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....!!)

Friday, 30 January 2009

Concrete arrives

Miscellaneous action shots taken yesterday when the trenches for the new footings were excavated. Today they were filled with concrete which should 'cure' over the weekend.

The concrete blocks will then be used to achieve the correct levels and dimensions for the new foundations. A bricklayer will then take over.

The wall round the pond was 'violently' breached to allow for rapid drainage,and the residual cavity is being filled with rubble.

As I watch this frenetic activity I see the story of my many DIY years unfolding and, step by step, disappearing without trace - but I must not be sentimental. Think positive, as they say!

Watch this space for the next exciting instalments.


Wednesday, 28 January 2009


Work has begun on the second phase of the Ashgrove restoration. This involves

(a) Demolition and removal of damaged 38 year-old conservatory, leaving only a 'stage set' appearance of solid platform base and remnants of internal decorations.
(b) Demolition of trellis and garden shed leaving behind a void in readiness for the new shed in due course.

Pictures below include

- Final internal pictures of old conservatory
- Arrival of builders, skip and the start of demolition work.
- Demolition of trellis and garden shed.