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…

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…

Larder

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

Jatoba or Merbau?

Off to collect another ebay find. This beautiful door is for our larder. Apparently it came from the student rooms at Corpus Christi College, Oxford University. Although it’s a different wood it should match our oak kitchen well. Here’s the description from ebay: Hardwood college door (1960s) We accumulated a large quantity of these doors…

Fitting our ebay kitchen

The kitchen I bought on ebay has been fitted into our new extension. The granite came in sections so it was possible to make the left hand side smaller by leaving out one of the pieces. The kitchen in its first place is on the left in the pictures below, with its new place on…

Two cookers and two dishwashers

Our extension now has 2 cookers and 2 dishwashers and none of them are connected! Hopefully the kitchen fitting will start tomorrow as the granite worktops have also finally made their way here! The old ones and the new ones. Our old gas cooker is on its last legs and just has been limping along…

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…

Beautiful brickwork

When we had the render replaced on the front and side of our house, around six years ago, we were really struck with the appearance of the original brickwork of the house. We didn’t see it for very long as the whole structure was having external insulation applied and then a new render to make it…

Chute for the stars

Here is a photograph of the inner workings of the sun-pipe that will be lighting the kitchen. The round port-hole on the right is the small window on the roof. The round opening on the ground, carefully placed to avoid the joists, is the place that the sunlight will be channelled to. The silver circle…

Has the floor survived the hail?

We were hoping for good weather for the laying of the concrete floor downstairs but the concrete has been poured over the rubble and we then had a hail-storm. The temporary plumbing for our washing machine is the main feature at the moment, but insulation will be laid on top of this floor and then…

Eco-house timber frame

A low breeze block wall has been built on the foundations and then the timber frame goes up really quickly. The windows seem much bigger than I’d expected – that’s a good thing! It is tricky to get a good feel for this sort of thing from the plans.   The opening for the patio doors…