Bottoms up, besser blocks!
Less than 2 weeks have passed since the first internal frame was up. Two days later, the rest of the internal wall frames were up too, this includes the walk in robe walls for the two bedrooms, and the bathroom and shower walls.
Matt then started on the besser block retaining wall. This wall will be used to retain heat as the firewood heater will sit in front of it, as well as capture the heat from the north facing windows. It also provides structural support and will be decorated with slate tiles on one side, and render (with some funky add ons) on the other. As Matt progressed from one block course to the next, he realised how much he detests this task, all bricklayer ambitions forsaken. This is one job he will clearly not be repeating in our future extensions.
Despite the unenthusiasm (I can hear him saying it’s a $#^% of a job as I write this!), it is one task that has to get done and we cannot change it. Matt is half way up the wall (on the ninth block course), another eight to go… hopefully he can move onto the bottom plate, top plate and external walls by early December.
I offered to help, but since this weekend was my birthday he decided to celebrate instead. Matty got a break from the block wall at last… Bottoms up, besser blocks!