Yet another shade of blue?

The team are working hard on finalising the pack of documents so the Builder (more on this later) can pull together their costed proposal. Our part in this has been finalising our choices on the different finishes we want – floors, ceiling and so on which feels very surreal given we have yet to dig any (proper) holes. It will however smooth the build process if this can all be agreed up-front.

In the course of all this, the architects suggested we take a look at an environmentally friendly, mineral paint for our walls. This then led us to getting distracted for days in the fascinating and confusing world of colour.

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An unexpected turn of events

A wise friend told us that building a house is a seemingly never ending series of hurdles but eventually there be none left and the house is finished. This week’s unexpected hurdle has been fire safety. Apparently the fire brigade have minimum requirements for access to domestic houses and needless to say we appear to fall short against these. However there is a solution … install sprinklers!

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All the little jobs

No great leap of progress to report at the moment but many, many things are progressing. In no particular order the team have:

  • designed out most of the new steel structure, replacing it with wood to dramatically improve the thermal efficiency of the building;
  • lots and lots and lots of detailed drawings have been produced ready for the construction stage;
  • we have agreed a plan for the perimeter fence with our Farmer neighbour;
  • surreally work has started to select final room finishes including carpet and tiles;
  • we have started prepping the party wall paperwork for our neighbours;
  • our plywood kitchen is starting to firm up;
  • a garden plan is coming together and …

… we have started negotiating with a Builder. More soon.