What is this all about?

Lower Tancredston Farmhouse is the main 'residence' for the Wade family in Tancredston, Hayscastle, Pembrokeshire. It has been empty for over 2 years and finally a builder has been selected (Mark Roberts) for the entire renovation project. This blog is the story (with photos) of the renovation.

Friday, 6 September 2013

We now have a home

It seems like ages since we moved into the Farmhouse, and a lot has changed - although there is still a lot to do/buy (when we can afford it!).

Here are a few pictures taken today showing how wonderful and comfortable it all is.

I wanted a waterfall tap in the guest shower room, but was
originally told that it would spray water everywhere, so we put a smaller tap in. 
This proved to be too tiny and I was allowed to buy a waterfall tap.
Here it is - and working well !

The black shower in the guest shower room.

My craft room - looks like I have been here forever!

Upstairs laundry room

Dressing room/2nd guest bedroom

The big old wardrobe - still needs to be polished on the outside

Dining room

Another dining room view

Living room

Hall floor

Floor around the stairs

Smaller wardrobe in the main guest bedroom

Monday, 15 July 2013

We are moving in

We have started to take stuff over to the farmhouse - most of our clothes are now in bags or lying on a spare bed (need to clean out all of the wardrobes which have been in storage for a while).  There is a large pile of duvets/pillows/bedding in the guest bedroom, which will be sucked into those vacuum storage bags before being stacked in the airing cupboard.

My craft room is full of boxes/bags/piles.  Definitely no crafting will happen in there for a while!

Tomorrow we can start taking stuff over for the kitchen, as most of the cupboard doors are on.  The electrician and plumbers will be here as well, to get the hob/hood wired in and the kitchen sink sorted.  The painter is finishing the last bits and, as with any project, there are various little jobs to complete.  It turned out that the sparkly glass splashback we had ordered to go behind the hob is too big, so we will have to source a specially cut one to be fitted at a later date.

On Wednesday, the stairs/landing carpet is being fitted and we also do most of the moving of furniture/fridge/freezer/washing machine/tumble drier etc, etc.  We will be sleeping in the farmhouse that night!

It will be a while before everything is moved over from our rented house (only across the road!) and we get it all stored away correctly, and I look forward to the day when we can finally relax properly.

My craft room - it will look a lot better when the box contents
are in the wardrobes and on bookshelves!

The hob and hood - glass splashback to be
added at a later date.

Only 2 cupboard doors left to be put on
(looking forward to using the ovens!).

The shiny island.

Wednesday, 10 July 2013


We had the bedroom carpets fitted yesterday.  They will come back on Monday to do the stairs/landings (the painter and carpenter are finishing off the walls/bannisters at the moment).

This means that we can now start to move in!  I am packing up the car with as much content from my craft room as I can carry, and this will be taken over tonight when the builders have 'left the building'. 

It seem like ages ago that we started the project back in January (I looked through the whole of the blog a few days ago and it is fascinating to see the rapid progress).  I will do a post soon with thanks to all of the people involved and their contact details.

The 2nd bedroom/dressing room before the carpet went down.

And after .... (yes, Mark the Builder even
vacuums round for us!).

The Guest Bedroom

Another view.

My Craft Room.

The view towards the door.

Sunday, 7 July 2013

A sunny weekend update

So much has been completed in the farmhouse and for the first time this weekend I felt like it was our home.  We have been in there a few times, doing the hot tub maintenance and planning what to do with the myriad (I am trying to extend my vocabulary - go to https://www.vocabulary.com/ - very addictive!) of bedroom furniture, some older/attractive from the farmhouse, other less old/less attractive from the farmhouse and also the existing orange pine stuff we have in our current home!  We have seen what we would like if money was no object - Penderi Furniture, Whitland - but for now we need to ensure that we have enough storage for our own clothes, plus some storage in the guest bedroom, and not end up with an ugly mess!  Anything usable left over will go in my craft room, as any crafter will know that you can never have too much storage!

The boiler room is mostly finished, so now I have my hot tub chemicals/cleaners etc stored in there, and it is wonderful having a sink to use right next door to the hot tub.  Small things - but makes me feel like it is our home now, and not just a building site.

We also sat out on the 'patio' outside the kitchen on Saturday afternoon.  Lovely sunny spot.

The carpets are being fitting on Tuesday, and then we can start moving in upstairs.

The kitchen debacle continues.  The correct door handles have been received.  The issue with the wedge units has been resolved by moving them a few mm's and longer doors ordered.  The tall unit that did not match up with the design has been resolved by ordering made to measure doors.  The Silestone worktop people have come back and amended the templating, and are already working on the island worktop - so that should be here soon.  However, we have now been told that the replacement doors will not be with us until 22nd August, despite being told when we ordered that if there are any issues they can get replacements to us very quickly, often the next day, which is one of the reasons why we chose this particular kitchen.  REALITY IS NOT MATCHING UP WITH THE CLAIMS MADE BEFORE WE PARTED WITH OUR MONEY!!  We will be moving in with the kitchen unfinished, so I will need to be creative and work out how I will cope without a hob and it will be a while before I can get all the cupboards filled.

Here are some photos taken over several days last week.

The new front porch door

The dining room floor has been put down

The new 'Mini Me' door on the cupboard under the stairs

You can see the kitchen layout now, as all of the cupboards/most of the appliances are in place -
just waiting for the Silestone worktops plus the rest of the cupboard doors

The living room - with plastic on the floor, as the painter has
been finishing off in there

The airing cupboard door is now painted

Inside the airing cupboard - will be very cosy!

The view from the main bathroom
My craft room - almost finished

The view from one of the craft room windows

The view from one of the other craft room windows

Sunday, 30 June 2013

Weekend Update

After the stress of last week, it was lovely to go into the house on Friday night and see all the tidying/clearing up that the builders had done.  It definitely made us feel more positive again.

We have a meeting with the kitchen supplier on Tuesday, so will hopefully get all the problems sorted then.

Not a huge number of photos today.  Hopefully next week the painter will finish the bedrooms, so we can arrange to have the carpets fitted, and then I can start bringing boxes over.

All of the showers are working, so we are able to use the downstairs shower room after our hot tub visits - lots of hot water and so much better than the one in our current rented house.

The front of the house - cleared up.

The ovens and warming drawer are looking good.

The sink and cupboards in the laundry room.

Friday, 28 June 2013

Kitchen Installation and more tiling

For the first time throughout the whole process, we actually had a properly stressful day yesterday.  There are some issues with the kitchen and it is not looking like the design pictures.  Hopefully it will get sorted next week.  A small problem in a world with so many bigger problems, but a big expense for us and the first kitchen we have ever designed from scratch.  Also, the worktops may not be ready for at least 3 weeks - another disappointment in a day that could have been Friday the 13th!

We had the guys coming to template for the stone worktops yesterday.  Very efficient and pleasant, and we were all interested to see how they do it, as none of us had experience of this process before.

Most of the tiling is now completed - just the 2 porches to be finished today.  The quarry tiles in the hall are looking brilliant.  Definitely worth the trips to reclamation yards.

Mark the Builder concentrating on the templating!

The worktop with the hob section

Rich surveys the templating
(you can see where the sink will be in the island -
and they are writing down the measurements for the
upstands around the room)

The back porch floor - not finished

The door from the dining room through to
the kitchen - Roger the Carpenter at work
The finished hall floor

One of the problems in the kitchen -
the angled base unit doors are leaving an ugly gap,
ruining the smooth lines that should come with this design

Monday, 24 June 2013

Wooden floor, towel rails and lots of painting

The men worked throughout the weekend, still trying to keep to their deadline of finishing most of the work by the end of this week.

The kitchen is now the area that needs the most work - made more difficult by so many deliveries arriving, but we are still waiting for one replacement unit (I can only imagine the builder's response when he finds out today!).

A search for additional black quarry tiles to finish off the hall floor brought a trip to a reclamation yard in Carmarthen, as well as me searching on the internet throughout Europe!  Some have been found, so that can be finished now.

The heating is working - and it won't be long before all the plumbing is completed.

Just the handles for the vanity unit to be added
in the main bathroom.

Pantry doors - the light goes on inside when you open them!
(Little things like that keep me happy!)

The kitchen - and office/store room
(even more arrived yesterday).

The living room floor - the same is going
down in the dining room.

The laundry room - first coat of paint
on the airing cupboard doors.

Friday, 21 June 2013

Quarry Tiles, Kitchen Units and More ....

A lot of progress has been made as the race to finish the project continues, and several of the men are working today as well (will be the last main day for the electrician - but he will be back to finish off a few bits).

The old quarry tiles (found in the dining room)
go down in the hall.

A close up - shows how unusually thick they are.

Modern art - or some of the plumbing! 

The underfloor heating controls.

More random plumbing.

The kitchen layout can be seen more clearly, as
the island got positioned yesterday.

Some of my lovely Neff appliances.

I got very excited when I saw the airing cupboard door!

In action ...

The guest shower room - nearly finished.