After a few weeks of little visible progress on-site it finally seems that we’re in business again. The carpenters have been busy in the workshop building panels to replace the SIPS that the garage was to have been constructed of and these are now all in the barn ready to be constructed this week. The dormer has been clad in red cedar which will fairly quickly fade to a lovely silvery grey, the roof is finished all bar the ridge tiles on the dormer and the roof inside has been well insulated and is ready for the plasterboard and skim finish.
There are however, needless to say, one or two issues that have needed to be addressed this week, it does rather feel as if we perpetually take two steps forward and one back. The change in construction method of the garage has resulted in a structural engineer insisting that a metal support is inserted into one end of the building, and that the blockwork which is to about knee level must now be metal strapped to the footings. So, when we visited today one of the builders was busy digging out a trench around the garage…….which was only filled in a week or so ago!
Still, it was a glorious autumn morning once again and I had a lovely time spent imagining the finished product. The windows in the roof in each bedroom have added an amazing amount of light which totally changes the feel of the space, it’s challenging to get good photos in a building site, but this picture of what will be our room demonstrates just how light it is. Blackout blinds are on my list to order!
Mike is already planning a little building project for himself in the spring. Since he is of the belief that the garage will be his domain he would like to build a separate residence for the mower! We will hang onto the stable doors that are currently up on the first floor and he plans to create a lean-to mower home on the side of the donkey barn. I guess it will be fun to do a little hands-on building ourselves, and he seems confident that he has a good plan as to how to execute it, I haven’t questioned too closely on anything detailed such as drawings/measurements/materials but I suspect it will evolve somehow – watch this space!
Earlier this week I popped into the village’s monthly coffee morning which was just lovely, I had the opportunity to catch up with a couple of friends, reconnect with someone I had been at school with and to chat with people from the village who have known me for the greater part of my life. It’s really lovely to feel that we can once again be part of a community that we so enjoyed during our short spell in the village 10 years ago.