Thursday, January 10, 2013

Two steps forward, one backward and the moment I dreaded...

For an easy fix option, the extension has brought it's own problems and has already needed modification. By itself it had lovely proportions, once placed against the cottage and roof angles studied it became impossible. A thatched roof has to be at least 50 degrees for correct water run off - the angle on this extension was more suited to a corrugated iron skillion which was not an option! Lowering the walls and shortening the windows by one pane kept the proportions right, but the ceiling was then an inch lower than the opening to the main house. So the ceiling had to incorporated into the roof - what a pain! I'm still deciding between just plastering and painting the sloped parts or putting timber slats to line up with the flat part of the ceiling or having a dark wooden piece around the visible join... Opinions are welcome! Maybe I'll play with curtains first.

The moment to be dreaded was cutting the window in the sitting room into a doorway. In a 400 year old cottage (give or take 397 years) many things could go wrong. Out came my saw (which is the saw I use to do most of my building - you should see my impressive arm muscles!) and my girly stanley knife. Attempts were made to remove the timbering on both sides - minimal success then it all worked much easier than I had expected - Phew!

It was really nice to see the fireplace straight on, amongst the sawdust and building debris.

There is a step down to the extension, as at the other end of the house to the scullery and I plan some angled wooden bits on the top corners of the doorway as being in keeping with both the Tudorish/Jacobean and Arts and Crafts styles.

Next step will be thatching. Scary stuff!

Welcome to those who have called by and stayed. I really appreciate the feeling that people are interested and would make tea for you, but right now am a woman on a mission!

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Welcome 2013

Ring out the old, ring in the new,
Ring, happy bells, across the snow
The year is going, let him go.
(In Memoriam,  Tennyson)

To celebrate the new year, in the style of the Queen's New Year's Honours, I wanted to honour a particular unrecognised greatness in this blogging community. 

This award is not given for talent (although the recipient is certainly well endowed with that) but for reaching out and making the blogger community a better one, leaving comments and encouragement to fellow bloggers.

The award originated here and there are no requirements of the recipient.

The winner of the 2013 New Year's Day 
Community Blogger Award





Thank you Irene for being an inspiration. 
As this is a personal award, you may display it on all your blogs (or none if you choose)

Wishing everyone a happy and healthy 2013 with projects new and interests shared with friends throughout the world.