Welcome to my blog

We moved to Ireland with the notion of building our "dream" home in May 2007 after purchasing the site earlier on that year. Mr C is Irish and originally from Limerick but he remains in the UK during the week, his job is running www.cruise.co.uk and earning the bucks that will hopefully allow us to "live the dream."

It's taken us almost two years but ground will be broken on the site by the end of May 09!! A lot of blood, sweat & loads of tears (all mine!) have gone into this project already, we left a fabulous house behind in Newcastle...and now for my Kevin McLeod bit, "can the new build can live up to my expectations and the old house we left behind"? I'm not sure...keep watching my blog and you'll find out!!

Sunday, October 18, 2009

So Pleased with the Plastering....

Am loving the monocouche render that's now covering the exterior blockwork.

It's a chalky off white colour, very Farrow & Ball (ha ha)...just perfect!

Limestone sills looking very smart....
 pleased with my decision to upgrade from the concrete one's I'd originally specified.

and finally, the light nap textured finish to the render is just what I wanted
....not too heavy....not too flat....it's just right

Busy week on site ahead...start of first fix electrics for which I'm really not fully prepared for....exciting though!

Monday, October 12, 2009

Progress Report......

A busy morning on site

laying the final  ground floor underfloor heating pipes in the family room

concrete to finish the ground floor to follow this week

meanwhile men on stilts in the garage skimming the ceiling

The roof is taking shape nicely

Windows are due to be fitted on 27th October......

So there's still a whole lot of roofing to be completed between now and then!

....and finally, a cute gatecrasher from next door!

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Struggling to Juggle

This is my new mantra

I will get more time to catch my breath once this house is completed!!

I feel like I'm juggling one too many balls at the moment, and my heart is experiencing the odd palpitation just thinking about the consequences of any ball dropping!!  My girls did their homework in the back of the car parked on site this afternoon whilst I had a quick meeting with Stephen my plumbing contractor.  He has just started preparing the ground floor for underfloor heating, so just wanted me to confirm the exact layout of a few things.....I was 40 minutes and zero homework got done - no surprise there!

To be very honest, I have found keeping on top of my project somewhat difficult over the past couple of weeks.  My energy levels are low, the length of my "to do list" is a joke and in general my enthusiasm has been dipping in favour of being just "mummy" to my three girls.

I don't know what would have happend if we hadn't opted for the "main contractor" route.....err yes I do, it would have been a DISASTER!!

Roof will be on and windows fitted in four weeks time, I'm sure I'll get a renewed surge of enthusiasm and energy once the house is weather tight and the internal works get started.....off to Dublin for a family weekend away from all things "house", so hope to be back on form Monday........