Come Thursday morning, the skip had arrived at the house ready for the rubble from the demolished outhouse. It was really odd having it on the drive, as the last time we got a skip was the week we moved in, and we were ripping out the mouldy bathroom as well as the adjoining wall to the toilet. Now, that was a lot of fun!
This time, we’re not doing the hard graft. And although we’ve so far done as much as we can ourselves in terms of DIY and decorating, it’s nice to take a backseat on this huge project.
So, with the skip out the front, the outhouse was cleared away. A skip with a door was ordered to make it easier to load up the mountain of bricks and dirt but unfortunately they just sent a standard one, so my uncle – the builder – had a great idea and used the wooden back door, that was part of the outhouse, as a ramp to load it up. Genius if you ask me.
You can see how quickly it filled up as well. This was in the space of 2 days!
With the structure completely knocked down and cleared by Wednesday, the footings for the extension area were dug on Thursday and Friday. There is quite a drop now out of the kitchen door at the back of our house! It’s been pretty interesting taking the bins out – hopping over the concrete gap! I certainly won’t be heading out to the garden after a few tipples of wine over the next week, that’s for sure!
It sadly rained after this was dug out so a few areas may requite some additional digging but I’m currently pretending we’re living in a castle with a moat, so it’s all good!
Aside from the fact that it is ultimately a bloody bit hole in the ground, I think you get a really good idea of how much additional space is being added to the house. It’s gonna be huge!
Afer the bank holiday weekend, the full skip will be collected, an empty one will arrive, and the footings will be completed and then inspected to check they’re deep enough. From there, we should be seeing a concrete floor added within the next week. I’ll keep you posted!
For now, here are a few more pictures of the progress being made.