Six weeks till remaining carpet arrives…

…so no pressure, then. As you can see below, we still have one bathroom to create, a room with little ceiling and missing floor, a hallway and lobby to make, a staircase to finish… but let’s not worry about all that right now.

Instead, let’s admire Mike, using the wrecking saw to cut through the remaining stub of the ‘old’ structural wall so that we can progress this room. We have all been walking around this stub for the last year or so, as the trimming seemed to move into the ‘too difficult’ box.

Mike, enjoying a good trim

But its all done now, which is brilliant. Mike and Alex then worked their fingers to the bone to strip out the one remaining avocado bathroom…

Bath and loo have gone; only the sink to go

..leaving the evidence on the balcony. Well, its so much easier to walk them down the external stairs and wheel them to their final resting place in a wheelbarrow than to try to person-handle them through the building.

See, I told you they had gone…

Once the room had been completely stripped out…

Bathroom has been fully emptied…
…now we start the refit.

…Mike fitted the bath. Today we lined the walls around the bath with plywood (ready for tiling) or plasterboard.

Carrie cutting and fitting the plasterboard

Oh look, someone has captured me at work! I cut the plaster board to size and then packed around the waste pipe with insulation, to mask the sound of water gurgling through the pipes, before screwing the plaster board in place.

The plaster-boarding is almost finished.

We stopped at this point, to enable Mike to fit the last bit of electrical cabling for the bathroom, whilst I put the second coat of paint on some of the fire escape spindles and banisters. We need to prioritize the painting as we need to order more of the eye-wateringly expensive intumescent paint, so we need to be very sure exactly how much needs to be ordered. Along with the handrail. And the electrical bits and bobs. Oh, and the beds, and bed linen… We have taken delivery of one television, so that we can check it for size in one of the rooms, but it still sits in its box, waiting for one of us to make the first move. Perhaps we will have our answer for next time…

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