Monday, 19 October 2009

One week in and I'm already behind.

So, the builders have started. The hovel has started it's metamorphic process and will soon shake off its chrysalis of dust and become a palace. Or so it goes in my fantasy world.

The builders started last monday and true to form they flooded the house in record breaking time - just three hours! That was fun and a novel way of keeping the dust down I suppose.

Despite the fact that this is supposed to be a five week project they have already been AWOL for two days out of the last six. Impressive, no? At this rate the five week job will escalate into a seven week job which will see me being seriously unamused.

They have done lots of destroying though. Walls have been knocked down and ripped out and I think they bought some extra bags of dust and rubble to scatter around and make the works look more impressive. Somehow, not only the house but also the garden is smothered in rubble.

This week should see new things going up - stud walls and things and the house I imagined will start taking shape. At that point I expect I'll start panicking and wondering if I am doing the right thing so that is an emotional rollercoaster to look forward to.

In the meantime I have moved all my possessions into one end of the house and am working in the kitchen with all the company business crammed into the understairs cupboard.

The nice thing about starting is that I can get excited about finishing. I have made improbable resolutions to myself about sorting all my things out before I put them back. Books will be alphabetically ordered (or if I am feeling shallow, then colour co-ordinated!!!), odds and ends that I hang onto for no apparent reason will ruthlessly be delivered to the charity shop. In this dream, mysteriously, my remaining possessions will become chic and elegant items rather than shabby and decrepit bits of ikea uselessness. World of Interiors will be slavering over the prospect of photographing the wonder that is the hovel. My optimism knows no bounds at this point.


Richard said...

Bob the builder was going through a house he had just built with the woman who owned it. She was telling him what colour to paint each room. They went into the first room and she said "I want this room to be painted a light blue." The builder went to the front door and yelled "GREEN SIDE UP!"
When he went back into the house, she told him that the next room was to be bright red. The builder went to the front door and yelled "GREEN SIDE UP!"
When he went back into the house, she told him that the next room was to be tan. The builder went to the front door and yelled "GREEN SIDE UP!"
When he came back, the lady was pretty curious, so she asked him "I keep telling you colours, but you go out the front and yell green side up; what is that for?"
The builder said, "Oh don't worry about that, I've got a couple of Irishmen laying the turf out front."

Cathy said...

You have to wonder where all the dirt comes from when they start working. I wish you luck on the organization of your home. I've been going thru this house since summer and I'm still taking things to the charity shop. I can't wait to see the new walls.

elizabethm said...

Just be ready for it to take at least twice as long as they say and then you won't be disappointed! Sounds like a scary sort of progress. Fingers crossed for you.

justme said...

Do you need chocolate> Just ask! xx

Welsh Girl said...

Richard - ha ha. Tragically, I laughed quite a lot when I read that.
Cathy - they definitely import it. I'm sure my house didn't contain that much rubble beforehand.
ElizabethM - I am living in fantasy land and am convinced they'll finish on time. I know, ridiculous.
JustMe - I'm going to take you up on that one when things get really dire. I'm not there yet but I expect it will be soon. xx

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