Plants…trees! No we’re not avid gardeners..

Not quite there just yet with the landscaping obviously! But definitely something to think about. The front and side of the house will need to be tackled first given that there will be a house to demolish at the back!

And I don’t think we had envisioned we would have this much space at the front, I’m not complaining obviously but you really can’t tell, even with the visuals until you can actually see it, particularly the corner and side of the garage

Now there will be an extended drop curb at the front of the house near to our neighbours, so that visitors are able to park on our front, making it a little less busy with cars….one day when we can have visitors again that is!? And so we will have the front partially paved however the corner and some of the front definitely lends itself to abit of greenery! Very much undecided still as to whether to have a fence..brick wall…bushes for the divide from the path but thats for another post!

However we do like the idea of some evergreen plants and maybe even trees in the corner, perhaps some holly bushes too

This one looks so pretty all pruned, possibly a little too high maintenance for us! And we would probably need to start smaller given the price tag! £1500!

This one however was £300 and I love the silver tones, we could go for maybe one or two trees, some Holly and then some plants…

I’m feeling this sort of greenery and we would perhaps need to go with wood chippings rather than stones…

Another expensive one for the mix!

Loving the blue tones though but we would need to go for a smaller version given this one is a grand!

And maybe even some evergreen with the occasional seasonal colour!! As recommended by Andy’s mum

At least the ideas are in place for the front garden, so we can work on it when we get a little closer to the time…namely Spring time!

Any advice welcome!


Caz and Andy x

Week 28 and 29 – Site Progress!

Oh the saga of waiting on materials! In this case, bricks. And the difficulty being able to pin people down for dates as well. Hopefully they will be arriving in week 30 so that the gables can be finished fingers crossed!

However, at least the central section of the roof trusses have been done, and the velux window frame can be seen, as well as blockwork of the gables along with the roof valleys too

Plus more brickwork of the chimney

And so now we wait on baited breath for the bricks…and then the tiling can begin once the gables have been finished!

Andys uncle…our builder, would like to have the roof covered this side of Christmas so that MAY be in the next few days and the good news is that the roof tiles are here luckily!

Plus we have ordered our ogee guttering which should be arriving on Tuesday….watch this space..check out our Instagram for some pics

And we have decided on the majority of the flooring..details in the last blog post..

Brinno footage of week 28…


Plus YouTube!!


Caz and Andy x

Flooring decided..

We were so undecided as to what to have in the open plan kitchen area at the back of the house for the longest time. The hallway, living room and snug at the front were a no brainer, hardwood parquet. We actually had this in our old house and loved it! So beautiful and low maintenance too…

Old house….

LOVE LOVE LOVE this floor!

As you can see from the layout though, we could in theory, pretty much split the flooring in half and have the living room, hallway, toilet and snug as one and for awhile we were really sold on having a microcement or polished concrete in the open plan kitchen area. One, because we love it and think it would look great against the exposed brick wall and two because we have a very naughty dog who occasionally likes to wee in the house!

The Scotty culprit above! So what to do? The microcement seemed like a winner, low maintenance and ideal for cleaning up “spillages” BUT we hadn’t considered the sliding doors…we are having these between the hallway and the kitchen but also between the living room and kitchen too…

Because of this I can’t help thinking that the parquet running flush between the rooms would look SO good! And weighing things up, do we really want the piddle culprit to determine the floor choices? I mean, if he does offend I’m sure we can clean it up and it wouldn’t be the end of the world. And so the decisions been made! Parquet throughout, and Andy is laying it all…he can’t wait!? It also makes the screeding easier as they would have had to lay it at different depths to account for the different floor covering thicknesses!

Some beautiful inspo….

And, might I add that the flooring we are going for is from B&Q…..


Caz and Andy x

Double height hallway…Good decision!

Many moons ago…well it feels like that now…we made the decision to have a partial glass ceiling in the hallway, so that when walking into the house, the rooflight could be seen and really let the light in. Plus who doesn’t love a quirky glass ceiling!

Cue cute dog sitting on a glass floor photo…

It was always going to be a compromise though, I had always liked homes in Grand Designs with the double height in the hallway and never really been interested in having a landing area with a rocking chair or anything like that! So the glass ceiling seemed to be the best option

And then…curveball, Harold mentioned that it would in fact be possible to achieve the double height. We would need to have a beam in place across the stairs but I’m totally happy with that compromise if we can have the height and wow factor! Its all about the feeling of space right!

And so the progress this week has really been helping with the visuals! When you have so many things going on, its great to start to see your house take shape and feel like a home, more so than a building site. The above photo is from the landing, and the front section will be open with a vaulted ceiling…ignore the platform across the top, this is temporary whilst the roof is being put in place

View from above! As you can see the middle section of the roof is starting to take shape, and really shows just how high the double height will be. Note that we are going to leave the beam exposed and paint it…Andy thinks black…I think grey…let’s see who wins ha!

Needless to say its really taking shape and I think the hallway is going to look fab!

The roof design gives you some idea of the front of the house, with the hallway/landing being in the central section of the roof…

Stay tuned for more updates and we are always posting on our Instagram..


Caz and Andy x

Week 26 and 27 – Site Progress!

We decided to group the two weeks together as week 26 was a little quiet to say the least. We were waiting until Thursday for the scaffolding to be moved up. Again they kept giving us a date and then not turning up. Obviously we know that all the trades are busy but seriously, why give a date so that you can essentially make plans and then not bother to show! Anyway rant over ha!

However Andy and his uncle were able to do the second set of trusses on the Saturday….

Looking good hey, they were putting them in place from 8am until 5pm, using the torch from Andy’s phone in the end, for light!

Annndddddd week 27 saw the stairs arrive!! Eek! Or craned in shall I say. The crane turned up at 7:30am on Monday and they were all done and dusted by 9am.

I have to admit, I was a little nervous as to what the bottom step would look like, as we had decided to go with something a little different and really frame the stairs. Needless to say we are already very happy and can’t wait to seal and sand them, together with some wood treads when we get to the interiors!

I’m still a little scared going up to the first floor even though we have stairs ha!

Dave, one of the brickies, also came back and did some blockwork of the gables, only one gable left to do now…

Annnddd the roof tiles arrived!! All go in week 27…

Check out one of our past blog posts for roof decisions, with a little more detail, we think these will look so good against the brickwork and the stone and in keeping with the other houses in the area

Brinno timelapse plus YouTube update!



Caz and Andy x

Week 25 – Site Progress!

Another week has gone by already! And the roof trusses arrived on Thursday. Very exciting milestone

Luckily the weather has been good, not too windy and no rain so they were able to move them up the scaffolding on Thursday, ready to stand them up

Saturday was spent standing them up yay and don’t they look fab!

The scaffolding will be moved up in week 26 and then the brickies will be able to come back and finish off the gable ends

Plus we have an official date for the stairs! Monday 30th November and needless to say we have booked the day off to watch them being craned in!

Check out our brinno timelapse plus YouTube update!



Caz and Andy x

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