Thursday, April 24, 2008

And now, for something completely different...

We're having an extension. It had been in the plans for months, but we weren't really expecting the build to take place until the end of May..as it happens he was able to start early and it is proving to be a healthy distraction.

I thought, as you do when you have a blog, that it would be neat to show you some before pictures and some current pictures..which will make it very clear that we are up to our ears in mud! Don't worry this isn't going to take over the quilty content..in fact it's kinda related to quilting in that this new space will provide a little corner for desk which will hopefully be home to my sewing machine. I may finally graduate from working off of the dining room table!!



This is the view looking back at the house from the garden.



This is the horrible concrete patio that took them a day to remove! It was upwards of 8" thick!! I can't understand why anyone would use THAT much concrete for a patio..not unless they were planning to park a Sherman tank on it!



See those nasty steps on the left...they were one piece of concrete...it took them ages to wrangle that beast out!



Digging the trenches...



So far...the footings. Stay tuned for more updates in the next few days :o)

12 comments:

Doodlebug Gail said...

How exciting! Hope all goes according to plan and I bet you're already looking forward to your own little sewing corner.

anne bebbington said...

You are starting this at the right time of year so you have less muck etc with the winter - it's so exciting and as much hassle as building work can be (and I hope yours won't be) it'll all be worth it in the end especially if you get your own little spot - what an excellent thing to get your teeth into in light of recent events - just make sure you have copious supplies of tea and coffee :o)))) BTW I reckon your predecessors must've had shares in Readimix!

Katie said...

Woohoo! How exciting.

Libby said...

How fantastic to have a new space . . . even better that there's a place to call your very own **

Karol-Ann said...

|I feel for you! BUT it will be fab when it's done!!!

i'm kelly said...

how exciting! and how even more exciting that's going to result in space for YOU. i loved the picture and can't wait to see the end result. yeah!

Lynda said...

Having seen the 'after' stage with my own eyes, it was interesting to see the 'before'! This will be a great addition to your house, even though it will bring you a bit of inconvenience in the short term. Just be thankful your husband isn't doing it - a friend of mine had to live with a tarpaulin as a kitchen wall for six months, as her husband was 'handy' and saved them so much money!

Gina said...

I'll be watching with interest. Later in the year ( or maybe early next year) we are turning the attic into a bedsit for my daughter. We are also getting a conservatory built at the same time. I'll be a wreck by the time it's all done.

best of luck
love and hugs xxx

Dandelion Quilts said...

We just got a big demo mess cleaned up at our house. I hope yours goes as quickly as ours did and that you love the final result. Yes, I do really like the ideas in The Bits n Pieces books. There are loads of quilts in it to make all about 21 inches or smaller. Great for walls or table tops. I also saw on someone else's blog that they liked it too. That helped me decide to go for it. :)

katelnorth said...

Hmm, when the concrete is that thick, you have to start wondering if they are going to find Jimmy Hoffa in there! Seriously, though I hope it all goes well, with a minimum of fuss and dust. Look forward to seeing progress!

Elaine Adair said...

It's always entertaining to see someone ELSES'S mess and watch the progress, while we/ME won't have to deal with the construction chaos. How nice it will be when finished.

Christine Thresh said...

I'll check back often. I do love to watch construction projects. We just finished a re-do, not a whole construction job. Actually our project was finishing up the addition we put on the house in 1993! About time.