I’m not quite sure how it’s got to be Thursday already, but this week has passed in a blur and Pete, James and Connor have got an awful lot done.
The kitchen has been plastered:
coated with bitumen:
and then the liner was put down and the concrete floor re-poured. Try getting through THAT, damp!!
The same’s happened upstairs in bedroom one (minus the floor liner), as that gable end faces the sea and takes a battering:
And they’ve also sorted out that wobbly stone under the window:
and picked and pointed the gable end in bedroom two (I’ve decided to keep that fireplace as bare stone and not put the little surround back in, by the way):
So the inside is more or less ready to hand over to Dougie and David, once the floor’s set in the kitchen – only we’re having trouble tracking down David! The problem with using someone widely acknowledged to be one of the best joiners in the area is that he’s very in demand. Pete could really have done with him here this week, but we think he’s been working down at Forsinard where there’s no mobile signal, as no-one’s been able to speak to him. By ringing his home number at 9pm last night, Pete finally managed to speak to his other half, so fingers crossed he might be able to start with us next week, as Dougie will be back and ideally we want the studwork to go up for the wiring to be run down (and I need to know whether he’s using 3×2 or 2×2 so I know what thickness of insulation to order!)
Outside there’s progress as well. The scaffolding is up on the back and the roof tiles are off:
That membrane does make it rather blue inside!
And after a long weekend down the road at our neighbour’s house after they were delivered to the wrong address on Friday, Travis Perkins came back on Wednesday and brought the roof slates up:
And, of course, one of the most important bits – care and feeding of your roofing team! It was cheese and chive flapjacks today:
I also had a visit from ERG today to quote me for the windows and door. Before they arrived, I looked out the paperwork from when ours were done three years ago and noted that 2 doors and 10 windows came to £8,800 – so considering that I was wanting 1 door and 5 windows, my estimate in the budget of £5,000 seemed about right. Er, no, their prices have gone up a bit. List price £8,300, 20% returning customer discount brought it down to £6,640. I made the time-honoured tradesman ‘suck-through-your-teeth’ noise, he asked how much I was hoping to do it for and we ended up shaking hands at £5,812. The surveyor should be coming round in the next two weeks to measure up more accurately and then it’s 6-8 weeks for manufacture and delivery, which will be about right for my schedule. The front door will be dark green outside, white inside and part-glazed. The windows will be white inside and out, with oak window sills and door and window furniture will be silver. Once the exterior is painted just off-white, it should look pretty smart!
Tomorrow Callum is coming to sweep the three chimneys. I’m not sure how many years it is since they were last done, but Derek the heating engineer made the same suck-through-your-teeth noise when he looked up the living room one as we were discussing the woodburner, so I think it’s going to get messy….