I have a hundred things on my To Do list, including - believe it or not - designing proper, and pretty much final, kitchen and bathroom plans. "Even at this early stage when you're only built up to first floor level and the joists are just going in?", I hear you cry. Yes. Apparently I need to know the exact … Continue reading Woman’s prerogative
We're away again, missing two more days of building. Bad timing. Really bad planning to have got married 25 years ago on Monday, just as lots of important decisions need to be made a quarter of a century later. We've done 4 biggies so far 1. The windows. We had already chosen grey aluminium for … Continue reading Decisions, decisions
Well... they are more "pre-walls" than actual walls if you want to get technical, but it still counts. We've been missing from site for two days at a wedding and in that time the last little bit of foundation has been dug to underpin the curved staircase, and the grey blockwork and black engineering brick "pre-wall" walls … Continue reading New old walls
Back from a much needed week's break away we find there had been a slight hold up in issuing the final architect's drawings, so we haven't missed anything crucial. Just digging of footings for the rebuild walls, followed by the first concrete pour. More foundation excavation was being completed as I visited site today and … Continue reading Update: Torture implements and septic tanks
Work is continuing just as quickly as usual, with all the crumbling walls now gone. There's so little left -pretty much only a propped-up front wall which we have to restore and not replace - that I can barely bear to see the barn in its current sad state. I know I said I would try to enjoy every stage, but … Continue reading Tell me when it’s safe to look again
A few scary "progress" details from this week. I say progress but there's going to be less and less of this barn left over the coming months as all the wobbly bits are removed, repaired and finally replaced. First the slates and then the structure of the roof came off. Sarking boards followed by rafters, … Continue reading It’s going to look worse before it gets better.
Panic over, everyone. We did get planning permission, and it was all thanks to Storm Doris, officially recognised by the council as an Act of God. I'm an atheist but I'm not arguing. If the council say so, it was definitely God who knocked our wall down. So only a mere 18 months after first setting eyes … Continue reading The One Where We Finally Got Going
We've known for quite a while now that - very depressingly - we were not insured for the wall collapse as we initially thought. We were covered for vandalism, tree damage caused by lightning, and not a lot else. Certainly no acts of nature like storm Doris, or accidents of man like large vibrating machinery. … Continue reading Is our luck finally turning?
Nothing very exciting to update the blog with.... which apparently isn't going to stop me. Five metre trial bore holes have been bored to check the underlying ground characteristics, which will then determine how deep any new foundations have to go. Result: Five metres of mostly clay. Praise be to the ancient God of alluvial … Continue reading Lots of boring holes
Box number 2. We are invited to apply for an amendment to the conditions of our planning permission (under Section 73 if you really want to know). The amended application must include a detailed method statement of every step of the necessary rebuild, and there will be a 6-8 week wait until we have a … Continue reading And the winner is….