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....!!)

Monday, 25 August 2008


Michael - As promised, more pictures to be considered for the blog.

The main developments have been the roofing and tiling of the bay, and the internal structure of its curved ceiling.

Its lower sections are a little higher than the original, and these sections have been insulated and plastered making them thicker - hence the addition of shelving.

The installation of the staircase handrail and spindles has started but there is a 'tricky' section to be tackled where the rail (on a bend) has to meet the original upper rail which survived the fire.

The remaining supporting spindles have been painted in readiness.

The panelling below the staircase has been fixed and painted, and the wardrobe and cellar doors have been hung.

Miscellaneous small items of bathroom equipmenmt are being added, together with other finishing touches.

We expect to see some more major items this coming week, including our two major firplaces.

We hope that the pace will increase to ensure early completion so that we can begin the major task of furnishing, starting with the floorings.


Saturday, 9 August 2008

Great progress

As the Beijing games get underway it does now feel that we are getting close to the end of the restoration, and Ashgrove is really looking good.

Colin keeps adding coats of paint to the new bay (and every where else come to that). Andy has completed the bay roof structure and the reclaimed Rosemary tiles have arrived.

Scaffolding has been erected to paint the outside of the attic windows, and this will be gone in a couple of days.

The panelling to the side of the stairs has been fitted, and the spindles for the staircase have been delivered.

The kitchen tiling is done, and the new utility room has wall cupboards and a work surface.

The downstairs toilet floor has been levelled ready for the Amtico to be fitted.

Upstairs is virtually complete. Mum has new shelves in the bathroom cupboard, the sink has been fitted in the middle bedroom, and the en-suite bathrooms are finished.

The MFI installers have started fitting the bedroom furniture to the master bedroom.

There is still quite a bit to do but the end is in sight now. The big items are the leaded windows for the bay, re-flooring the lounge, and the staircase handrail.

At the site meeting we agreed to slip the project end date by two weeks to mid September, and I'm pretty confident that Andy will be able to meet that.

A few pictures of progress below, click HERE for more in a slideshow.