Twiddly bits

So here is Trev, up a ladder once more, panelling in new electric feeds and junction box.

He only has to cut the 1 cm plywood to fit around the differently shaped beams, all with different sized spaces between.

And find a way of fixing the panels down around the tangle of wires.

How hard can that be????

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Terrifying here in the village.

I never thought we would have to barricade ourselves against floods in our street.

The river Aude is now 20 feet away from our door, with a strong possibility of water levels rising a further two-three metres today.

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It has taken me over a decade, but I have now resolved my last issue with our hovel.

I have never been happy with our ridiculously tiny entrance hall, photo 1. If we had a cat, there would be no room to swing it anyway.

So, taking a position with your back to the middle front door (we have three entrances) looking right we have the workshop. With a wide doorway into it.

If we run a new wall across under the “Big Wormy Beam “(put this into search box on right and laugh) you can see in photo 2, top left, and put in a large window in that for natural daylight from the front of the house and a new door sharp left into the remaining space, Trev will have a workshop sized as photo 3.

Perfectly adequate.

And I get 8-9 square metres of new entrance hall/boot and dog lead and coat store/indoor log store.

So, Trev will build all this. Well, he will when he has fully absorbed my latest mad plan.

Then I have to decorate and buy another vintage light fitting, some decorative doors to cover the new electric meters, a bench seat to sit on whilst we put on our dog-walking boots……. What a shame , I am forced to do MORE shopping for more old stuff to fill this unexpected new space.

So, why didn’t we think of this before?

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Nearly there

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Stuck with minimal space for a basin, I was rather pleased with this very clean lined 30’s style corner lavabo from Mr Bricolage .

The guys were less pleased with the fact that facilitating it’s release from the mould during the manufacturing process meant that the angle at the back was NOT 90 degrees; further, the bracket supplied did not permit stable fitting. So, new brackets had to be made.

Happy with how it looks in the space. Simple tap works well.

The grout is taking ages to dry and lighten. Lack of ventilation maybe…

Fitting my waterfall shower is giving the guys multiple headaches and minor tantrums on Trev’s part.

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Further news on the wet room

Back on the ground floor wet room project again.

We had a slightly anxious night waiting for the floor grout to go off, not only because it did not look anything like the carefully chosen grey shade on the packet but, also, we had one tile right by the shower drain that was rocking slightly.

Obviously an air pocket in the adhesive, but Justin was so careful to get the floor perfect, not least when there has to be a teeny slope off in order to drain the shower.

Grout has dried the correct shade and applying a looser mix to flow under the problem tile has fixed it.

All stable and looking good now

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More work in wet room

So, we have tanking fabric smoothed and bonded to walls, the drains and floor tiles are in, but not grouted.

One and a half walls tiled and a functional toilet. Boxing in for corner basin and shower assembly started.

12 years of assorted accumulated project materials mostly cleared out of cave so we could get a bed in there.

Floor tiles M. Bricolage

Plain pale, pearly grey, very slightly irregular wall tiles from Brico-Depot

All this achieved by Trev and Justin, who worked until almost midnight two days in a row so my poorly son-in-law would have his own private space.

The following day Justin messaged me to say he would be over to fit the basin before the family arrived.

I said no, you two guys need a rest!

Work starts again in earnest next month.

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