Thursday, 28 February 2013

Shed Heaven (get busy livin' or get busy dyin')

It's a slightly strange feeling taking somebody else's life to the skip car-load by car-load, or just chucking it on the fire but I suppose somebody will be doing it to all the stuff in my shed and my life one day when I'm dead and gone, and i'm pretty comfortble with that but I still can't help feeling................well, I dont know really, iv'e got nothing to feel bad or sorry for, it just feels a little, well, weird.

I guess it just reminds you that there is very little stuff you aquire during your stay on planet earth that wont fit in a skip or burn on a fire so you better get busy building something that's alot harder to knock down than a corrugated steel shed.

That is exactly what I intend to do and I have some friends to help me. My bro and his girlfriend Naomi came over to give me hand last weekend so we made a start on taking down the old shed.

Nomes gettin' her wreck on
It was tough to get the steel sheets off the good timber but parts of it were so rotten you could pretty much just pull them off by hand. By tea-time it was just a memory, Lou and Nomes went off to get some fish and chips and we had us a burn up with all the wood.

On Sunday I basically just lifted up all the concrete slabs and pathways at that end of the garden and around the coal store and made yet another trip to the skip with what was left of all the stuff I cant take to the scrap yard. All in all a good weekends work, the back of the garden is looking alot clearer and I had a very satisfying five minutes marking out the corners of a 6 X 7mtr rectangle on the ground.

 Coal store next,this provides a much tougher proposition but I have 14lb sledge hammer called progress and very little can stop it. Click the pics to enlarge as I seem to have lost the ability to do it from here.

Tuesday, 19 February 2013

Jobs For The Boys

Just a quick update on how things are progressing............

I've burned all of the old wood in the tin shed and the coal store so they are both empty and ready to come down. I have also cleared the area behind the tin shed of the old plant trelisses and most of the lumps of concrete that were back there are now piled up at the other end of the garden waiting to go to the tip. Also most of the stuff in the greenhouse is on ebay and should hopefully be gone by next week.

The next jobs are:

  • Dig up as much of the remaining paving slabs and concrete at that end of the garden as possible.
  • Take down the tin shed
  • Run all the scrap metal to the scrap yard
  • Run all the slabs and concrete to the skip
  • Knock down the coal store
  • Take down/ebay the green house.
  • Clear away all the bushes and brambles
If a can get all that done over the course of the next two weekends it's going to look like we're making real progress. My bro is coming down for a week some time soon so there's plenty for him to be cracking on with while I'm at work, plus its getting lighter in the evenings now so I'll be able to do a bit once I get home in a few weeks time.

Oh yeah, and we'll be trying to fit a new kitchen aswell,

Exiting times...............

Sunday, 10 February 2013

The Lay Of The Land

Sorry for the delay between posts, it takes longer than you would think to get properly settled into a new house!

Over the last few weekends I have been busy taking all the junk left by the previous owners down to the tip or the scrap-yard but I managed to get a couple of quick shots of the back yard yesterday afternoon so you guys can see the area designated for the new garage and some of the work involved in the coming months.

The plan is to build the a nice big double garage right at the back of the back yard with a brick hard standing area infront of the door and a driveway extending down the right hand side of the house and onto the road.

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You can see from the photo that space is limited and there are a few 'structures' in the way but it's ample room for a decent sized garage. The structures in question are (anti clockwise from bottom right) the old garage (green door), the green-house, the tin shed, the old stone coal store and not forgeting the tortoise run?! at the bottom of the picture. Once this lot is gone we will have a much better idea of exactly how much space we have.

This picture shows the view from the front of the house. The only major downside to this house was the bottle-neck in the drive at the front end of the 106, it's wide enough for any car just not a trailer, but in light of all the plus points, on balance it was worth it, we'll just have to make some parking for the trailer at the front of the house.

You can see how much higher the greenhouse is compared to the land on the right of the picture and the garage/driveway. We think this is due to all the earth that was moved during the construction of the house over a hunderd years ago, getting dumped in the back yard. It slopes back down again as you progress to the very back of the plot so there really is just a huge mound, right in the middle of the back garden. This is easily the biggest task at hand concerning the garage build, moving all this earth so as to bring the entire plot onto the same lavel as the house and existing driveway.

This is the view from the extreme back corner, it show the space behind the coal store and the full extent of the plot. It is also, (not counting the lump in the lawn) the highest part of the plot. everyting slopes downhill from this point to one extent or another so there is A LOT of levelling to do. The weekend before last, my neighbour and I awoke to find the a 12 foot section of the back wall (right of the picture) had collapsed into my garden, hence the pile of rocks behind the coal store. So just about the only thing in the back garden we weren't planning on knocking over had fallen over on it's own, but this has provided a great great opportunity to get to know one of my neighbours and practice/learn how to build a stone wall, as we have spent the last two weekends building it back up again. Every cloud has a silver lining.
So there you have it, there is a whole shed's worth of old wood to burn and all the old bits of furniture in the greenhouse to ebay but once all that's gone we can start taking down the old out-buildings and clearing all the flora and fauna wich will give us a much better view of what we're dealing with.