House Renovation Chronicles Ep 8 (Let There be Love)

…it’s 8.30pm (UK time), we came to check on the house and low and behold the builders are still here.

…they’re putting the floors joists in so the floor can be closed off with floorboards tomorrow. Hurrah!!

The pipe work and electrical cables are all done so just need to stuff insulation in there’ll be a floor! An actual floor! Don’t get me wrong there still a HUGE list of tasks left to do but I’m focusing on the positives for now.

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House Renovation Chronicles Ep 7 (Started From the Bottom Now We’re Here)

Progress people progress. Finally!

Since I posted last last we found that when it rains water comes up through the foundations of the house (a lot of water). That meant that the bricks holding up the house were rotting away and had to be replaced. We also found that the house is sitting on clay (great for absorbing water) and the concrete sitting on top of that clay was only about an inch thick. What was I saying before about there not being anything else left to take up? I’ll know better for next time.

Oh also the woodworm found its way into the first part of the staircase so that has to be rebuilt also.

Pretty much all of the ground floor is being re-laid will a nice thick layer of concrete, damp proof course (essentially a huge plastic sheet) and engineered bricks (which are less likely to absorb water).

See “progress” pics below.

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House Renovation Chronicles Ep 4 (Working Document)

So you know in the last post I showed you a picture of the ceiling in the master bathroom and had “a bit worrying” in brackets? Well…EEEEEKKK! I’ll explain the girly screech in a moment but let’s go back in time a couple of minutes to the beginning of the conversation that led to the aforementioned “eeeek”.

I got a call from my other half yesterday afternoon and he told me, that the Project Manager told him, that one of his workers had fallen through the fall. Erm…What?!?

The poor guy was ok (phew) but him falling through the floor was inevitably a sign of (yet another) problem with my darling house. To clarify, he fell through the floor of the front reception room (ground floor) so fell into the sub floor cavity which is just a couple of feet deep….nevertheless…Phew! Turns out the floorboards are good and rotten as they’ve been feasted on by wood worm. Geez! It’s ok it’s ok only PART of the floor in the front reception is bad…I’m guessing that would be the part that the guy fell through?

The Project Manager has agreed to fix the floor at no extra cost and treat all the surrounding floor for good measure. Cool. Doesn’t seem quite that bad…but wait there’s more…

Then my other half goes on to tell me, that the Project Manager told him that he kind of removed the floor in the kitchen. Erm…What?!?! That wasn’t in the spec! The kitchen was only renovated a couple of years ago. The kitchen is fine it was not to be touched. At this point I’m going into “Semi Diva Strop” at my desk much to the amusement of my colleagues… Then he tells me the reason he took the executive decision to remove the floor was because he decided the tiles in the kitchen wouldn’t look right with the wooden floor we planned to put down in the two reception rooms? Say WHAT?!? Needless to say I went into “Full Diva Strop” mode left the office and drove straight to the house in order to unleash my wrath! On arrival the project manager took one look at my face and knew exactly why I was there.

After a lot of pointing and hands on hips and shouting, the project manager finally managed to explain that the floors weren’t level and thus where the kitchen / diner floor meets the back reception room floor there would be a step on one side but it would be flush on the other side. Ok so fine BUT, I explained you can’t just go ripping things out at will, especially if you’re not going to fully explain why. We won’t have to pay for the floor to be laid but we will have to pay for the materials! We’ll see about that but moving on…

The joists in the ceiling are soaking wet (and have been for a while) and will likely collapse without warning at any moment. Good times. I thought the project manager was being a bit dramatic until he took me up to inspect them and they do indeed look and feel very very weak. This was not in the plan!!!! I know the plan is a bit of a working document but this was out of scope! More expense, more time, more hassle. I was told the first two weeks are the worst and all the gruesome discoveries happen in that time but its only day four!

My new hole in the floor…ah well we could always stick a jacuzzi in there…

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