Thursday, 31 December 2015

Monday, 28 December 2015

Saturday, 26 December 2015


Well some progress at least even though it is Christmas

Not the most glamorous picture I'll grant you but they represent some very hard work all the same!

Spot the difference 

And granddads mirror up in the salon:)

Thursday, 24 December 2015

It was the night before Christmas.....

And I'm still working on getting the bedroom done; now almost ready for paint!

Meanwhile nearly ready for Christmas!

Happy Christmas 2015!

Tuesday, 22 December 2015

Bedroom finally boarded out

Doesn't look like it in the pictures but its a big room to plasterboard!


And then plaster boarded

The door below is a temporary solution until I get time to make one in oak to match the others. What this does show is the lovely high ceiling (3m) so it should be fairly grand when its decorated.

The picture below might not look much but getting it all to fit like that round the window is not that easy!!

And the room wont have a permanent on-suit ladder in the middle of the room lol.

Wednesday, 2 December 2015

Stud walls - almost complete

For anyone thinking of using this metal frame system, here are a few tips on technique!

The metal frames mostly screw into the floor and ceiling stud work with plasterboard screws but occasionally you need to mount bits to plasterboard only. For that I use these babies. Simple to use and strong, and more importantly generally available all over France.

The red handled tool compresses the metal wall plug. Saves loads of time when you would otherwise be spending a lot of time driving screws in.

The yellow handled tool below is a crimp tool for crimping the frame uprights to the rails. Again quick cheap and easy.

Where you cant crimp you use these self tapping screws

And the result:

And yes that is a door; it opens and closes and everything!

And no its not a short door but tall ceilings at 3 metres high, ha! Just the insulation and plaster board to go; probably only take half an hour:)

P.S. For those who have followed my blog you will know I would have liked to make another oak door to match the others. However TIME is the problem....and I'm running out of it.

Roof - beginning of week two

Sweet! Progress when I'm not even there...nice!

Saturday, 28 November 2015

Roof - week one

All now weather tight and ready for slate. Pretty impressive for 5 days work eh!

Slates going on the back

Flashing in place

View from the scaffolding

And quite a lot of firewood!