Monday, 30 August 2010

The story of my porch

Saturday morning! The laying of the concrete foundations. Sand and cement were shovelled into the cement mixer and then into the wheelbarrow. This was then tipped into the foundations.

They worked constantly for over four hours, bacon sandwiches and lots of drinks kept them going.
Here it is half filled
and here it is finished, all looking nice and smooth. Lets hope it does not rain and it will set!

Saturday, 28 August 2010

The story of my porch

The foundations were dug and finished last weekend, all the boards in place when....
It poured with rain all night and filled them up with water and the edges fell in a bit.
So wellies on and scoops and buckets to hand, we bailed it out. On Tuesday the inspector came and passed "the hole in the ground"!!! and so onto the next step...................

Friday, 27 August 2010

Down it comes!

Lukey then started to take the old porch down.
Brick by brick!
Each brick that could be saved was cleaned up, put in the pile ready to be reused when we build the new one. The hardcore was bagged ready for the base or for the back extension. The bags have been stacked at the end of the garden. If we don't need it in the end it will be offered on freecycle.
Now it is down and looks very strange.
Next the floor, step and path around the outside have to be broken up, each bit was bagged and saved and then the foundations were dug.....

Thursday, 26 August 2010

My porch

This is my old porch from the inside. It looks fine, but look a little closer and you will see that the door does not fit quite right and the walls are damp. It makes my house cold and draughty in the winter. It will have to go

Here it is from the outside, it looks quite smart but ohh white doors are not easy to keep clean, one shower of rain and it has dirty marks all over.
So after much thinking and talking plans were drawn up and submitted for approval, agreed and then we made a start.......

More tomorrow!