Posted by: kathandroger | April 11, 2011

Progress on the barns…

March was a bit of a slow month for the barn conversion work with the masons having a weeks holiday and a couple of weeks off due to the boss forgetting to place an order. Things have moved in quite a pace in April, however! This morning was verging on the chaotic as various masons, carpenters, vans and cars tried to manoeuvre in and out of the courtyard…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Very soon activity was underway and the masons fired up a new bit of kit which would enable them to spray lime mortar onto the facade of the barn. We’ve never seen this before – the usual technique is to literally throw the mortar onto the wall and miraculously it mainly stick there (Roger and I tried this and 90% of it fell straight to the ground…). Anyway, this high-tech method was certainly quick and about an hour and a half later the whole wall was covered…

 

 

But no sooner had the facade been covered, than it had to be brushed off to leave the stones peeping through the surface…

All was completed by the end of the afternoon and it looks fantastic! Thanks chaps – a great job (these two onlookers thought so too!)…

 

 

 

 

 

 

Meanwhile, on the other side of the courtyard, the carpenters have been busying away finishing off the chien assis (dormer windows) on barn B. We didn’t see or hear much of them all day as they were high up on the roof, but the end result was fabulous too…

It certainly seems that things are moving on a pace. The carpenters will be finished tomorrow and the masons will be finished in barn A by next week at the latest. Then it will be down to us…


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