Wednesday, 27 February 2008

Everybody needs good neighbours...

One of the neighbours popped by, invited himself in and took himself on a tour...

Sewage stories...


On this picture you can see the original 'pit' under the house and the round septic pit linked to the wc which overflows into the square pit where it is joined by the grey water.

Knock on wood...


We found 4 solid wood oldish doors for sale on the internet for...15euros each!! I am currently stripping them but we will probably re-paint them white.


(yes I know the pic is upside down!)

Woodburner


This is how the stove looks after I had sanded and coated it...

Strange birds in this neighbourhood...


Chim-chiminey...


This is how the loft looks after the rest of the chimney has been demolished...

Tuesday, 12 February 2008

HOUSE FOR SALE

Detached, garden, 2 bed, 1 bath, 2 toilets one in house, one under!


This is the original septic 'hole' under the house, luckily never used! Another septic tank was installed under the garden, which we haven't found yet. This one is approx 1 x 1,6 and 1,5 deep and will be filled in with sand.

First meal in new house...


Spring has sprung...


Sooty & Sweep but no sign of Sue...






















............................................. Finally the weather turned and we were able to start demolishing the chimney. There are two main chimneys in the house, each with 3 interior channells for 6 stoves. They travel through the first two stories straight but in the loft they come together at an angle to exit through the highest point of the roof (pics 1, 2, 3). Where they start to come together in the loft there is no room for the flue, so it all has to be knocked down level with the floor of the loft. Easier said than done when the main beam in the loft has been bricked in and supports on...the chimney. On picture eleven you can see one of two new supports that had to be erected to suport the top half of the roof structure. Pictures 4, 5 and 6 show the removal of some of the roof tiles. Pictures 8 and 9 show the 6 channells, one of which was completly closed off by a birds nest. The last picture shows how the main beam was nearly rotten through so the new roof won't be here a moment too soon! We probably have about 1.5m left to take down but luckily we were able to re-close the roof on the same day.


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