First fix electric planning – what a nightmare! We are trying to decide (ok, we’re trying to agree) on where to position all of the following: light switches, light fittings, network points, satellite points, TV aerial points, phone points, plug sockets (and which should have usb inserts), ventilation grilles (for MVHR), booster switches for bathroom ventilation, power for kitchen and utility appliances (with remote on/off switches), plans for the plant room, velux window switches, power for electric blinds, electric towel radiators in the bathrooms, shaver points, power for the bathroom mirrors (with built in lighting and demister pads), door bell, outside lights and outside power points, power to garage with it’s own consumer unit and water heater, garage doors, smoke detectors, security system, kitchen cupboard lights, thermostats for the underfloor heating, kitchen extractor….have we forgotten anything?
Before & After
With the amazing weather, it's been making me truly appreciate our sliding doors ☀️
Swipe to see the journey of our extension 👉🏼 We took space from our large drive and part of our garden, to extend. It's funny but I feel like we've gained more garden if anything as the house faces directly on to it now (rather than sideways) 🌳
I always get a ton of questions about our doors, so going to try & answer a few 👇🏼
They are sliders with a handleless, 20mm frame in brushed platinum (aluminium). We went platinum vs a dark RAL as grey is less of a distraction on the eye. We decided on sliders as we knew they would be shut most of the year and we wanted the wow view rather than all the panels. Yes there have been a couple of occasions recently when I have thought it would've been nice to open the whole thing up, but I still wouldn't change the decision because I just love love love the look of them. There is still a 1.6m opening with one door open, which is still huge really.
We considered 3 leaf to be able to open up more and also sliders that opened dual-way but this was coming in way more expensive so we decided it wasn't worth it.
We boarded & plastered over and floored up to the outer frame to make it 'disappear' & once the patio is in it will be level threshold to outside, which we achieved with aco drainage.
They are 3.2m wide (but never look it in photos as they are about 2.8m tall, which is just insanely big!)
They were more expensive than traditional bifold or UPVC sliders, but as most of you know we saved in every way we could on this build, to be able to afford to spend well on a few things. The sliders were one of those and I don't regret it.
We went to Grand Designs Live and would recommend going to something like this to decide. The difference in quality between manufacturers is easy to see when you can quickly compare products against each other.
If anyone wants the details of the company we used, then I will send them to you on a direct message 👌🏼
When we viewed our house nearly 8 years ago, we both said we hated it and wouldn't live there if someone paid us! Experts say you know you love a house within seconds of walking through the front door. So actually we proved this theory wrong!
By calculating the potential with an old fashioned pencil and paper and flicking through brochures, I knew we could make it our family home and gave me the confidence to put in a sneaky offer. I was shocked when it was accepted and then worried how I was going to tell my hubby how I had indeed spent my day!!😁
Today, on this very spot, after three days of drilling, lots of coal, a boat load of sand, and 500 feet in to the earth, we finally found water.
Good, clean, plentiful water.
Thank you all so much for your prayers over this. We felt so supported and extremely loved as we waited for what was next.
At the start of this home build I asked the Lord for a renewed sense of faith. Not a faith that finally came after hours of prayer and petition, but a kind of faith that could not be shaken by our circumstances.
In these three days of wondering if our project would be completely stopped in its tracks, I graciously experienced that unshakeable faith.
Faith that said, He didn't bring you this far to leave you here. Faith that whispered, there is nothing to fear. Faith that gently reminded me of a God that literally directs channels of water.
We knew He would provide, and gosh are we ever so grateful that He did.
Roof progress! The steel beam has been levelled (apparently it was 30mm out) and the rafters have been joined to it... Our bedroom with have a vaulted ceiling, which we can't wait to see. The gable ends are taking shape and the slates are due to arrive tomorrow, ready for the team who will start fitting them next Monday! 😀 In other news the sewer pipe is now safely across the road, but the traffic lights will be back in 2 weeks for the electrician connection.... It really is crazy that the utility companies won't work together. There are 8 self build plots all in a row, but they will only deal with one property at a time, so with water connections, sewers, electric, possible gas and telecoms it must be driving everyone in the village potty. #rooftrusses#roof#gable#brickwork#rafters#steelbeam#trafficlights