Sun tube

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

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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…

Reclaimed oak floor boards

Reclaimed oak floor boards – these were found on Gumtree rather than ebay. These are for our downstairs bedroom; it has an external door out to the garden so a wooden floor seems more practical than carpet. The floorboards are modern rather than very old floorboards – with a tongue and groove connection system  -so…

I dreamt I dwelt in marble halls

These octagonal Fired Earth marble tiles were second-hand although they hadn’t been used: they were left-overs from somebody else’s project. I saw them advertised on ebay and bought them for £49 – a fraction of the price of buying new from the shop. I bought them for the utility room but they were so nice that…

Tricky getting around the house today

Tricky getting around the house today as the hallway, which connects all of the downstairs rooms, is out of bounds as the tiles have been laid… Also had to remove the cupboard door to get food for dinner as they now don’t open!

Better looking than a tumble drier

This is our solution for drying clothes when it is raining. Better looking than a tumble drier and lower running costs too! The roof will be glazed eventually

Being told off by my printer

Being told off by my printer for not turning it off properly! (House has been full of electricians turning power on and off to fit new fuseboard) Hoping it’s not bad news on the electrics. They don’t look ancient – the plug sockets etc all look modern but it hasn’t been touched in the 17…

The path suffers again

The lorry came to collect the skip today. The skip was full of rubble and very heavy. The skip lorry put its stabilising foot on top of the planks that were placed on the newly laid concrete path – and part way through the lifting of the skip the path gave way! This path is…

Breaking through downstairs…

apparently we need to wait a couple more weeks for the concrete to dry before the kitchen floor tiles can be laid… Here are the before and after photos, side by side for comparison:

Underfloor heating

The warm water pipes were laid on top of the Celotex insulation. One disadvantage of underfloor heating is that you have to plan exactly where everything is going to go in advance and you can’t really change your mind afterwards – you don’t really want heating under cupboards that you are using to store food…

Footsteps in the cement

This is the wet cement outside our house. I didn’t notice it and walked straight through it! The builders put the plank there afterwards to try and stop me doing the same thing again. “It was like something out of Tom and Jerry” said my husband!!!  The builders managed to smooth our the footprints with a…

Painting the pink bedroom

We used eco-friendly paints from the Earthborn clay-paints and eggshell ranges. The colours are Tutu (pink), contrasted with white. We didn’t realise that we had an outdated paint-card when we invited our daughter to choose her favourite colour for her bedroom, and only discovered when we came to order that Tutu is no longer part of…