Hello all. I haven't posted for over a year, but I've been looking in every now and then.
Remember I said that when Emma asked if the extension would be done by Christmas, I had replied "which Christmas?"?
Well it still isn't finished! This is turning out to be one of the longest projects ever and, to be honest it is wearing me down.
Sometimes I wonder why I ever started. But now I'm in a catch 22 situation and it just has to be completed as and when I get there.
When I look at what I've spent (possibly, although I daren't add it up!) I reckon that I maybe could have saved myself a lot of grief by getting the professionals in from the very beginning. This has taken its toll on my homelife and has put a lot of strain on our relationship. Yes, its been slow going (ridiculously so), but in my defense, I had no previous building experience and have been picking it up as I've gone along. I've also been working full time throughout and admittedly, there have been times when I have just put things off because I just couldn't face doing anything.
I suppose I should look at the positives of what I have achieved rather than what is still to do. I've fully refurbished the entire upstairs of the house including reconfiguring the layout and installing 2 bathrooms from scratch. I had to refit the Velux, which the roofers told me would never leak, but did! No response when I raised issues once they'd had their money and p1ssed it up the wall!
So the downstairs extension is still essentially a shell. The Velux is sorted and I'm insulating and boarding the sloping ceiling. I still need the floors screeding (with underfloor heating still to fit in part of) downstairs. The electrics then need doing and the walls plastered before fitting a new kitchen. Then there's the decision whether to make another hole in the wall for the fish tank or just place one on the old kitchen side of the wall with the pipes going through to a sump on the other side.
So, in case any of you were wondering, that's where I am.
So the marine hobby is still dormant within the depths of my mind and the little Boyu is ticking over with the azure damsel, nassarius snail and hermit crab residing within, also awaiting a bigger more decent home!
Take care all and have a good Christmas.