Friday 24th August.
On Wednesday we drove up to the build to see what has been going on. We hadn’t been for 10 days, as there was a hold up with the windows. Boy, things really look good. The windows are now in and looking very good.
We are very happy with the way the windows look and are pleased we went with the white frames. They still look a little grey as most of them still have a protective plastic skin on them. We did think the front door had been set a little low. There was quite a gap at the top and the door just cleared the concrete floor. By time we have tiles that could be a problem. That will now be rectified. Also we don’t like the frosted panels in the front door. Here it looks like just a few panels are frosted, but actually the other ones don’t have any glass in yet. This is the only window which actually has any glass in it. Evidently the French doors are also at a slight angle. Strangely enough we didn’t notice that!! That will also be fixed of course.
The others don’t have any glass at all, though it really is an optical illusion, as until you have put your hand through the space, it looks like there is glass in them. We are having a meeting next week about what we would like instead of the frosted panes. I don’t mind if it is just clear glass like the rest of the house. But we will see what else there is on offer.
One other thing we noticed is the fact that the meter box in the garage has finally been put in the right position. We are very happy to see that.
I love the really large bay windows. It will really be wonderful to sit here when the window seat is installed.
Elizabeth and I had problems trying to work out how to open the second half of the French doors in the formal lounge. For some reason we don’t have a photograph of this door. There is a handle on the right side and that opens easily. There didn’t seem any way to open the other side. Martin came along and saw once the right door was open, in the actual door itself is a pop out handle to open the other side. Very ingenious.
The other place where there is an ingenious handle is in the large stacker doors in the family room. On the left side there is a window that can be opened if it is too windy to open the whole door. The handle of course can’t be normal as then it couldn’t be a stacker door. The handle is actually flush with the window frame and pops out to then open the window.
Simon had told us that the bricklayer would be there, but evidently we just missed him. But at least all the bricks were on site and we were able to check they were what we wanted. They are a pretty good match to our original choice which was from a different company.
The boxes on the top are the original bricks. It will be lovely to see these installed.
More next time.