Wednesday, 5 June 2013

Moving inside, bedroom plastered , bathroom bought, foundations dug and poured.

It's been a few weeks since I last updated and unfortunately the pictures don't reflect all the work that has gone on.

We had delays with the foundations as my sewer is shared with the neighbours, Unfortunately we were unable to see how close the neighbours pipes to the pad foundation were until we dug down. I had applied for a Thames build over agreement to builder over the pipes. The standard terms dictate if I am building foundations below 1.5meters I cannot build within 1meter of the pipe. My pads were 600mm away. However my pads were going below the sewer pipes so pressure would be applied. Luckily the structural engineer at MHM structural solutions got in touch with Thames Water and they agreed to let us build closer than then 1000mm. Thames Water were very helpful and emailed confirmation too so I could start work.

The first fix wiring for the down lights, wall lights and floor lamps are all in. I have also bought a video door intercom. This came with two monitors one of which is going in the kitchen and the other is going in the bedroom. So all the cable has gone in for this too.

The bedroom has been skimmed and is ready for painting. The bathroom has been delivered. I searched for ages online to buy taps, shower mixers etc. On ebay I came across a lot of mixers and taps from China for very cheap. However a recent leak in my current flat has put me off cheap fittings. I am a big fan of German products and was hell bent on buying Grohe. The reviews of Grohe have always been good and I am a fan of the build quality. However Grohe isn't cheap however after hours if not days of searching on the net I came across Nigel was great help and help choose all the bits I needed and had them out to me in a few days. They were far cheaper than anywhere I else I found and bought the bathroom taps and mixers from there and WC from there. I didn't spend a lot of money on the sink bowls and bought them from ebay.

The free standing bath also has free standing taps and a shower head.

The Grohe WC is wall hung which will be boxed in and tiled over. The shower mixer has a shower head coming out of the ceiling and also a hand held shower coming of the wall. The shower will have a small alcove to store shampoo and shower gels etc.

Below is the skylight which is in the small landing upstairs. The light will shine downstairs into the lounge below too.

Below are pictures of the foundations. The pads have been filled with concrete. Over the next few days the beams will arrive which connect the pads together and then be covered with concrete.


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