Everything is happening at once

Progress on the house seems to vary a great deal in terms of how you see it. Sometimes a lot is being done but it’s hard to see or show that. However sometimes, everything seems to be happening at once, with very visible changes happening as you watch. The last two days have been like that.

First of all, Alfredo the plumber has been working with Chris on the bathroom and water systems. I should say, “the award-winning A. Marques”, because Alfredo has apparently just won a major plumbing award. He does a great job and isn’t phased by any of the unusual aspects of this CLT-built passive house with almost no wall cavities where pipes would normally go! There is a lot of new piping in the mechanical / utility room but there’s only so many pictures one can take of pipes… the visible progress is in the main bathroom where we now have a 60″ x 60″ shower pan down and fitted. This large shower pan is our relatively cheap solution to constructing a Japanese-style wet-room. In addition, Alfredo has got most of the pipes and fittings in, and by the end of the second day of action, we also had the bath tub in place with faucet (or ‘tap’, as they say in the UK…).

Secondly, Anne was working on tiling the two WCs with large dark slate-coloured tiles. We had a bit of a worry with these because it turned out we had one less of these than we had thought – and a call to the tile shop revealed that they had been discontinued since we bought them and no more were available from the manufacturers. However, we think we have enough if we are very careful.

Finally, Steve and Dan were reprising their hardwood flooring double-act, but this time downstairs in the main room. Here we are laying down very dense, dark-stained ‘Gingerbread’ Hickory throughout (again from LNG Gaylord Hardwood in Kingston). This will also be used for the stairs.

So there was a great deal done in two days, and I haven’t even started on what was going on outside, which is another very big and ongoing job, which I will write about tomorrow…


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