Sunday, 31 July 2016

Scaffolding down and some first time block layers

We are scaffolding free this week. We are within reaching distance of the builders finally leaving. Unfortunately the builder has not been on site for the last few weeks, but thank the Lord for his sub-contractor who has been beavering on his own to get the last few bits finished. James has written a list and told the builder what we expect to be finished before the end of the week, there are jobs half done and we were promised they would be done weeks ago. There are a few fairly large jobs like knocking through to the house and rebuilding the pig sty that we have decided we will have done at a later point (with another builder). Our build was due to be finished at the end of June and the builder has gone off site to start something else so we're going it alone from here.



We also have a date of the 20th of August to start fitting the windows so soon we'll be water tight, a huge step that I am so excited to see.

This weekend James managed another first, he laid some blockwork. Our kitchen pantry had at one time been a doorway through to the outside and had been made into a pantry when the old rear bathroom was added. Between the two was a panel of plywood that has been letting in water since the bathroom extension was demolished. 

Yesterday James emptied the cupboard and removed the shelves and set about putting up a wall. It went much quicker than I expected and looks great. Today I have been cleaning the shelves and putting things back. I have thrown away lots of bits that are taking up room that we really didn't need. I had kept old vodka bottles from a recipe a few years ago and thought they might come in handy, empty bottles, what was I thinking??!! Now I know what is in there again and more importantly where it is.

There is a slightly larger doorway that will need to be blocked up too so if the weather holds we'll try and get that done now that we have an idea how long that'll take.






Today we popped along to a picnic that was being held on the common today with all of the residents invited to meet on the common land below the pub. It was warm and we all set off with some pasta in the picnic bag and met some more local people. We even met a young mum with a baby,  almost unheard of around here so that was lovely. I said I'd stop round at some point so I'll try and make sure I do.

17 comments:

  1. I know how full your cupboard is - I bet it took longer to empty then to lay the blocks!

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  2. All builders must operate under the same code. They never finish on time and they leave things unfinished. We had to hire an attorney to get our add on finished.

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    1. They can't seem to finish a job on time and as they promised, very frustrating.

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  3. I have a box full of empty wine bottles as well, and they have just been put in the 'Going to the tip' pile! Good progress, though, on the house, and I am looking forward to seeing more photos as the work goes on.

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    1. I threw another couple this week, I am getting pretty good at throwing out crap.

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  4. Progress and its looking great, looking forward to hearing about the big knock through day

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    1. Me too, it may be a while yet though.

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  5. It look like your build is at the "almost finished" stage - so near, and yet so far... It's looking great :)

    The blocked off door - have you thought of turning the outside "alcove" into a feature - for maybe a tall shade loving plant, or water feature?

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    1. That will be the little laundry room eventually so I was thinking of putting shelves up there.

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  6. It's looking great Kirsty! :)

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  7. Your problems with contractors are similar to those people have here. When I use one, I write a contract and I only pay for the work in stages, as it's accomplished. If they don't finish on time, they don't get paid. Them going off and starting on a new job would infuriate me. I'd probably do murder.

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    1. It's so difficult, it's a nightmare trying to get workmen to do work, they have you over a barrel. Luckily we've paid in instalments so they're not getting the original agreed price or I'd be going spare.

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  8. I know your frustration. We were lucky to have good contractors, but we only hired framing, basement poured, roof and drywall. We did everything else ourselves. Still took a long time, much longer than we thought it would. Hang in there. It'll be worth it.

    Cindy Bee

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    1. Thanks Cindy, I see your house and can see that it will one day come together.

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  9. Congratulations for al these hard work Kirsty because now it's completely different

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