Well I have been very poor at keeping my new years resolution of writing this blog more often! Just too busy. So lots to report.
Firstly we made a start on the showers and finally got the waterproof paint, which we have duly painted. They both need a bit of a tweaking but are useable even without the tiles. Our lovely friend Garth came up trumps with an awkward shower curtain rail for the main bathroom so we have hung the curtains and it is now awaiting pebbles on the floor and tiles on the walls, all of which are here and ready for us, just a question of time and know-how.
In late January we were joined by a lovely guy called Sunil, you gotta love a man when you introduce him to your son Louis and cats Bagheera and Shere Khan he says he always felt he should have been Mowgli!! Sunil has been on the road for a long time, 10 years! He has made his own yurt from scratch and has some good carpentry skills which we put to use. Whilst he was with us he mainly helped Chris on his various work projects, however we did manage to get a major task accomplished with him, our living room floor. We had been given some money by my family for Christmas to go towards the floor and as luck would have it we managed to get some lovely wide boards at a great price in the January sales. They needed quite a bit of work, grooves and chamfording, but worth it to get a wide board. Before we could lay the floor we had to lay the joists which was a major pain as we were dealing with four different floor levels, it took an entire day, a long day at that, for the three of us to put in the joists. Unfortunately the next day we couldn’t lay the boards as work called so we were without our living room for the weekend. Then on the Monday Sunil and I filled in between the joists with sand as a sound proofer, and did our best to keep Louis and the cats out!! Then on Tuesday Chris had a disaster in the workshop with one of his key machines breaking down, which meant he couldn’t complete his job but we could lay the floor!! So on Sunil’s last day with us we put down the boards. Wow that was a hard day, it is a large space at 47m². My knees were very sore and bruised at the end of the day, as were my hammered fingers! Louis was delighted, as were we, he danced and swirled around the room laughing in glee! The following day Sunil left us and we set to completing the floor it needed a sand, which was back breaking work. Then two coats of the hardwax oil treatment which coloured it and protects it. It then took a further day to put the room back to rights. The office is now in the mezzanine as planned and we bought some really nice sofas off of the Boncoin for an absolute steal.
The floor BEFORE….
Sunil before his knees were bruised!!
Louis and Sunil back from a walk
Joists laid and filed with sand
Laying the floor
The finished floor
Our new living room
Now all that is left is to put in the hearth and make the skirting boards…