Thursday, August 7, 2014

Monday, August 4, 2014

There's a Hole (or two) in my Ceiling

My kitchen ceiling is now like swiss cheese, as all the repairs to the electrics and pipework under our new oak bedroom floor had to be accessed from underneath.
This is for two reasons:
1) Richard made the oak floor himself and it is a work of art and
2) the kitchen floor was already loose from when the thermal store leaked.
What remained of my kitchen cupboards and worktops are now in the garden. I feel a breakdown coming on…………….
the plasterer is coming tomorrow to re-board and skim the ceiling and he assures me It Will Be Alright.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

A Bit on the Side


 The door and window came out very easily. And so did most of the plaster.

 removing the bad old brickwork. The new window is deeper so they had to take out 2 courses of brick

The cat got VERY confused when the door disappeared

I love the way the old and new bricks intersect.

The new window is the one they took out of the Rayburn room.

And here it is. The builder is coming back to finish off, and then the plasterer will come to sort out the inside of the room.

Monday, July 28, 2014

More spinning on my spindles.

I have finished the skein of yarn I was spinning earlier this month

And have embarked on the next lot.

I have also finished another pair of socks for Winter.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Getting Plastered - Part 1

These guys are SKILLED!!!! It was well over 30 degrees in there.

two plasterers, working at opposite ends of the garden room.

Ceiling done. Impressive or what ! ?

Before. Remember how manky that outside wall was?

After. Richard has made a lovely Oak frame for the kitchen window. Now, when I am washing up, I can see right through the gable end, and see the hills in the distance.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

The Hole In The Wall Gang - Part 2

the front room window from the inside. You can see the porch through the window.

the front room window from the porch side, with the first layer of bricks removed. I am looking through the front door. 

Partially broken through……

 and there is was……………GONE!!!

DOORS!!!! and now you can all see where my front door is and how i will get to it through the Rayburn room. The new staircase is also going into that room, so it will become a hallway in the Summer and, with the doors closed, a cosy fireside room in the Winter.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

More progress:

Outside the garden room

Inside the garden room.................

Friday, July 18, 2014

The Hole in the Wall Gang - Part 1

The kitchen wall before the break through

Breaking through into the Summer Room. You know when you say "this kitchen looks like a bomb has hit it"??????????

chipping away the bricks for the step.

Doors going in

Phew!!! One doorway done, one to go.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Upstairs Toilet is Go!!!

The upstairs cloakroom is now stripped, re-joisted, re-floored and DH has patched up the plaster. Let the plumbing commence!!!

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Spinning and Sanity (or not)

While all the building madness has been going on, I have attempted to cling on to the remains of my sanity by spinning. This purple spinning is some merino Chromatops from Nunoco. DH made me the top spindle, from some Oak left over from the new floor he has made for our bedroom.

I have washed some Wensleydale fleece, but it is proving a bit of a bugger to comb. Maybe my technique needs altering? At the moment I am losing more than I am saving.

And this green fibre is Biffle, dyed by a friend of mine.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Progress is slow

The roof tiles are going on. The windows and doors are all in.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014


Work has started on the porch roof

Cladding the inside of the conservatory

the gable end lets in loads of light

Farewell to the smelly old toilet................

The upstairs toilet always smelt, regardless of how often I cleaned it. And it didnt flush properly And the sink was cracked. And the wooden floor was wiffy too. And the floor sloped 1/2" from side to side........ so............

As the toilet soil pipe had to be removed to make way for the conservatory roof, it seemed a good idea to get the plumber, while he was there,  to rip out the old toilet so we can start anew. The new soil pipe will go straight out of the wall into the soil stack.

First we had to negotiate the minefield of "handle v push-button flush" and "closed coupled or not" and what type of tap and sink to buy. Pan height had to be considered. Single or double taps. Decisions, decisions...........

However, the loo is now gone, the sink is now gone, and the floor is going. It will be replaced properly, by DH, without the 1/2" slope it had before.

Then the plumber will return to put the new loo in, and DH will do the rest.

Monday, July 7, 2014

More Framework Up

Starting to put the roof supports up at the back.The other team of builders have finished for now, and we have a new team to do this part.

We are getting more of an idea of the sheer size of it. It looks much bigger now the roof and wall framework is going up

its coming along nicely : )