Week 51

Ben had the drone out and it's great to finally see the roof in its glory. Here's a visual progress report from the get go. And these.... Tony had the fire on early in the week, so he kindly invited Ben and me to have a look at making balusters. Each of these is completely hand made … Continue reading Week 51

Week 50

Spring is springing on the way to site. While the weather improves and we're thinking about trenches, services and meters, here are some pix of the outside of the house. The problem with glazing bar alignment across the two planes of windows in the front bay that we had back in Week 42 has been resolved. Thank … Continue reading Week 50

Week 48

Goodbye scaffolding! It took three days to get all the gear down, and now we can see the whole building. No scaffolding in the way means that Terry and Josh can get on with building the roof for the garage. This is a wiggly little beast that has had Terry brushing off his thinking cap to calculate … Continue reading Week 48

Week 47

We have a flue! Actually, it's a flue liner, not to be confused with the identically named but made of pumice 'flue liner' that was already installed with the chimney went up. All very technical, but for the past few weeks, Dave has been developing the plans to make this thing work. Terry and Josh … Continue reading Week 47

Week 46

Most of the action this week occurred behind the scenes. Lots of planning and sorting and choosing more than cutting, sticking and building. We've chosen a fireplace, paid bills, decided on tiles, placed thermostats, chased electrics, considered ironmongery and built-in furniture, and we started thinking about wardrobe build-ups, kitchen pendants, sofas and curtains. I thought … Continue reading Week 46

Week 45

Early birds, these guys. On my way to meet the electrician at a lazy 7:30 am, I saw that they'd already had a delivery that was just departing down the lane. More oak arrived late yesterday via Neil and his Land Rover with trailer; it's always a pleasure to have him onsite. These pieces will cover the … Continue reading Week 45

Week 44

  The roof is almost finished. Spencer asked me if I was happy with the course of cloaking tiles that will sit between the oak gables below and the roof tiles above. He's added a layer of Welsh slate secured underneath to prevent the roof from wobbling as the oak settles. They'll be mortared in … Continue reading Week 44

Week 42

Roof tiles arrived this week. Spencer and his team used the tile-escalator, or Bumpa, to haul 10,000 tiles up to the roof. That is TEN THOUSAND. A totally bonkers number. We're very happy with the colour. Although we didn't use a huge mix of colours in the end, having gone for mostly Heritage, Michelmersch, they … Continue reading Week 42