Monday, 30 August 2010
Sorry to disappoint readers but we still don't have internet connection or telephone links. Our mobiles only work when you stand next to the windows because the insulation in the walls is so good! I will be back up and running soon. The good news is that the house is still fab and we are slowly rediscovering some order amongst the chaos of moving. Tomorrow the glass will arrive for the splashbacks.
Wednesday, 25 August 2010
Due to an unfortunate delay in establishing connections with the outside world, I've been off-line since our move into the new house. I will give you all a better update when internet connection can be re-established! Meanwhile, the house is fab, everything I expected and more even though it's covered in boxes!
Saturday, 21 August 2010
Unfortunately, the stove installer had a less successful day as the fresh air duct was an unusual diameter and he didn't have a drill the correct size. The stove itself looks fab, I can't wait to see it in action.
The end of the day saw the plumbing finished, except for the washing machine, we'll see the electricians again soon but by then the house may be our home as we are already waist deep in cardboard boxes.
The end is in sight. I hope soon to see the desert in front of the house disappear, although it may not be in time for the removal van.
Thursday, 19 August 2010
A day of plumbing....Sam and Bob arrived to do the little jobs that remain, including the sinks. Here is the new shiny filter tap all ready for action, just waiting for the mains water.
The perplexing problem of the rainwater harvesting tank had us all confused. Here Bob and Justin are considering all the options. Fortunately, after contacting the manufacturer, the solution was found and rainwater was pumped into the system.
It's not often we'd want to photograph a loo but this was the moment when the rain water flowed into cisterns for the first time! Hooray!
Tuesday, 17 August 2010
Today, the bamboo flooring has been finished! Here anything heavy is enlisted to keep it in place while it glues. There really is a feeling that this is rapidly becoming our home.
It's a real family affair as Ebi's family help out again today. They are just as determined as us to see the house finished.
In the effort to get the pergola finished, we enlist the help of Simon and Kumar again. Between them and Ebi with Sylvie, they manage to get the 9 glass panels on the roof. They each weigh 90kg, so its quite some achievement. It looks perfect. The deck will come later.
Saturday, 14 August 2010
Yesterday started with the welcome site of Ebi's trailer full of interesting materials, including glass for the porch roof.
Meanwhile, Neil, Steve and Matt arrived to continue their work. It was a day full of various jobs. These included the installation of the heated towel rails in the bathrooms and the removal of air from the solar thermal panel system.
Half way through the day the flat pack furniture was delivered. There will be lots of fun hours ahead while we understand those instructions!
The day disappeared with lots of small jobs started, including the preparation of the wooden worktops for the kitchen. The worktops were sanded with using a series of grades of sandpaper ready for the first coat of Tung oil. With our house move imminent these are the final stages to get the house ready, even if it's not completely finished when we move in.
Thursday, 12 August 2010
We then started on the LED lights for the stairs, or rather the connector cables. It wasn't as easy as we'd hoped. It would have been a lot better if we had put the cables in before the staircase was lifted into the house! Instead Neil and I devised a method using tape, plastic ties and cardboard.
Now the LED spots have lamps! It's great to have light, and the room is separated into three zones so we can choose how many lights are put on at one time.
Wednesday, 11 August 2010
With a couple of quiet days on site and nothing much to report on the house, we decided to take a quick trip to a certain furniture store, that we all know so well. It was not a good place for me today as I was overwhelmed by my lists. I had lists of lists and then lists of those lists. Fortunately, a cup of coffee helped and we got back on track and I ditched the lists.
Eight trolley loads later our quick trip had become a mammoth expedition that took all day. Thankfully the whole family and three kindly shop assistants helped us to take everything to the home delivery section. I think we would have needed a truck otherwise. Anyway, tomorrow we are back on site and will have to go back to sorting out the kitchen. It was a very welcome day off!
Monday, 9 August 2010
The kitchen has continued to take shape. The sink and the hob cut outs have been done; we still need to oil the worktops though so they aren't in permanently yet. The utility room sink has also been cut out, so now not only do we the kitchen sink, we have two.
The most striking development is the installation of the two glass doors by Ebi before he left. They look great and ensure the house stays light and airy. Another good job, Ebi