Again it has been raining! Every time we have had to work outside on this project, the heavens have opened and the water has just poured down. Last week Mick and Tom opened up the wall, propped up the roof with ackro props and cut through the block work with a heavy duty cutter. Fine weather planned for all week more »
Two days of torrential rain have soaked the ground so that it is completely water-logged. Just in time for the arrival of our mini-digger to dig a trench to contain the new water main and the service duct to carry all the cabling from the main house to the cottage. So we dug the trench starting at the top of more »
Work has been going on at a great pace! The electricians have now completed the wiring and the whole site seems covered in bundles of grey wires. The acoustic walls have been installed and the acoustic floor to the upstairs room has been laid. This works by laying the sub floor onto rubber strips on top of the joists and more »
The electrians arrived today despite the snow and ice and started the ‘First Fix’ of the wiring. Most of the new interior walls are up, the fire-proofing is installed and the new acoustic walls have been installed. The acoustic fix has been a bit of a saga. The architect proposed one scheme which was this rubber mounted flooring system and more »
Huge great lorries keep turning up and dumping materials on the driveway which all have to be carried into the building site. All the rooms are going to have full sound insulation with specially built walls and acoustic floors. We even have to have an Acoustic Engineer come on site and do some sound testing before we can open. You more »
The Structural Engineer came to visit to check the calculations on strengthening the floor to take the luxury steel bath and to talk about the new openings to fit the patio doors and the windows. Mary has been ordering equipment from a wide range of suppliers including sound insulation, heating equipment, bathroom fittings and building materials. She never fails to more »
Today the builders moved in and started tearing down walls, ripping up floors and removing the kitchen and bathrooms. The heating engineer popped in to start planning the plumbing side of things and seeing what was under the floor. Also we had a visit from the Building Control Officer from the Council to see that work had started.