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Excellent personal 'news' day

A property developer guy who I do a lot of work for told me that he's nearly sewn up a deal to buy a former school to convert into 3 houses, and I can expect 6-8 months work for as many days as I want on the project!

I can't say too much at the moment because the sale has not completed and planning permission blah needs to be obtained, but the building has been one of my favourites since the first time I saw it over twenty years ago.
It's over 150 years old, beautifully constructed of local limestone, with decorative detailing from bath stone and locally fired bricks, coloured cream due to their high content of locally mined ball clay.

Basically, I'm really excited about getting to work on this building. The plan is to keep us much of the original features as possible (arches, stonework, timber beams etc) and make 3 lovely houses, can't wait. I'm of course pleased about the guaranteed work, but I'm more excited about the project itself.

When I know it's ok I'll get some pictures up and make sure I actually update them this we take an abandoned, but really beautiful building, and turn it into something up to the living standards of the 21st century Smile

6 blog comments below

Congratulations Watersoul! Way to go, and looking forward to those pictures ... Cool

Winter's usually a difficult time for piece work, so this must be like manna from heaven?
deanhills on Wed Nov 06, 2013 7:52 pm
That sounds absolutely wonderful, mate... the work prospect, and the building itself! I'm looking forward to your progress shots Smile
Ankhanu on Wed Nov 06, 2013 8:43 pm
I've always got bits and bobs on the go to be honest Dean, but you're right it slows down in Winter, although it's also the time that householders realise certain jobs they've put off just have to be sorted for the wind and rain.
My website alone brings in a fair few phone calls each week, and friend recommendations do the rest.
Aside from my website I've never actually advertised anywhere. I don't include any links to my business from my 'watersoul' identity, or anywhere else online, because part of clever business is acting a part and presenting an image - Watersoul and can remain two distinct digital identities and never the twain shall meet!

I am pleased about this confirmed work though. My arrangement with the property developer guy is at a rate quite a bit cheaper than I would charge an individual who phones me up or whatever, but it is guaranteed work, and I am free to dip in and out of his projects as and when I get higher paying jobs with 'the public'. All he asks is a few days notice to sort out someone else, who is usually a mate of mine I'll recommend.

Unusually I suppose the main reason I'm excited is the building itself. I've always loved its beautiful construction and I'm going to love being part of it's rebirth.
I'll definitely get the pics up when I know everything is signed n sealed, then update as work goes on. Perhaps it won't be very interesting to many people, but like an excited child I can't wait to get started on the lovely timberwork and stones that guys (just like me) worked on all those years ago Smile

*Edit* Cheers Ankh, hadn't seen your reply!
watersoul on Wed Nov 06, 2013 8:54 pm
That is good news, watersoul. I am glad the developer wants to preserve the detail.
standready on Wed Nov 06, 2013 11:29 pm
Me too Standready, although for exterior situations he hasn't much choice with the property sitting in a local authority designated building conservation area!
To be honest though, the guy, who I consider more of a mate these days, while being a GBP£ millionaire, he started off with pretty much nothing and built his empire through his own hard work.
He recognises the craft of guys from the past and I've got him to hide many old features instead of destroying them on his last project. Amazingly decorative coving behind new ceilings, 150+ year old brick floors under a protective layer of sand before covering over etc.

He's a hands on builder at heart and when we're working on old buildings it isn't about ripping out some modern corporate machine built construction, it's about enhancing the work of guys like us who made something beautiful, but without any power tools!
I totally empathise with a non-economically-efficient romanticised kind of way Razz
watersoul on Thu Nov 07, 2013 12:08 am
Great line Cool Very Happy

Watersoul wrote:
I totally empathise with a non-economically-efficient romanticised kind of way
deanhills on Fri Nov 08, 2013 10:35 pm

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