Monday 17 February 2014

And so it begins...

We're at that stage in a project where is feels as if you have taken a step or two back rather than forward. The garden looks like a cross between Steptoe's Yard and a shanty town, this photo was taken yesterday afternoon and today the site looks much worse. So far two skips worth of earth, rubble and assorted garden casualties have been taken out and through our sitting room and dining room. Another skip will be arriving shortly.

The good news is that the foundations have now been dug and as long as the council are happy with the depth we can pour in the concrete and start building.
The bad news is that this does not bring an end to the dirt shovelling as we also need to dig a trench up the entire length of the garden in order to bury the drainage pipes,  as well as the electric and telephone lines which will all be in armoured cable. I have also lost several well-loved and well-established plants, our builders are good but not particularly horticulturally-minded and I came home one evening to find shrub Armageddon had unleashed itself in my absence.

On the plus side, I did order the tiles for the bathroom today, Sucre 1 from Fired Earth's Patisserie range for the floor and Valancia in Opal for the splash back behind the sink. Lose shrubs, gain ceramic tiles, I guess all is fair in the game of home improvements!


  1. Oh dear, sounds as if you have tackled a few challenges. ETA for a finished project?
    Hugs to Holly and Ivy and all the best to you,

  2. Oh gosh! Good luck, it will all be worth it and soon enough the new building will take shape. Your tiles are gorgeous. All the best.

  3. It will all be worth it in the end. Cant wait to see the finished project!

  4. Well, first we have to make a mess to have something beautiful in the end. You will see, it will all be worth it in the end. Anyway, you have already beautiful ceramic tiles.

  5. It always gets worse before it gets beautiful again, Charlotte...
    I feel what you 2007 we built an extra piece of 2,5 meter at our house, so in our can only imagine what that looked like...but afterwards you forget the hard work and the can enjoy your new place so much.
    Keep that in mind...
    Good luck and keep your head up ;)

    Lovely greetings, MJ

  6. I feel your pain about losing plants,I lost a whole beautiful garden when hubby wanted a new large patio and the workmen were hooligans when stripping my garden.Anyway it's very exciting having changes so I'm really looking forward to seeing lots of progress pictures and can't wait for the end result,I bet it will be gorgeous,you lucky lady!! Very best regards Pam.

  7. Great to see your progress.

    - The Tablescaper