One is completing our link to the sewerage system, insulating the cellar walls along with drainage, and then digging a huge hole to bury a 6,500 litre rainwater cistern, while also creating an area for a future terrace/patio at the back of the house. Clearly it needs to be dry for all that, but the great weather we had for the past week is now gone, so the general builders missed that window of opportunity. Again.
The second major news is that we've awarded the facade work (insulation, plastering, paining) to local man, Dieter Edinger. I like that a local firm wins the business. Of course, this is pretty weather-dependent, but at least the house got a good shower with a high pressure cleaner.
|Before the cleaning|
|And after. Loose paint washed away.|
The west gable is going to be insulated from the inside. The walls are a little uneven, so it makes sense to do a base coat of plaster before sticking internal insulation boards on. Unfortunately, knocking off a bit of loose plaster turned into knocking off all the plaster, cleaning with a wire brush and then vacuum-cleaning them. But they do look nice, so here's a series of before and afters:
|Living room just after plaster removal|
|And after a bit of a cleanup. Notice ceiling and beams cleaned|
|Bedroom, 2nd floor way before|
|And now, pretty much gutted|
|3rd floor, attic room, near the pointy bit.|
|Also more or less empty, but the wall looks great.|
|West hall during plasterboard removal (with old window)|
|East hall after plaster removal (with new window)|
|East and west after cleaning and expanded metal sheets.|
|Our planned bedroom after plaster removal.|