From the moment we decided to buy a plot of land and build our own house we seem to have spent a lot of time waiting. Waiting for planning permission, waiting for the building warrant, waiting for Electric, waiting for the weather to rise above 4 degrees. Then waiting for quotes from electricians, builders, painters (for the taping), because although Iain has done a lot of the build himself with help from Paul, me & friends we have to have an electrician for the certification and it was more cost effective to get a builder to do the blockwork (from a time perspective anyway).
It took 3 months to find an electrician and it has taken a month to find someone to tape the plasterboard, which may have been a little quicker had I realised they don't trade under 'plasterers' but under 'painters & decorators'.
Iain has finished putting plasterboard up downstairs (apart from the heat store partitions). The electrician wishes to install the boxes and cut out for the lights before the taper can start. So we need him to come and do that, then the taper can do his bit so I can paint the back room first then the stairs, doors, skirting boards, window sills can be delivered as we will have somewhere to put them.
It wasn't going to take this long to build our house but if we eliminated all the waiting, we'd be finished now.