Tuesday, 23 July 2013

The Extension on the Outside

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I've given you a peek inside the barn extension but I guess you might like to see what's been happening outside!

This is what will be the new 'front' of the house, the side that will give us all the views!  From left to right, the kitchen door, which is a stable door style, the French doors off the family room and the very end (behind the stepladder) is a set of mini French doors which are off the guest bedroom.

You can see on the gable end, above the kitchen door, where our wonderful builders matched the hap-hazard style of stonework when rebuilding the gable end! Love it!

This is a picture of the only wall we actually had to build.  Before it was two garage doors, but the stone masons did a wonderful job matching the stone and style, after a bit of weathering it'll be tough to see the difference!  These windows are the cinema room!

Monday, 15 July 2013

Work Begins in Earnest

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So long since my last post but by gum things have been steaming along!  We have been painting and decorating like people possessed.  We needed to have all walls prepared and painted by the time the carpet fitters came in so never has so much paint be thrown around!!

We have been saving good money on paint though! We got £200 worth included when we bought our kitchen, so that did for the kitchen and dining room walls.  Then thanks to the joy of Nectar knits, which we got from buying the kitchen, the paint for the family room was halfway paid for!  Then some vouchers from a shopping monitor deal-io that we do has taken money off too! Hurray!

The flooring is proving the most problematic however, with this laminate flooring stuff you are supposed to start in the far right corner of your room and work right to left.  However, due to time restrictions and the fact the floor had to be underneath the big stove we had to start in the left and work right!  This means the boards are awkward to fit... Ho hum!  It is looking good though and we are happy with it.

Once we had the floor down throughout we were very pleased and raced to get the sofa in position!  Very comfy, although there is still a lot of decorating going on roundabout as you can see!

Thursday, 4 April 2013

Gardening with a Rooster

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Last weekend I decided to hit the garden and get some seeds planted out, nothing overly fancy, basically I decided to have a bed that used up all those seeds that have been sitting around going past their plant by date!

Helping me out was my all time favourite chicken.  Not sure of the politically correct term for him but Differently Enabled seems the best!  He suffered what I can only describe as a chicken stroke and couldn't walk.  I have had a hen do the same and with patience and time she came around and now, besides a slight robotic style limp, is absolutely fine.  I am hoping with the same time and effort my little pal will do the same, he is already much better and hobbles around quite the thing. 

I took him into the patch with me and he sorted out all the beasties and bugs as I was digging, then came over and helped pick out the best seeds and their placement!

We found a mouse nest under the carpet that I had laid down on the bed over winter.  Empty of course!

Sunday, 24 February 2013

Save, Recycle and Repurpose

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Save, Recycle and Re-purpose 

Our extension is not, as you may imagine, the cheapest undertaking in the world, and, as with all building work, the cost is never going to stay what it says on the quotation!!  So, in an effort to save pennies we have been looking into the worlds of secondhand and upcycling.  We have taken stock of our current furniture and worked out what can be reused somewhere else, perhaps with some creative painting or a bit of sanding.  We have chests of drawers being swapped from one room to another.  A kitchen unit (which was bought secondhand for the kitchen!) being converted to a sink unit in the bathroom, along with a large kitchen dresser which came from my parents coffee shop!  

We have kitted out the bathroom completely with shuffled furniture and reusing the old suite, bar the sink, that will need to be new, or at least new to us!  The spare room is done thanks to some shuffling of furniture and a donation bed from my parents who are having a change!  The family room has much of its furniture, moved from elsewhere in the house!  Things are looking good!

One thing we couldn't repurpose from elsewhere in the house was a sofa for the family room.  We have a suite but it is staying in the old lounge to make seating for the library-come-sitting-room- come-sewing-office-room!  We knew what we wanted; colour scheme in the brown area, corner sofa, good lounge-about-ability!  We looked all over the place at new sofas, thinking that that was the easiest way to get exactly what we were after, even if it did go against our save, recycle and repurpose philosophy.  But we weren't without hope for a miracle so kept our eye on the Small Ads.  And would you believe it... we found the perfect thing!  A tiny fraction of the cost of a brand new one, 2 years old but in great condition (not sure these people spent much time sitting down!), corner sofa, right colour and!.. just 15 minutes away from our house!  We hitched up the trailer.....

The thing is huge, 9ft on the longest side (which adds to the miracle as this was exactly the size we'd been catering for!) and the seats are deep, great for lazy afternoons, just what we were after.  It did however, completely fill our trailer, thank goodness there was no more of it, and the cushions stuffed the back of the car!

This is a photo, not the best light but gives you an idea. (This isn't our house by the way, this is where it came from).

We have been very much enjoying the chase of getting our furniture and not having to pay through the nose for it!  Hunting down exactly what we want and then fitting it into our home!

I'll do more updates on each of the furniture transformations as they occur.  There will be more house renovation updates this week, it is coming along very quickly!!


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