Renovation Diaries - part three - weeks 11 to 13
Dear Reader - firstly, thank you so much for making it to part three of the Renovation Diaries. My patience is wearing thin so I take my hat off to you for sticking through it with me!
Here's roughly where we left things... A watertight roof and all internal walls down, but acrows still in place. Behind the OSB board wall you see below is a freshly concreted and screeded floor. The wall is the builders' damage limitation efforts to try and keep The Gaffer AKA our cat from ruining their work with his paw prints. (Builders who own cats themselves are the best kind of builders btw!)
So yes, aside of the new floor going in we were pretty much still at total building site stage and look at those cables... Poor sparky!
Things were pretty gloomy in the extension and after the floor went in and had to be left to do its 'going off' thing progress seemed to be on total go-slow mode.
BUT, just as you think things will never progress with the building work lo and behold you come home one day to natural light!
I can't explain just how epic this was. Mr EH and I stood under one Velux each and marvelled in quiet, contemplative silence...
A quick swing round to look at the space from the other direction provides this amazing view! There are so many things within this photo that sum up beautifully the madness of living through a major renovation project...
Exhibit A - The old kitchen cabinet door screwed into the floor to stop The Gaffer (you know the ginger furry one) from getting under the floorboards. A great idea but note the handle remains in place at ideal catch your foot in it height. Also worth noting on this point is the looped electric cable under our 'dining' table.
And see that gap to the right of the cupboard door? The cat got down there anyway by turning himself into ginger water!
Exhibit B - When three become one... We are having an ongoing 'debate' with the builders about how all three floors surfaces meet, the discrepancies in their height and the nuances between the definitions of 'flat' and 'level' that are very open to interpretation...
Finally Exhibit C - The temporary kitchen, which is on a par with camping except with a solid roof and a fridge. Come back old kitchen - all is forgiven! Trying to keep dust out of the crates of food and crockery and glassware was a battle that came close to finishing us off. #therewillbedust
I'll leave you with this picture - a tantalising glimpse of how things will look once the pretend Crittall doors arrive. Hello garden! Hello sunshine!
Until next time, thanks for reading!