Archive for May, 2007

Mobile Home (21May07)

Monday, May 21st, 2007

Mobile Home repairs (13May2007)

Sunday, May 13th, 2007

I ripped out the old chipboard floor and discovered it was only half of the van that was floored with chipboard. This made it easier to replace with ply. The other half was still what I assume was the original?áply floor. I discovered that some of the steel also needed repairing, particularly the towing hitch which was corroding away…

Mobile Home (13May2007)

Sunday, May 13th, 2007


In antication of the plans being aproved quickly as we already have outline permission, we decided to buy a mobile home so that if the renovation was started we could move up to the site either at weekends to do work or permanently if we run out of money…

Unfortunately, when i walked through the lounge of our bargain mobile home (Ôé¼2500) I discovered why it was cheap as my foot went through the floor……..

Rats (07May2007)

Monday, May 7th, 2007


The Old Thatch (06May2007)

Sunday, May 6th, 2007

Here’s some pictures from inside the cottage showing the old thatch underneath the tin roof. Love the original old beams on the second picture?áwhich are just striped down pine trees….

Shovelling Sh1t (06May2007)

Sunday, May 6th, 2007


Well its not so idillic today – we decided to get stuck in clearing the rest of the cow poop from the cottage. Nine years of use as a cow shed = lots of dung……Not quite the renovation we had in mind so far.

?á?áIt deosn’t look as good on the pictures, but we moved a serious amount of dung – I wish i’d taken a picture of the dung heap we created. It was like the hills they all built in close encounters…..(am I thinking of the right film?)

central heating, alternative energy, sustainable energy

Our Idilic country cottage waiting to be rescued from decay…(05May2007)

Saturday, May 5th, 2007

…(otherwise known as a complete wreck of an old stone cow shed)

Took some better pics today. We also did some more clearing round the back and chopped some trees down. On the left you can see the growing mountain of turf we have removed from the stone at the front of the cottage.

Still Clearing (03May2007)

Thursday, May 3rd, 2007


Well, we are still killing time clearing away as much as we can. Our Architect believes it won’t take too long to get the full planning and is working from our brief.

Here’s what we decided we wanted……

Basic Needs
4 Bedrooms all ensuite, Main Lounge, Kids Lounge/Games Room, Large Kitchen/Dining Room, Utility Room, Office, Cloakroom, Garage (If possible)
EXISTING COTTAGE Lounge with existing fireplace. In main lounge area where existing 2nd floor sleeping area was to have gallery/ladder access as feature but without wall beneath, Vaulted ceiling in lounge, Roof lights, Main entrance originally had a porch ÔÇô re-construct porch and if necessary have extended porch to ruined part of cottage to avoid cutting doorway in existing cottage gable wall if this is a problem, Ruined attached building to be re-built in block but retaining existing gable wall as guest bedroom with en-suite bathroom.
RUINED BARN
Wall raised to height of cottage and matching roof height and converted to one and a half storey with 2nd lounge/childrenÔÇÖs play/games room below and flexible space in roof area.

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In the mean-time, we are still tugging away at the grass carpet – its been very hot throughout April making progress slow because it’s exhausing work…..can’t really believe I am saying that about Ireland…….

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