I’ll post the progression of the build in future posts but wanted to answer the inevitable question “So where are you up to now?” and flashback from there. Also, things are moving glacially at the moment so by the time I’ve caught up the storyline, we should have some more colourful photos to upload. Our current ones feature a lot of dust tones.
Obviously, we bought the house – quite a story leading up to the incredibly anti-climatic picking up of the keys (and then both of us lying awake at night in a slight state of terror). The subsequent waking terror of receiving a £64,000 CIL notification nearly stopped the whole show abruptly a few weeks after that. A week of hefty negotiation and terse exchanges with the council just before Christmas managed to cut our liability down significantly (ie: to nothing). And exhale.
We’ll definitely put up some more detail on that one. Luigi has promised to copy/paste some of the emails he pounded emphatically into a laptop during that time for anyone else to use, if applicable; even if you just use it to irritate someone in the planning group at your council that would be a nice return of karma-balance.
Where we are now defies most everyday descriptions about houses. There’s not much of the original place left excepting a few walls and centuries old dust, but already the idea of how the house will look is hinting through the rooms (it helps if you squint). Dirt floors are a new kitchen feature. The builders have been incredibly efficient stripping out – including the plaster down to the brickwork to allow the extra-thick insulation to be added as part of the EnerPHit conversion – and most of the inside of the house now stands in its naked glory. From the outside, it looks like an old lady with a new hat, as the roof has been completely replaced. Alas, the avocado bath suite is now just a fading memory. I was toying with the idea that we could upcycle and reuse it in a bathroom design but Luigi kyboshed that idea while I was out of town. On the upside, the meat locker has accompanied it and nothing dodgy has been found. Yet.