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….
I thought by now I'd be shouting at pregnant builders whilst living with Kevin McCloud in a caravan made of tyres. To be honest I’ve probably mixed up a few Grand Designs episodes there. I just envisaged a bit more effortlessly bargaining down the price of custom-made aluminium windows, and a lot less standing in … Continue reading A lot more waiting
or A minor disaster that was thankfully not a major tragedy. I made a promise to myself that this blog would document the good and the bad parts of renovation so, reluctantly, here goes. Yesterday, first proper day of work and about 3 hours in.... a .....I think we'll call it "slight mishap" occurred. The … Continue reading This wasn’t exactly part of the plan
I haven't had the heart to update the blog for a while -too scared of jinxing things. Lots of necessary stuff involving more land searches, boundary issues, checking of utilities, and meeting multiple mortgage conditions has been happening (by which I mean Mike has made it happen) .....all very slow, none of it very exciting. In what has … Continue reading We finally own a barn
Bat news all good, mortgage not so good. The bat survey couldn't have gone more in our favour if we'd done it ourselves with our eyes closed. We now have a very costly but very in-depth report from the wonderful Jo at Arbtech detailing the exact time, direction of flight, species, and foraging behaviour of every single bat seen in the vicinity … Continue reading Mixed news