Saturday, June 25, 2011
Friday, June 17, 2011
Despite not knowing the men with the cubby house were turning up, I'm glad they did because they were still hammering it together when I left to collect Ella from school. Thinking I'd better tell them where I was going, I left by the back door and took the back door key, something I don't usually do.
Anyway, when we got back, I couldn't get in the front door - the key was spinning in the barrel, kids in the car, cubby house men on the front lawn waiting for their payment. Thank god for that back door key. I had a locksmith out within half an hour, who charged me £20 to tell me it was 'buggered' and I'd need a whole new door.
Dr B's away watching the test match in Southampton. I phoned him - he'd been drinking with his mates.
'How's your day?'
'The men turned up with the cubby house and wanted cash on delivery but I didn't know it was being delivered. The front door is 'buggered' - can't get the key in. Locksmith just left. Tomorrow is Alex's birthday and I haven't even written her card. Ella wants to go to dance class but I'm too stressed out to take her. Since you ask.'
'Only two hours play here. Rained most of the afternoon.'
I wouldn't say Dr B is one for DIY, especially not 'outside' DIY involving sharp sand and other really boring products that come in polythene bags. I was desperate for a wooden playhouse in the last house (yes, me, not the kids) but I knew we'd be moving on and didn't want the hassle of taking it apart so it's waited until now. We had a huge corner of the garden hidden behind a crab apple tree that had seen better days, so Dr B lopped the tree and cleared the bushes and...called his brother.
Thursday, June 16, 2011
Monday, June 13, 2011
And then there's the back. Yes, it's WIDE isn't it? That was the first thing I said to the architect when he drew the plans, but the house at the back can't see it and I've got used to it now.
You'll notice the side extension is slightly lower at roof height - this is purely to satisfy the planners, as you know. Of course they wanted us to abandon the side extension and build across the back.
The floor to ceiling windows will actually be bi-fold doors (we think). The far left hand window is a playroom off the family room.
We were mulling the plans over last night and I noticed we won't be able to ventilate this room if it's raining - velux windows and bi-fold doors offering no shelter from the rain at all. there's a sliding patio door round the corner that you can't see on the plans - same problem.
Haven't found solution yet but we will.
Saturday, June 11, 2011
Our friend Steven refurbished the downstairs loo while we were away on holiday. You can probably make out the new water connection in the first photograph - £795 thank you very much - and the water meter disappeared into the garage.
At last - one room is finished - gorgeous isn't it? He's done a brilliant job and I could happily lock myself in there now and pretend the rest of the house wasn't happening. There's a slight problem with the cistern, which isn't attached to the wall and is still wobbling 12 hours later. Apparently these new toilets don't sit flush to the wall - all the Europeans are doing it, which presumably means they're all balanced precariously on the edge of their seats. Anyway, we're not European - we're British, and we Brits require more stable toilet arrangements than your averge Italian, so we'll have to find a solution. Until then, I'm not sitting on it.
As an added bonus, I notice the council has replaced the street lights while we've been away, which is ironic since I jokingly mentioned them to the planning officer as he was leaving last Thursday and asked whether the council might ever consider replacing them. The old one shone into our bedroom, the new one shines down onto the pavement, which is far more useful. I'm certain he had nothing to do with it - but it's the cherry on the cake.