More building news, and a piano, too!

You may recall from last time that we are putting in the floor joists to help our refurbishment project gain some rigidity. Here we are installing the joists that will sit on the block wall at the back of the building on the right hand side…

…whereas here you can see the rear left hand side, where there was a very unorthodox arrangement above one window. In fact, below you can see…

…there were significant gaps and voids in the block wall that had been built above the original (solid) slate walls…

…and we were not happy leaving these in place. So, we dismantled the walls above the window, revealing an old metal support as well as a very strange ‘lintel’ over the window comprising three narrow lintels effectively bricked together by cementing a double line of bricks over the joins.

Below you can see the lintels and bricks part way through the removal process…

…and here we are gently lifting out the concrete lintels, one by one, using our block-and-tackle.

Once the lintel had gone, we removed the glass and the old window frame…and could then begin rebuilding to modern standards.

Having rebuilt the tops of the two walls, we installed a catnic lintel…

…and then blocked over the lintel whilst also installing the damppoof membrane. Having got this far, we moved on to the far more satisfying job of constructing the last section of the central wall!

When these sections were ready to install, we person-handled them into position and used many screws to secure them in place. On our next working day, we will return to putting joists in place on the left-hand ‘suite-to-be’.

In other news: do you remember one of the windows was blown out in a storm over Christmas? When we went to measure the window to replace the glass we found that the frame was too rotten to support a repair. Since we will need several consecutive dry days in which to replace the frame and then the glass, we instead commissioned Debbie to paint a dragon which is now proudly installed until the summer.

We also thought you might like to see these lovely narcissi which are growing along the banks of the Lledr river at the moment…

…and perhaps also our newly acquired baby grand piano? We have been very lucky to acquire this instrument which had become surplus to requirements to its previous owner, and it now sits happily in the turret window. When we have some spare time (?!?), it will need some repair work and a complete re-polish but fortunately our many years in the veneering business means we are pretty sure we know how to do this, when the time is right!

I must stop now as we will be busy being hospitable this (half-term) weekend, and will return when we have more news…

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