Meshing front courtyard

This evening, after casting a concrete lintel above the window (just visible top left): Just like the rear, the front courtyard is being meshed before Toby renders it (to provide reinforcement to the render, preventing cracking). After this job we

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Meshing front courtyard

This evening, after casting a concrete lintel above the window (just visible top left): Just like the rear, the front courtyard is being meshed before Toby renders it (to provide reinforcement to the render, preventing cracking). After this job we

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Grouting – at last

The never ending job of tiling continues…. A custom-cut mirror has been ordered for the recess (in front of the exposed brick wall) and a shaver socket to be fitted where the lose tile is: We took some time selecting

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Grouting – at last

The never ending job of tiling continues…. A custom-cut mirror has been ordered for the recess (in front of the exposed brick wall) and a shaver socket to be fitted where the lose tile is: We took some time selecting

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Back doors

The bifold doors are in, though they need some tweaking because we hung the frames before glazing (and it should have been done the other way round). Makes a big difference to the light in the basement – it’s lovely

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Back doors

The bifold doors are in, though they need some tweaking because we hung the frames before glazing (and it should have been done the other way round). Makes a big difference to the light in the basement – it’s lovely

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Basement door in

Front door (basement level) now in. Still to be glazed and painted.

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Basement door in

Front door (basement level) now in. Still to be glazed and painted.

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Basement window

At last we’re sealed! Not completely airtight just yet but we’re certainly burglar proof. For so long it has felt a bit like living in a house on stilts, but putting this window in really makes it feel like part

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Basement window

At last we’re sealed! Not completely airtight just yet but we’re certainly burglar proof. For so long it has felt a bit like living in a house on stilts, but putting this window in really makes it feel like part

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Before and after

I don’t think the before picture shows the true extent of how bad it was, but this certainly gives you some idea of the transition:

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Before and after

I don’t think the before picture shows the true extent of how bad it was, but this certainly gives you some idea of the transition:

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Cast window sill

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Cast window sill

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Front – scaffold free

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Front – scaffold free

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Scaffold free rear

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Scaffold free rear

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Scaffolding coming down!

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Scaffolding coming down!

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