Today's the day building work starts

(56 Posts)
Reastie Mon 08-Jul-13 07:43:45

I've been posting on here for months various questions ( thanks for all your help btw) and today finally is start day for building works. We're having work done on the kitchen and dining room.

Spent the whole week end clearing out both rooms and we are now living in a make shift kitchen and dining room which is in the playroom.

I'm rubbish with people in my house and am feeling sick with nerves for the month or so ahead where it will be mayhem. I'm very fussy but also not very assertive.

I'm excited for the end product but not the work to get there!

Any tips to get this to go well? Anyone else having building work done and need some fellow hand holding?

Reastie Mon 22-Jul-13 18:53:57

So how did everyones builders do this hot Monday?

Kitchen here progressing although it turns out our bespoke made to measure kitchen actually doesn't fit and builders have been having to tweak/use their skills to make it fit (although can blame the fact the rooms been plastered and they had to guess the plaster change in size). Rung up kitchen shop about the oak unit that should be painted cream and they don't want to know! They are ringing back tomorrow hopefully they will redo it but have said it will take a month - a month to make ONE WALL CUPBOARD?!!!!! We've said if that's the case they will have to put it up themselves as our builders will be finished by then (I hope!) angry <sigh>

In good news we've started painting the dining room and kitchen. The kitchen a sage green and the dining room a sort of teal ish colour like this

MummytoMog Fri 19-Jul-13 19:52:04

How irritating - you sort of expect that when you pay a premium for a personally designed kitchen, then the daft lumps and bumps you get with flat pack don't happen. Glad to hear your carpet is ok though!

Ceilings on first floor are fucked. Will all have to be reboarded and skimmed. DS cannot sleep in his room because of the idiot apprentice putting his foot through the ceiling and I am generally a bit pissed off. So was not amused by the builder buggering off to Madeira next week, and then getting an invoice from the contractor for this stage of the build. He can sod off if he thinks I'm paying that before Monday.

Reastie Fri 19-Jul-13 19:23:14

mummy confused to the cracks in ceiling. How big are they?

fay that does sound amazing. We were originally going to move windows and doors and the wall between kitchen and dining room but all got too expensive so we plumped for a new kitchen and dining room storage.

Back from holiday. Progress is relatively good and thank goodness my cream carpet not too bad. 2 things wrong with the bespoke kitchen though (not builders fault) - we asked for units to ceiling and they aren't. Shop say they can do it but it'll take a month and will look too top heavy. We've decided to keep what we have but feel confused they didn't mention this when they agreed to do units to ceiling. Additionally we have a microwave unit in a wall cupboard to put our freestanding microwave (with the option of built in in future) and they've done it in oak veneer (same as inside the cupboards) but the kitchen is painted wood so looks really random so need to ring them to redo cupboard. Probably will take them a month to get that done and just want it done. The price we're paying I'm not settling for the oak veneer though. In other news it's great to be back and see it all in RL - it's going to look fab when it's finally finished.

Hoping to paint the kitchen this week end.

MummytoMog Thu 18-Jul-13 16:12:52

That kitchen diner sounds lovely! That was sort of what we were going to do, before we got all carried away (for which I am now kicking myself). Lots of in progress pictures please!

My bathroom ceiling has apparently developed new and exciting cracks. Builder says not to worry. Of course it's not his bloody ceiling, so he would say that.

Reastie Thu 18-Jul-13 14:31:41

Please do join fay . What exam are you studying for? <nosy>
. I keep telling myself it will be worth it in the end. Mind you, that's easy for me to say from the luxury of my holiday - I'll come crashing back to RL tomorrow when we get back to our tip of a house with still no kitchen confused

FayTality Thu 18-Jul-13 09:35:22

May I join the gang? We're about to start an extension (next Tuesday) so I am still in blissful ignorance of the stresses involved! I also have an exam to sit at the end of August, so my biggest concern just now is juggling studying and coping with the extension confused.

We're planning a full width, single storey extension across the back of the house to link together the current kitchen and dining room, and create a large, open plan kitchen/living/dining space with bifold doors out to the garden. The builders reckon it will take 14-16 weeks - we are planning to hold my husband's 50th birthday party in the house in 20 weeks' time, so hopefully things won't overrun too badly (or it will be a December garden party shock).

I'm nowhere near ready for this! AAARRRGGHH! <breathe>

On the plus side, our house used to be two flats, so we have a second kitchen upstairs, which means that we (hopefully) will retain a functioning kitchen throughout. The only issue is if they need to access under the floorboards there in order to hold up the back wall - we will have to wait and see.

Anyway, I love the idea of keeping a record of progress throughout, so will make sure I get lots of before/during/after photos.

Good luck to all!

Reastie Thu 18-Jul-13 08:27:41

I'm not sure mummy I hope they would sort any mess. I'm extremely fussy in there - no shoes allowed and DD not allowed to eat in there becasue of carpet confused . I'm sure your builders will sort it out and come through and you won't want to kill them in the end but you may a little bit sometimes

MummytoMog Wed 17-Jul-13 21:21:26

Oh and stuff on the cream carpet, wtf? They will need to pay for the cleaning if its dirty right?

MummytoMog Wed 17-Jul-13 21:20:45

Skip finally showed up, a week late. I have almost no roof now. I've also moved a LOT of wood down to the end of my garden. I may need a new wood shed. I'm feeling very tense about it all, and have basically no confidence in my builder after last weekend. Someone reassure me that I won't spend the next six months wanting to kill the builders every single day.

Reastie Wed 17-Jul-13 18:43:39

How is it progressing everyone?

My Dsis is emailing me update pictures whilst I'm on holiday this week. The kitchen has been delivered but not in yet and they've put it in the sitting room with my beautiful expensive cream carpet which I specifically asked the builders not to put it in confused . Please let the carpet not be ruined please let the carpet not be ruined.......

MummytoMog Sat 13-Jul-13 22:42:20

We do have hot water. And we also have lots of roof trusses to burn in the stove this winter which we will need as god only knows if the boiler will still be working or connected

MummytoMog Sat 13-Jul-13 22:41:15

Well next door are all sorted with the Sky - phew! There is now a suspicious damp patch on DD's ceiling, which I think may be from me trying to refill the boiler and I just went outside and there's a light on in the hole in my roof!!

And breathe, because my brother is coming tomorrow to disconnect the electrics and we can work out what is leaking and what light is on and it will all be fine, yes it will.

Those of you at the kitchen fitting stage, and tile picking stage, please cheer me up with lots of lovely beautiful things - I know it will come good, and everybody hates this stage!

MousyMouse Sat 13-Jul-13 18:55:13

finally all wall tiles are done, floor tiles tomorrow. and a big deadline: the plumber comes monday to install sink, bath, radiator...
my poor relative, working so hard and trying not to curse with the dc around.
hopefully I will be able to take a bath monday evening!

Shamoy Sat 13-Jul-13 08:15:51

Our first week went well! We now have a wall missing downstairs which is being held up by big metal bars all through the walls up and down stairs. Going to have the steel put inside the wall to support it next week.
Am finding it very exciting to be choosing the tiles we want and the paint colours etc, which offsets the noise and dust and helps focus on the end result!!
Nice to have the weekend off from the noise :-)

Reastie Sat 13-Jul-13 05:52:34

mummy <sigh> oh dear, just as well it's hot and you don't need the heating on confused . Do you have any hot water?

I'm on holiday later (thank goodness I'll get away from the works!) so might be away from the thread, but please keep chatting, I'll be back!

Kitchen arriving on Monday and sad I won't get to see it but it's possible the kitchen might be at least partly fitted by the time I get back grin

MummytoMog Thu 11-Jul-13 21:36:47

Scrub that - can't refill boiler and sky is not working now it's the evening. I've shoved loads of water in the boiler and it's not gaining pressure, which makes me think there's a loose radiator valve upstairs. I can't check of course, because there's a bloody great piece of wood screwed in, blocking my access to the loft and I ain't climbing the ladder without someone footing it. I shall leave a note.

MummytoMog Thu 11-Jul-13 19:00:41

Well builders agreed to pay for next door to have their dish moved but not ours. Ours has miraculously started working again, so we're going to leave it. Went round to apologise and explain and neighbour was really really nice about it, although I have since heard that the scaffolders blocked half my neighbours in their drives and then buggered off to get lunch. Not my favourite scaffolders then.

Back dormer is GONE. Most of the pent roof is also stripped back, to prepare for going out to the gable end, so they're getting there on demo.

Reastie Thu 11-Jul-13 18:34:52

Well, we've had electric first fix and plasterboard up, they are plastering tomorrow. Monday the electricians are coming to do more work and then they need to do some plumbing for a washing machine and then it's all systems go to put in the new kitchen (which is already made up) then cutting worktops, doing tiling and then putting in floor. I'm thinking a month should be realistic (3 weeks after this week), please let it not take longer!

mousy welcome. it's so nice to bore share with other people going through the same thing

MousyMouse Thu 11-Jul-13 18:26:54

we are getting a new bathroom right now.
it's a bit of a pain as this is the only bathroom in the house. at least the weather is lovely and we have a lido nearby...
agree with the others, expect delays. dismantling was supposed to take a day, another one for the dry lining and then another 3 days for tiling.
we are on day 5 and the dry lining has nearly finished.
the dust is unbelievable.
I mop through the hall every evening to keep a bit on top but you woukd never know...
can't wait for the finished article!

Reastie Thu 11-Jul-13 07:31:01

mummy <sigh> for you and the satellite signal and boiler. Hope lots of things happen today for you.

neatfreak are you OK this morning? I'm not surprised you had a meltdown, it sounds so stressful I don't know how you've coped so well already. Do you have any friends you could stay with at least during the day to get some peace?

shamoy sounds like an impressive start. There's dust here everywhere too confused

Plasterboarding and plastering today hopefully and alarm service/moving some alarm points.

MummytoMog Thu 11-Jul-13 00:17:06

Ok, Neatfreak, that sounds awful! At least we still have the run of the house mostly. Got home late, found scaffolding still not finished, but finished enough to cut off our satellite signal (annoying but bearable) but also our neighbour. Which is not acceptable. Scaffolders say builders need to sort it out. Builders of course are not here to ask. Neighbours being nice, but I bet they're pissed off, I would be. Anyway, builders have also left combi boiler with nil pressure, which I don't think is good for it from what the gasman told me when he fitted it, so will have to check I can refill it tomorrow as radiators are off, but I can't see any sign of capping on the pipes. Buggrit. And the lazy buggers did sod all today except break one of the loft windows, which fortunately is being replaced anyway but still hmm

NeatFreak Wed 10-Jul-13 19:52:28

It feels better knowing others are going through similar experiences. Just had total meltdown on dh after convincing my 5 year old to fill some empty water bottles from the bathroom tap upstairs so I could boil the kettle and wash up after dinner and fushing through it before the baby woke up. It's been going on solong, I'm sleep deprived and breaking point has officially been reached sad. Builders were here for most of the day and have done some plaster boarding, a bit of plumbing (can't tell what but know they were doing something!) and finished off the doors/ skirting etc. I could go and stay with family but not for another 2.5 weeks by which point there should be much more progress (fingers crossed!) so it'd be a bit pointless, especially as they are 400 miles away and we are visiting in 5 weeks anyway...

Tomorrow is a new day so here's hoping we all have productive builders, little mess and lots of progress!

Shamoy Wed 10-Jul-13 19:20:36

We had building work start this Monday too! Ours is a 10 week job. So far so good! Builders are turning up at 7.30am and seem to be motoring through the work so far. We've already got a wall knocked through downstairs!
I just had to clean the bath for the second time today so that I could bath he children. It was full of builders dust!
I'm not looking forward to the early starts and the really really loud noise during the holidays!!

Reastie Wed 10-Jul-13 19:05:18

mummy confused hate that teeth sucking and head shaking. Not had that yet and crossing fingers madly we don't get it. Hope they know what they're doing and hmm to them asking if you have a hose.

Things OK here. Builders late as bad traffic and then had to wait for a while for another builder to bring in materials. Plasterboard has been started to be applied. Apparently they accidentally set the alarm off via the panic button when plasterboarding and had to ring DH for the code! Alarm now not working but luckily alarm man coming tomorrow by coincidence to service alarm so can sort that out then. If it had to happen it was a good time for it to happen!

Have headache from hell today confused and biggest pain if being stuck in all day tomorrow to wait in for alarm man and delivery of wood for DH having being stuck in this morning AND all day Tuesday for deliveries of things I need to check/inspect <sigh>. All this lovely weather and we are trapped in one tiny room with everything in it. DD is going crazy and behaving awfully from boredom already.

MummytoMog Wed 10-Jul-13 12:25:06

So scaffolders not shown up to finish job yet, but a pair of chippies rocked up and immediately started sucking their teeth and complaining about having to cut the water off and the dodgy electrics (loft is run off a spur from the upstairs sockets and the fuse is shared by the kitchen sockets. We mentioned this repeatedly to the contractor as we're going to completely rewire the house at some point during the build). Eventually they decided to cap them off for now and my brother will investigate on Sunday (when he comes to repaint my house!). Have since had a text asking if I have a hose. I don't. I assume they're draining down my system to remove the loft radiators. I really hope they know what they're doing. That boiler was expensive and it's only two years old.

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