Sarah Beeny discovers a leak in her new house
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Sarah Beeny returned to viewers’ screens tonight for Sarah Beeny’s New Life in the Country on Channel 4. The programme continued to document the real-life experiences of property expert Sarah, her husband Graham Swift and their four sons after they ditched London life for a fresh start in the Somerset countryside. In the first episode of the new series, the interior build begins on their country manor.
While the property’s shell is complete, the interior remains bare and needs plumbing, wiring, painting and plastering.
A grand entrance hall, dining room, music room, sitting room, kitchen, five bathrooms and five bedrooms all need to be completed in the next eight months.
The family are tackling one room at a time, however, before they can begin, the property needs a concrete floor.
“It feels like there’s a hive of activity going on which is really, really exciting”, said Sarah as they began the inside of the build.
To concrete the floor, screed comes through a pipe and then fills the space.
Sarah explained: “Because it’s naturally self-levelling, it will end up finding its own level place.”
Screed is a type of mortar traditionally made from cement and sand.
However, 40 percent of the mix Sarah used is made from recycled materials.
“Look at that! That is beautiful!”, said Sarah as the screed filled the space.
However, a torrential downpour soon revealed a problem.
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Sarah said: “Oh b******s! That’s even worse!”
She continued: “Half way along the roof light, is a really bad leak.”
The screed should take three days to dry out.
Unfinished flashing on a bay window is leaking onto the wet screed floor.
Sarah said: “Basically, you just run around fixing things.
“With any building site, I just don’t believe you would ever be in a position where there wasn’t a problem.”
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To stay on schedule, the floor needs to be finished, and that means making the house water tight.
Sarah enlisted the help of her second oldest son, 14-year-old Charlie to fill in the leak before the flashing is completed.
Graham said getting the floor down allows the family to start decorating the rest of the house.
He said: “When the floor is down, then everything can lead off that.
“So we can start putting the plasterboard on the walls.
“We can start thinking about what we’re doing with everything else.”
The family have achieved a lot in two and a half years since they embarked on their house-building journey.
They’ve still not moved in but managed to plant 20,000 trees, dug out two ponds, started keeping bees and are expecting puppies from their family dog Maple.
So far, the project has taken a year longer than they hoped.
Catch up on episodes of Sarah Beeny’s New Life in the Country on All 4
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