Stage 2, Day 27


IMG_2351Today two carpenters, D and S, were on site working from 6am. On the external elevation of the conversion they fixed battens and boards to the block-work, fitted the window, and constructed the Tudor-effect frame. They have even filled the screw holes with dowel to give the appearance of pegs that would have been hammered into traditional mortise and tenon joints in medieval and Tudor architecture. They accomplished a lot, though I’m not sure the neighbours appreciated the power saw in the back garden at 6:30.

IMG_1484In my original, highly-detailed and accurate ‘plans’ you can see I envisaged a second horizontal timber above the window. In the end the proportions of the wall meant that this would have been an excessive detail so we dispensed with it. The omission of the extra horizontal highlights the vertical timbers and the triangular shape.

IMG_2350I then began seeing the same shape all over the house. Paneling on the stairs in the entrance hall.

IMG_2349Triangles in the dormer windows. T the decorator was also here again today. The top floor bathroom got its first coat. We are going with all white in this room.

IMG_2344It goes better with the travertine tiles than the magnolia wall colour did.

IMG_2347T also made a start on the not-creepy, but very triangular, top floor cupboard. There was a lot of old wallpaper to scrape off the original walls. Looking bigger and brighter already.

IMG_2364The stained glass leadlight window in the toilet looks great.

IMG_2362It will have a very deep sill – it almost looks medieval in its depth, like a mullioned window in a castle.

IMG_2367Thankfully the Edwardian glass appears to be obscure enough in terms of the privacy needs of this room.

IMG_2365Except for this central lozenge with its literally rose-coloured glass. Note the air bubbles in the hand-blown pane.

IMG_2363The carpenters also began to fit the architraves. They will be back later in the week.

IMG_2352It’s finally starting to warm up after a very cool start to June. The triffid plant is gradually taking over the back garden as it does each summer. It will grow white trumpet shaped flowers and then die off again in the winter, giving the hedgehog a nice little arbour to hibernate under. I just Googled it and it’s called Bindweed and is a pest plant.

IMG_2360Against all odds, something actually looks pretty in our wild, overgrown garden. A stray branch of a rose bush, engulfed by ivy and blackberries, reaches out eight feet above ground level to produce this! A dozen roses.

IMG_2357They smell divine, look beautiful but aren’t great for the bees as they are inaccessible for nectar and pollen. My eventual plan with the garden is to plant as many bee-friendly flowers as possible. This will do for now though!




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