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More haste less speed

So I’ve not been very good at keeping my blog up to date lately. There’s just been so much happening, I’ve struggled for time. It does mean I have a few things I can tell you about though. So I’ll pick up where I left off with the tiling. The upstairs bathroom has, of course, now been finished. I actually stood in the bathroom the other week without shoes on. It may not sound like a big deal, but to actually walk around in my socks is big news for us at Number 18!! I love the upstairs bathroom just as much as I love the downstairs shower room. Our tiler has done such a fantastic job.

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We’ve also put up the shower head in the downstairs shower room. We just need to get ordering the other things we need. Trying to find an oval shaped sink that doesn’t break the bank is driving me bonkers!!

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We’ve painted the kitchen an off-white colour. I didn’t want to stick with white and wanted merely a hint of colour to keep the kitchen looking fresh. I really love the colour, it’s not quite grey, perhaps more biscuity. The fact the paint is called coconut juice makes it even more fabulous in my eyes.

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We’ve also ordered the kitchen and it’s arriving tomorrow!!! Eeek! We did have a minor problem, but it’s worked out ok in the end. Turns out the kitchen I thought I wanted wasn’t lacquer gloss, when I want a high gloss kitchen. It’s a long story, but the crux of it is I only very narrowly escaped having a kitchen I would have hated all because I was trying to rush getting it ordered. I must learn to be more patient. So we had to go back to the drawing board and finally decided on a metrica gloss walnut kitchen by Mackintosh. It’s a slightly better spec than the Halvanto kitchen we were originally looking at, but we had it on offer so it actually came out a little cheaper. I cannot wait to see it arrive tomorrow!

Nadine x

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Et voilà!

 

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And here’s the finished kitchen and utility floors. Looking rather swish I think you’ll agree!? Now that the kitchen and utility floors are finished, Dan spent some time over the weekend sanding the cornicing in the kitchen. He’s going to finish the utility during the week and then he’ll prime the cornicing ready for painting. Once he’s finished painting, I’ll get started with painting the walls.

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The downstairs shower room has been grouted too. You’ll notice we’ve gone with a brown grout for the mosaics. I’m really pleased with how it’s turned out – just like I imagined. The tiler has also started the bathroom upstairs, which could well be finished by the end of the week. I’ll keep you posted!

Nadine x

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Weekend wanderings & useless assistants

Unfortunately I’ve not got many snaps of what’s been happening at Number 18 from last week. Progress has been made, but most of it is covered in cardboard! I’m hoping I’ll have more to show by the weekend.

The tiler worked at the casa all of last week and the downstairs shower room is nearly done. So are the kitchen and utility floors, apparently they’ll be grouted this week. Once the rooms are cleared of tools and other bits, I’ll gather up the cardboard that’s protecting the tiles and take some pics.

As we’re very close to ordering the kitchen, we went to our new local Wren store on Saturday. I wanted to check out what was on offer before committing to the kitchen I’ve been looking at. I was rather impressed with the Linda Barker range, the lilac and terracotta gloss doors in particular are really dreamy. The range is, however, quite a bit more than the Halvanto kitchen I’ve been looking at and I think we’ll be sticking with it.

Yesterday, Dan dug a trench to put in new drains and drainage pipe work for surface water. My sister and I helped a little. When I say we helped, she shovelled some stones into a bucket and I did even less by merely holding the pipe work for all of thirty seconds. We were probably more of a hindrance to be honest, and as soon as we’d seen the last bit of pipe slotted into place we toddled off home for a cuppa. That was when my sister decided to get out of the wheel barrow… Don’t ask.

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Ready. Steady. Go!

And we’re off! The first week back to work at Number 18 has started with lightening speed! But first I’ll rewind a little as I’ve missed out some progress that was made before Christmas. All of which was intended for far more detailed individual posts, so please forgive me.

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The plumber returned to fit the boiler and hung the radiators upstairs. We are having a system boiler setup and the plumber will be returning again shortly to install the stand alone tank. We also chose the last lot of tiles which will be going on our kitchen and utility floor. We managed to get a bargain at £11 per square metre, so they didn’t break the bank!

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Even with Dan working so carefully trying to hack off around the corbels and arch, it all came crashing down around him – not a good day at Number 18. For a split second pushing him off the ladder crossed my mind, I won’t lie. So after the plastering was completed Kayvic, a local plaster work manufacturer, fitted new corbels. We also attached a moulding to the arch to try and recreate what was there before.

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At the same time, Kayvic repaired the cornicing in our lounge, dining room and a small section in the hall. Above is a picture of the cornicing before the repairs. It now requires a bead adding to it and once that’s been done I’ll share some more snaps. The cornicing isn’t the same in all of the rooms. The most ornate is in the lounge, and it’s this cornicing that we had a moulding taken of so that we could replicate it throughout the house.

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Ok. So now I’ve brought you up to speed (I hope there isn’t anything I’ve left out), I’ll share what progress has been made over the last week. We’ve had both the tiler start and Kayvic back to put cornicing up on the ceilings in our kitchen, utility and hall landing. We will eventually put the cornicing up in all of the bedrooms upstairs. However, it’s not the cheapest and currently the savings pot won’t allow for bedrooms as well.

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Now. On to the tiling, which is actually progressing really well. The tiler has been at the Casa for three days this week. So far he’s done a fantastic job and I’m looking forward to seeing the downstairs shower room finished. I know I say how exciting all of this is alot, but it really is. I love to see my home taking shape just how I’ve always dreamt it.

 

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When the rain went away

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So I’m yet to tell you that the plasterers have finally made it back to render the outside of the casa. As you’ll know from an earlier post, much work has been carried out at Number 18 to alter openings and lift windows to accommodate kitchen and bathroom units. All of the alterations have left rather ugly gaps in the render. The plasterers finished the inside of the house, and then the rain set in before the outside could be tackled. As soon as we had a dry spell, we got the plasters back to get the outside finished. I know you can tell where the old render ends and the new begins, but we’ll be getting our paint on come the spring to hide all the join lines. We’ll be painting the render an off-white colour and saying tatty-bye to the miserable grey. I’m hoping the outside will look a lot fresher.

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Pass me the roller

The white washing has finally commenced and I am so excited I could burst!! We’ve painted for six days on the trot, apart from a small gander round tile shops one morning – also very exciting.

After having gone through 140 litres of paint so far, and getting roughly three quarters of the way through, we’re now back in work and having a small break. The cornicing needs to be repaired in some rooms and once this has been done we’ll finish the job. See, I knew I’d love painting!!

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Spruced up front of house

The eagerly awaited, loverly-jubbly front door is finally here! You’ll know from previous posts that I got very excited and overwhelmed when our new windows were fitted. So a no brainer that I would be rather excitable when it came to the door arriving.

On the day the door was fitted, I passed the house on my way to work. The old door was already out and on the floor – Cue major car shrieking! I spent all day imagining what it was going to look like when I got home from work. Productive day you’re thinking right!? 5pm couldn’t come quick enough, and as the clock struck, I was out of the office and whizzing out of the car park. I wasn’t disappointed. So, here it is. Isn’t it a beauty…

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It’s black, of course. What other colour would it be!? Complete with gold accessories – obviously. I am completely head over heels for the number 18 in the fanlight. It’s so nice to see the back of the white PVC door and have something more fitting with the property. I cannot believe the difference the new front door has made to the overall appearance to our front of house.

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