I cannot believe I have not added to this blog since June. Well alot happens in a few months when you are building, day to day it seems like small advances take forever but when I look back we now have what most people recognise as a house.
We have external claddings, minus the 2.5km of battens Dave has to paint and nail up, we have windows and doors that lock, a roof (more of that drama later), garage doors, electrical wiring, plumbing, insulation and the ceilings are lined. Even some walls will be lined by this evening.
What have been the dramas? Well the biggest and most stressful and costly has been the roofing. Under guidance from our architect we opted to go with a Bondor manufactured roof for a good percentage of the roofing. It became apparent prior to building that the product was not suitable for the main living area and this had to be redesigned to conventional steel roofing but Bondor remained over the central area of the house. Two roof areas were on and we were very pleased with the striking black roof. The builder phoned Bondor to order the roof in black to be told to his amazement, after considerable consultation previously with them over the order, that they no longer manufactured black as they had been having problems with warping. They suggested they supply in a creamy colour and we paint it black, but with no guarantee. Well that was no solution so back to the architect and the council, more money and another conventional roof goes on. Looks great but more council fees, more architect and engineering expenses. It is just too embarrasing to declare how much we have been invoiced by these people. Needless to say a meeting has taken place to get a resolution between ourselves and the architect on the unexpected and unplanned for invoices. He has reduced the cost but we still feel agrieved by the whole process. Oh well as the French say C'est la vie.
The stud farm that borders our land has so many horses and to see them grazing happily in the paddock is lovely.
God I sound like a soppy love story author, but it is truely relaxing to watch animals in a paddock after being around masses of people and cars on motorways.
Don't look too closely at the clay for miles out the front of the house. That will be a major getting a digger to move all the topsoil piled up at the back of the house and spreading it to sow grass. We have missed the spring sow so will have to be an autumn new lawn. Well that is once again Dave's problem.