A double garage !
Like I said...a delightful
Roof like a sieve
We always did wonder why the
vendor wasn't keen on us seeing the garage when we looked round. By winter
it was obvious, the roof was in a bad way and the quickest thing was to
patch it with tin sheets.
The leaky roof, dirty
fibreglass doors and generally shitty building had to go. We went to an
architect who had been recommended by friends and he came round and did us
21st November 2010
We finally got the plans passed
with a few caveats from the parish council. Firstly we couldn't have the
back wall block and render - it has to be stone. Secondly we have to used
traditional timber work and guttering. This meant no up and over doors and
plastic guttering. Gutted!!! as if we would have lived with
that, we wanted tradition - hence the rebuild.
Now we just had to find the
money and the right builder...
5th August 2011
At last we have a builder
booked and a start date, now starts the task of emptying 9 years of clutter!
Plus I couldn't help having a
dig around the back through the old fireplace !
I dug my way in and started
pulling stone out - couldn't resist exploring!
13th August 2011
We had agreed with the builder
that we would strip all electrics and the tin sheeting off the roof. A plus
side was that my dad was going to recycle it and use it for a shed
I know... it looks bad getting
a 13 year old to take the outside lights down. 'yeah son, course the
electrics switched off...hehe'
21st August 2011
At last we are ready - one
empty garage 'tadaaaa'
looking very dejected!
view from the side
and for completeness - the
back, note old fireplace and blocked up windows!
22nd August 2011
The first day of construction -
or should that be destruction.
Unfortunately I had to work
:( but Tracy still managed to get some pictures !
Gone !!! all in a days
work as they say - Bones looking pleased with himself.
They've said 6 weeks to complete :)
23rd August 2011
and so started a few days of
scrabbling through rubble... We knew the old cottage was occupied
until the late 1800's from the census results. In the last 50's it was used
as a dairy up until it's demolition in the early 70's.
24th August 2011
After a lot of sorting and
digging and sorting today, we found the basement of the cottage, remarkably the entire floor
area was flagged with 2-3" thick york stone flags!
This one was one of the big
ones, four foot by two! In total we recovered 72 flags, and almost all
25th August 2011
After further sorting of
stone today, we have the back wall dug and ready for the first pour.
26th August 2011
As tradition has it... after a
week of sunshine it rained today when we poured the first strip along the back wall
I was at work so thanks to Ewan for the pictures!
At least we had the loadall to
help... 10.5m of reach was enough to save a lousy trip with a
1st September 2011
The last week finally gave us the
first evidence that a building was going to rise from the ground. Here we
have the block work for the rear wall.
Also we seem to be getting lots
of good flag casualties where carelessness is breaking corners off and
smashing them in half. not good !
12th September 2011
pit ! - or swimming pool for
Twelve days since the last
update, work has got in the way for me. Progress appears to have been slow -
oddly it seem to go that way when I'm not making cups of tea and watching
I'm also noticing their lack of
care and respect for my driveway! 20 years of well looked after tarmac
with barely a blemish. They are not mixing cement on it and making a right
mess.... wtf !!!
16th September 2011
I arrived home this thursday to
a floor! well 30 tons of quarry bottoms. it's beginning to look like
something. I could actually get excited !
Even the back wall is moving
23nd September 2011
little by little
After a short week at work, the
block work seems to be creeping up. The side door and central pillar is now
26th September 2011
missed by a mile...
Well the 6 week deadline was up this week, it looks
like a garage, but sadly one that's got a long way to go...
Alan has told us another 6 weeks in reality - we've
given him 8 and agreed on the end of November.
1st October 2011
A long week this week...
looked out of the window to see this. 8 Metres of I section steel for the
Tracy was worried about the
gypsies 'borrowing' it, but we assured her this wasn't an easy lift.
We also had Rosie on guard duty
Saturday also saw us take a
trip to Liverpool for a day out, stopping at Rufford Hall on the way back.
Always on the lookout for inspiration, I think these might be the hinges I
10th October 2011
Weather not brilliant over the last
week and only 2 builders. We see fluctuations of between 2 and 7 of them and
rarely ever the same one twice!
The stonework you see below is
Rickys work - in between him having a bad back... he's now off sick
for a few weeks.
All the cut and dressed corners
are by Dennis, he knows how to do a nice job!
14th October 2011
I arrived home this week to see
the start of our staircase to the first floor. The novel idea here also
being a log store underneath - so somewhere to hide/store our winter fuel.
The steelwork and joists for
the floor are also in, shame we can't easily get there yet... we are twelve
18th October 2011
one step at a time
Did I use that line before?
After watching the builders for a day we seemed to make good progress. We
gained another step and more of the doorways.
Tracy is getting really fed up
with the mess and lack of general respect for stuff. We keep finding cut
marks in flags and more cement on the drive. Hey ho, they'll have to fix it
On the plus side, we got the
door tops in for the main doors :)
21st October 2011
Managed to get home late
thursday evening - which allowed me to get some early morning pictures. This
shot was where we all thought 'wow it's huge!' Dropping the first floor
height and the roofline from the plans we had submitted was definitely the
During friday we also got the
door tops in for the side door and wood store.
The masons had done a fine job
of cutting the door head for the side door, the log store was an old sill
from another job.
28th October 2011
a weight off our mind
After another week of work I
managed to be home friday to watch the roof steel going in.
30th October 2011
After looking for old fashioned
blacksmith made penny hinges and seeing the 70 quid a pair price - I
resorted to making my own. I had already made the same hinges for the front
door, so after buying 12 galvanised gate hinges and 3Metres of flat steel
bar I set to work.
The top hinge is what I get
after cutting the bottom hinge up and welding extra steel in.
There's also the rusting -
which is accelerated in a day by using my cleaning bath in reverse. I think
I aged the first pair a little too much, but they now look dead authentic!!!
4th November 2011
Arrived home to find the roof
timbers and stairs complete ! we can now get to the second floor.
It seems quick but we are now 4
weeks over schedule... There's really only 2 builders on a regular
basis - Dennis went for a check on a shoulder injury and was operated on
immediately. He's now off until xmas... that won't help him pulling
12th November 2011
only 2 weeks to go !
Well the revised deadline we
agreed on is two weeks away, it looks impossible from where I'm standing
here... No roof, no floor, no pointing, no doors !
A sneaky shot looking into the
wood store... it's like a cave... only a really small one <grin>
27th November 2011
A felted roof! yay... and
the slates might go on next week.
Well we knew it wasn't going to happen - but still
disappointing. Slates finally turned up on a truck from London yesterday
morning. First 3 rows are on, but the velux conservation windows are not
kept in stock - they have to be ordered. Alan called this morning and
assured me the roof, concreting, electrics and flags/drains outside would be
complete. Next week is plastering and flooring... Somewhere in all
this we are missing 6 doors!!! I also need to finish off the remainder
of the hinges - more sparks and cutting for me.
scaffold is down now
though ! it's looking lovely :)
5th December 2011
well it had to
happen, 6m3 of concrete arrives along with an inch or so of snow...
on the plus side we
had 8 builders here!
the first half load
goes in - lots of manual labour involved - in minutes they had lost the hats
arrived home late
last night, flagging started, floor concreted, 1st fix electrics and no roof
On the plus side I
left a voicemail with Alan describing Tracys discontent... voila 6 builders
this morning and it's pissing down!!!!
Gav and Bones are on
with the flags, paddling in 3 inch of slurry - bloody nuts...
Dan, John, Shamooos
and Kenty are on the roof - no scaffold so it's a ride on the loadall to get
and those big gusts
of wind make a difference? yes you lose your balance!!!
note the footshaped
hole where Dan went through!
the rain and snow
held off - kind of and we now have our flagged area back, with a slope away
from the house and new drains!
A further bonus is
that we now have a roof !
and the first fix
electrics are done!
tomorrows job is
alarm, telephone and ethernet cables...
I hid inside all
weekend and managed to complete the alarm, phone and ethernet. This morning
Bones came and sorted the drains and flags at the front - it's starting to
look a lot tidier now!
Well I arrived home
after a long week to find over than I now have a second floor and a bit of
pointing was done. Not impressed with this weeks progress...
Went to Hull over
the weekend for this years Chuckle Brothers pantomine...'oh no you
didn't...' Not a lot done except for finishing the beams upstairs.
The joiners did turn
up this morning though with 6 shiny new doors :)
the hinges went on
very well with a few tweaks on the old angle grinder... Unfortunately the
last door on the right suffered a severe clearance issue, but with some
clever joinery and moving the casing out of plumb we got away with it!!!
Really pleased with
the hinges and hooks, they were worth the effort...
Were made to be
broken! we have a fully lined upstairs already to plaster tomorrow,
again we are promised the full complement of workers to:
plaster, do the
sparks, joinery, build the dry stone walls, gutters and tidy up !
lets see - shall we !
I couldnt resist...
the horses have been in the cold and damp for 4 months now.
Well I didn't think
it would happen, but they turned up, cracked on and got the upstairs
plastered. It's looking really nice and spacious now all the crap has come
and no the wallers
and joiners didn't turn up !
Gordon and Matty
turned up first thing and removed the rest of the scaffold this morning.
The dry stone
wallers came and finished off the walls that had been demolished during
I then spent 4 hours
on the pressure washer trying to clean the cement and other detritus off the
drive. It's looking a whole lot better, but still some horrible patches of
cement to chip off.
25th December 2011
In lieu of the
joiners coming I fitted the downstairs locks yesterday, this means that the
compressor could leave the kitchen just in time for xmas day !
The main doors are
also bolted and therefore downstairs is pretty secure.
This morning I have
mostly been painting...
after two days off
and fed up of having to step around a big hole in the floor I finally fitted
the pit boards. These were the old roof timbers which came in handy!
One of the joiners
came today to finish of the locks and adding the mastic around the doors,
but for the thresholds we are now secure and relatively weather tight -
though the rain is lashing against the doors and making its way in!
unhealthy obsession for authentic hardware, here are the rose head square
bolts for the main door hinges :)
Bought ten litres of
screwfix' finest masonry paint - good for 100 sq m. Managed one and a bit
walls... bloody breeze blocks eat the stuff.
Tomorrow is back to
screwfix for another three tins, we'll see how far they go...
went to screwfix for
three tins, ended up trailing to Halifax for them! Also I have a cunning
plan... see below !
costing me twenty
quid... but worth every penny :)
5th January 2012
finally had a go at
painting the front doors - tried the lazy way with the hvlp spray gun.
Success ! note to self (do not try thin water based paints with
yes they are patchy
- water based paint does not appreciate being laid on thick! it just
like a room
Tracy and the boys
have been busy! upstairs is 90% painted - we now need it to dry fully
and get some appropriate flooring.
13th January 2012
After water running
off the roof and into the ground for almost 3 weeks, we now have a shiny
downpipe running into the drain.
16th January 2012
It's been a long
time, Ken finally arrived to start second fix of the electrics!
result... we now
have lights and sockets upstairs.
27th January 2012
Slowly the process
has begun to bring all my stuff back inside. I'm trying to be more organised
- who am I kidding !
I've started on the
benches and shelves and two of the tractors are in.
Only a trailer,
quad, 5 more tractors and 10 bikes to go !
4th February 2012
The builders did
kind of clear up, but it needed a bit more effort. Fresh from snow clearing
I left the chains and plough on the tractor and had an hour playi... errm
17th February 2012
Well we would be if
we had gas... Our existing house supply is not man enough for two
boilers so we are having to get a new supply to the garage.
Jake and Ian are
cutting and digging ready for the new supply to be laid next month.
24th March 2012
They arrived at 8.30
and had left by 11.00. We now have a yellow pipe and a gas tap! Next
stop meter - then a boiler...
21st April 2012
need a bucket
I can now do sit
down wees (and the other)
did not enjoy that
bit of plumbing or hiding the pipes!
25th May 2012
Finally got around
to finishing the kitchen - and we ordered the beer fridge last week and it
14th July 2012
Yes I know the
updates are slow... lots of shows and other stuff to do.
The bathroom is 90%
drylined and the roof plastered.