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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!!

Monday, March 1, 2010


Focusing on the positive, thought I'd give you a snap shot of progress down at the site.  Things are still moving along, albeit at a slower pace these days.  

We have decided to to flush mount our TV's in the family room and in the seating area in the kitchen. Made to measure niches have been created in the stud work to accommodate the TV's and slim profile bracket.  

Anyone who remembers the size of our trusty old box at Butterlaw Farm, will realise they will have to be new TV's!!  Hoping that I can make the budget do magic tricks so we are able to fill the niches we've created.....

Recessed TV's

This is where the idea came from...ripped this out of a magazine ages ago, the tv will sit in between the two windows in the dining area just like this (she says confidently!)

When the internal plastering started without any windows in situ, I did think we were asking for trouble.  However, Mark my builder has been a master at keeping things progressing, which has been difficult to do when the house should have been water tight back in October.  As you can see in these pics the walls and ceilings that have been plastered have now turned an almost dried out powdery pink.


  1. Chin up Mrs C. I know and feel your heartache. You are blessed to have such a great builder. He sounds like he is on your side! Ours was our enemy as soon as we signed the contract and he treated us with absolute contempt with no site supervision whatsoever! We had a tough time behind the scenes (and out of the blog due to legal reasons). We are now selling.... quietly on the market. I will find a decent builder and I am going to do it all again and have a better experience.
    Fantastic idea for your TV's! A-M xx

  2. This is a really smart idea. I'm so impressed with how thoroughly you researched all of your design ideas. It will be so worth it in the end.

    Hope this finds you well-nelya


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