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New paths, new dormers and dirty faces

I hope you are comfortable and have a nice cup of earl grey tea to hand, cos this is going to be a long post as I have lots to tell you.


Firstly the Handy Husband has been very busy putting down a new path to his man cave garden shed. We got a great deal on some concrete pavers from B&Q at the trade counter, for about £2 which is a total bargain. We’re mixing them in with the reclaimed bricks from the house. We don’t have quite enough of the bricks to make all the paths that we want to, so by mixing them in with the concrete pavers perhaps we will have enough.

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I also dug over the border (well half the border before my back got too stiff – man! that border is long!) and planted some new plants that I bought this morning from Garden Beauty who were having a plant sale. It’s great being able to work in the garden and make it our own while the house is being renovated. It makes it feel more like ours.

My girlie was also very busy in the garden. I am sure you can see exactly what we look like from her garden portraits!

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Moving onto the house, the roof is taking shape, the carpenters have been having taking their time and getting it right. It hasn’t been easy for them as the drawings from the Architects aren’t all that good – but that’s another story I won’t bore you with. Still they are managing and the results are great. If you look down the length of the roof, all the rafters are perfectly inline. That’s a skill. (The perfectionist Handy Husband is suitably impressed).

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It will only be another couple of weeks before they start to put the tiles on – SO exciting – a roof!

Downstairs is moving on too, all the rooms have been joisted out and battens (green ones) put in place to support the insulation. They will be putting pipes and wires in soon (I hope) for first fix.

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It has been great realising the spaces as they take shape, and they are just as I imagined (phew!) Well sorry for very long post, I hope your tea didn’t go cold!

Have a great weekend

Emma x

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House progress

Well the builders are at last building, rather than knocking down, which is great! I thought that you would like to see what they have been doing.




This is the utility room being rebuilt, you can see where they have written ‘door’ on the wall, that’s where our new back door is going.


and this is start of the new downstairs bedroom and ensuite.

Also I thought that I would show you how amazing my potting shed is now. I have the best Handy Husband a girl could want.


Have a great weekend

Emma x

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Renovation progress

Progress on the house has been amazing this week and it’s only thursday! I though I would share these photos with you (and my excitement).

So on Monday the house looked like this…


And on Tuesday it looked like this. The roof came off the old kitchen and the guys started to knock down more walls. The very skilled digger driver, Henry, made an excellent job of removing the old hard floor in order for damp proof, insulation and a new timber floor to be put down.



You can see in the photo above just how much was removed. Hopefully this will sort out the damp problems in these rooms and in the adjacent rooms, one of which is going to be the new entrance hall.

Today – Thursday they put a layer of concrete down as a base for the new walls and sleeper walls for the timber floor.



The hole in the wall, through which the concrete is being poured, will eventually be the back door into the new utility room. So… the foundations for the new walls are in, the building inspector is a happy man so far and all is going well. Progress.

This week I also ordered the units for our new kitchen and utility room, but I will show you my plans and ideas for that in another post soon. Oh and also the flooring for the utility room. I know! SO exciting!

Emma x

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