty cool…not for everyone I would imagine, as is the case with most things in life (!) But after having a scroll through instagram for walk in wardrobe ideas I came across a flower wall in someone’s home and LOVED the idea!

This one above is from a London company and they charge around £200 per square metre…also can I add that they are silk flowers….I actually wondered at first if they were fresh just for show for events etc. Stupid I know! Ha! I imagine they are for weddings and some events but I really do love the idea to form a part of my walk in wardrobe…I just need to get designing it so I can find a spare bit of wall!

Photo op on a night out!

They are around £45 per square metre on ebay, an improvement on the London company! I have also seen on YouTube that the flowers are on mesh sheets, as above, and tied together with plastic ties to create the big panels. It looks pretty straight forward to do. I may order a square to check out the quality. Something to add, they are probably a nightmare to keep dust free but hey I can buy a duster!


Caz and Andy x

Hi vis doggies

The dogs have been so good adjusting to site living and all the new noises that that brings! They haven’t been phased at all really by people walking past the windows and nattering outside.

We came across these super cute hi vis jackets for them from ebay…


So cute!! Look at these two on site being all authoritative! Ha ha. They are really easy to put on as well, which helps as our two are little fidgets! Just a velcro piece around the neck and around the tummy


Caz and Andy x

Week 5 – Site Progress!

Week 5 saw the signing off of the concrete slab woop! and we are on budget woop woop! The additional costs of moving drainage pipework and filling an old underground tank with concrete were cancelled out by the labour cost savings of the work we have done ourselves.

Check out the final prep for the concrete slab and the pouring of the concrete, with our Brinno camera..

And the manual labour…moving blocks again at the end of the week…

Week 6 is pretty quiet, as the builders are elsewhere all week. Probably a good job as we have had so much rain. Just the bricks arriving, which is exciting as we haven’t seen our furness ember blend bricks properly yet!

Youtube time…….


Caz and Andy x

Underfloor Heating – No brainer!

One of the first (and easiest!) decisions we made about our new home was that we would be having Underfloor heating instead of radiators. As part of the renovation of our last house we installed underfloor heating in the whole ground floor and really liked it, especially Charlie, he loved laying on the warmth!

The Underfloor panels laid in the hallway

As part of the renovation we took down a couple of walls and changed the flooring throughout so it was a great time to add in Underfloor heating, especially as we no longer had wall space for radiators. We had this designed by Polypipe with their 18mm thick board which didn’t increase our floor height much, we also went with their ‘Smart’ controls which was a very cool gadget and allowed us to control the heating from our phone, room by room. For flooring we went for tiles in the back of the house and a real wood floor in the front of the house.

It worked out more expensive than radiators however we managed to save some cost by installing it ourselves, very easy to do using the Polypipe layout drawing.

Caz and her assistants installing the Underfloor heating in the kitchen

For the new build we again decided to go with Polypipe and have decided to have the Underfloor heating downstairs and upstairs this time. Downstairs the pipework is going to be within the screed whereas upstairs we are going to use the 18mm overlay board again, Polypipe have a new lighter version which should be better for our backs! We will be having the smart controls again as we enjoyed the functionality. Installation will again be done by ourselves with the support of our plumber who will be installing the boiler etc…

Polypipe design for our new house showing where all the pipe will go

Based on the levels of insulation we are putting into the house the Underfloor heating will provide more than enough heat for us (even Caz) however we are having a log burner in the lounge, more for the focal point, and when we design the bathrooms we may put towel warmers in.

Charlie is really looking forward to getting his Underfloor heating back, the radiators in the site cottage are just not the same.


Caz & Andy x

Week 4 – Site Progress!

Another week has gone by..it really is flying! As predicted the footing blocks have now been laid and we can see our house taking shape!

Check out our timelapse footage of the footing blocks….pretty cool hey!

Week 5 will bring back the digger and then the concrete slab on Wednesday woop woop!

Check out our latest youtube video showing site progress and a mini cottage tour!


Caz and Andy x