Well here I am back after the Christmas break. Things had gone completely mad, so we downed tools and did nothing for a week. In some ways it was great, in other ways there was a lot to catch up on when we got back. That and Georgina being very ill meant it has been a bit manic since Christmas and hence no updates.
Well we are ready to go, when I say we are ready that’s everyone except the bats. Natural England are still processing our application which means we can do nothing. However we have signed on the dotted line for our rental house and we have started moving out. The bats are even stopping the mortgage funds being released!
Preliminary works have started. We have a temporary electricity installation which just requires SSE Networks to come and joint the cable and move the meter, which is also booked. The gas disconnection is booked for the same day and Thames Water will disconnect the old supply and connect the new one the following week. All looking good on that aspect.
I was grateful last weekend for the help of my father who spent a day and a half with me in the garden finishing a list of jobs that seemed endless including marking the boundary between us and the neighbours so the builders don’t ruin anything, fixing a temporary post box, clearing a pile of garden rubbish, putting the meter box up, filling in trenches and
Now they are mostly done we can concentrate on the move and settling in. It feels strange moving, knowing we will do it all again in a years time.
Quotes are starting to come in for some of the other works as well and I have spent a bit of time investigating MHVR systems. Initially we had ruled them out but I think it will be worth having it. Interestingly whilst the costs were high so were the costs of the extraction as part of the electrical installation.
Our other nod to the environment is Rain Harvesting. The water can be used to flush toilets, water the garden and in the washing machine. I have identified the system we are looking to use and researched to ensure we get the best deal. Obviously such a system saves on the clean water usage.
We now have everything in place to get us watertight. There are some final checks on the windows but otherwise all going to a slightly delayed plan (yes those bats again) we should be watertight by the beginning of May.
The next stage is trying to sort out some of the things we haven’t even touched on yet, which include rendering, gutters, soffits and facias, staircases etc.
I’ll take some photos of the empty house at the weekend and the garden before it becomes a building site to give something a bit more exciting to look at!