Just like Mr Miyagi's repeated wax on wax off, it's been window on window off here on the four dormers to allow all the Color Coat Urban panels to be folded into the openings. It's felt like going backwards to go forwards taking out the glass openers and frames, but as well as the fitters being busy... Continue Reading →
Do Up Diary #51 My gorgeous garage wall complete with inset brick boxes
Way back last summer, all those months ago, a germ of an idea wriggled it's way into my head that I didn't want a boring brick wall on the side of the garage/workshop at the all new Moregeous Mansions. Not that the wall would have been boring mind, constructed with beautiful, character filled reclaimed red... Continue Reading →
Do Up Diary #50 My tips on choosing & preparing timber windows for a new extension
Whooo hoooo, we're half way through!! Well, half way through fitting windows that is and how things have changed since my post at the start of December - Plastic Fantastic or Terrific Timber? The main house is still freezing to live in as the wind howls through the new extension, through the main house and into... Continue Reading →
Do Up Diary #49 Yep, it’s snowing. In the house!
OMG it's freezing in here!!! Yep, we have the only house in Manchester where it's actually snowing inside. It's whipping up a storm in the windowless Daddy Dormer with an endless battle against the wind tearing off the temporary membrane. But yes, it does look pretty out there. You can tell from Builder Cat's wide... Continue Reading →
Do Up Diary #46 : A January 2015 catch up of our Manchester renovation & build
It's been a very long few months since we demolished half our home in August 2014. The old 'West Wing' section, once stables with living quarters above, and built to the side of the main house, was falling down, structurally unsound, damp and cold. Coupled with the main house becoming virtually uninhabitable - no heating,... Continue Reading →
Do Up Diary #45 Leak begone! Let’s have a New Year and a New House!
So..... did you all have a lovely Christmas? Can you guess where we spent it?! Yep, that's right, even during the holibobs I was up on the scaffolding with my nieces and nephew in our paper cracker hats 🙂 It was a big shock to them and my sister, who hadn't been to site since... Continue Reading →
Do Up Diary #40 Tile treasure unearthed in the Psycho room
It's always wonderful to find interior treasure but even better when it's in your house and you didn't even know it was there! The sole room amidst the chaos of our renovation to be anywhere near ready is the one which will eventually be our guest bedroom. It was stripped back to brick months ago and re-plastered... Continue Reading →