Monday, 8 September 2014

More Barn Carpentry; another week goes by.



One of the unforeseen advantages of having a ceiling that is 'suspended' from above, rather than 'propped' from below, is that from the ground floor the ceiling seems to float, with no visible means of support (other than from the sides).

It's only when one reaches the first floor that the mystery is explained, and the 'suspending' mechanism becomes obvious. At least that will be the case when the floorboards are laid, and the structure is no longer transparent.


Things are certainly progressing. I have now found, and bought, the parquet floorboards (2 metres by 14 cms by 21 mms) that I've been looking for (above is about half the amount), and the excellent 1.14 metre wide staircase is in place, but not quite finished; it will have some aluminium cladding added later.

After the flooring is laid, the next job will be for the windows to be fitted in mid October, then we shall close up for winter and relax.

The circus will all start again in March 2015, when we shall begin to consider the kitchen and bathroom designs, Hopefully Wills, Kellogg, and Bunny (Yo Bunny) will then be here to make all those difficult decisions about style, colour, and kit. Very exciting.

p.s. I will probably make the dining table over the coming winter. It is to be 4 metres long by 1 metre wide. I love BIG dining tables; it will seat 10 in non-elbow-touching, gastronomic, COMFORT.



14 comments:

  1. You have been busy - those are big beams to be lifting and fixing all on your own although I gather Lady M. is now back to help.

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    1. I have a 'man' who does it; I just help him with the very heavy bits. I'm no mug!

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  2. Love the suspended ceiling and those floorboards look crisp and clean. I look forward to seeing the large dining table. Yes, the bigger the better, I agree. Have a great day. Jo.

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    1. I'm very pleased with the boards. They are relatively knot-free, and should prove quite easy to lay. We can't wait to see the finished floor.

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  3. and here was me thinking you were "Superman".

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  4. I love big dining tables too Cro and indeed have one in our farmhouse kitchen - not so keen on cooking for ten these days though, although I still do it on high days and holidays.

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  5. It's looking good. What heating system are you going with? Solar panels? Wood burners?

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    1. We're not too sure yet. Certainly a wood fired Cooker downstairs (possibly with back boiler and radiators), and a wood burning stove upstairs, but other than that I don't know. It will be very well insulated, so maybe that'll be enough.

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  6. The young family must be getting so excited.

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  7. This is all very exciting. Love the idea of a long dining table. Nothing nicer than having everyone sitting together to enjoy a meal. Deb

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    1. without touching each other's elbows...

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  8. It's looking really good, Cro! My husband is a retired carpenter, and I've always loved watching the process of a home being built.

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