Extension Diary

Tuesday, 12 May 2009

The bricks arrive!

Finally, the bricks arrive - they should have been delivered on Friday, but for some reason were delayed by a few days. In the meantime the blockwork got built up to the first floor level. We had to move the kitchen window slightly, as it had been placed a bit too close to the corner to allow a kitchen wall corner unit to fit.
So today we had three brickies working hard all day laying the exterior brick work. Not too sure about the colour match with the existing brick work and mortar - I need to talk to Phil about this tomorrow, but hopefully it will improve over time!

In other news - we paid our first installment of the build costs as we'd reached DPC level. The next installment is due when up to first floor, so probably not too long!

We've been busy deciding what kitchen we want to put in. Had a quote from Wickes for their Calgary range which came in just under £9K, including appliances and laminate worktops - and that includes a good discount from list price of over £14K. Also looking at kitchens from nationalkitchens.co.uk who seem to be well recommended on a number of internet forums. The price of their kitchen units is comparable to Wickes, but I think look to be better quality. And we'll get Howdens to give us a quote too, and see how the land lies.
And also been getting quotes for a solar hot water system - panels and a thermal store. The first quote I got was a little more than I was expecting, but I've got a few more quotes in the pipeline, so maybe it might not be so bad - we'll see!


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