Author Archive: willthames

DIY for cats

With all the disruption in the last few months, combined with a new cat, the cats haven’t always been at peace. To try and resolve some of the conflicts, we engaged a cat psychologist, who recommended getting more vertical space for the cats to hang out without feeling threatened. We now have four new cat …

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Painters gonna paint, paint, paint, paint, paint

In the two months since we last updated the blog with photos of cats, we’ve been making solid progress on the house (not to say we couldn’t have done more, but we could have achieved a lot less!) Inside, upstairs we’re almost finished. First room to be deemed done was the office, with two purple …

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DIY cats

I’m not really sure how builders cope, going to work each day without a cat or two helping by generally getting underfoot or trying to escape outside at any opportunity. Thankfully, I’m not a builder, so I can do my home improvements in the company of Elska, Taala and Cookie. Elska has always been our …

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Painting week wrap up

Today painting week ended. Unfortunately, painting has not ended. We still have walls and walls to paint. We’ve even got a quote from Brendon, a proper painter, to do the external work, and that still leaves weeks of painting to do. Once we’re moved in we should be able to do a bit more piecemeal …

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Painting week weekend

This weekend Peta took advantage of the scaffolding to give the gable a bit of a facelift. The arch window is the single remaining window from the old house (the window itself is rectangular and we haven’t had the time/money/energy to do anything better with it than leave it) and has some interesting decoration. But …

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Painting week, day two

There was no painting on painting week day two. Given that painting is at least 50% preparation and, for some of our walls, more than that, it’s not too surprising that there are days where we don’t even pick up a brush. So most of today was spent filling in gaps and filling in holes …

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A start of Painting Week update

Starting today, Peta and I have a week off work. This will allow us to make as much of the house ready to move in as we can in a week. Since the last update, we’ve finished the vast majority of ceilings, not just those needing a fan. After Day One, where the deck ceiling …

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Are we nearing the end of needing to choose?

We realised today that most of the difficult choices have now been made. Things that we didn’t even know we needed to care about, having to be decided in a course of days or even hours. Choices that we’ve made that we’ve never had to make before include: Toilets, bath Towel rails, toilet roll holders …

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When you gaze too long into the stairwell…

We have a stairwell! The new stairwell really brightens up downstairs In other news, all the tiles for the toilets and bathroom have been chosen

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End of another week

Visible progress is slowing down on the project now, but there are still some obvious differences between this week and last week.   The framing of the house is complete, and Fred gave us a tour of the ground floor this morning, we got to see all the well thought through elements of the build …

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