Monday, 24 August 2015

Broadrake Bunkbarn Week 43 August 17th-21st 2015

With the upstairs ceiling now plastered, the walls are next on the list.....
South wall already drying out

and the little room side walls get plastered first
and the velux window sides are completed

next the west gable wall is done - first 2 layers before 9.45am!

a chance to see Toddy at work - he is very proficient and the finish is like glass!
I've sussed that he works alternate surfaces methodically so that he is always able to work up to a 'hard' surface, otherwise the corners wouldn't be good.

 the small upstairs toilet is next - not much room to swing a cat, let alone a plasterer's trowel

and downstairs Joe finishes the boarding out of the external wall that had a big bulge in it - straightened up by squaring up in the doorway into the toilet/shower room

east gable
& drying out
 with the towers still here, an opportunity to get the apex ceiling painted
 a bit unnerving getting up and down, and care needed over the gap between the two platforms, but it's a good height for me; so close my nose is on the beams!

plastering continues downstairs in the first bedroom, and paint is at the ready for painting party next weekend....
 boarding out continues in the corridor, and is almost complete - just one more board to go up

the first two bays painted - brightening up the room already

 tower now in place for the bay the other side of the stairwell - definitely not keen to work off open boards over the stairwell

one more downstairs ceiling before the weekend break

Despite not being ready, Broadrake Bunkbarn has it's first residents....they didn't book in!
I think these are tortoiseshell butterfly pupae - not sure why they chose the south face wall when there are nettles about 5m away, but they've been there at least a week now, blowing in the galey winds.

and finally, a shot of a house martin peeping out...the parents are feeding frequently and they are now making a lot of chatter & a lot of pooey mess on the window and sill!! 
However we are really glad that they chose Broadrake to make their nest.

Friday, 14 August 2015

Broadrake Bunkbarn - Week 42 10th-14th August

This week work boarding out work moves downstairs 
- delivery of 40 plaster boards in readiness

double boarding over beams

and upstairs the final plaster skim starts on the ceiling 

the old floorboards have been through Wonder of Woods (Stainforth) sanding machine and router in readiness for us to glue them together into window sills

 first plaster starting to dry out

 door casings go in downstairs

wall over door framed out

all boarded out in downstairs rooms

and upstairs the ceiling is fully plastered

.... and the small room too

after a miserable day of heavy rain, the rain clouds linger
 and Ingleborough is out of sight

finally, the park bench is back out front now that the field has been mown

house martin babies have been heard, but still not yet seen....must spend more time looking

Tuesday, 11 August 2015

Broadrake Bunkbarn - Week 41 August 3rd-7th 2015

Plaster board goes onto the blockwork gable wall - gap is for the stove flue pipe 
and boarding onto the entrance side wall...

with fiddly boarding around onto the return that is left as open stonework  

first layer of insulation goes into the small room ceiling...
with the second layer of insulated plaster board around the velux

flue pipe goes in and is bricked up

filling in the gaps up to the beams in preparation for the final skim

the door casings start to go in downstairs
and insulated boarding starts to go in the downstairs bedrooms

upstairs the door casings are made for the doors into the toilet and the teeny tiny cupboard

by Friday, the builders finally got fed up of telling summer holiday walkers which way to go so they made a new sign.....! note to self - make the existing sign a tad bigger....

by Friday the east gable wall is finished

and thanks to the builders clean up, its all looking very spacious upstairs. Towers are ready for the plaster skim to go onto the ceiling next week...

the boarding in the small snug upstairs is completed
  on entering please watch your head!!

and outside Ted finishes the weatherboarding on the back of the wash room

The 3 song thrush babies fledged mid-week, but not entirely able to fly! A couple spent a few days in the veggie patch whilst one persisted in the big barn, continuing to be fed

The house martins are flying in and out, but yet to see any babies.............

and all the swallows young and old are enjoying the freshly cut field in front and swooping under the trees and ambushing the car as it passes by