Well, we did it. We’re in the house, and I’m writing this in the kitchen, with less than a week to go before the newest addition to the family arrives. We received our Temporary Occupation certificate last Tuesday. This means we are allowed to live in the house even though it’s not yet fully complete for at least 6 months.
I haven’t been great at updating the blog over the last 7 weeks or so, purely down to the fact that it’s been pretty hectic all round, obviously with the emphasis being on trying to get moved into the house before the baby arrives. The last time I wrote, we were just getting the house roughcasted, which is now complete. Inside is now fully complete except for the living room, which due to needing the plumbers to install the wood-burning stove before we could seal up the false chimney breast, has held us up. This is now done, and so we’re just waiting for the taperer to come and finish off, and then the carpet can be laid. Then, we’re done …. inside anyway.
Outside is looking much better. All the steps are now set, and last week we began work on the paths. Only another couple of sections to go, as well as the wheelchair ramp to the back door. Other than that, all we need outside is a washing line, and that’ll be complete too. I say complete, but it will probably not be complete for a long long time. Most people who build will tell you the same, money dries up pretty fast towards the end, so landscaping is usually the area that takes the hit. The neighbours themselves are just getting round to it, so it may be a while yet for us. They’re doing a great job of there’s though, so no doubt we’ll be pretty keen to follow suit as soon as we can.
No major teething problems to report so far. The heating is playing up at the moment, but we hope it’ll be sorted asap. The heating is set in 2 zones, the living room/kitchen zone, and the bedrooms/bathrooms zone. it’s the latter which isn’t working properly. the plumbers aren’t yet sure why exactly, but I’m harrassing them to come and fix it as soon as possible, as we don’t really want to have to resort to back up heaters once the baby arrives. Fingers crossed.
There’s not too much to do to finish for the final completion certificate. Well, not that I can see anyway, no doubt building control will help us tie up the loose ends shortly. Without incurring too much additional cost I would hope.
Here’s a few pics of the last while.
Finished roughcast, with steps to front door and bays set out for concreting the paths
Back door steps and platform with ramp being infilled before concreting
Stove installed and false chimney plasterboarded awaiting taper (note the light, this is the wife’s pride and joy)
Main bathroom fully tiled and complete
So that’s about it. We’ve had a few visitors since we moved in, and the neghbours have been great. It’s a really nice wee community round here, with a great feel. Just what we were looking for, and with this view just a few minutes walk away ……
… what more could you ask for.
I hope you’ve enjoyed reading the blog over the last 20 months or so. If you have any questions, feel free to ask. I’m happy to pass on anything I’ve learnt if it’ll help anyone else. I’m off now to figure out what to do with prams and nappies etc. As if the last year wasn’t stressful enough …..