Can we move in yet?

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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Insulation installation!

Insulation installation!

I haven’t posted in a while as its been all about the insulation here at Big Sky HQ for the last couple of weeks. So much so that for a little while I thought we were building a spaceship rather than a house. At least we’ll never be chilly again. I might have to throw away my extensive collection of jumpers, hot water bottles and throw blankets that I’ve accumulated in years of caravan living. We’re making progress though and almost ready for the second fix.

The insulation installation involved a huge amount of cutting and trimming. It all had to be fitted between all the studs and rafters so it was pretty time consuming but our team of joiners and their dedicated labourer Gordon got there in the end.

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Jonny couldn’t wait to try out the new bath… However, much to his disappointment the joiners requested that he keep his clothes on.

Our team have also been working hard to install the beautiful tongue in groove timber ceiling paneling. We could have had a plasterboard ceiling but the timber ceilings are one of the things I love the most about our other Big Sky Lodges so I had to have them in our house too!

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We had Dougie and his diggers back to landscape the garden and driveway and the exterior of the house is pretty much complete. Dougie will return once the decking and access ramp are installed to finish leveling off the front garden.

Everyone loves a digger, even our three wee Highland coos who managed to escape, not once but three times, so they could explore the new garden. After lots of sliding around in the mud we managed to persuade them back in their field. Jonny is now a master fence repairer.

Back inside and we now have rooms! All the plasterboard is up and the tapers are in this week to create a lovely smooth finish on the walls.

The joiners have done a beautiful job and have even made a little Rosie sized window in her room so she has a fun place to play. Next to be completed is the outside decking and Jonny and I have a seriously heavy painting schedule ahead of us. Yippee…