Thursday, 18 November 2010

Bodge job

Taking down part of the new kitchen wall on a windy wet day was not the most pleasant of experiences as the wind hits here unimpeded across open fields straight from the Irish sea. It was fun though trying to figure out what had gone here in the near and distant past. As far as I can tell the revealed stone wall to the right is part of the late 18th century house whilst the kitchen is an addition circa 1870. This small part of the house has been at times a covered entrance then a different sized doorway and finally a window, so the wall was a 22 inch thick mass of brick,stone, concrete and rubble. Now we just have to get new footings in and block it up prior to doing away with the evil render......I do hate dash.

11 comments:

James Higham said...

It was fun though trying to figure out what had gone here in the near and distant past.

To a professional builder maybe.

Thud said...

James...guilty as charged.

Albert said...

Nice one,I suppose mrs Thud and the Thudettes are pretty happy having a great hole in the side of their house in this cold,wet,windy weather,and I suppose it's a good job the Thudettes are now country girls and we know they can stand high winds and cold,now mrs Thud is a different cotton wool wrapped matter :-).

Thud said...

Albert...right on all counts.

monkey said...

oooo not sure tenbellies should see this before her visit tomorrow or we may have to burn a complete tree to keep um warm. ready for weekends garft.

Scrobs... said...

What actually is holding all that up...?

Thud said...

Scrobs...the magic of acros and strong boys.

SippicanCottage said...

Hurry up before your fixer-upper becomes a fixer-lower.

phlegmfatale said...

Wow. It's amazing to crack into the shell and find what's hidden below. Just when I think puttering with my 1931 bungalow is daunting, I'm staggered to consider your task with this house, and how manfully you are up to the challenge. I hope you find the task (and its eventual completion) gratifying-- you're preserving it for still more centuries to come. A pleasant thought.

Thud said...

Sipp..by the time I finish this place I'll be too old for stairs so bungalow/ranch style may be the way to go.

Weekend Yachtsman said...

That looks scary.

I had a builder in a few years ago to replace a rotten window frame and the broken lintel above it - he didn't prop it up at all.

I looked askance, he said "It's OK, it's been up there so long it's forgotten how to fall" - and he was right.

But it still looked scary.