Picket fences and brick walls…

So…we have been giving a little more thought to the landscaping, its still way off yet but I can dream ha!

Once the drainage has been sorted, we can at least level out the front and side of the house but we probably won’t get really stuck in until the cottage we are living in at the moment is demolished

One of the biggies though is the fencing or wall, and the numerous options. We actually live on a corner and so the divide would need to be around 3ft on both the front and side…

Excuse all the weeds ha! As you can see, corner of a road/cul de sac. And so, after a lot of thought, we think we will go with a low brick wall and a picket fence…and what colour fence you ask?! Inchyra blue of course!

I love the idea of having a mixture of the two, bricks and fencing, and we are hoping we can use bricks from the cottage when it comes down. It would be lovely to take something from the history of the building. And if the bricks aren’t a great colour, we could always paint them, potentially even a whitewash maybe. Something to think about! But if not probably a reclaimed brick would work well

I do like the finish on this brick..

As you can see I’m liking alot of the picket fence options too, and I don’t think we can go wrong really. I think the mix of the two will really suit the look of the exterior of the house!

Stay tuned for more updates..


Caz and Andy x

Week 55 – Site Progress..another stud wall plus ready for first fix!

A pretty quiet one but we do have another stud wall and the first fix on the horizon!

This one is the Jack and Jill ensuite upstairs for the guest bedroom and cinema room

It’s pretty cool being able to play around with room sizes. In this case we made the window central to the room…symmetry!

And a storage cupboard for the manifold and robot hoover! Obviously!

We have also needed to order taps at this stage as we have decided to go with wall mounted ones. The plumber will need the exact sizes, pretty exciting ordering interiors!

I’ve decided to go with a simple design for the bath and twin sinks..love black taps!

And excited for the roll top bath!!

Plus first fix electrics is due to start on Wednesday week 56 eek! And so we really need to make some light switch decisions…not the actual heights, just where really in the room

And Andy has some first fix plumbing jobs to do, lots of drilling before the plumber comes back

Lastly, we finally managed to get the new electric connection booked in, we always thought this was going to be straightforward with the old cottage already having a connection but it turned out we need a whole new connection, and it has to cross the road too. To further complicate the situation, our heat pump and electric car charger mean we need a 3 phase supply not the usual single phase. Anyway it’s all booked in now so we should have power to the new house soon. Fingers crossed!


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Week 54 – Site Progress! Stud walls, more chipboard and a huge light..

Oh my goodness..the stud walls are going up! And so far we have the utility/downstairs toilet forming eek!

Our eagerness took over and we had to make a mini layout beforehand ha!

Looks a little bit like a cage at the minute!

And the great thing about self building is the numerous tweaking that can be done! We’ve actually measured exactly to the kitchen units in the utility!

And this will be the downstairs peacock themed toilet!

We are thinking something along these lines for the utility with a pantry cupboard at one end and a broom cupboard at the other. Oh and also going for all the same colour, both cabinets and wall to give more of a pantry feel! Watch this space…I will no doubt do a more detailed blog nearer to the time!

Plus more lights!! This one is huge and we will be having three, slightly different sizes, above the bed in our room

And the last of the chipboard! Woop!! Look out for a chipboard DIY blog and video…

Also…we had an architect visit and official sign off for the next stage of the mortgage…wind and water tight woop!


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Spray painting…

Eeek now we have flooring upstairs we can start to visualise and put our planned layouts into practice!

Yes we have been playing around with sketchup but it always helps to actually spray paint in the actual space…I was tempted to buy some inflatable furniture too ha ha!

And first off, my ensuite. Definitely bath in front of the window and I’m thinking something along these lines…

Oh, and some people will be all for having a shower but they’re really not my bag! I prefer a bath everytime ha ha

Plus my charity shop find vanity unit too! Just needs a spruce up and some new handles, together with DIY concrete sinks…

And let’s not the forget the beautiful terrazzo tiles….mentioned on numerous occasions!

And then onto my dressing room..

Fitted wardrobes on either side, together with a dressing table, excited to put this together! And some flower panels obviously

And Andy’s ensuite…he’s decided to go with a bath and shower with a single sink vanity unit.

Again, a charity shop find..

Plus a TV whilst he’s in the bath…very important apparently (yellow spray painted box!)

I feel so organised, and I’m looking forward to doing more spray painting..watch this space!


Caz and Andy x

Week 53 – Site Progress..chipboard and the big one…weather tight!

More chipboard this week and it’s been great, actually walking around upstairs and getting a real feel for the space!

Plus a little snagging as you can imagine ha!

My ensuite and dressing room

Master bedroom and dressing room

And we are weather tight! Its a temporary door but at least we can now get the ball rolling with the self build mortgage, and the next stage of funds can be released..Happy days!

It is probably for the best having a makeshift door anyway…with all the inevitable mess!

Eek she’s really starting to look like a home! Can’t wait for the bay window roof tiles

And we’ve had a busy weekend chipboarding the landing, Andy’s ensuite and dressing room

Great for measuring…

And I can now use a circular saw! How invigorating. It’s been great measuring up the boards and working together, plus the best exercise ha!

Spot of gluing…

And a satisfying sweep!! Love a good tidy up

It’s so strange being able to stand on this part of the landing

And I love our velux window and central one…such great light!!

That’s us for another week…as we need more chipboard, but it shouldn’t stop the majority of the stud work next week and luckily the lead times aren’t too bad either. Worst case…we could always get some from B&Q ha!


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What a difference a year makes…

It seems only yesterday that we were getting giddy about the digger ha! And look has us now..almost weather tight and onto the interiors

Cue digger pic…

There has been the odd delay on the way, be it materials..or waiting for scaffolding (bug bear of mine) or measuring issues (!) but we are getting there and soon we will have a little more control given that we will be doing a lot of the interiors ourselves

This week we have made a start on the chipboard upstairs and Dave, one of the brickies, has been filling in any scaffolding holes

Also my beautiful terrazzo has arrived and is being tentatively stored in the cottage while we wait for the install…something we will be doing ourselves. Why? Because I am so picky, I think I’d rather take forever to do it and get it just right rather than depend on someone else if that makes sense…plus I feel much more comfortable bossing Andy around ha!

And now…for the epic year brinno!!


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Double height decisions…

As you may have picked up on in our previous posts, we are keen to really make the hallway/landing a focal point and show off interesting materials and height differences

And so, as well as having a central staircase with a concrete stair, wooden treads and a black metal balustrade we have decided to stop short of having a full height wall on the landing and show off the roof height and vaulted area

Again, good old sketchup has played its part! Having played around with a few different options we will go with something along these lines……

ALSO making use of the beautiful inchyra blue colour to flow the line of the roof and help with another hidden door idea!

Namely disguising the landing doors using colour! Watch this space for that one

And so another decision made and one that we think will look pretty cool!

What do you think?


Caz and Andy x

Week 51 – Site Progress! Garage door, more deliveries plus decisions…

Yesssss we have a garage door! And it’s certainly a statement piece don’t you think! It is ocean blue ral 5020…the camera seems to darken the colour but you get the idea

And this one is an insulated sectional remote control door…perfect for when we’re taking the dogs for walkies via the garage right! And I like that this is at the back of the house, and gives a nod to the other green and blue notes at the front

Plus it turns out that, due to incorrect measurements, it had to be made again from scratch, hence the 6 week wait!

And a chipboard delivery for upstairs…

Plus another light, this time an up/down plaster light, and we will probably go with four of these in the hallway and maybe smaller versions on the landing…

Sketchup official

It should work well with the pendant lights in the double height entrance…

Sketchup official

Cannot wait to see the hallway come to life!

I love the simplicity of these lights too, and they won’t take away from the impact of the pendant lights….last Post

Also, our electrician Eddie came to have a nosey, as we should be ready for the first fix soon…and with that we need to decide where we would like sockets! Cue makeshift plans before editing a pdf…we will no doubt need more than we think!

And after some tweaking…here they are…

Let’s see if Eddie thinks we have enough!

And so that’s it for another week, our charity shop finds arrived on Tuesday and are currently living in the new garage until we can put them in their rightful places!

Hopefully the front door will arrive soon, it isn’t necessarily holding anything up, however the house needs to be weather tight in order for funds from the self build mortgage to be released! Ugh watch this space! I’ll be making one myself at this rate…

Brinno time…



Caz and Andy x

Pendant lights…

If you are following our Instagram you might know that we are having a double height space in our hallway and, essentially, really showing off the space and the look of the stairs

The stairs, might I add, are concrete and will have wooden treads, together with a black metal balustrade

Plus we also have a velux window, hopefully it’ll be a lovely bright space!

Something along these lines….Good old Sketchup!

And with that, we think that a variety of pendant lights should work really well with the central staircase and the design

Something along these lines…at different lengths, but…we’ve decided to go with a variety! And here they are…..

As you can see we have a range! And we are excited to put them altogether and really mix it up…stay tuned for the interiors!


Caz and Andy x

Week 50 – Site Progress..DIY fence and charity shop finds!

House wise, it’s been pretty quiet this week, as we are still waiting on the front door…fingers crossed that will be week 51.

And so, apart from a little more window insulation and some joinery ready for the chipboard, it’s been a quiet one!

However we did complete our little DIY fence project!

After a second coat of the panels, Andy began cutting the treated timber to the correct lengths so that they could be nailed to the timber posts

ALSO we used nails rather than screws…so much better, as the heads are smaller and barely visible

And good decision to go with two different sizes plus we used two spacers to give the perfect shadow gap…

Very happy with the colour too….inchyra blue colour match at B&Q

The ground level still needs raising and so the concrete panel will be covered! I’m thinking some shrubs along here…

And that’s another job done!

Plus we decided on a heat pump… We were going to go with a gas boiler but thanks to a bit of research and excellent help from Nuheat we have switched to a heat pump

When combined with our solar panels and polypipetrade underfloor heating it should give us much lower heating bills and be better for the environment too

There is also government support which really helps with the higher upfront cost…Happy days!

And we found some little gems in our local charity shop!

Cool sideboard for the Tiki bar or living room…

Andy’s dressing room…

No idea yet…maybe Andy’s ensuite

The perfect size for two sinks…just needs a sand and wax!

Watch this space for little restoration projects when we get to the interiors!

Brinno time…


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Week 50


Caz and Andy x