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How not to improve your house


I Got 59 Problems (And Counting) And My Wife Ain’T One

Posted by daiking , 11 February 2016 · 1,447 views

Bring out your dead.So what progress has been made? There is a large extension standing, part finished, some parts more than others. Mutual indifference has led to the builder looking like he’s sacked us off. Not a great loss but leaves us with a not inconsiderable amount of work to do with a very inconsiderable amount of money to do it.I’ll try to list i...


Heating Settings

Posted by daiking , 02 November 2015 · 903 views

I’m looking for something qualitative rather than quantitative whilst I'm musing to myself, comments will usually trigger something in my mind to make a bit of sense and give me something to work on.Having previously spent a long time in a house that was impossible to comfortably warm and before that a flat with E7 heating, I’ve got no feel for what s...


Best Laid Plans.

Posted by daiking , 27 September 2015 · 787 views

My summer did not go to plan. I spent far too long digging myself out of a hole at work to meaningfully contribute to my home. Hopefully I'm finished that now, only 2 month late, :rolleyes: Still, I did manage 99% of the outstanding niggle jobs in the existing family bathroom to say that's finished and learnt some stuff along the way. Progress on...


Progress So Far

Posted by daiking , 31 July 2015 · 892 views

This is not quite the beginning but they’d only removed the concrete from the back and between the house and garage.http://i67.photobucket.com/albums/h319/dai_king/House%20stuff/P6164315.jpg Strip footings poured and foundations coming uphttp://i67.photobucket.com/albums/h319/dai_king/House%20stuff/P6264348.jpg http://i67.photobuck...s/h319/dai_k...


5 Week Plan

Posted by daiking , 26 July 2015 · 860 views

There lies a 5 week plan. 5 weeks without distractions (apart from the day job) to do my DIY tasks I've been putting off since I moved in in April. The original plan, rather too optimistic, was to tie in with the extension build and do some of the existing house finishing like floors etc but we're not ready for that. Instead, I need to get the bit...


Enough With The Sob Story

Posted by daiking , 23 July 2015 · 706 views

So, rather than looking at what has gone wrong, let's look as to what is going to go wrong. There are 3 aspects to this:1) The 55m2 extension that a builder is putting up2) Work on the existing house3) Outside1) Work is ongoing with this, we are up to slab level and next week the brickies start putting up the walls. This is a conventional basic brick...


I Am Not An Ebuilder

Posted by daiking , 21 July 2015 · 698 views

I am not an ebuilder, I’m not even a self-builder. So why am I here? I’m not even sure myself. I bought a small house on a reasonable sized plot, a 72m2 3 bed house, I think ‘bijou’ is the term over here it would be cosy elsewhere, on a 400m2 plot. The house itself is a 1960s brick semi-detached, very conventional with a pitched, gable end roof. The previ...

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