Sunday, 27 April 2014

Things I Can't Wait to Change

I hate the flooring downstairs in the house. The whole of the ground floor is covered in this: Hate this Flooring! These are marble slabs, so probably expensive but so inappropriate for the ground floor of a 3 bed semi! We still have the original front door Front Door which is currently hidden by a really horribly uPVC porch door. In fact the windows in the house are not at all aesthetically pleasing. We're hoping to be able to afford to replace the but unsure about that yet. What we will be doing though is getting rid of that horrible porch door and letting the lovely front door (which will be even lovlier once painted a bright colour and the clear glass replaced with coloured glass) be seen! Losing that Porch Door We introduced ourselves to a right hand side neighbour yesterday. They're currently renting and unfortunately they're looking to move as the owner wants to sell. I say unfortunately as we knocked on the door to say Hi and let her know work would be starting next week and an hour later we left after a lovely chat and not a few laughs :) Anna agrees that our downstairs flooring is horrible and then raised the issue of our porch door... we told her it was going at which she seemed greatly relieved :)

House Update

So, where are we with the house? Well to be honest, it feels like not much is happening. It's ridiculously difficult to get quotes from builders and one of the builders who looked at the place appears to have disappeared off the radar altogether. He said he was interested in the work but didn't get back to us when we provided breakdown of worked we wanted done but needed quotes for. On the plus side we decided a fortnight ago to ask Michael to start on the driveway... he said he'd start after Easter. I was hoping that meant last Tuesday but apparently it means tomorrow. Right now we can barely squeeze a single Yaris in and while, yes, we will lose the nice heathers that are in the rest of the garden it will be nice to a) be able to get in to the drive without needing to make a super wide turn and it'll be nice to be able to fit two cars in there! Front Garden My uncle gave us some ideas for the kitchen and back room in terms of brightening it up and getting more work top space. The kitchen area currently looks a bit like Existing Kitchen Area and Existing Units He's also suggested widening the french doors at the back to an 8 foot wide sliding door (which sounds great to us!). Between that and knocking back the wall by the sink The Dark Sink Area we're going to get an engineers report done. The engineers report meant that we (Dave) had to do some exploratory work hacking in the remains of the dividing wall (supporting wall) and in to the ceiling to see the direction of the joists as well as seeing what sort of beam was put in place when the supporting wall between the kitchen and back room was originally knocked (this is the wall that we want to push back even further). Based on Dave's explorations yesterday (which I find quite stressful to watch!) there's no supporting beam there at all... which is a little disconcerting! Dave on completing exploratory work in kitchen ceiling (needed to see joist direction and what sort of beam was put in when supporting wall knocked - none!)

Saturday, 5 April 2014

Todays Thoughts

So the plan for today is to visit some flooring showrooms and possibly head out to the Cosi Homes showroom in Meath to look at finishes that they after applying external insulation.  One of Kieran’s ideas last week was that parquet flooring would look great in our living room and hallway.  And he’s right... but it’s also expensive so this week we want to see just how expensive!  I guess we’ll also get idea of carpet prices both for the stairways and landing in the house plus to recarpet the apartment - that needs to be done whether I sell or rent the place out.

We had Cosi Homes in on Thursday to talk about external insulation.  When I spoke to Martin on the phone he seemed to think that we wouldn’t be able to do the front but on Thursday he reckoned we probably could… but we should check with planning first.  Now the thing is, I actually emailed the planning office in Bray a few weeks ago about this and got told what I already know - planning permission is not required for external insulation but the following shall be exempted development for the purposes of this Act –development consisting of the carrying out of works for the maintenance, improvement or other alteration of any structure, being works which affect only the interior of the structure or which do not materially affect the external appearance of the structure so as to render the appearance inconsistent with the character of the structure or of neighbouring structures”.    

The thing is we knew the above and the section in quotes is what we need cleared up!  So guess I’ll have to try again.

Right, back to looking at my photos from Greece (last August/September!) until the shower free up (I miss that sun!)

Blue Sea