Monthly Archives: April 2014
Yesterday (Easter Monday) we managed (with help from Gordon and Liam) to get all of the toppings on the remaining end wall. With all of the toppings in position, we have the opportunity to have a bit of tidy up. The remaining toppings are put to one side and the left over pallets are stacked in the back field. We do have some left over walling stone and this woo will be stacked in the backfield.
After the great weather over Easter, it has started raining today and it is due to rain for most of the rest of the week. Ah well, at least we made the best of the good weather.
We had another good day, so it was time to get the end walls up to the same height as the rest of the walls in the garden. Then there are only the topping stones to go on!
Courtesy of Jo……
We have made the best of the good weather over the Easter Bank holiday and have been finishing off (or attempting to) the walls in the sunken garden.
We now have the large topping stones on the upper wall. This is a two man job as many of the stones are too heavy to be lifted by one person. Many thanks to Gordon for his help in getting this is place. And no flatten fingers or toes in the process!
We are going to use reclaimed flagstones to pave this area, but this is going to have to wait for a little while. We looked at new Ashlar flags (they would look too new) and Indian sandstone (really, what in Yorkshire!), but we are going to hang on until we have the money to put down reclaimed local stone. At £50-60 a square meter it isn’t cheap and with around 100sqm in the sunken garden, it all adds up.
And while we are on the subject of money, we decide to invest in our own cement mixer. We bought a second hand one on eBay for £150. If we sell it in 4-6 months time for £100, it will have cost us £50. In contrast to the £40/week it would have cost to hire. It was a bit of a no-brainer.
After a number of months of anticipation, the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has announced that the domestic RHI scheme is now live and ready for applications. You can see the press release here: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/new-scheme-offers-cash-incentive-to-households-using-renewable-heating-systems-in-their-homes
The application process on the Ofgem website is also live and it seems ready to receive applications. You will find out more here: https://www.ofgem.gov.uk/environmental-programmes/domestic-renewable-heat-incentive/about-domestic-renewable-heat-incentive
From what I can see, the policy or process has not changed from what has been disclosed previously. The rate (18.8p per kWH generated for ground source heat pumps) remains as discussed previously.
I am just waiting on our green deal assessment and EPC before completing our application. It will be interesting to see how long it takes to process. Watch this space!
Last week 2 out of 3 of the kitchen sinks arrived. It was a long journey from the US! Hopefully, the third and final sink should arrive this week (although from the latest emails from the kitchen fitters, this is starting to look unlikely).
The sinks are Silestone Integrity and these are glued to the underneath of the Silestone work surface. The join is exceptionally neat and barely noticeable producing the effect that the work surfaces and sinks are all made out of one piece of granite. The sinks themselves are formed by casting a single block of Silestone and then milling out the shape of the sink.
With two of the sinks onsite we can fit the worktop and hob along the perimeter wall. This happened last Thursday and we managed to get the hob powered up on Saturday. So now we have a partially functioning kitchen. At least we don’t have to go outside to fill up the kettle now!