The Crack in My Wall

More structural and conservation work this week tackling the challenges of restoring old stone buildings. The problem of the month has been the keenness of our old stone walls to part company with each other – a separation that started to accelerate once the structural support offered by a budlia and some nettles were removed. As mentioned previously, propping was the temporary solution but clearly something more long term was required.

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A proper meeting and everything

A trip to very soggy Lake District means our flat is now full of wet camping gear reminding us that we really, really need to get this house finished soon! It was great therefore to have our first on site progress meeting this week. There were good discussions between the Design Team and Builder plus we also got to sit in the site office and leave mud on the floor which reminded me of going to work with Dad.

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Quite a big mess

It’s fair to say the site now looks like a proper building site. Ground works have started and the first job was to strip back the top soil and lay temporary hardcore everywhere so the machinery doesn’t sink in the resultant mud. The rule of thumb appears to be “why lay one ton of hardcore when you can use three” so our idyllic bit of field is now sporting a new look

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Loose ends

If you’re a fan of Channel 4’s Grand Designs as we are, you will after a while begin to spot some common show themes:

  • things always start well but by the second ad-break someone has picked up a life threatening disease / got pregnant / ground to a halt by Covid or been made redundant;
  • they always run out of money;
  • things miraculously come good in the last 10 minutes, and most importantly of all;
  • it’s all going to go very wrong if you don’t have a good independent Project Manager.

Wait … hang on a minute … but we don’t have a project manager?

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