windows will be. You can walk in through the ‘front door’ and walk into all the rooms. Much of the internal studwork has already been created and it makes it very easy to visualise what it will look like when its finally completed. We have changed our minds on the lay- out of the master ensuite bathroom. The original design made it feel very cramped when we saw the layout of the studwork, so we have turned the shower 90 degrees to allow ourselves more floor area. One of the reasons we had to get the studwork up at this point was because the bath needs to be fitted very early on. It’s a stone bath and sits directly onto the floor – the waste is fitted underneath. This means to complete the ceiling under- neath, the bath needs installing first. That all sounds pretty straightforward, but then take into consideration that the flooring has to be fitted before that! And under the flooring there’s the underfloor heating. So we are now choosing tiles for the bathrooms, and we thought we still had a few months before that decision had to be made. It’s the details that take time. In hindsight, it’s worth taking time at the start to walk through the plans and make

Because there’s so much glass, we are going triple-glazed

any detailed decisions early on. It would have saved us time and cost of making changes during the build. The internal doors were one of the decisions that was made very easily. We had seen an ad in this very magazine back in January from JB Kind Doors. I

had looked them up online and been on the website. The choice was vast, but we knew that to choose right we needed to see them for ourselves. The factory is only about 15 miles from our home, so I got in touch with the company, and we were able to see the complete range in the showroom. It took us less than half an hour to choose. Simon, the sales director came to talk to us as he was really interested in our self-build. He was able to give us some great advice. We have gone for something that’s a design statement – a laminated dark grey walnut wood effect door the Alabama Cinza. We can’t wait to see them fitted. The knock-on effect of some of the clarifications and changes have put us about six weeks behind. Hopefully we will be able to make up some time now we will be inside. The next steps are the plumbing, electrics and heating. Then it’s the flooring, skirtings and internal doors. Hopefully we will stay on track. Certainly, there are lots more decision to be made. The original date for moving in was end of February. Now we would really love it if we could be in for Easter, so we will have our fingers firmly crossed over Christmas that we can make up some time.

november/december 2018


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