That’s floored us!

The refurbishment continues apace. We had a day ‘off’ last week to do lots of administrative jobs that had piled up, and then put our shoulders back to the many wheels. We finished plaster boarding the floor 2 bathroom, and then Mike added the skim coats…

See the supervisor sneaking out for a crafty drink…

…under the watchful eye of Boyd, the cat. Below you can see that the ceiling was busy drying, along with the walls. Mike had also finished creating the frame to support the bath…

Plastering complete – for this room, anyway!

…and as soon as this was dry, we moved on to tiling the floor.

Just the last little bits to fill in now…

When this dries, we will be able to install the loo, hand basin, and heated towel rail and then move on to something else.

Which bit counts as the ceiling?

Whilst Mike was gluing the fiddly bits I had cut into place, I retired to the third floor and put the first full strength coat of white paint onto the ceilings. It shouldn’t be long now before I can start putting the colour onto the walls…if I can just decide whether the sloping bit is ceiling or wall.

This week, we received an electronic copy of the architect’s plans for the next phases of the refurbishment. Even though Mike and I have talked through our ideas a time or two, I was completely floored when I saw the scale of works envisaged. Only minor things. For instance, on the attic floor of the manor, we had discussed changing the height of the roof valley, to create room – so I thought – for a sitting room and bedroom for us. The architect has found room to draw us a sitting room, kitchen, and 3 bedrooms – and these subtle differences were throughout!

After a couple of days of blind panic, I have started to calculate (a) how long will this project now take us (b) and how much will it cost, to help me see whether this is the way to go – but I can see even now that – if we get permission and go ahead with this – it will make the building even more beautiful than it is now or ever was.

We have requested a set of hard copy plans to pore over and will be putting these up for people to see in due course, to give us time to just let things settle before deciding if they are what we want. Exciting times!

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