Tuesday, 27 November 2012

Framlingham Latest (Now You See It, Now You Don't)

Remember my swish garden office? It looked great and we were very pleased with it. But one Friday evening after a rainy day we got a text message from Keith, our architect,  telling us that the roof was leaking. Being hundreds of miles away there was not much that we could do other than ask Keith to investigate. 

This he did and when we got this photo of how the roof had been finished we were absolutely horrified. We couldn't believe the quality (or lack of) of the workmanship and insisted that the studio should be removed and replaced with one of acceptable quality. To give the suppliers their due, they did appear to be as shocked as we were at the outcome and it seems that they had employed a new sub-contractor who was not as reliable as they had been led to believe. They have instructed a wooden building specialist who is approved by our architect to rebuild the office for us and we hope that it will be replaced before Christmas.  

In the meantime it really is a case of back to square one.

We aren't due back in Framlingham for another two weeks so we asked Keith to let us have some photos of recent progress.

The splash-back in the family bathroom is in place. Keith doesn't like it but he admits that he isn't one for choosing colours and we think that when the accessories are in place it will look great.

The wood burner has been fitted at last. We bought it months ago but had to wait for the chimney breast to be built and painted before it was installed.

The ground floor wooden flooring is complete too.

The skirting boards and kitchen and downstairs WC floor tiling are being finished this week and then we have all the lights and sockets being installed next week with the decorators hopefully completing the kitchen and dining area before the kitchen fitters arrive on 10th December. The plumbers need to install the downstairs WC and the decorators will be finishing the wallpapering and painting of the rest of the house before Christmas. This leaves just the completion of the fitted wardrobes on 4th Janaury and the final touches to the kitchen during week commencing 7 January. After that we should be able to move in although the landscaping and outside decorating won't be complete until March.