This blog has been set up to record the restoration of Ashgrove, which was devastated by fire in August 2007.
Please add comments of encouragement (or even suggestions for the colour of the walls, carpets, tiles, furniture....!!)

Saturday, 28 June 2008

Progress report

A few more pictures showing further progress.

Paul has had our (original) small iron Victorian bedroom fireplace (kept in the garage for over 40 years!) restored for us by a specialist in Manchester. It will look good in the middle bedroom.

Work has started on the installation of the new kitchen fitments - but we are still awaiting one or two items. Much more plastering and decorating has been done, and we are expecting the new coving to be fitted next week.

We are frantically searching for items needed for further installations, and trying to keep a close daily watch on the work in hand to avoid errors (eg the wrong work top on the ensuite vanity unit) or having them corrected asap if they occur. Sadly, the odd 'mistake' has proved irrevocable, but Andy is pretty good in most of his judgements.

With only two more months to the contract completion date we have also turned our attention to the extensive refurnishing and refurbishing, which involves every room in the house because we have virtually nothing left after the fire. The pressure is really on!


Thursday, 12 June 2008

New staircase in

We have just returned from seeing Andy to sort out one or two things for tomorrow's site meeting! Apparently Mark is coming from Halls as is Jo the lady through whom Andy does the ordering and with whom he gets on quite well.

I took one or two photos for you to select from for the blog. Outside in Nooklands are some of the remains of the old staircase (plus other items) which overflowed from the previous skip and are awaiting placement in the new one.

New staircase treads (sensibly protected by plywood pieces) have been installed in two sections from the hall to the upper front landing. Temporary timber supports have been used pending the arrival of the newell posts and handrails, etc.

The lounge chimney breast has been plastered (ready for the new fireplace) as have the walls of other rooms.

A shot of Mum negotiating with Andy.

The bathroom handbasin is now plumbed in, and overall decoration is continuing progressively.

The window repairs have let much more light into the upper rooms, but the boarding up is still necessary on the ground floor for security.


Saturday, 7 June 2008

Staircase removed

The staircase has been removed, and now there is just a big hole down to the cellar. You can see the old staircase in the skip.

Hopefully this means that the new staircase will be arriving shortly.

A couple of pictures below taken by Paul , and a slideshow HERE.