Week 14 – Site Progress!

Another busy week apart from some rain…standard British weather! We now have steel though eek! Very exciting.

Check out the mechanism to put the steel in place! That looked like it really took some leverage and energy!

Plus a wood delivery!

Lots of joists are in place now…check out our view from the current house…

And more brickwork too….cue weekly timelapse footage!

The camera is gifted from Brinno https://www.brinno.com/@Test/time-lapse-camera/TLC2020

Week 15 should see the bay windows take shape, and the scaffolding should be arriving by Friday woop!


Caz and Andy x

Giveaway Alert!

We are blown away by the renders @envisionhomedesigns have very kindly gifted to us, using our 2D plans. Sunset render above…love! https://www.instagram.com/envisionhomedesigns/

Such a fabulous way to really visualise your project! And so lifelike!

If you would like to be in with a chance to win the same front façade for your project check out our giveaway post on our Instagram feed! /https://www.instagram.com/p/CEeRDyAn4oC/

Plus check out some of their work….

Good luck!!


Caz and Andy x

Week 13 – Site progress!

More blockwork this week with internal walls and actual doorways! Eek! Plus the fireplace has been finished as well, and it is beautiful. As we have no doubt mentioned numerous times!

We are leaving it exactly like this, no painting of the concrete lintel. It looks so good as is!

Plus the peacocks decided to pay site a visit on Sunday…and as you can see we have proper doorways!

Next week we may have scaffolding…watch this space! AND steel delivery on Tuesday

Timelapse!!! We love these progress videos…..gifted by Brinno tlc2020


Caz and Andy x

Stone cill samples..decision made! Finally..

So we had originally decided to go with Portland stone for our stone cills and heads, but I’m not going to lie…I think it may have been because the architect had written this stone on the plans, and we didn’t really give it alot of thought! Needless to say we decided to bite the bullet and get some samples because it was a nightmare finding any good examples of the options online! And thought it may be helpful to others to share some photos!

As you can see above they can vary! The portland stone is the third one from the bottom and it is probably whiter than we would want to go with

Very luckily we’ve been able to try the samples against our bricks, always a bonus living on site!

We managed to narrow it down to these two above…left to right “Bath” and “Grey”…not an easy name to forget! Ha!

And we are going with the grey! It looks fab against the bricks and the soon to be anthracite grey windows plus its something a little different to the usual creams!

Here are all of them if it helps anyone, and we’ve also popped our YouTube video below to give a little more detail

And this is them wet, because inevitably they will get wet..it does rain in Britain…go figure!


Caz and Andy x

Week 12 – Site Progress! Plus the first 3 months timelapse!!

More blockwork this week, going up to first floor level, it is deceptively high! Our ceiling height is 2.415 which is a little higher than standard but still…and obviously the floor levels will differ to now, it does feel high though! And I’m not complaining

Love love love our exposed brick wall! We are so glad we decided to go with it

Its definitely getting high now, and one of the brickies has made a start on the fireplace…

The chevron pattern works so well, we plan on going almost to ceiling height and having it all open, however we will probably have a concrete lintel and maybe a pattern of bricks just above it rather than go all the way up to ceiling as it will impact the walk in wardrobe upstairs

We have also made some decisions this week on stone cills and heads which I will go into in a little more detail, now that we have samples, on another post.

Another big decision, we are able to go with double height in the hallway! The partial glass floor we were going to go with was abit of a compromise but now we can go with our favourite option…again watch out for more details on this!!

We have done a 3 month timelapse with our brinno tlc2020 (gifted), and tlc200 camera…..


Caz and Andy x

Wren kitchen design!

We have decided to go with wren for our kitchen and utility design. They have a beautiful milano elements range with cupboard doors that are exactly what we are looking for…

Left to right Copper, Slate and Bronze all matt

Yes we are going to use all three..as we are having an island as well, so copper for the island, bronze for the kitchen and slate for the utility

Still undecided on the positioning of the island but these are some 3D starters…

We will be making our own worktops with poured concrete and the floor will be microcement rather than tiles. If you are thing of going with something similar wren did advise that the three cupboards above the sink on the wall could be done flush with the double height units to give a more bespoke feel

The glass doors to one side will also be one floor to ceiling black framed window. Unfortunately we couldn’t go to this level of detail with wren

Andy likes the idea of the island dipping into the central part of the room but I think we will need to have a play around once we have a better idea of the space, these 3Ds can be somewhat deceiving!

We did originally have an L shaped kitchen design however we’ve decided to go for more glass and champion the island a little more!

Original inspo from wren…I do like the wood idea on the island as well

Watch this space…there will no doubt be more changes!


Caz and Andy x

Week 11 – Site progress!

The third week of brick laying has entailed the last of the ground floor external bricks at the front of the house, and then blockwork continued!

The brickies have also completed our exposed brick wall in the kitchen! Its so strange having a finished internal wall, and its beautiful. We decided to go with the same bricks as the external, and add in some of the painted white bricks to make them look a little more reclaimed….

More decisions as well in week 11, we have chosen the size of our stone heads and colour. If you aren’t aware and having stone cills and heads there are different size options for the heads. The cills are always 2 bricks high, however 2 or 3 bricks high can be chosen for the heads. We had a good chat with our brickies and decided to go with two high so that there is brick between the head and the roof, luckily we have neighbours who have both options for us to look at rather than trying to imagine how it would look

Week 12 should see more internal blockwork and the fireplace!!! Andy’s artist impression of what it should like….

Check out our HD brinno timelapse footage for week 11 using the new tlc2020 camera – gifted by brinno, and our tlc200pro camera


Caz and Andy x

My very own ensuite..

We will have mentioned in our plans posts, the numerous ideas we’ve had flying around for the upstairs layout, and have settled on connecting our bedroom with the fourth bedroom, essentially making our own dressing rooms and ensuites 

Basically, rather than have a “bathroom” Andy will have his own ensuite, as will I, together with his own dressing room and it will work so well for us, rather than having a spare room we won’t use

With that in mind, I’ve been giving alot of thought to my ensuite and dressing room, check out a previous post for details about my dressing room and the Ikea PAX system

As for my ensuite, I really want to go girly because well why not! And I think if we go with some pale pinks and greens in our bedroom it could flow really well!

I’m thinking herringbone pink tiles on parts of the walls, a marble hextagon tiled floor, a free standing bath..probably not pink though! Gold taps and mirrors, and potentially sealing the plastered wall in places to give a pinky/peachy look but we shall see with that one! I’ve seen it on Grand Designs and I love it! But I’m not sure how it looks in reality!

B & Q have an online 3D tool so we had a play around with the layout too…

Watch this space for more ideas!


Caz and Andy x

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