Friday, 14 November 2014

Bathroom Ta Dah!

Finally, I've made it back to Blogland!
I've been so busy, waay to busy and I've missed my Blogland chums.
Hope you're all ok?
And look, all good, a beautiful bathroom for you to look at.
Exquisite isn't it.

We've had baths and showers
and bathshowers. 
Oh yes we are making the most of our stunning new room.

Isn't it pretty.

Everything came together beautifully.

We have created a calm restful space.
Using natural beach colours and sea coloured accents.

And we are so delighted all that hard work, 
all that mess and trauma forgotten now.
We're particularly pleased with the old pine shelf revamp. 
Just spray paint and a rub down followed by a bit of wax.

I'm so lucky to have such a brilliant talented Lovely Man to create our amazing home.
I'll have an idea and hey presto he's done it!
That's it now the last major renovation job, our home is officially
It's a very good feeling my friends.
Have a spiffing weekend I'm spending it in the bath!
See you soon

Friday, 10 October 2014

Five Photo Friday............

Bathroom Update 2
So mostly we've spent the week in the smallest room.
Not much time outside which I'm really missing.
However progress has been made.
Cabinets are well on the way to being finished.

Tiling and grouting are done.
The colours are much prettier in real life, the look I'm going for is a coastal relaxed look.

Maybe this week will see the rest of the house returned to normal!
I am feeling a bit more positive too, the end is in sight.

It's a bit of an assault course at the moment.

I'll leave you with a happy sight, our hedgehog made an appearance last night.
He's looking very big and healthy, I'm hoping he'll find a nice corner of the garden to hibernate.
We've called him Milligan (after Spike)

Hope you've all had a good week.
See you soon

Thursday, 2 October 2014

Bathroom drama part 1

How's your week been?
As promised a little bathroom story.
This is the very last room that needed renovating.
Here are the before photos, this is what it's been like for ages, since we had a loft  conversion in 2007 to be exact! No proper flooring and patched up walls, gorgeous!
Oh and a rather alarming crack in the toilet.

                                        Finally I persuaded Lovely Man to get the builders in.
Now, he can do all the work beautifully, loves doing it, is amazing at it.
Unfortunately Parkinson's disease kind of has other ideas, it's just too much after a hard day at work. The last thing he needs is spending all night renovating and getting exhausted. 
We need our free time, free to enjoy, while we can.
So in came the builders.

They made a good start. 
Week one old bathroom ripped out walls striped and re plastered.
Good all good, no stress.
Then week two.

Basin in, pipework done. 
New window in.
Then without warning everything went downhill.
The stress began to build, Lovely man wasn't happy.
Things weren't been done properly.
Bad pipework, brick dust EVERYWHERE from using an angle grinder INDOORS (idiots)
Lovely Man was going to tell them not to come back.
Ooooo stressful!
Before we had chance to speak to them.
 They left one day, left the water off, so we turned it on.....................OMG
I've never seen so much water pouring through my kitchen ceiling. Obviously I cried, brick dust infused water in my cooker, electrics blown, an evening spent clearing up.
Sack the builders!
Which is what we did.
So anyway first job was to check the work already carried out.
It was DREADFUL, this is 'finished pipework' every joint had a leak!

Look at this mish mash, again finished work.
It makes me crazy just looking at this!

After Lovely Man got his hands on it.
Would you just look how gorgeous these pipes look!
I know he's a genius.

He's also completely worn out.
The one thing we tried to avoid by getting people in to do the work.
I'll never win that argument again will I.

The good news is that we are making progress, the brick dust is almost gone 
the bathroom is looking a-m-a-z-i-n-g!
Next week I'll show you some pretty bathroom photos.
Think of me this weekend, I'll be mostly grouting and painting and making tea!
I'm feeling better I've stopped jokes yet though........too soon.
Have a good weekend.

Friday, 26 September 2014

Five Photo Friday

Hi everyone!
It's been a long long week, plagued by the back to school cold and stress levels through the roof!
Let me explain a little.
Last week I showed you a happy student back in his house at Uni in Nottingham, that's some good news.
And here is a jolly giraffe, I made for a friend.
Do you like his handspun scarf!

A late blooming rose in the garden.

And a family who have been 
We had the builders in.
We don't have the builders in ANYMORE.

Basically we had to rip everything out and start again.
Of course the troops rallied round. Heather used her muscles and Oliver used his pencil finding skills to help Lovely Man put right the mess.

Here is some of that mess, these are some of the new pipes that had to come out!

Hopefully this weekend will see some good progress.
I'll tell you the whole sorry tale next week.
Have a good weekend

Thursday, 18 September 2014

Five Photo Friday

I'm posting from my phone, who knows how this will turn out!
Anyway round up of the week. A computer that can't find my SD card.
Two cross cats and one happy student!
I'll explain all next week.
In the meantime I'm off to eat chocolate and drink tea, yes folks we're officially having a Crisis!
Hope your week is going smoothly.
Love Sue x

Oh by the way I do know it's Thursday, don't look till tomorrow. X

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Let's build a deck 2

Hi how are you all did you enjoy a glorious weekend?
We've been enjoying some lovely Autumnal walks.
Anyway............ promised here's the story of the deck.
Remember how we hated decking, 
I was holding out for slate flagstones actually.
But as a temporary solution decking would do so we began.

The first job was levelling using concrete and bricks.

Now we didn't want to spend too much money on this project so decided to use roof joists, which we got for a very good price.
Bring in the de-nailing team.

Oliver came up with the idea to take away the roof supports!!!!!
I know it'll fall down......
.luckily Lovely Man knew a cunning way of supporting the roof on two bespoke brackets. 

I think Oliver was having second thoughts at this point.

As you can see they make a crack team. Look at the awesome strength!

It's okay the roof stays up! 
And even better we'll have even more space.

Next came the joist laying and protecting.
It proved to be a rather smelly job, wood preserver yuk.

We decided to add a decorative wooden canopy


Then came a very exciting moment, laying the deck, 
we've used the plain side, just because we prefer it.

The whole family got involved, including Getto, he's good at measuring!
Two days of hard work by everyone.

We got some muscle to break up the old concrete path, after it had taken me about half an hour to break up a couple of inches and I'm freakishly strong!

Look at that I've wanted to get rid of that path FOREVER!
So happy the flower bed can be wider now.

A bit of soil and turf.

Ta Dah!

All done.

And that's it, one deck, a family of very happy people 
some seriously chilled out cats and a summer of outside living.
Really this one project has transformed our lives, we all spend even more time outside, we're more relaxed
more connected and altogether happier.
Improving your home is always life enhancing,
 but THIS project has had an amazing effect on our family.
I would say if you're dithering about doing something around your home, you know leaving it till the perfect solution comes along or you can afford it.
Don't, think outside the box, buy secondhand, do it together, do it in stages, do something, anything even something small can have a transforming effect.
Really what I'm saying is love your home.
We love our home.
I'll show you some deck life next time, 
be prepared, there are some photos of gratuitous relaxing!
See you soon

Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Let's build a deck!

Did you miss me?
How was your Summer?
Mine was busy.
Let me share with you what we've been up to.
Look through the window, what do you see?
That's right, a lovely garden, some wellies and a bird.
Now look closer, can you see the concrete, with the crack and the weeds. It's been like that forever. All uneven okay, but not really very user friendly.

We've painted and preened on various occasions.
The walls and shelves look fine, we like them!

And the flowers always cheer us up.

A comfy bench.

It's the floor that gives us a problem, all uneven and cracked. 
"We'll save up, lay flagstones or slates or brick" we said. "It will look expensive and stylish" we said.
We never did it, waaay too expensive and complicated, all that levelling and rubble.
"It can't be done, it's not so bad, we love our garden it's........... FINE!"
Then back in May something happened. I don't know how it happened but we decided to deck over the concrete. 
You need to know.
But the concrete was breaking up the cracks were getting bigger.
We'll do a deck as a temporary measure..............
Off we went.
How did we get on?
Well, I'll tell you........... time!
Here's a little teaser.

Exciting isn't it!
Thanks for dropping by it's always lovely to have friends round.
Next time we'll have a cuppa, you'll need one they'll be a lot of photos!