Building our New House in IrelandOur new house viewed from a distance (13.2.2006, 14:40 UTC)
Our new house viewed from a distance 
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Building our New House in IrelandSpring is on the way (6.2.2006, 16:14 UTC)
And we will soon have to get going on the garden to change it from the current mix of myd gravel and weeds into something with a bit of grass and a few shrubs and maybe a play area. One area of the garden we are hoping to keep as a vegetable plot - but being new to this we haven't made much progress yet. A rotovator will probably be needed to tackle the soil and grass and weed roots. We have tried digging a couple of patches by hand but it's slow work.Even though we have been living here for a...
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Building our New House in IrelandFourth Month in the house (13.12.2005, 15:29 UTC)
Things are going well. Not much going on with the house just now - oh I forgot - the plasterer is coming tomorrow to plaster the inside of the front garden wall. He should finish it in a day.A man came round last week to show us different types of iron gates we could have - we agreed on a design and he is supposed to get back with a price. It's a 14 foot gap to fill.The garden is still a bit of a sight - but it could be worse. We will wait till spring to get going with lawns etc.The oil consump...
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Building our New House in IrelandFourth Month in the house (13.12.2005, 15:29 UTC)
Things are going well. Not much going on with the house just now - oh I forgot - the plasterer is coming tomorrow to plaster the inside of the front garden wall. He should finish it in a day.A man came round last week to show us different types of iron gates we could have - we agreed on a design and he is supposed to get back with a price. It's a 14 foot gap to fill.The garden is still a bit of a sight - but it could be worse. We will wait till spring to get going with lawns etc.The oil consump...
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Building our New House in IrelandMake money from your website (8.11.2005, 21:44 UTC)
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Building our New House in IrelandLoft Insulation (8.11.2005, 21:34 UTC)
I have finished "phase one" of the loft insulation - the bit around the edges of the bedrooms upstairs. I have still got to do the very top - above the living space - but it's very narrow and shouldn't take much.It was a horrible job crawling around trying to lay rolls of glass wool with a mask on. I wish that I had got this done before the rooms upstairs were constructed - but then the celings weren't up so it wouldn't have been possible.Maybe the heating will use less oil now?I have layed 200...
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Building our New House in IrelandSky Digital (8.11.2005, 14:41 UTC)
The installer finally came on Saturday to put up a dish for Sky. We had cancelled on the phone because the viewing card hadn't arrived - but it turns out the card was sent to the installer! We have managed without satellite for years and I have always thought that the dozens of channels would just cause arguments and ovedosing on TV for the kids. The plan is to get the free installation by signing up to the cheapest subscription for 12 months - and then just use the dish and digibox to view the...
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Building our New House in IrelandPower Cut (3.11.2005, 12:22 UTC)
Our plan of not being dependent on electricity worked ot fine yesterday evening. We had a power cut in the area - not sure why - but with the soild fuel range we had heat and with the gas hob we could make tea and we could have cooked if we hadn't already eaten.
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Building our New House in IrelandFuel Costs (3.11.2005, 12:05 UTC)
After all the money we spent on insulation - we were hoping for low energy usage. We have an oil fired boiler - and radiator heating. We also have a soild fuel range which is lit probably 2 or 3 times a week - just for one big fire. The range can heat thehot water and also heat the downstairs radiators if we want it to.I am getting a bit worried about the amount of oil we are using. It's not even winter yet and we have used about 400 litres of oil since we moved in about 10 weeks ago. There was...
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Building our New House in IrelandStonemason still working (28.10.2005, 11:02 UTC)
The boundary wall at the front of the house is still in progress. Bad weather delayed it a bit - bit it's more than half finished now. It's on;y stone on the front - with a concrete block wall behind the limestone. (Cheaper that way) We are thinking maybe we should have gone for stone on both sides - but hopefuly when the garden gets going any shrubs and trees will hide the blocks a bit.We need to get the driveway sorted soon - we will need some more "804" - crushed limestone to put down - anot...
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Building our New House in IrelandSlow progress (14.10.2005, 09:33 UTC)
Since we moved in on Aug 19th - I have started a few jobs but finished none of them.The otside painting is still not finished - teh trim arounf the windows at the back and sides of the house is still to be done.The trees I bought still haven't all been planted - I was waiting for the kerbs to be laid so I could get the soil level right. I hope they are still living !! I keep them watrerd - but am worried about frost damaging the roots.I still haven't finished the loft insulation - and the cold ...
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Building our New House in IrelandSky Digital - still waiting (14.10.2005, 09:25 UTC)
Supposed to have Sky instaled this week - originaly it was Monday but no one came. I rang and they said it was booked for Tuesday - which was not convenient so I rebooked for Thur - yesterday. No one came and I rang several times but gave up hanging on waiting to talk to someone. Finally got through this morning and was told that they had no trace of my Thursday booking and then was told I would have to reapply for another installation because they had set me up wrong on the system (with a UK p...
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Building our New House in IrelandKerbs on Driveway (28.9.2005, 14:01 UTC)
The kerbs on the driveway have almost been laid - the heavy rain stopped them finishing the job completely. They are basic 7 inch concrete kerbs. Hopefully they will finish them and also start laying the blocks for the garden wall this week. If the rain stays away we might get the garden rotavated and raked and seeded - but it's getting a bit late in the year for planting seed. If we don't do it now it will have to wait till spring 2006.
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Building our New House in IrelandFitted Wardrobes (28.9.2005, 13:53 UTC)
The fitted wardrobes were done yesterday - by the same people who did the kitchen.We only had them in 2 rooms - but might do one more later. Excellent stuff - reasonable price and well fitted by tidy workers. Now we can stop living out of suitcases and tidy up all the clothes.
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Building our New House in IrelandPlanting Trees (21.9.2005, 14:48 UTC)
I've been planting a few trees this week - probably doing it too soon because the rst of the garden still needs levelling - but I thought I needed to get something in! Hopefully they will live and won't need digging up again.We got a landscape plan done last year - before the house was built and before the site was levelled at all. The trees are all native species - Ash, Birch , Beech , Rowan, Alder,Lime (not sure if they are really Native Irish). I probably went a bit over the top and got thir...
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Building our New House in IrelandThe kitchen - solid maple with stanley solid fuel ... (20.9.2005, 08:29 UTC)
The kitchen - solid maple with stanley solid fuel range and gas hob and electric oven. 
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Building our New House in IrelandThe painting started - still some more to do. (20.9.2005, 08:25 UTC)
The painting started - still some more to do. 
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Building our New House in IrelandA distant view of the house from behind. (20.9.2005, 08:23 UTC)
A distant view of the house from behind. 
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Building our New House in IrelandIt's not over yet... (15.9.2005, 09:29 UTC)
Still plenty to do in the house - even though we have been living here for 4 weeks now.The outside painting is almost done - just the black trim to do - but that takes longer than the walls.The garden is still a bit of a state - I got a price from a landscaper to rotovate and rake it and sow lawn seed - I might go for it because if I don't do something soon it will have to wait till spring.A garage door is coming today - so that will stop the birds from nesting in the garage! Not sure how to ge...
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Building our New House in IrelandPainting the outside of the house (31.8.2005, 20:48 UTC)
I started painting the outside of the house on Monday. All the walls are finished with plaster and I'm painting them white (Dulux Weathershield). The sills and "reveals" around the window will be black. (Keeping it traditional) I like the clean plain look of black and white . I only got the front wall done - 2 coats. There's plenty to be done yet - but the weather as a bit damp for painting the last 2 days.I did a bit of insulation in the loft space today - the glass wool type. It's a horrible...
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Building our New House in IrelandChange of Address (31.8.2005, 20:41 UTC)
There are loads of agencies and companies to inform when you move house.Child BenefitTaxDriving LicenceESbPrize BondsPensionsBanksVehicle RegistrationElectoral registerLibrarySchoolsWorkProbably more - but that's enough for now - better get writing those notes...
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Building our New House in IrelandHouse Insurance (31.8.2005, 20:36 UTC)
We had a "building under construction" policy for the last 5 or six months - but e now have taken out full buildings and contents cover. I tried a few online insurance sites but ended up going through a local broker and getting it slightly cheaper and quicker! The policy is with Allianz - and is 405 euro.The online quotes that I had were slightly higher than that.
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Building our New House in IrelandBeen in a week (26.8.2005, 18:27 UTC)
Can't believe it's a week since we started living in the house.Still a few bits to do inside - insulate the attic space, varnish the stairs and some of the skirting.The gas still hasn't been connected - turns out the pipe under the floor has a leak - so it's a bit of a bigger job. Sowe have been making more use of the solid fuel range - which is probably a good thing. I cooked a couple of full meals on it - and it is heating the water at the same time. We are using peat briquettes mixed with bi...
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Building our New House in IrelandMoved In! (23.8.2005, 19:19 UTC)
It's been a busy week - we finally moved in last Thursday! We left our rented house (glad to see the back of it) - and 10 months after starting the build - we were in our new house There were still a few minor things to do - like the towel rails and kitchen wall tiles. We still have no fitted wardrobes and are making do with boxes or suitcases for now. The only other thing not done is the immersion heater wiring and the gas hob connection - we are still waiting for those.It's great not having t...
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Building our New House in IrelandAlmost Ready (16.8.2005, 21:43 UTC)
It's getting close to the target move in day - and things are going fairly well.The kitchen is fitted - just expecting the gas fitter to come on Thurday to connect the hob to the gas (cylinder).The electrical work is almost complete - just the immersion to connect - but that isn't vital.The plumber just has to give the heating a final test and balance if required - there are a few rads not working.The stairs are 80% complete - they arrived yesterday after havng to arrange delivery myself! The j...
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Building our New House in IrelandSome Irish Wood suppliers - briquettes and pellets (14.8.2005, 22:01 UTC)
www.czechdirect.ie www.greenheat.ie www.premiercastings.com www.balcas.com www.celticflame.ie www.nps.ie
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Building our New House in IrelandWood for Fuel (14.8.2005, 21:17 UTC)
Greenheat - home This web site sells wood pellets and logs online - we might make use of them soon - for someting to burn in the range. If the oil prices keep rising we wil be making more use of the range.
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Building our New House in IrelandKitchen Finished (11.8.2005, 08:04 UTC)
The kitchen fitters finished yesterday - thay just have a few units in the utility room to do. It's looking very good - I'll get some pictures soon.The plumber and electrician are due back today to finish off taps , oven , fans, balance the heating system etc. Then its just the stairs - which should be delivered on Friday - and should be fitted Monday or Tuesday if I can get the carpenter back for a day.
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Building our New House in IrelandFitting the Kitchen (9.8.2005, 10:00 UTC)
The kitchen is being fitted today and should be finished by tomorrow.The electrician has promised yet again to be here today. (Last excuse was an injury on Sunday playing football.)The stairs are now expected this Friday - or possibly Monday.The plumber has to come back to connect the kitchen and utility sinks and sort out a couple of problems like a cracked cistern and another one not filling up so it won't flush.We then will need to have a good clean up and varnish the skirting and architrave...
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Building our New House in IrelandLatest Progress (6.8.2005, 09:19 UTC)
Well - it's geting close to our target date for moving in - the 18th August.The plumbers have been back and fitted the bathroom stuff - showers and shower doors. There was one cracked cistern which I had to take back but it was replaced free of charge.The electrician came back yesterday and finished off the downstairs lights and put in one fan in an en suite. He still has some work to do - mainly power for the waste treatment plant and a couple more fans in bathrooms - which he has promised to...
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