It’s official – Stage 2 will begin in a week’s time: May 11.
This build will be much smaller than Stage 1. The top floor bathroom will be ripped out and replaced. When we moved in, this was the most modern part of the house and we used this bathroom for the first year we lived here.
This porch at the back (this is an old photo) will be filled in and converted into a downstairs toilet.
We already knocked through into the coal store during the last build, as pictured above. We couldn’t afford to complete it all then so this new doorway was boarded over, ready for this next stage. We also brought the services into the space last time – water, electricity and heating are ready to go, so that will make things much easier.
We are also going to get as much decorating done as possible – the guest room, the two top-floor bedrooms, the top bathroom, the new utility room and toilet…plus all the hallways and stairs need painting…more carpet, blinds, the list goes on. We will need to see how far our budget will stretch.
We also discovered that the downpipe at the front of the house is clear right down into the drains, which means that the mystery of the small damp spot by the front door remains. We’ll get to the bottom of it! My theory is that the giant silver birch in the front garden that we cut down is no longer drinking water from the garden, which in turn is saturating the ground and causing the damp spot. The tree also sheltered the front garden from wind and rain so I think that the front of the house is now more open to the elements, which isn’t helping matters, especially as that area needs some repointing of the mortar. Inside the house there is evidence that this has happened before as there is a small patch of plaster repair in the lounge that I discovered last year when I stripped the wallpaper. The damp-proofer is coming back next week to take a look. We are also hoping that the removal of all the crazy paving in the front garden will allow the ground to dry out a bit too.
Now for an animal update. The other night at dusk Ruby was staring intently out of the back door – she had spotted the first spring hedgehog! Our garden is so unkempt it has wildlife, which is a great excuse to just leave it as it is.
I will return to daily updates next week!