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Repairing A Welsh Slate Roof

Repairing A Welsh Slate Roof

While structural engineers have sweated over plans being drawn for the planning department, we tackled the onerous and expensive task of repairing a welsh slate roof. Roofing is dangerous and difficult, which combined with the critical role of a roof in keeping us dry...

Revealing The Past: The hidden clues

Revealing The Past: The hidden clues

Ok it's not the most beguiling picture I've taken, but we're very excited about this. Clearing the house for the trades is a filthy job, but with every layer of modern renovation removed, if you know what to look for you are revealing the past. What these marks at the...

A Visit From Listed Buildings

A Visit From Listed Buildings

We had a visit from Listed Buildings this week. We made the appointment to see the Conservation Officer from the Historic Environment Team at Shropshire Council to discuss the renovation and get some guidance on what would be acceptable. The visit went very well, she...

Restoring Victorian Floors

Restoring Victorian Floors

The first thing in restoring victorian floors in a house is to strip away the awfulness that hides them. I've never understood why, in so many of the houses I've lived in, people have opted to hide perfectly good floors below lino or worse, click board. We spent the...

After Clearance

After Clearance

The first phase of the clearance is nearly through. After clearance you can assess what work needs to be done and work out a running order. At least, that's the theory. We took a week off the job, to focus on getting our other house ready for the holiday season - we...

Clearing the House

Clearing the House

.Now we have the keys, the hard graft begins. Clearing the house. We have to remove a load of junk that has been left in the house, before we can start the job of removing the fake floor and assessing the damaged floorboards. We will also need to remove the old...

Taking Stock

Taking Stock

We picked up the keys on Friday afternoon, which meant Saturday was the day of taking stock. What had we inherited? What lay beneath that awful fake pine flooring? The Keys Firstly the keys. The Bank of Do I Look Bothered and their solicitors Sue Grabbitt & Run,...

Conveyancing after Auction

Conveyancing after auction is different to the normal process that solicitors are used to following. When you buy a house at auction you pay a deposit and are contracted to complete within 28 days or in some cases, like ours, 14. You should have already done your...

Bidding at Auction

Bidding at Auction

Bidding at auction is not complicated but it is nerve wracking and potentially ruinous. These are the tactics we employed to make sure we emerged intact. The auction was held in London at the Connaught Rooms in Holborn. It's a long way from Shrewsbury but we figured...

Preparing for Auction

Preparing for Auction

They say that you should always have a trial run at an auction in case your emotions get the better of you. We saw a perfectly sane woman bid and win £220,000 for a lock up garage in Surbiton! I’m not saying that preparing for auction is unnecessary, but we spent four...