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  • Premier Icon bearnecessities
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    Today I cleaned up.

    In other news, I have some doors now and some lighting.

    A bit camp.

    Mega-camp death star

    A bit less camp

    Progress may be slow, but it is being done with wages alone!

    Jamie
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    What you have there is essentially the lighting fixture equivalent of….

    Premier Icon bearnecessities
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    Today, 11 months on, I bought my first piece of furniture!

    I appreciate this may not seem significant, but it is to me πŸ™‚

    Tomorrow I order my first bit of carpet/fitting as well and next week, I discuss finer details of windows and doors, with a view to sign on dotted line…it’s just all all go-go-go*

    *money, that is.

    Premier Icon bearnecessities
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    Today I am shitting rainbows; the bedroom is finished!*

    *New furniture is needed obviously and pole & curtains are on order (thanks Bunnyhop for some advice last year) but I am so, so, so, so pleased to have a room that is carpeted – oh the luxury πŸ™‚

    My house (ok, the bank’s house) at last, looks vaguely habitable, in one room.

    Thank you all for the advice from here in various threads, it’s really appreciated. (this is also a caveat there are more to come!)

    Also, for some advice, any suggestions what to do with the fireplace ? Just paint black is my thought (I have the grate somewhere), or is there a better option?

    [video]https://www.youtube.com/watch?x-yt-ts=1421914688&v=wvQb0pTxqN4&x-yt-cl=84503534&feature=player_embedded[/video]

    Premier Icon maccruiskeen
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    *clicks Like*

    I’m actually not minding the fire surround white. I think because the rest of the room is quite crisp and pale the fireplace would shout too much if it was a contrasting colour, especially as its in a corner rather than the focal point in the room. That would maybe change if you add or change furniture or whatever over time, but with the room as it is I think the white is fine.

    Did you not have time to fit the mirror on the ceiling?

    Premier Icon bearnecessities
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    Thanks πŸ™‚ It’s a big deal this for me as you know and only folk that have been on a similar journey will appreciate the small victory this is!

    I should have been clearer, I mean the innards of the fire – what to do with it?

    Just looks a bit ‘argh’ as is. Surround stays as is.

    Premier Icon matt_outandabout
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    Spots in a bedroom? Noooo.

    You need black silk sheets to go with flashy’s suggested ceiling mirror and those spots.

    Premier Icon maccruiskeen
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    ahh I see. maybe Grate Polish on the metal – more of a pencil-lead black than a black-paint black.

    Premier Icon bearnecessities
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    Seriously? You think spotlights suggest I’m a deviant?!

    Anyhow, got any better suggestions for lighting in the second bedroom you two? 8)

    ..and thank you G, I shall google this grate polish you speak of.

    Some of this in the front garden, I assume?

    Premier Icon maccruiskeen
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    Thats a mark II Jedi remote training orb thingy isn’t it?

    Premier Icon ads678
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    Lol @ CFH

    Premier Icon bearnecessities
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    CFH. I remember my parents giving away a pampass grass when we lived in Torquay. A couple came around, dug it up and gave me some sweets. In hindsight, I got away lightly.

    ..and yes, it is basically an LED deathstar/glitter ball. When a friend who works for a lighting company offers you anything at retail minus 70%, you can go a bit crazy. (You wouldn’t believe what that sells at!)

    I do like it though πŸ˜€

    bamboo
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    Looks fantastic, what a great amount of effort you have put into that. As it is, I like the spotlights.

    Premier Icon bruk
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    Like that Death Star glitter ball. Wouldn’t have it in my house like, but fits with the rest of your lighting being modern.

    Nice fireplace, just needs bit of polish and then maybe try salvage places for some more ornate grate to make it look nicer.

    Premier Icon bearnecessities
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    Living room tackled, I’m bloody knackered.

    Any opinions as to whether to leave brickwork exposed on just on the front of fireplace, or leaving on the front and either side as well?

    Premier Icon bearnecessities
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    Not sure if anyone cares about updates anymore, but just in case πŸ™‚

    Back garden has been turned into a blank canvas this week, with hired help of a couple of northerners (ok, they did most the work). Genuine good-guys and complete work-animals.

    ….and the front garden is currently shitting itself πŸ˜€

    alpin
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    Not sure if anyone cares about updates anymore

    i do*

    nice work, fella

    *not πŸ˜‰

    bamboo
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    Keep the updates coming!

    crankboy
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    Do we want updates? It seems 50% of TV programming is based on the premises the entire nation enjoys watching other peoples build / renovation projects . We all want to see how this works out then when finished we can move on to giving you dating advise.

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    Looking good. I’ve done the same

    I’ve a diary on another site if it’s ok to link it?

    grum
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    Back garden has been turned into a blank canvas this week, with hired help of a couple of northerners

    You are Alan Partridge and I claim my Β£5.

    [video]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IRjIC51UILc[/video]

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    Finished the back garden today.

    Premier Icon honeybadgerx
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    Hmm. Needs a new build bike somewhere for us to comment on in reverse-STW tradition.

    grahamt1980
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    As there is no bike. And this is stw
    Your turf lines do not line up with the edge of your shed

    Finished? Half the lawn done, plants still in pots two types of gravel and path coveted in shit?

    I’ll give you “finished” my lad.

    Premier Icon bearnecessities
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    It’s true, I got over-excited at definition of ‘finished’. How about “looks like a garden eventually, rather than a building site”?

    Plus, my bikes are ancient..

    EDIT:

    Your turf lines do not line up with the edge of your shed

    Outside you, NOW.

    bamboo
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    Nice work, looks really great. How’s the house coming along?

    grahamt1980
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    Haha sorry couldn’t resist

    Premier Icon bearnecessities
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    How’s the house coming along?

    Expensively.

    Whole house repointed, new lintels, aluminium guttering front and rear, new rain pipes, repointed gables, restored soffits, repointed chimney, pepperpots fitted, foil wrapped windows, new flat roof at rear, French doors etc and today, a new window being cut out. Building control tomorrow.

    I’ve not even begun on the inside!

    It’s a good job I’m single because I can’t afford a missus, or a date, or beans on toast.

    Premier Icon maccruiskeen
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    I’ve not even begun on the inside!

    The shed looks habitable though. I’d just move in there. πŸ™‚

    Premier Icon bearnecessities
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    That’s it I think now for this thread, time to shoot it in the head.

    Final update is that today the outside of the house, was finished. If you look carefully, it did a wee in excitement. Some excess mortar to scrub off, but job jobbed.

    All your advice, encouragement, piss-taking and patience on my many, often stupid questions on other threads is genuinely appreciated. The latter will continue though – that confidence to actually tackle something unknown, is an odd one, but I’m overcoming it.

    Thanks, and good luck to any others going through it.

    House out.

    Ambrose
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    Well Done That Man. Looks good πŸ™‚

    wrightyson
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    The “rockery” looks nice. πŸ˜‰
    This summer on the back of my real job I intend to gut my house top to bottom whilst living in it. A job that should’ve been done 14 years ago. I may start a thread on domestics/pain/children with asthma.
    Well done bear.

    twinw4ll
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    Nice job bear, you appear to still be in the first flush of enthusiasm, i’ve spent the last 30 years doing up various properties and i’m now halfway through an epic loft conversion, to be honest iv’e had enough, the next house is gonna be mint and my wife has been instructed to shoot me if i look at anything without a roof.

    racefaceec90
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    congratulations good sir and well done πŸ˜€

    i have not a clue about anything diy or building/painting e.t.c so fair play to you for taking it on yourself πŸ™‚

    i have to admit that i haven’t read the whole thread but i will do so,oh yes i will do.

    Premier Icon bearnecessities
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    you appear to still be in the first flush of enthusiasm

    No. I. Am. Not.

    That left me long ago; every little thing that’s completed is a victory though.

    I have been so close to tears at times, and that’s not a joke. It’s really hard by yourself with no partner or friends that can help, if you’re a soft-handed office bitch.

    I’m not really sure I’d recommend it TBH!

    You lot have helped though, and that’s something.

    bamboo
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    I’ve always enjoyed this thread so please keep it going as you carry on with the inside. From what I can see, it looks like you are doing a really good and thorough job!

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