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The even Greater Outdoors

In the previous post I showed you stage one of our garden project. Here’s what happened next.

We chose to pave the patio using Truslate, using the ‘blue’ colour, which isn’t at all blue thankfully!

Here are some photos of the work in progress.

And then time to put some furniture and plants back.

Next job is to put some wire balustrade up between the fence posts.  Actually no, next job is to cook some lamb burgers, crack open a cold beer and enjoy the garden!


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The Great Outdoors

So the house is more-or-less done, albeit plenty of bits and pieces to finish off “one day”. We turned our attention to the garden, which has grown woefully neglected since the arrival of our daughter nearly a year ago.  Maintaining this wilderness has dropped way down the list of things to do!

We wanted to replace the path and beds of rose bushes and other shrubs with a more child-friendly lawn, whilst extending the old garage slab into a more useable patio for outdoor dining.  Here’s what happened…

Step 1: Cut back and remove the trees and shrubs

Step 2: erect a new fence and lift paving slabs

Step 3: extend the old garage slab using oak sleepers filled with broken up paving slabs lifted from the garden

Step 4: level lawn area with new topsoil – having dug up old lawn

Step 5: lay new turf, water daily

And wait for the grass to grow! More to come in the next post….

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Hall stairs and landing

We are on a roll! Hall, stairs and landing have also been replastered and decorated. We went for some bold coloured wallpaper as a feature wall up the stairs: Orla Kiely Multi-Stem, by Harlequin. We combined that with some neutral carpet and a bright red Ikea Expedit storage unit on the landing, to balance the whiteness of the rest of the walls. Next job, the nursery 🙂

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Bathroom renovation: done*

It’s actually been done* a while now, but here are a few photos. We are really pleased with the finished result, good choice of tiles and colour (which is a relief). One annoyance: the noisy extractor fan but it’ll do for now!

* except for blinds, better loo-roll holder, a shelf and a picture or two.

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Bathroom renovation: nearly finished

Bathroom a video by NBS78 on Flickr.

Everything is installed and working, just a few finishing touches and cleaning up to do now!


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Bathroom renovation progress

Here are a few videos and photos showing the nice rapid progress of our bathroom renovation over the last few days. Hopefully it’ll all be done pretty soon!

Boarded out


Wall tiles on, and partially painted

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Bathroom renovation day 1

Bathroom renovation day 1 a video by NBS78 on Flickr.

The first day of our bathroom renovation saw a LOT of destruction. The entire bathroom was stripped out in a day, right down to bare walls!

Weirdly the room feels tiny now. Lets see what tomorrow brings.

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