Sunday, 26 April 2015

26h March.  With less than a week til move in date, I am thrilled to say that it is now looking quite possible.  So much has happened this week, probably best I tell it in pictures;

pool surround and terrace completed

patio finished

kitchen installed 

hall doors and lights completed

Bed delivered and lights fitted

TV room lights filled

4th bedroom wardrobes and fan fitted

3rd bedroom wardrobes

2nd bedroom wardrobes

Front door, arch plastered and hall lights fitted

Not very much left to do now before we can move in- plumbing is probably next on the list.  There is still quite a bit to do but now that we have all doors and windows fitted, it really feels like our home and we are so looking forward to living there. However, the amount of cleaning that needs to be done is a bit daunting so if you happen to find yourself in the area with a pair of marigolds, do drop in.

Saturday, 18 April 2015

18th April.  As this is Cyprus, not all things on my wish list have been completed since my last post, but we are 'getting there'. The final finish coat has been applied to the walls - in white so it looks quite good - and most of the ceilings have been finished.  Nearly all of the doors and windows, including the large glass patio doors have been fitted and they look spectacular. The patio and terraces have been tiled and work on the pool has commenced.

Lounge, looking though to the kitchen.  Our bedroom door to the left.

Our bedroom.  Arches through to the 'behind the bed' wardrobes and on into our bathroom.

Our bathroom. I know the tiles look a bit 'busy' but there is a lot of white stuff yet to go in.

Kitchen area

Hallway, looking towards the front door.

Painter, painting the lounge ceilings.  Please note the dust sheet - almost unheard of in Cyprus.

Bedroom 3

Bedroom 4

Lovely glass folding doors

Marble pool surround being fitted by the amazing Suliman.

Hakki (builder) and Eddy

It is now only 12 days (maximum) 'til we move in.  The outstanding jobs before this can happen are;

  • Fit front door, pool door and garage door (to make the house secure).
  • Fit kitchen and install 'white' goods.
  • Fit sanitary ware in our bathroom.
  • Connect AC unit and light fittings in our bedroom.
  • Paint our bedroom and kitchen/lounge area.
  • Build wardrobes and shoe cupboard in our bedroom.
  • And probably a million other things which have slipped my mind

So, this coming period should be very interesting.........

Saturday, 4 April 2015

4th April.  It has been 3 weeks since my last post and after another frustrating, under-floor heating related episode (when I had to resort to threats of non-payment) things have finally started to progress. We have moved yet again, and thanks to our (almost) sister and brother-in-law, we are living in Alsancak,  about 10 minutes away from the build. We are incredibly lucky to have such good friends and family to help with accomodation and storage. Without them, we would have been in trouble.
Since the last posting, quite a lot has happened.  We now have 2 cess-pits and a well - with water!!.  The well could not be sunk in the original location as the digger thingy couldn't get a safe purchase so had to be put in the second best place.  However, within a day of completion we had 5 meters of water, so can't complain;
Original intended location at the front of the house

Second best location, to the rear. Much better, I think.

Most of the floors and all of the bathrooms have now been tiled (not yet grouted though) and quite a few of the windows and French Doors are now in ;
Bedroom 2 with en-suite to the left and French Doors to the front

bedroom 2 en-suite

Bedroom 4 and en-suite

bedroom 3 and en-suite

Our bathroom

Our bedroom window.

We now have electricity connected and the rest of the windows and doors, plus kitchen are due to be fitted this week. The renderers will be returning to finish off the dropped ceilings and the electricians and plumbers are on stand-by. The pool has been water-proofed, ready to be tiled and there will be a final concrete pour to level off the up-stairs and pool terrace this week, weather permitting.  It it all happening quite quickly now and really beginning to take shape.  We are optomistic ( I nearly said confident but don't want to tempt fate) that by the end of this month, we will be able to move in - fingers crossed!!