Friday, 21 November 2014

Garden Room - First Stage .... Having a Hissy Fit


Well the steel supports are in place - almost!!


As usual there are problems, the security light was directly in the way of the upright at the back right, the boiler pipes are touching the metal work and the  builders cut through the oil pipe in the ground.  The work started at 9am and ground to a halt at 1.30pm, seemingly they are back on Monday to take off the conservatory roof .... oh well something to look forward to.

Do I sound p*ssed off .... well I am.  

I hate building work.  I hate decorating.  I hate mess.  I hate mud ... and most of all I hate disruption.  It's no good telling me that it will all be alright in the end, that the end result will be worth all the disruption, the mess, the mud, the work.  It might, but at the moment I am thoroughly hating every minute of every day.  The months of endless planning and faffing about, the whole rigmarole of planning permission, building control, workmen and mess is too much for me.

And to cap it all, at the moment I am not liking the look of it ...... it's too big, it seems out of proportion to the rest of the house and the size of the conservatory.  I'm also sick of being cold, because while the boiler is disconnected there is no heating so the only room that is warm during the day is the kitchen ..... and the worse, worse, worse thing of all this is with no hot water I can't even have a nice hot relaxing bubbly bath to get me in a better mood.

And stamping my feet and having a hissy fit is all I can do about it.


The dismal weather is matching my dismal mood perfectly.

Sue xx

:-(

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  1. Ah Sue, stamp, stamp your feet. Now, get all your woollies on, get woollies on your lovely doggies and go out and away for a bit - Hope its not pouring with rain as it is here. I know a bit how you feel. Because of our massive water bill the obvious leak has to be repaired! May have to have units taken out in the kitchen and new piping put in, then there will be 'excavating' outside in the drive! Don't know how long that will take, but luckily for us the insurance firm are dealing with all the organisation. Hope you feel better soon. Sending you some warm hugs to make you better. Ann x

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  2. Eek, hoping the oil pipe cut did not cause an oil leak?
    You are doing well not to head off to a hotel :)
    But I confess I look forward to pix of the results. I bet it will be wonderful!

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    1. Luckily (as far as I know) the oil supply is cut off at the new tank that we have had to have installed, (the old tank had a leak all of it's own!!), so there is no oil leak as such, we just need to pull a new pipe through to replace the damaged one before the nice boiler man replaces the boiler in it's new position a foot away from where it used to be.

      A hotel sounds wonderful. The lucky Jack Russells are off to kennels next week to get away from all the disruption which is sending them (and me ) demented .... I may just join them!!

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    2. come on now--youve pıcked the wrong tıme of year to have thıs sort of job done haven,t you?Especıally wıth our unpredıctable weather!Make yourself some nıce calmıng camomıle tea and let ıt all flow over you lol!

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  3. Sue I can sympathise! We did without holidays etc for almost 3 years to save up for the major boiler work (estimated to be £3k). Got all the work done and 24 hours later it wasn't working!!!!! Engineer came back out and said another piece of equipment had failed (they'd already said another 2 pieces weren't working properly) and it would be another £550 to fix it. I phoned the company and said I was sick to the back teeth of the whole heating system and if anything else major breaks down with it I'm having it ripped out and replacing it with another system! If you lived closer I'd invite you round to my warm house and feed you coffee and cake. It will all be worth it but this is not a good time of year to have work done or to be without heating. I'm also needing major roof repairs done but have been waiting over 2 years for the man to come and do it. There's always an excuse. I'm now realising that I'll have to find someone else but don't imagine anyone will want to take on the work at this time of year. At least we have a roof over our heads. Take care xx

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  4. Cutting through the oil line was unforgiveable, is the builder blind. Hope you can get this repaired quickly and don't have to be pumped into a temp. tank which happened to me, it was a nightmare. People in towns just don't realise how dependent on oil us country dwellers are, get that woodburner going and have some hot drinks.

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    1. My mum-in-law was having a new kitchen fitted and they cut through the gas pipe!

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    2. We removed some rhododendrons out the front and cut right through the gas pipe! Luckily a lad who is a plumber was helping us, so he secured it, then a workman arrived and did the same thing. Then 3 more workman arrived and dug around re-routing it. It was less than the depth of a spade down!

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  5. Sounds like it's a bit rough at the moment. Building work can be hateful at times.

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  6. I wouldn't panic yet about the look of it, the end result is still difficult to visualise properly. Best to make it big to get the most benefit from it. I've been through the renovation cycle on two houses and it was worth it in the end !

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    1. Unfortunately I can visualise it only too well, it will stick out even further than the supporting steels :-(

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  7. I hate having work done as well and I'm a builder! A slab always seems small, a frame feels too big and then when walls are up it will seem just right!

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    1. Walls .... what walls!!

      It is only the roof we are changing, from polycabonate stuff to Welsh Slate ...... I suppose at least we will have an overhang for the dogs to shelter under on a rainy day!!

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  8. I can;t tell exactly what you are doing here. Is the existing sunroom coming down?

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    1. No the conservatory is staying, only the roof is being changed, and because the window frames cannot stand the weight of a slate roof the steels will support and take the weight instead. So a steel framework with wooden trusses and beams etc and then Welsh slate.

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  9. This is your forever home, just think how lovely it will be when all the work is done, best to get it out the way.

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  10. When we have building work done it all sounds so easy and practical, this; this; this and this: then it will be perfect!!! If only, we are now on our fourth outside door having had the other three bend and the wood curl off.
    The previous door was on for years and never moved, if only we had kept it. This is only a tiny part; but it has been worth while. I have a lovely country kitchen with a stable door and it is warm. I also wish you could come here, warm home made bread with jam, coffee and sympathy. This too will pass. XXXXXXXXXXXX

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  11. Sue, it will be worth it, promise you. It's hell at the moment I know. We lived with builders for 54 weeks solid renovating the previous house, at times with holes in the walls big enough to crawl through and birds nesting in the sitting room. They didn't seem to mind the icicles hanging off the pipes.
    A hissy fit does help. And so does a Friday evening glass of wine. Maybe Saturday too?

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    1. Stamp, stamp hic, hic...... right I have my orders ;-)

      Lol xx

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  12. I hate building work. I hate decorating. I hate mess. I hate mud ... and most of all I hate disruption
    You are my twin. I completely understand and sympathise. Regardless of how wonderful it will be when it's done, living through renovations is an absolute bitch. I'm quite convinced even the best builder doesn't really give a damn about the effect they are having on you - they leave at the end of the day and go back to their own warm, dust-free homes.

    Kudos to you for being so honest about it, wish you were close enough to bring Mavis and the crew and settle in front of the wood-burner.

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    1. And as the builder is one of our nearest neighbours I have to be nice to him .... it's hard!! ;-)

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  13. Sue, good that you're getting your emotions out - so rant on....sounds very frustrating; especially when it comes to builders mess. Gurrr. When the stuff hits the fan I usually try to find a way to perk myself up....weekend away, bottle of bubbly with friends...

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  14. Stamp your feet, I would be the same as you, and if necessary use the anger to get another yucky job done. Works for me.

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    1. I'm wearing out the Dyson, every time I get cross about the mess I hoover it up. The dogs sit clinging to their beds in case they get sucked up too!!

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  15. Oh I'm with you all the way... I would hate it too! Stamp and rant all you like if it makes you feel better. Xxx

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  16. It took us just shy of 2 years to do most of the renovations here - luckily hubby did the bulk of it, so not too many workmen to contend with, but there was always part of the house which was in a state of renovation. My new radiators and pipework are being fitted on Monday - it's taken 11 months for us to save up for them, and I haven't had any heating in the kitchen or bathroom for 3 years and 7 months. It's going to be blissful to shower in a warm room next week!

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  17. I hate building work. I hate decorating. I hate mess. I hate mud ... and most of all I hate disruption. It's no good telling me that it will all be alright in the end, that the end result will be worth all the disruption, the mess, the mud, the work. It might, but at the moment I am thoroughly hating every minute of every day. The months of endless planning and faffing about, the whole rigmarole of planning permission, building control, workmen and mess is too much for me.

    I think we're twins

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    1. {{Smiling}} hello John, me too - see above :}
      We must be triplets - yeay, I have a brother, never had one of those before :}

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  18. Go for it Sue & get it off your chest!
    Now go & have a large wine or whatever your poison is!!

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  19. It is worse when you are living in it but at least you are there to oversee it all - I am dreading it when work begins at our cottage as we will not be around to supervise. We have pointed out the oil line to our contractor and advised they cut off the line whilst they are working there - I wonder if they will take any notice. I don't want to have to make another claim for an oil leak!!

    PS book arrived safely today...thank you

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  20. Thanks for venting with us today, Sue....I'm sure we have all been in your shoes at one time or another. I love your word "faffing about". Very descriptive.

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  21. There's an old saying, "You can't make an omelette without breaking eggs" . . . I would hate the cold too - what a shame this couldn't have been done even a month ago, you would have been so much warmer. Ah well, it will be lovely when it is finished.

    It took us 16 years to renovate our house, doing various bits when we had the money, and we had MAJOR building work done, inside and out, so I can sympathise. I think the worst bit here was when they took the kitchen floor up, replaced the pipes and I had to cook balanced on a plank on a few bricks for a week . . .

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  22. I don’t know how should I give you thanks! I am totally stunned by your article. You saved my time. Thanks a million for sharing this article.

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  23. Renovation work is hard to live with without having a hissy fit - I hope it gets better for you soon Sue xx

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  24. The thing that stuck out in your comments was, you think it may be out of proportion with the rest of the house and maybe too big. If you think this now, its best to make a decision now. ( speaking from experience).

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  25. I feel for you, we've been upside down since we moved in. We do a bit as we can afford it, so it's slow going. It will be years before we are sorted. I would rather that way than borrowing money.

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