Archive for January, 2015

We now have windows!

It’s been really exciting seeing the derelict part of the house known as the pump room, transform.  Not more so than the front of the house where previously the front windows on the right were blocked up.


To see new windows and repositioned too, makes it look like a proper lived in house now.


There has been lots of other progress too.  The plumber has been in all week doing the first fix of all the pipes to the central heating and the bathrooms.  The ceilings are in.  The electrician came by on Friday to see what was needed and he will be starting on Monday.  I think we will see fairly rapid progress now.

The kitchen extension windows are also in and the rendering has been painted.


The front of the house has also been painted whilst they had the scaffold up.  We couldn’t resist this picture of one of the builders legs taken from inside the house, as he was painting.


Neil and I are feeling a bit frazzled from all the decisions we are having to make at the moment, from specifying the kitchen and the 2 ensuite bathrooms, and cloakroom, to deciding upon the tiles and where all the electrical sockets are needed, and little things keep changing all the time.  We have also already gone over budget, but doesn’t that always happen with building?  Oh well it will all be worth it in the end.

Here are some supports that have gone in prior to the plasterboard being added.


And this is under the stairs prior to plastering.


We are closed for B&B at the moment as there is so much disruption to the house, so looking forward to all the work being finished and us reopening.

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The stairs are in.

Exciting times when the new stairs arrived for the pump house renovation.  They arrived as a kit of parts, like a giant jig saw puzzle.  Jolly clever the guy who put them all together as most were winders.

Here are the stairs from the ground floor to the first floor.


And then looking down from the first floor. You can see the alcove where the old bread oven was.  We are keeping that as a feature.


These are the stairs from the first floor up to the second floor.


You can just make out where the window will be.  The builders have covered the stair treads with chip board to protect them so that is not the proper finish.  When all the work is completed we will carpet these stairs.

It’s great seeing the progress and seeing the rooms start to take shape and then we can start planning out what furniture will go where and the position of the electrical sockets.

These will be the stairs to the new guest rooms, bedrooms 2 and 3 for the bed and breakfast.  Hopefully opening Summer 2015.

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New Year 2015 comes to Buckland St Mary

Every year Buckland St Mary holds a New Year’s Eve party in the village hall.  This year was no exception and we attended as we have in previous years.  It starts with a lovely meal.  The table is laid with balloons and party poppers.


Everyone has fun blowing up these long balloons and then letting them go and fly all round the room.


Then there is adult pass the parcel, more silliness!!


And after all that comes the dancing.


At midnight we all sang Auld Lang Syne and then there were fireworks outside.

So a Happy New Year to everyone from us at Lodge House B&B.

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