Saturday, 26 April 2014

Nearly there


Ok, so this is quickly turning into the longest build for the smallest of buildings. Needless to say we are hoping that this will be a completed project in the next few days! But our carpet has been fitted, in fact I was shocked at the speed, they were finished and off in 10 minutes. I think it looks smashing, I'm definitely sold on berber carpets! The stable door has also been painted, but I still have to do the coat of green on the outside. We also still need to fit the door on to the fuse box cupboard, but the eagle-eyed might notice that the annoying window stickers have gone!


Plus, we have rafters! My builder looked at me like I was mad when I suggested this idea and I think he mentally stopped listening when I started talking about whether we could bash the wood a bit to make it look older. I didn't get him to do that but the rafters are up and I do think this works and stops the room looking boxy. The sack in the corner is left over carpet and underlay...not my builder!


We have also enlarged the flower beds near the water butt so I've managed to claw back some of the growing space I lost with the addition of the garden room. All in all, my garden and I have not done too badly. I lost quite a shady damp area that was a bit problematic, it became my minuscule woodland garden but was no good for any crops!


The water butt is also on it's little brick plinth and there is a small concrete raised section. I had wanted to make this raised section out of brick, set in a herringbone pattern but at this stage we are running low on time and funds so we had to go for the quickest option. I think I already regret that decision, but considering the mountains of decisions we have made, one out of the many isn't too bad.


Now that the garden room is kind-of almost finished, we could start on painting the house! The sitting room has had two coats of Hollyhock from Little Greene (the radiator is still the original colour, we didn't get round to painting that today, but it gives a good comparison.) This is the most I have seen of my sitting room for ages; it had been draped in dust sheets and become a staging area for the garden room for months!


And here is Linen Wash by Little Greene in the dining room which we also used in the garden room. Again, the radiator is still in the original colour (you can see it just behind the dresser). We've scheduled our furniture to be delivered back to us this Friday so we very much hope everything will be in place by then!

13 comments:

  1. It's looking good. The rafters idea is inspirational, despite doubting builders.

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  2. It all looks fab. I love your borders too.

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  3. It looks amazing! Never listen to builders! You should have seen their faces when I told them I wanted to use to pieces from an old dresser in the opening between my kitchen and dining-room!

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  4. Looks wonderful! The addition already looks like it's been there forever, with the greenery leafing out all around it. I look forward to every post, like the next chapter in a book.

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  5. Your room is really looking good. And does not look like a box. With the rafters it give it soul and character.With all those
    flower beds it will be really pretty.
    Rosezeeta.

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  6. It is getting there, not much longer to go. I have been watching (through your blog not stalking you haha) the progress and I must say it is looking fantastic. I absolutely love it and can't wait to see it completely finished with furniture, and the garden in all it's glory once it is all in bloom, it is going to look gorgeous and hopefully all worth the wait and all the mess for you x x x x

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  7. Oh Charlotte, I laughed out aloud reading your second paragraph! I think our builder gave me the same look! Well, I am so happy for you, all your decisions for your cottage and extra room are brilliant. The small concrete section will look great with some pots. The Berber carpet is so beautiful, it looks very similar to the Alpaca carpet we have used. Your paint colours are lovely, so you get the picture, I love your cottage. Well done. Ann

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  8. I think you will love it the most in winter when it is cold!

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  9. It looks fantastic- and the rafters are perfect! They really do help it look more a part of the natural home. For your concrete slab, could you just plan to purchase some brick facing in the future, and lay that atop the concrete? Then you'd have the look you want, but could delay it until the funds open up a bit.
    This has been so fun to follow along; I can't wait to see it all furnished and done up!

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  10. Hi,it's all looking so fabulous,good choices of paint and that carpet looks perfect! Can't wait to see it all done,you have such good taste it'll be so lovely and your garden too,I like the way the path winds down to the room and the edging is just right are you going for more cottage garden planting?I am so envious!

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  11. It is always exciting to be finally near the end of a major renovation project, as you can almost see the finished product right before your eyes. I hope you won't have any more problems, so you can finish everything according to your plan.

    Amber Moore @ America’s Choice Roofing

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