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Pics from a building site

Been a while since I've posted in the 'work stuff' category of my blog here, but I took a few pics today while smiling at what I'd been up to, and I thought I'd share them with a mini update.

Long story short:
After over one and a half decades of a career in social welfare work, civil service, local government, one quango and two charities later I was tired of it (made redundant due to recent economic conditions anyway), so after some successful experiences of improving houses I'd previously owned, I decided on a fresh start self-employed somewhere in the building game. After chatting to a property developer mate who was starting a new 18 month project, I've been keeping potentially idle hands busy on his site for the last few months.

It's a 150 year old former farmhouse which is being converted into 10 smaller houses/flats/apartments.
I've been working there since the day after the last tenants left, basically stripping the building to a shell before the conversions can be made. All the guys I'm working with were my friends before I started so It's a case of muck in together, have a few laughs and get the job done.
We're at the stage now where it's 'rebuilding not wrecking' so each day it looks more like the creation of a new unit than the desecration of an old building which was cut by handtools out of locally sourced 350 million year old Devonian Limestone - I really didn't enjoy destroying the intricate, individually cast plaster ceiling coving/detail Sad

The last week though has been building the new floor levels and stud walling, to start dividing the building into the individual homes they will ultimately be sold as.
Here's a few pics I took on my phone while mooching around eating a nice cheese and ham sandwich Smile

4 blog comments below

Demolition was is usually fun. Sledgehammers! Never know what you might find. Sad, that you could not save the ceiling detail though.
I do like the lack of a floor in the window bay (1st picture).
standready on Mon Nov 28, 2011 11:59 pm
...and petrol disk cutters, wrecking bars, kango's etc, big toys Smile

I do like the lack of a floor in the window bay (1st picture).
Ah, the bay is being removed on all 3 floors and replaced with full length double doors to new terraced glass walled balconies/patio areas.

These blocks need to be turned into the extensions outside first though...
watersoul on Tue Nov 29, 2011 12:30 am
Wow 150 years old? That's quite old and well overdue for a makeover lol.

Looks like a lot of fun though. Keep us updated with pics. Would love to see the finished product.

Do you have a shot of the house before you started tearing into it? Would be cool to see a before and after pic when it's all done.
Ghost Rider103 on Fri Dec 02, 2011 4:20 am
I didn't take any pics when we started the rip out, and I could kick myself now.
There are loads of pics from parties in the house when people lived there, but they all show silly drunken moments instead of focussing on the building.
I will update this topic though, cheers, we're looking at another 8 months before it's finished so there will be lots of changes and a few funny stories to come for sure Smile

...travelling back to see my Mam for the weekend now, got a new black eye just in time for her birthday family photos.
I moved a ladder I'd been working up earlier today, just didn't notice the lump of plaster which had been sitting on the top rungs, doh!
watersoul on Fri Dec 02, 2011 6:02 pm

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