Wednesday, March 07, 2007

House Build week 25: Paint

5 weeks to go and the house is almost finished.

We called in one evening last week and found that the kitchen worktops had gone in and the splashback had been tiled.

The tiles are small rectangular and metallic in a stone/coffee colour. When they get properly cleaned they should look really bright and add a subtle bit of bling! The countertops are caesarstone and are a light cream with stone coloured flecks. All very neutral colours so that we can add a splash of colour of our choice when we put some things out on the worktops. The appliances will go in quite close to the handover date and after the alarm system goes in for obvious reasons.

We called in again this evening to have a look around but it was getting a bit late and the sun was going down so the photos are a bit darker. The girls were in their nightdresses when I shouted at them to get in the car so they thought it was very exciting and even more of an adventure then normal! Anne and Kel came with us too.

The painters have been in and have put two coats of paint on the walls so it looks really smart. There will be one last coat going on but almost at the handover date so that the tradesmen don't leave too many marks on the walls as they do the last few jobs.

The toilets have been delivered and Carrie and Sian had us laughing when they pretended to sit on them side by side in the living room!

The shower screens and mirrors were all new too and Rhiannon couldn't resist pretending to have a shower in the main kids bathroom!

The biggest and best surprise was when the kids went into their bedrooms and spotted that their sliding mirror doors had been installed. They were absolutely hyper! It really brightened up their rooms and made them look really big and open.

Not much more to do now.... Plumb in toilets and taps, fit door handles, install the alarm, lights, switches and power-points. We should sign a settlement contract very soon with a final date that we will pay over the last of the money and officially take ownership! It should be about 5 weeks away. It will take about another two weeks to get floor tiles laid downstairs and to have the upstairs carpeted. It really is getting so close now that we have butterflies in our stomachs!
Roll on May and the start of a new chapter in this great adventure!

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