We continue to soldier on whilst we await the arrival of the staircase. Fortunately, we are not short of a few things to do as we wait.
On Wednesday, the scaffolding firm returned to re-organise the scaffolding, now that the top platform and stairs of the fire escape have been removed. With these gone, we needed the scaffolding to carry on to the top of the building to enable us to paint all of the render, plus the barge boards etc.
We have continued to repair the last door of this stage, which we have now rehung and re-glazed:
Whilst Mike stripped paint off the eaves, I turned my attention to demolishing the shower stall and adjacent cupboard
We will pause on this demolition for a day or so until Mike is able to disconnect the water. We also need to pause to consider what we will do about the old ‘external’ wall being revealed: will we wish to make this a ‘feature’ wall in the new stairwell and – if so- what will we do about the section filled with cement blocks (see bottom right above) which filled what was once a large window aperture.
On Friday, we had a day off. No really – a whole day without contributing to the rebuild, shock, horror! Mike managed to catch a few moments to check his bees (it has been very cold and wet here) and I started making a skirt as Mike had heroically found the time to help me repair the sewing machine.
Today, we were in the cafe for most of the day, except when I clambered up the scaffolding to paint stabilizing solution over the new render, ready for painting, and when Mike finished putting together an inlay order for an old customer of ours.
I am hoping that our next post will show something quite lovely ….