Thursday, 24 January 2013

Work starts at last!

It has been 21 months since I last posted to this blog. I will explain the reasons for my long absence – but not until the work is over!

Today the builders started on site. The firm we are employing are D J Melsome & Son of Bisley, near Stroud, home since 1982 to Jilly Cooper.

They have started at the top of the house and will be working their way down. The first room to be tackled is the main attic room, on the second floor, which is to become a huge master bedroom, with space for my office.


2nd Floor


This morning I took some “before” pictures to show the work involved.


The walls to be replastered and the window surround to be rebuilt.


The water tanks to be boxed in.


The crumbling inglenook chimney breast to be rebuilt.


And the elm floorboards to be restored.

At the end of the first day’s work the walls are already looking much better, having had their old lime mortar raked out.


And don’t you think the builders are impossibly neat?


I’m looking forward to putting pretty objects in the fireplace once it has been restored.