Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Still raining in Scotland

Where to begin? Like many 'phone conversations and chats if you speak to someone often enough you catch up on lots of news but if you haven't spoken to them for a while you can't think of a thing that you've done. As we've been in our friend's house for a week and have now moved to a holiday house nearby we're not on the internet so blogging has been sporadic in the past 10 days. Activity at the farm has been considerable so we'll let photos explain where we're at.

One of the past day's issues is the internal wallhead height in the upper rooms. As the house is 1.5 storeys the trick is to achieve a well-balanced room which is usable without looking like a triangle and providing lots of awkward corners. The architect has proposed 1.55m wall head in the master bedroom but we personally have huge difficulties 'wasting' all that floorspace behind the joinery/plasterboard. The elevation shown looks west; here we've agreed with the joiner not to put any internal joinery on that side, other than boxing out the flue which can be seen, but to reduce the wallhead on the east elevation to 1.35m. This still entails the 'loss' of floorspace but provides proper walls for placing a bedhead against. The second photo shows the framework in place for that. On one of the landings we're creating an eaves storage cupboard. We're hoping to achieve optimal usable floor space and create a desirable room.



The second photo looks east and shows the framework now at 1.35m, this will be plasterboarded imminently.


Downstairs and the hallway looks a little less finished.



Tomorrow the heating guys return to start work on the heat pump installation in the utility room. Jim, the electrician is connecting the last elements of the heat recovery ventilation system upstairs and will then move downstairs. The wood burning stove arrives tomorrow and the final long lost window arrives. The slates were finished last week and look grand.


2 comments:

KC said...

Hey Deb - exciting to see it all coming together so well now - glad to hear you guys are enjoying a bit of respite from the caravan lifestyle.
Eric was in Birmingham area for 1 day, en route home from a work trip to Italy. We'll get over there one of these years, once the guest rooms are completed!
Take care,
KC

Debs said...

Lovely to hear from you Vancouverites. Hope you are both well.
We're pleased to say the guest room now has its first booking for May with our Norfolk friends heading north for a holiday. At this stage of the build process it is hard to imagine being in the house although it really isn't too far away now.
Debs