Planning the build
Why build an extension?
Initial design sketches
On-line Building Regs
Meeting planners
 Meeting building control
 Planning the foundations
 Planning the floor slab
 Marking out the footings
 Damp proof course issues
 Possible drainage problems?

 Construction of the walls
 Proposed roof structure
Windows diary
 Window challenges
 Initial window plans
 Making the casements
 Making the frame
 Designing leaded lights
 Making leaded lights
 Assembling the window
 The little window

 The door frame
Demolition diary
 The demolition starts!
 The demolition continues
 Still more demolition

Foundations diary
 Foundation issues
 Drain issues
 Digging the foundations
 Rethinking foundations!
 Pouring the foundations

Floor slab diary
 Rethinking the slab!
 Floor vent extensions
 Preparing the slab #1
 Preparing the slab #2
 Pouring the slab

Walls diary
 Preparing to build walls
 Build up to the DPC
 Build the walls #1
 Build the walls #2
 The gas men cometh
 Build the walls #3
 Finishing the walls
Roof diary
 Roof structure build
 Tiling the roof
 Finishing the roof
 Finishing the gables
 Roof insulation

 Floor screed
 Shower room
 Shower room floors
 Shower room walls
 Utility room
 Utility room walls
 Utility room floor
 Finishing the windows

Project finished!
 Final inspection
 The certificate
 Final thoughts

 Twelve months on!
 Material costs
Sister sites
 House re-roof project
 Home gas usage data

 Stop paint flaking
 DIY secondary glazing


Tiling the shower room walls

Thursday, 12th July: It's a wall tiling day!

I connected the waste pipe to the shower tray for the first time - all seems well.

I sealed around the edge of the shower tray with translucent sealer (This will be covered by the bottom edge of the wall tiles).

I will be using wood cladding, not tiles, outside of the shower, so I will start tiling at the level where the cladding starts.

I've cemented on all the whole tiles on two of the walls.

I tiled around two sides of the of the small window.

I used a strip of white plastic tiling quadrant around the edge of the window using tiling spacers to keep the gap the same all round the window.

I cut tiles using the diamond tile cutter and filled in all the wall edges.

Two walls have been completed down to the level of the top of the wood cladding.

I could not have done this without the tile cutter so I'm really pleased that I spent the money!

Friday, 13th July: Well, today has not been too unlucky as tiling went well.

In fact I've finished tiling the shower room (I still need to grout).

Here is the window..
The shower...
Around the hand basin...
Around the door...

Tomorrow I will grout all the tiles and clean up.

Saturday, 14th July: I grouted the whole shower room today - what a difference it makes!

Here is the small window...

I need to paint the window frame white now.
Behind the wash basin...
The shower cubicle...
I now need to fit the shower screen which is just standing on the shower tray temporarily.


I plumbed in the shower to the cold water supply using a 15mm compression right-angle joint and screwed it to the wall. Everything fits and doesn't leak - amazing!

I havn't connected the 240 volt supply as yet.


The shower with the cover attached.

Sunday, 15yh July: I started to put the 870mm high cladding in place.

I nailed some battons to the wall and the nailed the cladding to battons.

I put 30mm by 10mm pieces of wood along the top of the cladding and nailed the skirting board to bottom.

The cladding will be painted white.

I fully installed the shower cubical by adding the doors.

I also added the shower head assembly so the shower is now complete.

Monday, 16th July: I started working on the cladding on the rear wall of the shower room today.
I needed to build a box out 12mm MDF to cover the toilet waste pipe.

All just about done but not nailed together as yet.

Wednesday, 18th July: I finished the cladding around the toilet today...
I also did the cladding under the wash basin and under the towel rail.

I just need to fix the skirting board.

This panel can be taken out to access the pipe work.

I white undercoated the cladding behind the radiator.
Well what a disaster! I was refilling the central heating system after painting the cladding and found that water was spraying everywhere!

Yes, I had made the classic mistake of putting a nail through my nice new copper piping.

After a lot of panicking, I managed to cut out the damaged piece of pipe and and use a compression joint to reconnect it. Panic over but I'm still in a very grumpy mood!
Thursday, 19th July: I painted the cladding with gloss white paint.

It looks pink because the Dulux paint I used is pink until it dries. Mind you it's still pink after 8 hours!

Friday, 20th July: I finished painting the shower room ceiling today and tidying up.

I think the shower room is pretty much finished. all that is left to do is to test the shower once I have connected the mains to the house.

On to the utility room I guess!



Monday, 10th September: I fitted the blind on the small window.

And... fitted the vanity mirror and soap tray etc. etc.

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