Hole complete

Hole complete

Take a look at the bubble in the spirit level (no shims used).

Making a big hole in a wall

Making a big hole in a wall

To make a big hole in a wall, we've placed 150x150mm timber posts through the wall at first floor level.  These are supported on one end by acro-props (which fly through the floor), and on the end by brick stacks on a board, which are held by glulam timber...

Need more mortar

Need more mortar

So, the old contractors (God bless em) left £100's worth of mortar out in the rain.  When I went to the manufacturer to get some more, I was told that they had run out and were not making it anymore.  The search for a new mortar which was the same colour...

Electrics

Electrics

Turns out I can't just feed wires over the top of doorways - they need to fit within 'zones'.  Removed wires and placed them in the zone.  Bit of a faff as it meant I needed to take up the floor and remove some plasterboard.  Live and learn!

Attic room

Attic room

Our first finished room - Tim's room in the attic.

Friends round for dinner

Friends round for dinner

Still nowhere near finished, but that doesn't stop us from having friends round for dinner (including using the UB's as a bench).

We have an office

We have an office

Karen and I laid a floor in the office (plasterboard for fire protection, 50mm polystyrene for sound insulations, and floorboards) then moved everything in.  It's not quite finished yet (door needs hanging, undecided about wall and floor finishes yet,...

Where are the builders?

Where are the builders?

Well, it's been some time since my last post and that is because not much has been done.  The builders went home one afternoon and then didn't return.  It's safe to say that the work is not yet finished.  Could it be because they would rather not do work...

Windows fitted

Windows fitted

Some fine tuning to finish, but the windows to the extension side are now in.

Windows arrive

Windows arrive

A big day today - the windows arrive from Denmark - all £16k.  We were concerned with lifting them to first-floor level as 4 of them were 225kg.  Fortunately, the lorry came with a big crane and the windows were hoisted into position then slid off.  Very...

Grit blasting stone wall

Grit blasting stone wall

"Advanced" Grit blasters came the day after I phoned them and did a great job - recommended!

Demolition

Demolition

The day has come when work on site starts.  Jack and Dwain arrived with big hammers and wrapped in every coat they own.  Snow fell the night before so groundworks is a little tougher.  The first job was to ascertain where the existing services lie. The...

It’s Christmas

It’s Christmas

An attempt to make bring about some Christmas festivities.

Stone found at pub

Stone found at pub

Passed the Flouch Pub on the way to Huddersfield and noticed it was being demolished.  Having agreed a price, my house will now be a reconstituted pub.

Temporary kitchen

Temporary kitchen

Having gone through more than just a 'spring clean', our temporary kitchen now sits in the dining room - but at least everything is hygienic.

Demolition of garage

Demolition of garage

The demolition of the garage commences - only one trip to A&E required for a cut hand belonging to someone in orange.

Third Planning approval

Third Planning approval

The application comprised an online Planning Application form via the Planning portal, a set of drawings and a Supplementary Planning Document - No fee as resubmission of Application...

Second Planning approval

Second Planning approval

The application comprised an online Planning Application form via the Planning portal, a set of drawings and a Supplementary Planning Document - together with a fee.

First Planning approval

First Planning approval

The application comprised an online Planning Application form via the Planning portal, a set of drawings and a Supplementary Planning Document - together with a fee.

Mason Cottage Blog

Masons Cottage is having an extension and this blog is documenting the process.

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