We have a garage door

Our new garage door in all its (covered) glory

We finally have a real garage door, replacing the temporary wooden one that was made and installed by our carpenter right at the start of our house build.

For the first time, this means we can enter our house without any padlocks or chains and can control the door itself electronically. For the time being, this involves plugging an extension lead in outside to power the door, but as soon as we have electricity in the house itself (which should only be a few days away) then we’ll be able to plug it all in inside and finish off the look.

Digging deep for drains

Digging a deep trench for the drainage connections

This week, our ground works contractor is back, this time digging and installing all our drainage and service ducts.

This includes connecting up all the kitchen and bathroom drains and installing gulleys ready for our downpipes and other rainwater drains outside.

As well as this, we’re installing ducts for our electricity, water and broadband connections while everything is dug out to make it easier later when we get the connections.

We have gas!

Wales & West Utilities installing our gas service

After months of delays, today we finally had our gas service installed, with the utility digging our trench and connecting us up. The next step is to get a meter installed and then we can finally think about having some heating (of course, after the electricity and water have also been installed).

Scaffolding has gone

The first look at our house without the scaffolding

Today, the last of our scaffolding was removed, and for the first time we can see our house in all its glory without metal bars running all across it.

We needed to do this to allow our drainage to go in (which involves a lot of trenches being dug around the house) but it also allows us to render the ground floor, and of course see what the house looks like in its entirety.

Tiling a wet room

Feature wall tiles in the wet room shower

Tiling started a couple of weeks ago and is about to finish with the last tiles going up in the main en-suite today.

We’ve decided to make this a wet room which means there is no shower tray and we need to assume that most parts of the room may get wet. Most of the walls are tiled with a large format grey tile (which you can see on the left- and right-hand side walls). For the main wall in the shower, we decided to go with a lightly-patterned feature tile to create a bit more interest.

Happily, this is the last part of tiling that needs to be done, and then we’ll be ready to go with installing all the sanitary ware.

Tiling has started

Herringbone tiling going up in the shower cubicle of the main bathroom

Tiling in our bathrooms started yesterday and progress is going well. We’ve started with the main bathroom and one of the en-suites, tiling the shower cubicles with two different tiles.

Tiling will then move to some of the other areas of those bathrooms before finishing off with the second en-suite, which will be a wet room.

Tiling in the shower cubicle of the en-suite for bedroom 2

Boarding out the garage

18mm OSB on the garage wall

Our plaster boarder has been back this week, finishing off the plaster boarding of the bifold door area in the dining room.

He’s also started boarding out the garage, and here we’ve decided to go for a layer of 18mm OSB underneath the plasterboard. This will provide a solid base layer that we can use for shelving or hanging things.

Once that’s finished, everything will be plaster boarded and plastered ready for painting.

Adding the final trims

Our entrance glazing with the newly-installed aluminium trims between each section

It’s always nice to be able to add finishing touches to something that’s been worked on for a little while, and a couple of days ago, we were able to do just that with our entrance glazing.

The glazing came in three parts, separated by steel beams to take the weight. However, this left the beams on display after the glazing was fitted, which as well as not looking the best, could also allow water in.

The nice people at PR Laffin made four aluminium trims in the same colour as the frames and installed them on top of some plastic that we attached to the steel beam to prevent cold bridging and condensation.

It’s a small tweak, but it finishes the entrance really nicely and ensures it looks like one single unit and not three separate sections.