Glass decided…finally!

About time! We were so undecided for awhile as you may have noticed on instagram. Simply because, originally, before we’d given it a lot of thought, we were sold on aluminium. I really liked the slim lines and athestics. And we had decided that if they weren’t crazy expensive they would be our go to frame.

However a spanner was thrown into the works, as they say, because we needed to achieve a uvalue of 1.2 (thermal requirement) for our new build. It wouldn’t normally need to be that low but it seems building reg requirements are getting tougher, oh well!

So when it came to quotes some companies actually said we wouldn’t be able to achieve the uvalue with the Aluminium but we could go with aluclad (aluminium outside and wood on the inside)


I do like the aluclad, it looks good for one, achieves the uvalue and as it is wood on the inside, you can have it painted in anything you want really

But…we had also come across upvc flush casement

Upvc flush casement

One place actually quoted this at half the price of the aluclad. I have to say that, having had the two samples, we both prefer the look of the flush casement and more than anything for us, it is the look of the frame. One company did try and push us for the aluclad, and even said, this is your forever home so you should go for the best but for double the price we just don’t feel it is what we want. If we loved this frame over the upvc we would do it however, but don’t want to spend alot of money for the sake of it!

So who loves a recommendation? Our brickie Dave actually suggested an installer and he had actually installed upvc flush casement round the corner from us! He can also supply as well, which will be so much better for us given that if there are any issues he can deal with them

Above shows a window from his Facebook and below the house round the corner

We won’t be going for the grid like frame but we do love the look of the flush frame

Luckily he came in below the other quotes too and it included aluminium bifold doors…Happy days!

Above shows some of the frames, not the finished frames as the big dining room and kitchen windows won’t be opening as we want them to be one piece of glass…but this gives a bit of an idea at least!

And we are booked in for the end of January woop!


Caz and Andy x

Week 24! (6 months) Site Progress!

Oh my goodness, we are now at the 6 month mark! Andy was so very excited to make the 6 month timelapse. Amazing how much can happen in 6 months and to catch it all on camera as well!

This week the brickies were only here at the beginning of the week as there wasn’t a great deal left to do before the roof trusses go up. They will then come back and finish the gable ends

How nice do the stone heads on the front windows look! So pleased we went with the lighter stone

The roof trusses are coming in week 25 on Wednesday plus the concrete stairs are being craned in w/c 30th November eek! Definitely need to book that day off when we get a definite day

I know we have talked extensively about the glass and decisions, we’ve now had a final quote and have decided yay! Flush Upvc casement for the win with aluminium bifolds…..hopefully they can be installed in January fingers crossed

My friend made us some self build merch!! How nice are these tshirts! Shes so creative

Check out our 6 MONTH brinno timelapse plus YouTube update!



Caz and Andy x

Roof decisions…

Can not believe we are almost ready for the roof! Where has this six months gone…so exciting!

The tiles are being ordered this week and we have gone for the below. Definitely will look good against the anthracite grey windows and the stone heads and cills

Also, how many decisions are there?! We suddenly realised we needed to decide on a chimney and ridge tiles…luckily there aren’t loads of options

Roll top chimney pot….decision made! We didn’t have a particular preference but this one looks good

Angled or curved ridge tiles? If you don’t know what these are, they are the roof tiles along the ridges..clue is in the name ha! We decided to go with angled as it looks a little more modern don’t you think!

Pretty tiles!

The roof trusses will be arriving next week and then hopefully the tiles…can’t wait! Plus we are having the stairs craned in at the beginning of December which can only mean that the tiling will be taking place soooonnnnn


Caz and Andy x

Week 22 – Site Progress!

Another week, where does the time go!! Upstairs is really starting to take shape now, it won’t be long before the brickwork has been completed!

Block and brickwork at the back of the house, eek! Next up will be the internal block work, I am so excited for that. Need to build myself up to go up there and have a nosy! It is quite cool that I can look out of our bedroom window of the cottage and see the first floor ha!

Its strange to think that the brickies won’t be here each day soon, the time really has flown

Andy had a little accident earlier on this week and is sporting a black eye. It was only a matter of time before he walked into the scaffolding!

Poor thing!

We have made kitchen decisions…mentioned in the below youtube

Watch out for a more detailed blog post too…

Check out our week 22 brinno timelapse plus YouTube update!



Caz and Andy x

Kitchen plans…

Very excited to have a kitchen design on paper,and it looks fabulous! Always a bonus! Originally we were going to go with something super modern, with an industrial twist. Handleless, with Copper and Slate cupboard doors but after lots of consideration we felt that we probably would want to change it in a few years, and as our ideas for the rest of the house has evolved, I don’t think it would tie in and I sound like an interior designer yet ha ha!!?

One of my friends mentioned the shaker kitchens, and I have to confess, I’d not even heard of this before and then realised they were the kitchens ALL over instagram. Now we aren’t usually ones for following the herd, but I do love this essentially timeless look. And it goes so well with just about any style!

Chelford doors in navy
Cup handles in pewter

We decided to book an appointment with Howdens…one of their sale reps had actually done a couple of off chance opportunity visits to our site, to see if we were in need of a kitchen given a house is being built in front of our cottage! He left us a catalogue, and after having a nosy I really liked their shaker options!

The kitchen designer, Debs gave us some expert advice, and really made the design come to life, and added in little details like the crittal doors and the same style sofas we will have to the 3D. I was especially excited to see how the open plan could work for us and that our Chesterfield sofas could work well in the space

And we have decided to go with an island rather than a peninsular. (If you aren’t aware a peninsular is similar to an island but attached to a wall at one end.) Apparently a peninsular is more of a compromise if you can’t fit in an island, and as we can we are going to go with this.

We have decided to go with the Chelford as it has a smooth finish rather than woodgrain, just a personal preference..we like the super simple look! And the pewter handles because they will look good against the concrete worktops and give that modern industrial edge

Our own little design booklet

Make sure you check out our Instagram for our cool 3D pics over 3 posts on our grid…Needless to say Andy is very happy with his creative skills!

And worktops, flooring and backsplash etc.?

Poured concrete worktops and waterfall island…doesn’t it look good against the shaker style! AND crittall doors….love pinterest inspo!

And a parquet floor…again looks amazing here!

Plus some herringbone backsplash tiles..

Plus the finishing touches like black metal and chunky wood shelves but that’s for another inspo post!


Caz and Andy x

Week 21 – Site Progress!

Very busy week on site, lots of brickwork at the front and the sides of the house. There is now just the back to do then onto the internal blockwork upstairs!

Andy’s been moving blocks to the scaffolding height every evening and this weekend whilst I’ve given the site a tidy, its already looking like a house! Ha. Quite therapeutic!

Plus we have made decisions regarding the glass finally. One of the brickies Dave, recommended an installer and he actually orders the glass as well which will make things so much easier. Randomly he has fitted some flush casement Upvc anthracite grey windows around the corner from our house so we went and had a nosy……

Really love the flush casement, we just wouldn’t have as much frame and would also go with aluminium bifolds.

Look out for a blog post once we get the final quote with our decisions and thoughts…

Check out our week 21 brinno timelapse plus YouTube update!



Caz and Andy x

The stairs are ordered!

So excited! It really feels like a big milestone when you are almost ready to have the stairs installed eek. If you haven’t seen our past instagram posts we are going for a precast concrete central staircase. And so the stairs will be made off site and then craned into place

We have now signed off on the drawings and these will be made ready to install towards the end of November/early December. Definitely booking the day off work to watch!

AND we won’t be covering the concrete other than to have some wooden treads. Love love love concrete stairs and have seen some fab examples, it will also work well against a hardwood parquet floor and a black metal balustrade…but that’s for another post!

Something else we wanted to do to make it a little more unique..even though it is pretty out there as staircases go, is to have a bigger first step which would frame the stairs but also can be used for decorative pieces

Yes…we used blocks to visualise obviously

Watch this space for instagram and YouTube when we are at the install stage as well as the finished look!!


Caz and Andy x

Week 20 – Site Progress!

It was all go on Tuesday this week, the scaffolding guys turned up first thing and moved all the scaffolding up a level so that the brickies can carry on with the rest of the brickwork at first floor level

Its a little bit too high now for me! I’m not great with heights so I’ll leave the moving of blocks to Andy. He’s very keen to do this so that the brickies can do the brickwork and not have to keep moving blocks and bricks. He will have muscles of steel by the time he’s finished!

By the end of week 20 we had brickwork in the four corners to roof height yay!

The roof is now in the planning process and so fingers crossed we should be at this stage before Christmas! And as we are having precast concrete stairs they can be craned in in the next 4 to 6 weeks

Currently trying to decide on the glass having had some quotes in and samples, watch out for a blog post about our decision and thought process!

Check out our week 20 brinno timelapse plus YouTube update!



Caz and Andy x

Week 19 – Site Progress!

More brickwork this week ready for the scaffolding to be moved up again! The front of the house is really starting to take shape now

All very exciting. Plus we have also been making decisions regarding sliding doors (last blog post) and are pretty much ready to order the stairs yay!

Looking back at the below photo you can really see how far we have come!

Check out our week 19 brinno timelapse plus YouTube update!



Caz and Andy x

Sliding door decisions!

Having had a quote for steel sliding doors coming in at 2.5k each and needing at least 4 we thought we would have a look around and order some cheaper ‘samples’ to make some decisions!

And so we came across this sliding door from Wayfair. Super impressed with this “minter sliding door”. For one it is heavy, which I always feel like is a good sign, aluminium and exactly what we want. Pretty easy to put together too but not so easy to take outside to the new house to get some photos against a backdrop of the exposed brick!

Price wise, it comes in at £469.99 And it does say on the website around 4 weeks for delivery but we were only waiting for two weeks

We will have two sliding doors in the opening below between the living room and kitchen diner..and also on either side of the central staircase in the hallway. So we will need afew more of these and think they are going to look fab against the microcement flooring in the kitchen, but also the parquet wood flooring in the hallway and living room!

Also, we ordered one from vidaxl too, which we do like, however we didn’t realise it was frosted and so we will probably use this one upstairs. The internal frame is also not flush with the outside of the frame, and so it doesn’t look as finished as the Wayfair given that we really like the Crittal look

Price wise this one comes in at £225.99 so substantially cheaper

Left to right vidaxl, wayfair

Check out our YouTube and see what you think of the two…


Caz and Andy x