Christine Walker

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  1. Christine Walker

    Composite Decking Materials

    I have had umpteen samples and the TekTimber was the one I liked best and the price was reasonable compared with some, more expensive than some but you could see the difference, they have now offered a cheaper delivery however we’re thinking we might need to wait until spring before we do it because the ground is like a quagmire after all the rain of the last couple of weeks and we won’t be able to do any landscaping at all, the drive will need to be hardcore for a while!
  2. Christine Walker

    So near but so far away

    This saga has gone on since late July, staircase company were out and did measurements, there was a problem with the pitch 42.545 instead of 42 degrees, architect came up with a solution and was to contact firm direct, I thought this was all done and contacted them a fortnight ago for an eta only to be told plans hadn’t been finalised! After much toing and froing between architect, firm and joiners yesterday I received this plan which on first look made me think it was all sorted however the accompanying email has me worried, it states-please note the trimmer was double sheeted and this will have to be removed before fitting stair, I don’t know what that means, I have an idea what it means but with all the plastering done I hope I’m wrong! Any ideas?
  3. Anybody have any experience of installing a sewage treatment tank, in our previous builds we had a normal septic tank with the outfall going to a soak away which my husband did himself however this time we have to install a sewage treatment plant, no soak away, straight to the burn running through our land, just wondering if there’s a lot of difference in the installation method
  4. Christine Walker

    That's alot of polystyrene

    Our manifold was connected up to a board at the time of laying the pipes
  5. Christine Walker

    New-build newbie in Milton Keynes

    Hi and welcome, how are you planning to go about your build? Are you going to get a builder to do all the work or are you planning on hiring in trades as you need them and do some of the work yourself. Where are you going to live during the build, all questions that I’m interested in !
  6. Am I right in thinking sinks which are in vanity units are not reclaim able?
  7. Christine Walker

    So near but so far away

    The staircase company seems to want the onus to be on anyone but them, glass balustrade but they’ll not supply it until the joiners have fitted The newel posts then the joiners have to tell them sizes for the glass, seems like it will be a long process, beginning to wish I’d just gone for a normal off the shelf staircase!
  8. Christine Walker

    So near but so far away

    That’s exactly what it feels like! Builders have said they have a weeks worth of jobs to do, there’s been a hold up with the staircase, nobody signed it off, the architect came out and did all the calcs and I asked him to contact staircase firm with them, at the same time I emailed them and told them architect was going to contact them but I did feel they needed a visit to see what they were dealing with, this was on August 29th , they never answered me and I took it all was in hand, however I decided to phone them last week as they had said it would be ready beginning of October, f**k, the architect didn’t get back to them and instead of them getting on to me they just let it lie. So now we’re looking at another 4-5 weeks for it appearing, it’s odd that a hand built kitchen can be done in a fortnight but a staircase takes so long. Since I’d not been upstairs we got a cheap staircase and joiners fitted it so I was pleasantly surprised at how the upstairs looks, my mind had been playing tricks on me regarding this but all was well. Hubby has taken over the drain installation as when the builders started to dig with a small machine it was quite obvious they hadn’t a clue what they were doing, a lot of them seem to be jack of all trades! The kitchen is in and we await the corian, once this is done the painter comes along to hand paint it, it’s just under coated at present, it’s a mix of oak and painted, looks good so far and the installer spent 6 days installing, a lot of attention to detail. The electricity is coming on October 22nd , we almost lost that slot because BT were booked in for the same week and wouldn’t work with SP energy, this was going to be a problem because the next available date for the contractor was end of November, in the end I had to cancel the phone connection to enable the power company to get in first but the chap who’s the contract manager has been fantastic and has agreed to put our water duct in at the same time. Most of our problems on this build have been with the utilities, something we’d not come across before as we had water and power on site in previous builds. It’s not been easy living in the caravan this last 5 months and oddly enough we have had little help from family who pay a duty call once a month, most of our help has come from people who were strangers until we started this, I don’t know where we would have been without the lovely lady who bought our cottage, she has provided water, power and even her shower in the cottage, it just makes you reevaluate things!
  9. Christine Walker

    Internal doors bottom gap

    Another question for him on Monday morning 😩
  10. Christine Walker

    Internal doors bottom gap

    This is what we’re wondering, unfortunately the joiners were just leaving when we came home from work today so haven’t had a chance to ask them but it just doesn’t look right!
  11. Christine Walker

    Internal doors bottom gap

  12. Christine Walker

    Internal doors bottom gap

    All my lovely oak doors have now been fitted but I’m not happy with the gap left at the bottom, they’re roughly 30mm off the floor and don’t look right somehow, even once the floors are finished which is going to be 10mm laminate in most of them I still think the gap will look odd, any idea what it should be?
  13. Christine Walker

    Grand designs

    Just weather conditions they wanted it water tight before the weather got bad , I thought they did pretty well
  14. Christine Walker

    Grand designs

    It was the
  15. Christine Walker

    Composite deck

    Think I’m going to have to look for a supplier locally, if I could get it through our builders merchant I’d get free delivery, it’s a shame because I’d looked at a lot of samples and I liked theirs and the price was ok but hey ho