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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!!

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Back to Blogging....time for an update!!!

Haven't been blogging for a while,  well for two months to be exact, so here's a quick update of where we are at now.........

The roof is slated and the family room has it's stone cladding
(check out the cute little chimneys too!)

You can probably see we are still waiting for our windows (don't ask!), they are now due to be fitted mid January.  I was really upset about the delay initially, however it has given me a little bit of breathing space to do other things apart from "the house" in the run up to Christmas.  The hectic schedule will pick up again at the beginning of January.

The concrete staircase is now in

They do look a little steep, but I'm keeping my fingers crossed that it will all come together once the chunky oak treads go on.  Still can't decided on balustrading yet.

The treads that go on will make the staircase look something along the lines of this one.

I've just purchased the stairlights, they are called Quara Invisible Round from Mr Resistor

Am anxious to see what they will look like fitted, they are meant to be fitted flush into the wall, there should be no light fitting visible.

Just a few wires!
First fix electrics are now just about complete

Recessed light fittings have been chosen.
Have decided on a Wever & Ducre fitting called "Deep"

Next job in January is to decide on the style of sockets!

Loft space in kids rooms
Very cool...but....very high up!

both of my older girls have loft space built into their bedrooms....seemed like a great fun idea at the time, now they seem incredibly high up.  We were just going to use a fixed ladder for access, something like this

with safety glass balustrade like this

Looking at the hight now we are thinking about maybe putting some type of fixed staircase or spiral in and maybe using a trapdoor for access....work in progress watch this space!!

Kitchen & Dining
Velux windows are fitted in dining area

would like seating like this to go where the x is on the wall above!

We've gone with 4 velux in the vaulted roof, these are a late amendment but am please we decided to go for them now, it will make the whole kitchen area so light.

looking down from the kitchen into the dining area

Well that's about all for now folks, will try to get a few more shots this week and then that's the site closed til after the Christmas break.

Bye for now and a Merry Christmas!
Mrs C