So far, I have done everything including the design and drawings, building walls, plastering, plumbing, installing the boiler and underfloor heating, joinery, building the staircase, flooring... even making the furniture including designing and making the kitchen and utility room, wardrobes, sideboards, dining and coffee tables that you see in the pictures below. Yes, I even made the fruit bowl on the table and the apples in it! The drawers/sideboard below is made from old scaffold boards and so is the blanket box with old gate hinges added for effect. I designed and made the bed (probably the last time I will ever make the bed!) from off-cuts of oak from the hand made roof trusses.
Still, if your thing is mass-produced Swedish furniture made in China that can be found in every home, that's up to you, but I prefer something a bit more individual, hand made and built to last. It is amazing what you can create from old stuff lying around and done well it certainly has a touch of class. I am not the only one to think like this. I have noticed that TV star Kirstie Allsopp (who incidentally has a house just up the road at Welcombe) has a new series extolling these very virtues called Kirstie's Fill Your House for Free at 8pm on Tuesday on Channel 4. Might give that a look.
Oh, I nearly forgot to tell you what I was making. I am making a fitted bench with oak lids from bits found in the shed for the boot room to accommodate the accumulating mass of Belinda's footwear that now seems to be carpeting the floor... and my one pair of wellies. Let's hope she uses it!