If there was space behind the sofa from which to write this that is where I would be. For here the madness starts. For two weeks. So I will drop in when I can to share updates with you and in the meantime I’m sharing pictures of the old house to remind myself that out of the chaos will come the calm.
As things stand – we are sleeping in the loft – the 19yo’s bedroom – fortunately he is in halls of residence two miles down the road. The room is full of all his stuff and our stuff and there is just about space between the boxes for us to find the (his) bed and climb in.
The builders are going full steam ahead in our bedroom and aim to finish the joinery and painting thereof this week. They will then move into the spare room/office which, until yesterday was completely rammed full of boxes. Some of those have now been unpacked and/or moved up into the loft to make space for them to start joinery and painting in there.
It’s downstairs, however where things get slightly complicated. On Wednesday the heating engineer arrives to do the first fix of all the radiators – upstairs and down. This meant pulling out the cupboards in the alcoves yesterday – well one of them. It was too noisy for a Sunday so the other one will have to be done before then.
On Thursday the new floorboards arrive and we must find space for them to acclimatise for the rest of the week. Then the following Monday they will be fitted in the sitting room and hall. Fortunately, they are pre-stained and pre-aged and pre-sealed which means that one half of the room can be laid and then all the boxes can be shoved over to the other side on top of two sofas, two armchairs and a desk, so the other half can be laid. Alternatively if all the builders agree to stay the night everything can block the hall.
Once the floors have been fitted, the heating engineer can return to fix the radiators onto the pipes he has already moved/installed/cleaned. That’s on 12 December. At some point during that week the windows upstairs are also due to be fitted so the wallpaper and painting can be finished in those two bedrooms.
That leaves us with the sisal flooring in two bedrooms to be done in the New Year. And means the joinery for the sitting room can start so the 47 boxes of books can be unpacked.
And I’ve got two features to write, two podcasts to record and am attending a reels workshop all before Wednesday. So, as I say, if there was room to hide behind the sofa that’s where you would find me and is why posts may be a little intermittent over the next couple of weeks.
Like the children’s story A Squash and A Squeeze however, by Christmas we may be in the happy position of being able to unpack most of the boxes. Just don’t ask me where the decorations are.