2nd fix is when all the final finishes are installed, everything above the plaster layer; switches and light fittings, sanitary ware, flooring, paint, tiling etc. etc. It's busy, busy, busy and seems to go on forever!
The house was filled with trades - plumbers, electricians, tiler and kitchen fitter. Andrew and Paul focused on making all the internal joinery.
|There is a lot of internal joinery as most walls are actually bookcases.|
|I had designed these door handles so we experimented with where to position them.|
Interestingly rather than taking turns to be on site everyone seemed to prefer to be there while the other trades were there too. There was a LOT of banter - all good, so good in fact neighbouring builders were known to pop-in for lunch. Not sure how to feel about that, I'm choosing to believe it's because we've got such great group of people who are working hard in a really productive and creative atmosphere and who wouldn't want to be part of that group...!?
|The basin and sink are from Bathstore, the tap and waste from Crosswater. For bathroom info see here.|
|The elegant Bauhaus Edge Towel Rail in Anthracite.|
|Simpsons Frameless Ten Bath Screen and Crosswater Shower is installed.|
The plant room comes to life! Our gas boiler is installed. As we have minimal space heating demands it doesn't make sense for us to go for a more eco alternative here as the payback would take exponentially longer for us. Our largest demand will be hot water and the plan is to eventually install photovoltaic panels to address this demand.
|We have a boiler!|
|Charlie, the plumber, was bemused by my excitement at unwrapping the taps - it was like Christmas!|
|Andrew created oak cases to house T5 light fittings, then we figured out how it would work, more on lighting here.|
|These T5s will be hidden by a false ceiling panel so the lights should just give a glow at the edges.|
Just one foot in front of the other...