Monday, 3 August 2009

Done But Not Yet Dusted

Well its finally the last day of the building (apart from a bit of minor plumbing). Tony came around and I was happy to shake his hand and hand over the last of the money. Andy came to do a bit of rendering around the bay window which felt nice because the job started with Andy and now its ended with him Ahhh... Anyway enough of sentimentals we now have to start the big clean up and get decorating.
So who do we remember
  • Dell - loves to Party in Prague
  • Andy our lovable Brickie
  • Buster - Hang on he's on the phone....
  • Ed the apprentice chippie - omg he's now qualified!
  • Nick - its an optical illusion honest
  • Starbuck Steve the coffee drinkin chippie
  • Ghost Loris - the lighting expert
  • Al - please don't box my pipes in they are so shiny
  • Richie the skim - he's like lightning when he gets going.....
  • Jimmy the Lone Ranger (hes a marvel with that gun)
  • Tonto Wayne - always rides with Jimmy
And finally
  • Tony who's not so good on Thursdays!

Saturday, 1 August 2009

Its Just An Illusion

Week 19
After the Builders left we decided we also needed some chillout time so on Monday we went to Lynmouth for a well deserved break. We chatted to the Building Inspector who was fab and letters and emails were sent. Things were pretty dire and the hope of achieving any form of resolution was dwindling rapidly.
Week 20 (89 - 90)
On Monday I started to organise new quotes to finish the work, one of the builders I contacted put the willies up me by pointing out serious "faults". I called the Building Inspector who again was brilliant and agreed to visit and bring Tony along so that he could comment, so on the big day (Wednesday) they both arrived. Tensions were running high and I really couldn't see us achieving much. After looking over the house with its "faults" we were all stood in the hallway and the Building Inspector was trying to urge us to talk things over, again the air was thick with tension but Tim saved the day with his suggestion for compromise and we all sat down and chatted. Eventually we came to an agreement and kissed and made up!
The builders returned on Saturday and Sunday and built the framework for the canopy and screed the floor in the hallway. The radiators in the hall and lounge we also fitted.

Week 21 (91 - 95)
Work continued in dribs and drabs with the canopy getting tiled and trimmed up. We finally got our new front door and garage door fitted on Thursday and the windows were fitted with the correct handles and glass. Buster worked over the weekend finishing off skirting and putting in some of the glass
in the hallway. Unfortunately the panels that were meant to go up the stairs had to returned because the pattern was on the wrongside!

Week 22 (96 - 102)
Buster had a weeks holiday!!!
This meant we got Nick who is a lovely bloke but sadly not a "finisher". Bits and bobs got done throughout the week, filling, plastering, painting, trimming up windows, brickying and rendering, culminating in Busters return at the weekend to fit the remaining glass panels and the coving going up which really made it feel like we were now done! Saturday night we opened the bubbly and gave a big sigh of relief!