Big Build – All Change Please! Bathrooms and Building Regs

During weeks 4 and 5 we had a few things change in our original plan as internal walls went up and we started the first fix of electricity and plumbing. First fix is where you have all the cables or pipework laid, before floors and walls go in, ready for the ‘final fix’ where taps…

Big Build – Week 4 Steels In, Stairs In, Prep for Roof

This week was all about downstairs. Mainly. We had wondered how on earth we were going to get our steels in (one is nearly 8m long) as the house is surrounded with scaffolding and the driveway isn’t wide enough to swing it round into the garden. First job was to put in the stairs. John…

Big Build – Week 3/4 Video Update

I thought you’d like a quick tour of our works in glorious technicolour! Work is progressing well, I shall post a full Week 4 update shortly.

Big Build – Week 3 New Floor Joists, Walls and Foundation Pads

Week 3 felt like we were having a pause. Mainly because the visible work downstairs slowed down because we couldn’t get a skip on the driveway due to deliveries of blocks, sand and cement for upstairs. We were wrong to think that though as things did continue at pace. Our chief chippy Voodoo (long and…

Big Build – Planning Shenanigans

I thought I’d do a post about the planning process we went through for our build as we had one rejection with an appeal also rejected and then a successful approval for a plan I didn’t think would get through. I will explain! We bought our house knowing that a few years ago, it had…

Big Build – Week 2 Dust, Unhappy Neighbours and More Dust

  My goodness. Whatever you prepare for, nothing can prepare you for the dust you get during a demolition phase of a build. We had grand plans of still being able to use the sheeted-off section of our living room each night but it very quickly became clear that the entire living space we are…

Big Build – Week 1 Removal of the Roof and Fun with Skips

Week 1 of our build is over. It was less of a build and more of quite the opposite. We had our roof taken off and preparation work done downstairs for demolishing walls. You will hear the ‘dust warnings’ from everyone when you start a build but nothing can prepare you for the noise, the…

Big Build – Fire Safety, Steels and Building Control

Week 0 is ‘Scaffolding Week’ – sounds glamorous, eh? Not until you get your house enveloped in scaffolding do you realise the effort and time it takes to do. We are currently in Scaffolding Week, as we are putting on a second floor, the roof is going and we need to top the house in…

Review – Kricket Soho

Indian food is my absolute favourite. It is one of the top cuisines us Brits eat but I’ve always wondered why no one has developed a chain of restaurants using this amazing food when it’s been done for Italian, Chinese, Spanish and many others (even Lebanese!) Maybe no chef felt they could modernise it. Thankfully,…

Big Build – Selecting a Builder

You do seem to take your life in your hands when selecting a new tradesman. Even a simple plumbing job can create tension in finding a decent person to fix your problem. When you’re suddenly spending thousands on a home extension, the stress is getting the right builder is immense. Because of our build (adding…