So, what does a house need to be mortgageable? A roof – check. A working kitchen and bathroom. Er…
Doing a bit of digging, it seems that the definition of ‘working’ is fairly lax and as long as you’ve got a loo and a sink hooked up in the bathroom and a sink and somewhere to stick a microwave in the kitchen, you’re more or less okay. Mick donned his Mario overalls and set to work on the plumbing.
New loo – this cost £55 from the local branch of William Wilson. The seat is absolute rubbish, but the rest of it is absolutely fine and I was always intending to put a wooden seat on it anyway, so not a problem. We have a small issue in that the pedestal for the sink isn’t deep enough to cover the outlet pipe, but Mick reckons he has a solution to that, though he hasn’t told me what yet!
The kitchen sink is also plumbed in and looking good. I am SO glad I went for ceramic rather than the composite one, though we were slightly nervous when the time came to whack it with a hammer to knock out the disc for the tap hole! Fortunately nothing cracked.
There’s some slightly complex pipework underneath – feeds and outflows for the dishwasher to the left and the washing machine to the right.
As for me, I’ve been ploughing on upstairs with the painting. Second coat of primer on the woodwork today, so the aim is to get the white top coat on the woodwork tomorrow and then paint the wall on Friday, meaning that I mask off the white wood rather than the colour, as it seems less prone to peeling off with the masking tape!
I sent David a text yesterday to find out how he was getting on with his new build, and to my delight he finished last Friday. He’s off to his sister-in-law’s wedding and then has a lamb sale to go to, but will be back with us after that, so that’s either a week today or two weeks today, depending on whether he’s going to Dingwall or Lairg to sell. I also messaged Dougie, who is off on holiday for three weeks on Saturday, but will be back with us when he returns. It does feel like the beginning of the end now!