Now featuring our Juliet balcony…

Last week, we reduced the old balcony to its platform. This week Niall used his wonderfully powerful disc cutter to chop through the steel section, and then a sledgehammer and wrecking bar to dislodge them and pull them out of the building whilst Mike acted as his right hand man. You can see the resulting voids in the snap below…

…and wouldn’t you know it, they were really well bedded in! Once they had been removed, it was all hands to the task of putting the new Juliet balcony in place, since it was seriously scary looking out of a door at attic height with nothing physically stopping you stepping out. To fix the balcony, Niall introduced Mike to thunderbolts, for which Mike now has huge respect, as this balcony is properly rigid if you try to wiggle it.

Of course, it is hard to judge the appearance with the tatty old door in place, but we hope you will agree this is a little more in keeping with the style of the building.

In addition to the balcony, this week we lifted the carpet on the old stairs, ready for the new carpet to be fitted. I don’t think either of us will miss this fine 1970’s-ish carpet which was all but warn through on most steps, but it will be a week or two before we can show you the replacement. The fitter has cut the carpet to size, but has taken it away to be whipped before final fitting.

The other thing I did this week was have a trip on the Blaenau Ffestiniog steam railway. Some friends were staying here on holiday and had a spare ticket, so I swapped the building work for the delights of being a tourist and enjoyed a really super afternoon, mostly and unusually sitting down. We took the special excursion currently running from Porthmadoc to Tan y Bwlch and the Spiral. The weather was glorious, the company grand, and all in all it was a lovely day off.

What with having a wonderful walk last Monday with Tony and Jo, we are positively spoiled at present. We are glad to report was are also still busy with the accommodation, so who knows how much building work we will be able to fit in next week…

2 thoughts on “Now featuring our Juliet balcony…

  1. Great work, every step you take transforms part of this building you clearly love. Good that you had some good weather and enjoyed a day out Carrie on a steam train wonderful. Hope you are enjoying the dry because we now have the wet but East Anglia so needs it. Love to all Julie

    1. Funny you should say that – we have had very little water compared with normal, so we look forward to some proper rain one of these days! Still waiting for the architect to draw up the next bit, so progress likely to be slow for a week or so… but still enjoying it, so that’s fine with us. Love to all in Wretham, Carrie

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