The Great British Weather and Builders

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Oh June. June, June, June. When the weather forecasters said it would be one of the wettest Junes ever I dismissed them and thought pah, it can’t rain every day. Yet it seems that since scaffolding went up around our home what feels like forever ago, it actually has rained every. single. day. Not just that intermittent grey drizzly rain but the proper full-on downpours, more associated with a tropical island than our little one.

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This has been quite a painful lesson that there really is no ideal time to try and do outdoor-based building work. The reason for the scaffolding is that we’re finally addressing one of the most major problems that we’ve had with the house since moving in which are some great big cracks down the side of the house. Cracks that when we looked at it and made our offer of course we didn’t see but that by the time we moved in 6 weeks later had let in such huge amounts of water we had huge damp, mouldy patches under the ¬†middle and top floor landing windows. We got the walls on the inside replastered but have struggled to find someone who was willing to tackle the outer walls, mainly because of the scaffolding issue (I think).

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renovating

One day we were out walking the dog and noticed that one of the other houses on our road had some scaffolding up and that the render had been stripped back to the brick so we watched with interest to see what the work looked like and pounced on the builders when we saw the finished result. So now it’s our turn but the weather is doing everything it can to stop us in our tracks and last week nothing happened at all after more or less 5 days of solid rain.

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So far we’ve had the render taken back to the brick on the side and front and they’ve now finally managed to start re-rendering. In the end I know it will look fantastic but they’ve been halted by the weather for another 2 days and then once the render is finished we have to have dry weather long enough for it to dry out so it can be painted. I feel like it takes us so long to save up for these projects to happen that once we can afford them I get so very impatient for them to actually be completed.

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renovating

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I’m learning though that best laid plans never quite turn out the way you imagine and that thankfully good things come to those who wait. There will be a part two to this eventually once the work is all finished and I’m sure it will all be worth it in the end.

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3 Comments

  1. July 1, 2016 / 10:22 pm

    Oh wow. That is a job and a half! When our extension’s done we need the whole of the house re-rendered. Dreading it! x

  2. July 7, 2016 / 9:39 pm

    It’s been dismal, hasn’t it?! I had so many plans for outdoor photoshoots recently and haven’t been able to hardly anything. Hope they’ve managed to finish the job for you x

    • Lins
      July 8, 2016 / 9:40 am

      Ugh I know! I’m really hoping things improve because otherwise we’ll soon be heading into autumn without feeling like we’ve had a summer at all! X

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