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Saturday
11 Feb
2012

Shiver Me Timbers

Winter has arrived with a vengeance to make its point that it’s not a good time of the year to do a major building project. We’ve had temperatures down around the -8°C mark and this coincided with the opening of the staircase access to the loft. We now have a 4m² heat syphon aperture that keeps a lot of the house at around the same temperature as the outside world. Coupled with that a significant portion of the outer walls at the back of the house are now just a single brick thick (until the extension is complete) so we’re frozen.

Progress is good – the stairs went in this week:-

New staircase

Al Fresco Showering System

To allow the stairs to go in the bath has been turned through 90° and I’ve plumbed the old shower in temporarily. Sue refuses to shower here and goes to her mum’s instead. I’m made of sterner stuff but it is absolutely freezing so you don’t hang around in the shower for too long!

All the way through this disruption (which we are really enjoying) Louis refuses to alter his daiy routine of walk-drink of milk-snooze-play-snooze-dinner-snooze-play-walk-snooze-I’m home from work play-walk-snooze-last whizz of the day-sleep-check on me at 3am-snooze and repeat.

Here he is in one of his many snooze phases:-

Rhodesian Ridgeback nap time

Keep the noise down; I'm trying to nap.

Weather permitting next week should see the opening up of the roof to allow the kitchen extension roof to go in along with some big lengths of support steelwork.

Thursday
26 Jan
2012

Home Messy Home

There’s a lot going on in Louis’ domain these last few weeks (which go someway to explain the lack of blogging). We’ve started on the mods to the house that involve converting all the loft area into liveable space as well as extending the kitchen and a re-arrangement of the bathroom.

As such the house is in a state of flux; lots of work going on – banging, clattering etc. Louis is coping quite well but full marks to the lads who are doing the job. They’ve all quickly learnt that keeping Louis sweet makes for an easy life. They arrive every day armed with dog treats and every time they meet Louis they make him sit and behave before he gets a reward.

We’re two and a half weeks into the build and things are going well (fingers crossed).

Here’s a picture of me in the opened out loft area pretending that I’ve done the work:-

Magical Mystical Loft Tour

Magical Mystical Loft Tour

More importantly here’s a picture of our own furry quantity surveyor checking on what’s been done:-

Louis the building inspector

Louis the building inspector

We’ve a few more weeks of disruption to go but we’re enjoying every day.

Tuesday
06 Dec
2011

Let Sleeping Dogs Lie

I’ve had very little free time recently to try and catch Louis doing anything other than pester for food or sleep. Sue’s had me busy working on the house and we now have a proper fire door between the garage and the house rather than a door with a sheet of asbestos screwed to it.

In addition to that I’ve spent days under the floorboards insulating all the water pipes. There’s not a lot of height down there (ranging from 6 brick courses down to 4 at the lowest). When you allow for the water pipes themselves then there’s very little room to manouvre. I’m not good at all in confined spaces but have discovered that if I just get on with the job in hand then I’m not too bad. If I stop to think then I end up going all Charles Bronson towards the end of The Great Escape.

Anyway – much to Sue’s relief – I’ve nearly done that job so she doesn’t have to dust daily.

Due to all this work I have neglected my furry buddy and I’ve resolved to play some more with him. After finishing my jobs for the evening I thought I would get his Kong toy and play tug of war with him.

This is what I found when I went looking for him:-

Let Sleeping Dogs Lie

Let Sleeping Dogs Lie

I decided to leave him be and I’ll pester him tomorrow.

Tuesday
18 Oct
2011

Ready Shedy Go

We used to have three sheds at the old house so it was hard work trying to ram three sheds worth of stuff into a small 4′ x 4′ shed at the new place. Add to that the fact that the shed had a big hole in the roof and the pressure was on to get a new shed sorted.

I was happy to go for an 8′ x 10′ but was overruled by Sue and we ended up with a 10′ x 12′ monster shed. It was on a two week delivery so my leisurely plans to sort out a base were scuppered when the new shed arrived two days later.

A lot of digging later as well as 35 (bloody heavy) paving slabs having been laid by yours truly and we were able to build the shed this weekend.

Here’s the base:-

Shed base

Shed base

Basic frame:-

Half way there shed

Half way there shed

Inspection by Louis:-

Shed inspection by Louis

Shed inspection by Louis

Sue in action:-

Sue in action

Sue in action (high speed photography)

Finished article:-

Ready Shedy Go

Ready Shedy Go

It’s absolutely massive so we should be able to get all our stuff in there (plus some stuff out of my garage whilst Sue is not looking).