One of my target markets for Ethel’s house is the family with surfing teenagers who are finding Cornwall a bit overcrowded and old-hat. My friends at Melvich Hotel shared a video on Facebook today which I want to save here for future use. If you’ve got five minutes, have a look at why the north coast of Scotland is a pilgrimage spot for surfers in the know. The main wave you see them surfing is Thurso East, where the O’Neill Coldwater Classic used to be held, bringing surfers from all over the world up here to compete.
Dougie turned up on Thursday and got David to plasterboard the two kitchen walls which will have units on them for him so he could draw out the kitchen on the walls and mark where all the sockets and switches are going to go.
It turned out I had a couple of decisions to make about things I hadn’t even thought about – like did I want all the switches for the appliances separately by each appliance or wired to one block of switches (as it’s a small kitchen, I went for the block – less wall space) and where did I want the control unit for the central heating (it’s ended up on the wall outside the bathroom door)? Dougie’s advised me I need to ask Derek to move the water for the sink a few inches, as it’s currently straddling the sink and the washing machine, and also to lengthen the stopcock or I’m going to be reaching through a hatch in the back of the sink unit *and* through a hole in the plasterboard to turn off the water. We need to remember to leave access for the boiler’s filler loop too.
Mick has spent the weekend down there and did a bit more plasterboarding and the kitchen is actually starting to look like a room again.
Upstairs, David has made cracking progress with the framing and Mick has been able to get some more insulation in.
Where the dwangs are gives an idea of the panelling height, although I need to ask David about the fireplace because he’s framed over it rather than doing a return to show off the stone – this is likely my fault for saying I was panelling all round the room and not clarifying that I still wanted the fireplace exposed. I may not be popular when I see him next… I don’t know whether he’ll be getting to us next week, but looking at the weather forecast only Tuesday is scheduled to be wet, so fingers crossed we might see Magnus getting started on the painting.
It seems it was Friday only about two seconds ago! This is where the roofing team got to on Friday afternoon:
You can’t see it very well on the picture (click on it to enlarge), but there are four scalloped diamonds on the roof, spaced in between the windows. Pete suggested that we do a line of scallops connecting them as well, to echo the one at the ridge line. I was expecting the diamonds to be three slates wide, as per my original drawing – if you want a laugh…:
they’ve actually gone for four and we may have overcooked it slightly, but I think it only looks a bit overdone at the moment because the rest of the outside isn’t finished. Once the house is painted a warm white with a dark green front door, a couple of dark green planters with colourful flowers either side, a new fence and new gate, it might well be just right.
Of course, the fact that the front is nearly finished means that I’m going to have to write another big cheque soon, as the second of the three payments is due on completion of slating. My credit card bill for the insulation and flooring arrived last week (1% cashback on that card!) and when I logged in to pay it, I was slightly alarmed to see that I had no money transfer or balance transfer offers available – there’s been one on that card every month for at least the last three years. I still have one available on my other card from the same provider, which I will take up next week, but this card has a £12,000 limit and not being able to access that is going to leave quite a big hole in the budget.
Country Life magazine has set up this fun little Christmas quiz – look at a picture of a house, its location and the year it was advertised in Country Life and guess which of three prices it was advertised at.
I got six out of thirteen – weirdly I got the first four right, which were all in the ’80s (I was born in 1975, so not really taking much of an interest in the housing market at that time!) and then tailed off badly as it moved into the ’90s and 2000s!
My Rightmove feed has thrown up something a bit different – a former abattoir. The local Caithness slaughterhouse closed down a few years back and despite many attempts to get it restarted so we don’t all have to take our livestock to Dingwall, its doors have remained closed.