22nd July - 4th August 2002
Lots of progress again inside now that we're not so reliant on the conditions
outside. Graham and Rob came back to help with the lining. Most of
the bedrooms now have walls and doors and it's really starting to look like a
house (The doors for downstairs however were all the wrong size so have been
sent back). Debs and I have been busy putting the first coat of primer on
|Debs doing her first bit of housekeeping.
||The house is lined with a variety of gib depending on the
application. These include Braceline (for additional strength in
some of the external walls), Noiseline (for soundproofing), Aqualine (for
bathrooms), and Standard. Where possible the gib is mounted
horizontally to cut down on the number of joints (and potential
Rex from Quality Doors and Stairs has started building the staircase up to
the crows nest.
||He began by making an MDF template to get the curve
right. He then laminated additional layers of MDF to it until it was
strong enough to hold its shape back at the factory.
All of the treads and risers were then made back in the workshop and brought
back in pieces and assembled on site in kitset form. This was quite a
time-consuming process but the only feasible way of doing it given that the
house construction is so advanced. We're very pleased with the result and
are now considering having the staircase open so that it will be visible when
looking up from the entrance gallery.
|The glass blocks have been installed and actually look
better than we had hoped they would.
||Clearflow Ltd only took 2 days to complete the drainage so
now water, electricity, gas, telephone, and waste pipes are all running to
the house. Note that BLUE SKY!!! (I had to take a photo as it didn't
|The girls are very excited about their new rooms. Here
they are playing in Chloe's wardrobe. As their rooms back on to each
other, behind Sammie is a small hatch which leads to the back of her
wardrobe so that they can "secretly" visit each other. It
will be interesting to see how long this arrangement lasts....
||The rest of the street is really starting to take shape as
well (as viewed from the top of our scaffolding).