Monday, 12 December 2011
Monday, 5 December 2011
Sunday, 27 November 2011
Thursday, 24 November 2011
I`m afraid the plans below are rather small - thanks Zaira for helping me get them to a size that even thinks about fitting!! but they will give you a general idea. Dave and Steve were sorting out levels yesterday. There is a large drop in floor levels from the sitting room to the bedroom beyond. There will be four steps down (one in the living area and three in the adjoining doorway). This is the next thing to be done - next week we hope - and floors in this area to be concreted too. All very exciting. Since we knocked the door through from living room to bedroom the whole place feels more like home.
Sunday, 20 November 2011
All is going really well lately. Much of the flooring concreted, two walls almost gone and radon pumps in place....Next week we should be knocking out the door through to the bedroom beyond the sitting room. Floors either side of this will be concreted and then we will be looking up - to the roof which is going to be altered. As we have to have new tiles anyway (planning insisted) we are going to make sure that we can leave as many beams exposed as possible which means the insulation going above the beams and then the tiles above that. The trenches for the electricity and water will be dug later in the week I think. Keep watching!
Wednesday, 16 November 2011
Tuesday, 8 November 2011
Monday, 7 November 2011
Wednesday, 26 October 2011
Friday, 14 October 2011
The building inspector came round at the beginning of the week and has insisted on us putting radon gas sumps into the floors before concreting so that is what has been going on. Never got to France - SNCF strike and forgotten passports to blame - HAPPY BIRTHDAY VIOLETTE! today xxxx
Thursday, 6 October 2011
Those b....... thieves went up to the site last Friday night and they stole everything - cement mixer, roller and other equipment. Now, of course, nothing can be left up there and so this has held us up a little as the concrete floors will all have to be done on one day - next Tuesday I think... Gord and I are away to see Amy in France until the 18th and so no more blogs until then. The wall at the far end of the sitting room will also be knocked through next week and so there will be quite a difference on our return
Saturday, 1 October 2011
Another glorious day today - 1 October and probably the hottest day this year. The pipes are down in the kitchen. Next week will be floors and possibly the beginning of the roof which is going to be raised slightly to allow us to expose all the beams in the central area while still keeping to building regs with insulation etc.
Thursday, 29 September 2011
Hooray! All systems go this week and they have already sorted floor levels in the main part of the house and knocked through the wall between the kitchen and the "I don`t quite know what it is" room. They had quite a struggle with the trenches for the drains as the soil seems to be clay and stone.....not easy. The weather has been in the mid 20s and long may it last. Very excited now. Come on you lot - join up. Let`s have more fans. Good old Caroline and Al x This colour combination is Gord`s idea. I think I prefer the greens.....
Wednesday, 21 September 2011
Friday will be the first full day of work but we are away until the following Wednesday.....They are starting on floors and levels and then we (we?) are going to knock out the end wall in the sitting room and level all that out too. At last we are under way and hopefully things will get a little more interesting. All Gord wants is to relax in his library (the gallery bit above the main room) with a good book!!! Some time to wait I`m afraid.
Sunday, 18 September 2011
I now have a date of "middle of this week"!! Let`s hope that it all kicks off on Wednesday or Thursday - watch this spot (hee hee). In the meantime, measuring out the land (5 acres or 2 point something hectares) took some brain power but with Dick and Gordon involved we were not allowed to say "this`ll do". Oh no! everything had to be exact and with only my mobile calculator (which, at first, did not appear to have a division button on it) it proved quite tricky. We started off with about double what we have eventually decided is the right amount. There are now stakes where our new boundary will be and we will be planting a conservation hedge very soon.
Saturday, 17 September 2011
Tuesday, 6 September 2011
So, the work should have started today but we have to wait until the 19th....so not much to report except that the kitchen area and main living area will be the first to have floors and then the whole place will be reroofed (is that a word?) which is the only stipulation the planners put on the project. So hopefully there will be some more video and pictures soon. The architect and builder were up there today chatting away about what they were going to be doing and I should have been filming really - must get geared up to this blog lark!