Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Replacing the roof - Day 5

Despite starting the roof renovation over a week ago, we've only had 5 days actual work on the job  mainly due to very wet weather.

We are not crestfallen however, what our superb builders have achieved is amazing:

We now have the roof off, the masonry and chimneys taken down to make ready for the steel and new building, and all the scaffolding up to enable this.

Yesterday an inspection by building control - the authority who determines what we can and can't do in the name of safe building method (and we're all in favour of that) gave us the thumbs up and the OK to proceed. 

Also, all the materials for the roof were delivered, so we are all set, brilliant.

The bricklayer comes tomorrow or the next day - he is busy too, which is a good sign - at the same time the roof timbers will be cut and the steel erected. Exciting prospects ahead!

the view from the deck

what would we do without this jolly green giant?

a new roof - kit!

look at he size of those steel ridge beams

conserved slates

and furniture

view from below

sadly. not everything will be salvageable

a very sad sight

what was once a sideboard

these will make the cut though!

our salvage yard - all tongue and groove wall and ceiling cladding - mostly good, it will be saved for reinstallation somewhere in the house
the guide rafters - new wood - the restoration has begun!

scaffolding all over

the living room settee and curtains

still beautiful

"So, what have you done with it?"

I am not in the slightest bit afraid of heights!!

homework and treasure

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Clearing The Decks

The devastation of demolition is behind us now, and we prepare to erect the scaffolding for the builders - yes builders!

All is ready, subject to building control approval for a start next week.

Here's a review of what we've got left to build on!

great view through the doorways

a  hidden find on the back of the door - old airplane stickers - anyone know their provenance?

not only tongue and grooved wooden ceilings, but walls as well. We hope to conserve enough to re do at least one room

Charlie is tired out by all his supervision!

amazing linoleum flooring

and lovely door furniture

the view from bedroom one across the upstairs sitting room to bedroom two - can you see that?

perhaps we should just leave the roof off!

lovely flat firm wall topping, ready for the ring beam

and on the floor, even after demolition and clearing up - a little white disc....

A Bambi button. Disney rules!!

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

The Only Way is Up Now

After what amounts to only another day - it has been raining heavily for most of the intervening work days, we are just about at base level.

Our poor house had been bashed and thumped, torn and twisted, and now lies a shadow of it's former self.

It's quite shocking really. But mostly only the bits that were structurally weak and rain damaged came down. 

What stands now is a new beginning - let the renovations begin!

builders at large!

removing the timbers. Note the purlins on the 'new'roof c.1927. Not present on the older bays on the left

you can see traces of whitewash on this wall - evidence that this was once an outside wall

half way gone

a garden full of roof!

this chimney stack was a unstable as it looks

all timbers off

cutting back to a firm wall line

we're being specially careful with these lovely 'cartouches'

and an October poppy!
careful demolition of the dummy chimney

and... gone!

this is the kitchen range flue - note how wide it is


Thursday, October 17, 2013

Re-roofing. Day One

At last that time has come where we start to pay respect to our fine old house. Replacement of the roof has begun.

But first... that old one has to go!

Thanks to great work from our builders, the roof has been stripped of slates and least 80% saved, furniture has been spirited out of the upstairs windows, final measurements taken and the timber and other materials have been ordered.

All on Day One - whew!

now that looks like the business

ridge tiles off cleanly - and the slates too

perfect vantage point - above the roof

many slates could just be lifted off by hand

some slippage, but these were the lucky ones!

a tight squeeze at times

nearly finished the front

80 percent down intact - amazing!

now for the back

all cleared

gives you some idea of the reach

all clear at the back