Our lovely neighbour came up to visit on Sunday and brought up some photos of our barn that the previous owner took before any renovations started!!!
It takes your breathe away how derelict it was!!!!
Makes a heck of a difference to when we bought it as a shell….
And to now….
A finished home!!
Recently we have been working hard on getting the area in the first barn behind the house turned into a workshop for all the tools and for doing some of the jobs we need to get done around the place….. including me making a heap of toys for Sir and for future Forest School plans (follow me over on Pinterest to see my collection of ideas I have for these things!!)
Sooo….. we started with…..
Well in reality there was a horse box and a tonne of junk and wood in there to really start with!!
Then building work started….
Then some more……
and some electricals….
and a roof…..
a lot of tanking slurry…..
and a bit of patio to sort the awful back door entrance out….
some welding and gate building….
The last two days I have been painting it with some cheap white paint so it doesn’t look so much of a cave….
Today Himself is cementing the floor in places to level it for racking….
So nearly ready for its final reveal!!!
A week sure went fast over Easter!!!
Work in the woods!! In what will be the forest school area!!!
Starting hazel hurdle fences….
Rendering the end of the house….
Concreting a hole in barn three’s floor….
Burning wood to make charcoal…
Willows arrived and planted….
Rendering drying…. Oh yes and slate look cement sills!!!!
Daffs in bloom…
The ever expanding wood pile….
Lots of insulation…..
A pile of old gator tyres!!!! The gator has new ones and will now go all sorts of new places!!!!
Mulched fruit trees….
Willow in the slurry pit…. Down the run off stream and down the pipe stream bank….
Willows and hazel babies planted out to set some roots while we decide where to plant the extras!!!!!
A filled hole…..
Ha ha!!!! After the building control officers visit back in October, building work stopped….
Now we are in possession of a structural engineers report that states we don’t need to remove rebuild or generally fart arse about too much, no steel is required and we only need a couple of truss clips and bolts!!!! Hurrah!!!!! Best £420 spent thus far!!
Think on receipt of that report I did a little “up yours building control” dance, even though I understand his caution is for our safety!!
As well as this we are in possession of architects plans for the the stairs!!!! Building works can recommence!!!!! Hurrah!!!!! And it was far cheaper than we had dared hope!! Site visit and plans £120!!!!!
Onwards builders onwards!!!!!
Last weekend we could resist an overnight trip to the farm to see how much more the builders had done!!!
Damp proof membrane and insulation going on!!!!! Squee!!!!!
One more week of builders and then the plumber is back to lay the underfloor heating and hen the screed chap is due!!! My jobs this week are to ring the windows guys and get them to take their final measurements and give us a fitting date!!!!!! It will be AMAZING to have the place watertight!!
Last weekend we went to the farm with my Mum and Dad, so naturally we got a few jobs done!!
Mum and I did some extreme sloe picking, meaning the hedgerow needed cutting back from the gate a smidge and we could reach some of the really good sloes so…. Stihl motor plus extendy chain saw attachment…. And I cut them good branches down!!! Whilst Mum picked them clean!!!
Meanwhile back in the barn where our tank for the borehole is Dad and apprentice James were building “the coffin”
This is a wooden box which will eventually be stuffed with fleeces/wool to insulate the water tank!!! And it also doubles as a work bench!!
Dad and James built it using a load of the wood left from taking down the housing from my Granny’s swimming pool!!
Mum and I were then trusted to take out Ally the gator into the fields for a drive round the hedgerows…. Where we picked blackberries, rose hips and also found we have honeysuckle in the hedgerows!! So pretty!! We also had a sneaky game of slalom racing round the haylage bales!!! Te he!!!