I think it is fair to say that in this process we seem to take one step forward and two back most weeks! We then get moments when people walk in and say yeah no problem you’ll be in for Christmas and we smile, because we have done this. Then it feels like we have taken lots of steps forwards and maybe a couple back!
The last week has been the worst in the build – and that includes cranes not turning up! The tackers (plaster boarders to us laymen) were in and to be incredibly frank I could have done a better job myself, and actually did because in some cases I had to undo what they had done and redo it! There was no excuse for their efforts! The work was subcontracted by the guy I employed, but I lay him entirely to blame he had totally unrealistic expectations of doing the whole ground floor in 3 days with one man and a labourer. I spent four hours on Saturday putting right their work (particularly bad around the Velux window) and clearing up after them because they had made a right mess and had not cleared up a single thing. 12 rubble bags filled ready to sit on top of the skip! I was away. George took on the task of handling the main contractor and she did a fantastic job, she even told me not to get involved as I would blow up with rage. Thankfully that chapter is over and despite the challenges I actually think we took a couple of steps forward last week. Sadly the way of the building industry seems to be that it’s easier to pay to get rid of people than risk the hassle they might cause.
As it was left, every room was like this:
After a good tidy up…
Thanks to Dad, who has been amazing help he painted the bathrooms with the mist coat before they were tiled. Steve the tiler has been hard at work and has done an amazing job, the family bathroom finished bar the grout (and a slight cock up caused by an electricity cable).
Both other bathrooms have tiles on the floor and wall tiles starting to go up. Not entirely helped by the wrong tiles coming from the tile shop and it transpire the wrong tiles were sent from the factory in Portugal. I should have volunteered to go and collect them although I think George would have deserved the trip. Thankfully the right ones were sent by DHL and have already arrived!
As you may have guessed as the tiles have been laid I managed to get all the floors prepped. It wasn’t an easy task, especially as the glue on one floor acted more like a grease, got there in the end though, just in time and only one draw wire pulled out by accident.
Austin wanted to keep the orange floors:
Meanwhile Colin has been continuing with walls and the plasterers have finished upstairs, including the staircase area ready for fitting that tomorrow. A day off for the tiler as he can’t get to work!
After the bad rain on Friday I arrived on site on Saturday to a wet lounge. I’m not sure how it was getting in but Colin has moved his work to that area so the roofers can finish. What they had done should have made it watertight so not sure what has happened. Thankfully no plasterboard has suffered and generally we have been lucky.
We have had a delay on the front door but that means the chippie can do some other things for me that day. Come the beginning of December it will be all systems go as everything should be watertight and secure!