Saturday, September 26, 2015

End of September House Update

Today was a beautiful, crisp autumn day in London. Ryan and I walked up to Hampstead village this morning. In the afternoon we went over to the house expecting to see new windows...but they were nowhere to be found.  However, the builders have finally found a way to clean the exterior  brick.  They have also started installing the plumbing and the drywall.  The kitchen is at a complete standstill pending the party wall agreements.

Beautiful morning in Hampstead - Church Row

Under wraps - the brick cleaning has commenced

Our neighbors had their bricks cleaned - hopefully ours will look this nice

Ground floor window - the bricks already look better!

Monday, September 14, 2015

Back to School and House Update

Ryan is back in school and there is definitely a chill in the air.  The vines on the front of our flat have turned red.  The days are also a lot shorter...

We still don't have a party wall agreement on either side of the house (agreements with our neighbors about the proposed extension).  So nothing can happen at the back.  The delay is mainly due to the ongoing reviews by the structural engineer and surveyor.  Work is happening in the main house, but not always according to our instructions.

Here are a few pictures from the past couple of weeks.

First day of school (Year 7 / 6th grade)

Weekend outing on the London Eye

Shopping for lighting at a London furniture store

We asked the builders not to frame the floor in Ryan's room...(grr)

The reason is that we don't yet have approval to dig down and get more ceiling height in the kitchen

We also also asked them not to begin any electrical work...

As you can see, they complied with our request

Master bath...behind the partially framed wall there will be a walk-in shower on the left and a toilet area on the right.  A double set of sinks will be centered on the wall.

This is a section of wallpaper that we uncovered above the fireplace in the TV room

 Charlotte (our architect) and the builder discussing what to do with the back exterior

This area will become the kitchen and there will be a glass door on the left leading to the back garden