Yep, I know, it’s been a while since a Do Up Diary post! Since finishing the major building works and getting water tight in Spring, Mr M and I have been working hard to earn pennies to carry on at Moregeous Mansions. It’s been tough living like this but as everyone keeps saying “it’ll be worth it in the end”! The only major external things which still need doing are the two huge bays (circa £15k excluding fitting – ouch) and moving all the original incoming water pipes and drainage, but we should be able to carry on with the inside stuff soon – a new boiler to run rads and underfloor heating, the re-wire and then all the plastering / flooring before bathrooms and a kitchen finally go in. I feel like we’re about 1/2 way up the mountain now, the summit is in site but still a fair distance away.
In the meantime, smaller jobs are getting done in between ‘normal’ work, things that don’t cost a lot and we can mostly do ourselves without specialist help or big purchases. Like….. the oriel window to the old living room above. An oriel window is a type of bay, projecting from a main wall but not reaching the ground, and designed to catch lots of light from different angles. More often to be found on upper floors, occasionally they’re at ground floor level and that’s the type we have. Although a really pretty little window, the openers were long since painted shut, the draughty single glazed panes cracked and the original timber rotten.