Saturday, September 4th 2010

All in a day’s work!

As you can see from the photos below there has been quite a dramatic change since yesterday! A team of half a dozen bricklayers turned up this morning and together they soon made light work of erecting the basic shell up to roofline height. It’ll be quiet now for the next few days as they need to let everything set.

A big thank you this time goes to Debbie, who in between making coffees for the bricklayers, was kind enough to pop outside occasionally to take a few pictures on her camera. In this fashion I was able to keep an eye on the progress even though I couldn’t be there in person. Unfortunately it turned out that those particular pictures were not up to the usual technical standard that I post, so after the builders had left I asked Debbie to take a whole new sequence of pictures (on my camera this time) and it is these that you can see below. I wish I had done this to start with so you could see how quickly it was taking shape. Oh well, at least we got some good pictures in the end.

Front/side view showing window into bedroom. 4th September 2010

Rear/side view showing bathroom window. 4th September 2010

A full on side view showing the entire length of the extension up to the roof line. 4th September 2010

Close-up of the bedroom window and interior. 4th September 2010

Interior view of the extension from the bedroom window. 4th September 2010

And finally…

It looks like those guards of mine have got wind of the building work going on (I knew we couldn’t keep it quiet for very long) and have their own ideas on how it will be used!

One of the guards inspecting construction work on the new high security wing. There’ll be no escape this time! 4th September 2010

Mark

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Friday, September 3rd 2010

An update on the building project

Okay it’s time for a brief photo update on how things are progressing with the new extension being built on the side of my house. We start off with a group of photos taken in the back garden as this has been where the builders have been focusing their efforts up until recently. The reason for this is that they needed to sort out the drainage for the new bathroom, and this has to some extent delayed progress as they needed to make some alterations and get building approval. We’ve also had some bad weather lately and to avoid losing too much time the builders purchased a cheap gazebo so they could carry on working. Thankfully the problems and bad weather are behind us (for now anyway) and things have started moving at a brisker pace once again.

As can be seen in the final four pictures focus this week has shifted once again to the side of the house with the concrete base being completed. All the materials required for putting up the shell have now been delivered and bricklaying is scheduled to start early Saturday morning. So please come back in a few days when hopefully I’ll have another batch of photos to share with you of the progress made over the weekend.

In the meantime a big thank you goes to Vanessa, Jan and Alli who were kind enough to take all the pictures shown below so that even I could see what’s going on!

Removal of patio slabs in preparation for drainage from new bathroom. 18th August 2010

Another view of the 'missing' patio and soon-to-be underground drainage. 18th August 2010

A soakaway drainage system under construction at the end of the garden. 23rd August 2010

Formerly my patio! Once all the drainage work has been completed a new level access platform will be constructed so that I can sit outside and enjoy the fresh air and my garden. 23rd August 2010

Drainage channel in progress. 23rd August 2010

Memo to myself. Just need to double-check with the builders to make sure that they understand that it's a side extension to the house that I want built, and not a defensive perimeter around the property! 🙂 And there was me thinking, have an extension on the side so that my back garden isn't ruined! 🙂 24th August 2010

Look, bricks at last! Visible progress being made on the side extension. 24th August 2010

A view from what will be the bathroom end of the extension showing the building materials that were delivered this week. 3rd September 2010

A view from across the road showing the new concrete base that was laid down this week and the building materials recently delivered. 3rd September 2010

A slightly different and closer view of the progress made this week. 3rd September 2010

Mark

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