6 Reasons Why I’m Glad The Builders Have Now Left

For the past 10 weeks, we’ve been living in chaos whilst we’ve had a new kitchen extension built. Before it started, I don’t think we had any idea about how much the work would affect us all, we set up a make-shift kitchen in our dining room and luckily had a spare fridge in our garage. We started out trying to eat quite healthily, but the novelty quickly wore off and we ended up eating microwave meals for the last month. With kids, it’s much harder to deal with. Especially fussy kids that don’t eat much other than pizza, sausages and pasta; the options without an oven or hob were severely limiting!!


We are all thrilled with the results. But here’s some other reasons why I’m happy that the workmen have now left our house:

  1. We finally get our kitchen back. The extension started in mid July just before the kids broke up for school holidays. I won’t lie, it has been very difficult to live without a washing machine, oven or dishwasher for most of the summer holidays with the kids around all day! I missed the washing machine the most and had to rely on friends and family to help me out with the laundry. I also spent most of the summer washing up crockery and cutlery in the bath. It’s true what they say that you don’t appreciate what you have until it’s gone. Now that we have our new kitchen complete with new appliances, I can say that I definitely appreciate having the use of a washing machine, cooker and dishwasher again!

2. The house is ours again. Our builders were very conscientious, turning up at 7am most days and not going home until 6.30pm. This is all good in theory, but in reality it means you’re spending a LOT of time with other people in your house. Nothing at all against our builders, they all seemed like nice enough blokes, but for 10 weeks, it’s hard to share your house with anyone else, especially near strangers. I seem to have spent a fair amount of time apologising to them for the fact that every morning they could hear me shouting at the kids to get ready and out the door for school and it was embarrassing to think they could hear all my rants as well as hearing the kids fighting.


3. The Mess. Whether they were knocking down walls, plastering, tiling or installing the new kitchen, there seemed to be a permanent layer of dust throughout the house for the entire 10 weeks. I tried not to let it get to me as I’m not the most house proud of people in the first place, but it is pretty annoying to constantly be walking around in dirt. I’m so happy to have my house back to being (relatively) clean and tidy!

4. Being the tea lady. I won’t miss being on a never-ending tea run for our workmen! Yes, they spent almost 12 hours a day with us, but they did get through a lot of  tea and sugar! It took me almost 10 weeks to remember their individual requests for how they took their tea and if I ever left them with a tin of biscuits they would be devoured in minutes. I’m pleased not to have to order an extra two hundred bag of teabags each week from the supermarket!

5. Language and conversation. I won’t miss the builders singing along to the radio or having their little chats about football, girlfriends or pubs. They were nice blokes, but typical geezers so there was quite a bit of swearing going on. I won’t miss hearing them eff and jeff front of the kids about how they’ve been let down by their suppliers!

6. The Toilet. How can I put this? I won’t miss the builders having a dump in my toilet! Yes, I know it’s only a natural bodily function, but having them stink out my toilet for the past 10 weeks is definitely something I will no longer miss.

Ten weeks feels like a long slog when you can’t wash up, cook or do the laundry, and it’s even more panful when the kids are on summer holidays, but I can’t complain too much as we’ve now got a fantastic new kitchen which is almost double the original size. I’m pleased to be rid of the builders though and for all of these reasons it will be a long time before we have any more work like this done on the house again!


12 thoughts on “6 Reasons Why I’m Glad The Builders Have Now Left

  1. Oh I loved this Cheryl – we had exactly the same done two and a half years ago when the mouse was 6 months old. I actually moved out for about 6 weeks as it was not possible to have a crawling weaning baby whilst we had no kitchen at all. It was worth it in the end, but yes those builders do become a tea drinking, toilet using pest. Have to say though there was one total fitty and all my mates would pop round to make him tea any day of the week! 😉
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    1. I wish we could have moved out!! Also wish we’d had a fitty here too as that might have made the whole situation much more tolerable!! 😀 x

    1. You should at least be able to confine the mess of a porch to the outside a bit more but definitely recommend not doing during school holidays!!

  2. Oh I HATE having the builders in, it’s just such an intrusion and there is so much MESS! When we had our extension done there was dust everywhere, I used to come home and cry about the state of the house and the twenty empty coffee mugs on the side would be the final straw! I’m sure it will be amazing when it’s all finished! #bigpinklink

    1. Yes! Intrusion is the word thank you Laura! We are slowly returning to normal and I think I can say it was worth it! X

  3. :)) Hi Cheryl, congrats on the blog. It’s very funny your post to me because I am a construction industry pro , and I understand every single title you’ve put on this post 🙂
    It’s always nice and funny when you look back to this things, having the builders around, nowhere to eat, nowhere to cook, sometimes depending on what they are doing you can’t even have a shower … I’ve gone recently through this as I’ve had some refurbishment on my flat and it’s really difficult … as you said, specially with kids. But when I look at the results … it was worth it! You need to prepare yourself mentally for his things!

    It’s worse if you are unlucky and you get cowboys builders instead of good guys … and not only they will never finish the job … but hey will let you without a kitchen or a bathroom or worse …

    The kitchen looks amazing !

    1. You’re right that you need to prepare mentally for these things, although when you’re living amongst it for so long it is still a shock! Thanks we are happy with the kitchen!

  4. Hi Cheryl, thanks for the reply.

    You are right, even if you get ready for this … it can still be a shock, even for me, in theory I’m ready for this, I do it for a living 🙂 … but I’ve seen that it still stresses me when instead of DIY I decide to bring some builders in to do it for me.

    Happy New Year and all the best for 2018 !

  5. Hi Cheryl,
    I feel you. We had some renovations done years back and I remember how I have to deal with all the mess. Seeing your ‘after’ photo though makes everything worth it. Your new kitchen is beautiful 🙂

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