A good friend of mine is ‘an expert in demolition’ and was on standby 😉. Raring to go and eager to expose the building blocks of history, the starting blocks were “fully loaded”!. Thankfully enough restraint was exercised and in came the heavy mob!
Making light work of the large boulders, the machinery carefully exposed the new footfall and tore through the ivy, the bain of my life for so many years.
In an ideal World, ‘The Plan’ would have been to project manage this renovation, compiling all the trades, ordering all the building materials and generally ‘wearing the hard hat’. Reality however would be different.
Finding the ideal contractor is part of the major headache of starting any project like this. Cost and quality of service are obvious factors but also the important issue of having a good working relationship with your chosen contractor.
After much deliberation I chose AK Developments (Anglesey). (More about them later).
‘D’ day was upon us and I would be lying if there wasn’t a tinge of sadness at seeing the old buildings beings stripped of their history. Acceptance that modern day living, combined with the bureaucracy of current Planning Regulations, did not marry well with keeping the existing facade.
The dogs made sure the *’his and hers’ toilet was empty, ‘just’! and all systems go.
Logistical nightmares. From the huge inglenook fireplace that filled half of the ‘old house ‘ to not so straight walls! .This building pre dates the existing main house (circa 1780) and will eventually become a bedroom with en suite.
Funnily enough one thing will remain, it will go from a being a 2 x WC facility to 2 x en suite…. but more about that in later posts.
The animal store, more straightforward but no less challenging from the point of symetry. I think its called, character…