Breaking new ‘old’ ground

We are in a particularly destructive phase at the moment, so I start the blog with a shot of our newly finished greenhouse, to cheer me up as much as anything else!

Freddy is making himself comfortable, but it is not at all clear that Lola is comfortable with Freddy in his house…

…especially when Freddy takes his frustrations out, on Private Eye of all things.

But enough of this prevarication and back to the work…

You may recall we have removed the roof and all the internal walls in one of the extensions…

…and have then taken measurements fro the plans to identify the areas that we need to dig up so that we can increase the depth of the foundations.

As we rebuild this section of the building, we will be installing a steel frame, and each of the four ‘uprights’ will need to stand on deeper founctions to ensure there is no subsidence in future.

Here you can see that the floor seems to have been cast in several layers when this building was originally built, and below we find…

…Mike busy digging further down to make room for lots of concrete, after Building Control have been in to check our workings.

Our other project this week has been left to an expert. Just above the height of the scaffolding tower, you can see a concrete dripbead which has a substantial chunk missing. Mike and I had had a plan to replace this, but then found that a neighbours’ friend was an experienced plasterer who knew just how to repair this.

Sam spent some time clearing away the old concrete and keying the surface, after which he…

…put guides in place and then began to build up the concrete, layer by layer…

…until now we believe the next layer may well be the last one. The hope is that this repair should stop rain being routed into the inside of the turret, so we should then be able to finish the internal redecoration – which will be a big relief as we still have a tower in the lounge about a year after our redecoration began!

One thought on “Breaking new ‘old’ ground

  1. Mike getting to use all the boys toys, good to employ and learn the skills of a master at work. Well, at least Freddy & Lola are sharing the sofa so must be friends.

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