When I moved house last year I knew that the place was going to need redecorating, and it was fairly clear that this would (unless I were willing to live with painted woodchip wallpaper for ever) also mean lots of plastering.
Before starting work
It took a while to get quotes, and to work my way up to taking the plunge, but I did, so this weekend just gone I spent a lot of time putting things into boxes.
End of day 1
Then on Sunday, watching while 2 removal men carted virtually everything I own out to be stored in the garage.
And on Monday morning, work started. I went off to work, leaving the house to the tender mercies of the builders.
It turns out that if you are to have new plaster on your walls and ceilings that this means that the old plaster all gets removed. Which I knew in principle, but that had not really prepared me for coming home to discover that my bedroom walls were down to bare brick.
End of Day 2
Or to the new experience of seeing the loft insulation from underneath.
It is all rather alarming. And they haven't even started on the living room yet. (when they do, that will be even more dramatic.
|End of Day 5|
The bedroom decor looked OK from a distance (or in a photo). The living room will probably look better even at the 'bare brick' stage, than it does now!
In the past day or so they have started putting the new walls on, and I am sure that the extra space where the chimney now isn't will be nice, once the room is finished.
Meanwhile, I am getting used to sleeping out in the garden shed, (which is, I should add, built of brick and has electricity and light, so is fairly comfortable for a shed. Especially as it currently contains all my bedroom furniture) I find that I am remarkably efficient at getting up in the morning, due to a terror of being caught in a state of undress by the builders (they arrive very promptly in the mornings, and the bathroom is,despite dust, still in use. (Except for that one morning when they turned off the hot water and forgot to tell me, or to turn it back on afterwards, which resulted in my having an extremely fast, and bracing shower!)
I am, however, looking forward to my trip to London next week, when I shall get to sleep indoors, and will almost certainly not
Now, if only I can find a reliable local painter and decorator..