Planning and Design

Materials for Flat Roof Dormers

GRP fiberglass flat roofing

I started talking about roof dormers in my previous post, how big can a roof dormer be? Some research lead me to EPDM, a type of durable rubber that is used instead of felt to give a flat roof dormer a longer life. A builder also mentioned today that fibreglass is another option, and a little research…

Why you need to project manage your extension

Hips improved so water directed away. Felt repaired / replaced where the hole was.

I wish I had read this before extending my home, but as I am writing from personal experience that would have been impossible. This guide could be called “A case study of cowboy builders at work and how disaster was averted”. Several things went wrong for us during this extension. I did not really highlight…

Designing my bookcase

bookcase design

Just been Googling “the perfect bookcase”, but still not sure this is right. My plan: 210 cm wide, 220 cm tall. From the floor; Three 35cm shelves (toy boxes, big kids books. big grown up books (cooking and atlases etc.)). Then two 25cm shelves for smaller books. Then another 35cm shelf for “stuff” – ornaments,…

How to finish the area around a Lamona 900cm extractor hood?

OK, extractor hood / fan due to go in very soon. Cannot decide how high to tile, whether to have some areas painted etc. Confused dot com. So decided to take a look at what other people do using a Google Image Search for “Lamona extractor hood” and found the following images, which give 2…

What Sort Of Floor To Have My Extension?

Karndean Floors

When we first started to think about our extension we decided to tile the kitchen floor, have wooden floor in the living room, and put down some cheaper vinyl in the utility and side entrance. But of course, this has now all changed. One of the builders suggested a bamboo floor. Bamboo floors are engineered…

Choosing Lights – Low Energy EFL or LED Bulbs?

Today I have been trying to chose a ceiling light for the centre of the new living room. It needs to be large, hang down a little (vaulted ceiling is about 2.5m high), and allow me to use a dimmer switch. I spoke to the builder and he said that traditional bulbs with dimmers are…