Wall comes down
Got home late again yesterday evening, I’d been babysitting while Izzi’s Mum had been out on a run.
So going up my drive it was dark but the pile of bricks and rubble had definitely grown.
Going in through the back door and I noticed through the stained glass of the back door window a glint of light that suggested I could see from one end of the house to the other and that the wall had come down between the rooms.
Sure enough on opening the door the rooms that were once two were now joined in majestic oneness. The wall was down, the lintel was still there but now it was more padded and propped at one end with only two acros where the mortar was drying on the padstone that had been inserted under the lintel.
The work still had to be done on the outside window to insert the two extra steels, these would be put in to support the outside gable end and as things were a bit more accessible I measured the wall width to discover that there was ample room to accommodate the three steels side by side (I’d been worried about this as this was a measurement I’d done).
It was looking great, the impression of size was a little hampered by the busy nature of the site, but I get the feeling it’ll be excellent. The main dividing steel does encroach a little too far into the room, but it does give that impression of dividing the two areas of the room. Anyway it had to be like this in order to accommodate the sheer size of the lintel and to save the plasterwork coving. I know I could have replaced the coving but I like the original stuff, warts and cracks and all, it would have been pretty easy to find a copy but this coving may have seen two world wars so I thought it had earned its reprieve.
Looking good though but more dust everywhere, I decided on a couple of glasses of red, no work and an early-ish night.