Recycling upvc windows

I had a sales phone call recently from Anglian double-glazing and being English and extremely polite I didn’t hang up immediately. (It might have helped that last year they gave us free tickets to the Grand Designs Show that they were sponsoring.) The windows in the main part of the house were installed by Anglian…

The problem with bare brick walls

This is a thermal imaging study conducted a few years ago – before we built the extension on the back of our house. If you ignore the red door-frame on the left (it’s an internal door so doesn’t count) and the bottles on the windowsill, then you can see the window and the outside wall….

The larder is finally working

Finally, the last job on the list has been completed and the opening from the larder to the outside has been made. It has been fitted with a meshed grill on the inside and the outside to keep out insects and other nasties. There is also a sliding mechanism on each side to stop the airflow…

Great value seeds

Twenty-four packs of seeds for less than £5 – they came from Poundland! These packs cover the salad items I was looking for – it’s great to have some fast growing, quick cropping salad to keep the children interested. There are a couple of unusual varieties – an interesting yellow tomato called yellow pear and cinnamon…

Sun tube

A sun tube is a way of piping sunlight down into a building

wooden indoor dining bench with storage

I’m pleased but a bit nervous too. I’ve been looking for months for something the right size, reasonably close by and with storage so didn’t want to risk somebody else buying it first. Attractive indoor oak dining bench with back and useful storage area under hinged seat.  Some scratch marks visible on seat surface. User…

New bed just in time

The sofa bed we have been using in our new spare room is not really suitable for long term use – or even for more than a couple of days, especially if you are 6 foot tall (or should I say long!). Luckily, just days before our visitors arrive I spotted this bed for sale….

Larder

We’ve had an old-fashioned type larder built.

Hunting for our beds

It’s the end of half term and we’re back home having left the house for a week. We had to be out of the house so that the electricians could have free access to do a complete rewire of the original house. It has mostly been done and the plasterers have made good a lot…

Light fittings

I was really pleased to get all of the remaining light fittings that we need from Argos in their current 25% off all lighting sale – just in time for the electricians arriving on Monday. The whole of the original house is being rewired and the disruption is going to be so extreme that we…

Easy upcycling – new life for CD shelves

Now that people are storing music in the cloud and listening to Spotify instead of CDs lots of people are getting rid of their old CD collections. This means that they don’t need CD shelving any more which is probably how I was able to get these shelves for such a good price – it was…

Nearly finished

The main building work is finished – Thames Water are due to install our new water supply this week and whole of the original house needs rewiring before they can sign off the electricals – which should be being done during half term (at the end of this month). We also have a lot of…