Thursday, May 01, 2008
Are You With Me On This?
At the end of this month the builders will start on the extension to our cottage.
Due to the fact that the cottage is so old (could be over 400 years old in fact) we are using the stone from the dry stone walls surrounding the cottage for the build.
We live in the Northumberland National Park, in which sits the Kielder Forest, so we want to use as many local materials as is possible.
We are lucky enough to be using local artisans to create an extension which is the same size as the existing cottage, that will look as though it has been here for 400 years also.
We have hugely talented decorator who can make new wood look ancient by hitting it with a chain full of bolts - worrying! He can create realistic stone from plaster and stuff he will not reveal. If I find out he will have to kill me.
Are you with me then? Will you laugh and cry with me on the way, help me clean up the mud from the excavation, make tea and coffee for the builders and make huge decisions? OK you're on.
Part of the dry stone wall that will be used and all that garden has to be excavated
Battered wooden floors and doors. A tree that will be acting as a support in the lounge
The plans - the extension sits on the right