Can we move in yet?

We’ve seen so much progress in the last month that it really doesn’t seem like we’ll have to wait much longer until Big Sky HQ is finished!

All of our rooms are now almost complete and are just waiting to be painted. We’re doing all the decorating ourselves in between work and managing the project so it’s not the speediest of jobs but we’re making progress. Most of the base coat of fireproof varnish has been applied to the ceilings and we’ve also made a start on the walls in a few places.

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This will be our main bathroom upstairs, love the lino floor and can’t wait for the bathroom to be installed this week! Our plumber Bob, (who’s business is called Royal Flush by the way) has already almost finished the other guest bathroom and all it needs now is a lick of paint. (I’m thinking pink but Jonny’s not so sure it will be manly enough.)

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Our joiners have also finished laying the downstairs floor which is a beautiful engineered oak floor. It has underfloor heating beneath it which is going to be just the thing for a freezing Highland winter.

My light fittings which I bought absolutely ages ago have finally come out of their boxes and look just as shiny and glamorous as I imagined. Can’t wait to turn them on!

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We have stairs! No more wobbly ladder for us. They are fantastic and even more beautiful than I was expecting. They will look even better when not covered in bits of cardboard boxes.

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The kitchen fitters have also made a start but seem to be mostly mucking around in my cabinets. Our kitchen is from Ikea as we just wanted something very simple and Scandinavian that suited the rest of the house. Jonny is assembling it with some assistance from my Dad who is a flatpack veteran, and Rosie, who isn’t much help at all and keeps running away with the spirit level.

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Next week we’re hoping to have the water and electric connected so the team from Black Isle renewables can get our heating system fired up.

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They’ve already installed this shiny beast of a hot water boiler, (More lovely copper pipework) and will return to connect the air source heat pump as soon as the electricity and water are a go.

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I will post again once the water and electricity are on. Hopefully by the end of the coming week… Still so many things to do including our Stonehenge tribute finally becoming a deck!

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