27th August 2012Its ironic both the Coniston house and the Grizebeck extension are at the same stage requiring a roof.
Grizbeck is moving along nicely ,the first floor joists went in 2 weeks ago quickly followed by the blockwork to take the roof, padstones are in place both on the existing stone walls and new blockwork in readiness for the steel purlins. once these go on then the timbers for the roof can follow.
Rob and Adam or stone Maisons are busy facing up the new block walls to the extension with stone reclaimed from the old building and using Burlington blue Quoin stones dressed at the exposed edges so No sawn faces are seen,it takes a little longer but gives more of a natural look. Green oak window and door heads are in place with dressed stone tabling detail above all the oak linels to deflect the harsh weather.
New Burlington blue slate will be used on the roof of the extension and will follow through to the old part of the farm house with the same blue slate laid in diminishing courses keeping true to the properties charm and character.
internally the original ground floor kitchen fireplace has been replicated using dimensions and photos and the reclaimed oak mantel will also be reset in position.
The Coniston house is also now up to roof level and our blacksmith Tony Sanders has prepped all the steel including a cranked beam to support the ridge .
Sam Clarke our joiner will start on the roof timbers at the end of the week and we can then get felted in before the weather takes a turn for worst (.if that's possible ) i cant remember a summer like this one, lets hope the winter is dry and mild.
Slate cills have also been cut and placed by our skilled hand Mike, so windows and doors can now be measured.and we should take delivery of those in approximately 3 weeks.
In all both jobs considering the weather are going well.
Next week i hope to bring you some news and progress of the garage and boiler house at Mill Gate with all excavations for the foundations now complete and reinforcement for the rear garage retaining wall now in place.
Thank you for looking and have a great week.