Things are shaping up

With the roof almost complete and the outer wall being built, the extension is definitely taking shape.

Doesn't stand out too much. The pink harling will soon sort that.

Doesn't stand out too much. The pink harling will soon sort that.

The roof...the roof....the roof is on! (Same joke, different punch-line)

The roof...the roof....the roof is on! (Same joke, different punch-line)

Measurements have been taken for the new doors and windows, they should be getting installed in the next couple of weeks. Once that is all done and the harling has been applied, the build will be wind and water tight and the builders can start making changes to the inside!

Sledgehammers at dawn

It’s been a very noisy few days as the builders let loose all that pent up aggression on our poor, defenseless walls. They’ve started preparing the outside walls for breaking through into the existing areas of the house. The hoover is bracing itself for the extra workload.

The woode on the floor is there to cover the gas pipes for the central heating. We decided it'd be nice to have a cash machine in the study so the builders obliged.....

The wood on the floor is there to cover the gas pipes for the central heating. We decided it'd be nice to have a cash machine in the study, so the builders obliged.....

......we realised afterwards though that a door would be more useful.

......we realised afterwards though that a door would be more useful.

This is the window that was causing all the problems earlier on. Thankfully, my towel/peg combo has been put to rest as the light doesn't shine through at all now. Darkness rules!

This is the window that was causing all the problems earlier on. Thankfully, my towel/peg combo has been put to rest as the light doesn't shine through at all now. Darkness rules!

The roof space is also now complete and they’ve knocked right through into the existing loft. I’m not able to take any pictures of this though as my ladder is in the shed which is currently blocked by scaffolding. I’m not prepared to use the ‘cat method’ to get up which just seems to involve jumping blindly into thin air and praying that something appears beneath your feet.

Look! A blue sky!

Look! A blue sky!

Michelangelo's agent has already been rung regarding decorating the ceiling.

Michelangelo's agent has already been rung regarding decorating the ceiling.

Stupid cat........

Stupid cat........

From Lego to Meccano

A few more photos from the past few days. Scaffolding is now up and around the side of the house, this has made access to the back a bit tricky. Thankfully, those limbo-dancing lessons that I took have finally come in useful.

See what I mean about the limbo? Hanging out the washing is now a...challenge.

See what I mean about the limbo? Hanging out the washing is now a...challenge.

The scaffolding makes its presence felt......

The scaffolding makes its presence felt......

.............and then takes over the rest of the house!

.............and then takes over the rest of the house!

You can see that the builders have broken through the roof, ready to add the roof for the extension. Let's hope those blue skys continue until it's in place.

You can see that the builders have broken through the roof, ready to add the roof for the extension. Let's hope those blue skys continue until it's in place.

The roof! The roof! The roof is.....in pieces. Chunks of what was the inside of the roof after hitting the deck. The back door looks on, pondering its fate.

The roof! The roof! The roof is.....in pieces. Chunks of what was the inside of the roof after hitting the deck. The back door looks on, pondering its fate.

What we basically have is a huge climbing frame, right on our doorstep. Thankfully, the local chippy gangs’ brain cells haven’t deteriorated too much and they’ve stayed well away. Unfortunately, the same can’t be said for next door’s cat.

We were awoken at 6am on Sunday morning to the sound of clanging, scrabbling and thumping. Tiddles had thought that jumping up to the roof would be a great idea. Alas, due to the angle of where our window is compared to where it was prevented me in launching a 50s cartoon style shoe at it.

Ikea have nothing on these guys….

Proving that once and for all that reading the instructions does matter, the builders excelled once again. That’s the second floor timber frame pretty much complete already!

Poor back door, I still haven't had the heart to tell it what's happening.

Poor back door, I still haven't had the heart to tell it what's happening.

more of the inside

Looking even better now!

Looking even better now!

I came home today whilst the work was going on and, whilst there was quite a racket, it was also really interesting finding out how it all goes together.

If you notice, the panels now cover the stair window. This is officially a Good Thing as, last night, it was almost like the sun was trying to break in to the house through it.

Normally that wouldn’t be a problem. It becomes a problem when your daughter’s bedroom is directly opposite said window and she thinks the sun is coming out to play…..at 8 o’ clock at night.

It mucked up her sleep (and subsequently ours) for pretty much the rest of the night. I think my wife and I said the words “Get back to bed” about 45 (million?) times and managed a grand total of 4 hours sleep in one go. Fun.

I’ve concocted some sort of sun shield for her window using towels and pegs (the black-out blinds are on their way) so, hopefully, things’ll be better tonight. Please?