Tuesday, 21 December 2010

New Skylights

A bit of a bum post, you know, no camera, no good photos, blah blah blah.

Here is a photo of one of our old skylights:

Dirty old glass, broken and what you can't see is the rotten wooden frame.

Anyway, we got our new skylights yesterday - essentially they are just a wooden box/frame with a piece of glass slid into them and narrow ventilation gaps around the edges. We have a full set of working drawings for the house from back when it was built, so we handed these over to the joiner and asked him to make us new ones exactly the same.

And they seem to be just that, except that our glass order got muddled, and instead of frosted/opaque glass, we have crystal clear glass. I groaned, nothing ever goes right, but when I broke the news to Matt, he shrugged and said he quite likes the clear glass...it's not as if anyone can see in, and it lets more light in.

So with no further ado, I give you our new skylights, as seen through the eye of my iPhone:

...ooh! we can look up while we are on the toilet and see trees!

Wednesday, 15 December 2010

Twiddling thumbs and paper pixies

Wondering why no posts? ....because there's been no action of course. Nothing, nudda, zilch. Apparently someone was going to be here Friday, then Monday, then Tuesday.....

We have had an extremely awkward conversation with the guy overseeing this work, where we sort of stumble around the fact that we are unimpressed with the standard of work. We are total pussies though and didn't demand that the whole thing be started again. He conceded that certain parts were shit and the builder who is going to finish the job will re-do these parts....now it's just a question of when someone will show to actually do something.

In the meantime I'll leave you with these cute paper pixie houses, built by these guys who were also responsible for this.

Wednesday, 8 December 2010

Update with crappy iPhone photos...sorry

Sorry, but my camera has passed away, suddenly. But as I know you are all totally enthralled with progress in our bathroom, and just dying to see how things are going, I'm giving you some iPhone photos...some not very good ones.

First, something good - our new benchtop arrived and has been installed - it is divine. So clean and orange. I love it. We are using the old sink - it's heavy and porcelain and we see no reason to replace it with something cheap and plastic (as that's all we would be able to afford). i gave it a good scrub and it has come up like new.

Now something not so good...

Most of the tiles have been laid, but we have to say that we're not stoked with how it looks. It's not the fault of the tiles - they are fine, and we know that things are far from finished, but there are too many odd looking gaps for our liking..

Plus, as you can see above, the tiles have been built up so they are higher than the window frame, which means we have to build up the frame with another bead...which is getting pretty messy all round.

At this stage, we have someone else stepping in to finish the job and hopefully rectify a few of the issues we have (yes, there are more, but to be honest I am a bit over the whole thing to feel like listing all the badness right now)..

Anyways, sorry about the snaps, unfortunately we didn't budget for a new camera right now, so I'm not sure when the high quality photos will return...sigh.