Monday, 16 June 2008

A day of unpleasant surprises

Work is cracking on, and each day brings a new horror story. Oh the joys of restoring a very old apartment. Today's mindbenders? How about bug-eaten beams? (they tell me it's all normal and nothing to worry about).
Or how about my lovely parquet (or soon to be lovely parquet)? Well, one corner of the room seems to have originally been filled with a fireplace, so there's a lot of wood missing there, plus other parts of the parquet are really not properly attached to the floor (or attached at all). Not sure what to do about all that, so I've got someone coming back in to take a look. I really want to keep the parquet...

And then there's this fabulous news; the wall between the kitchen and our neighbour isn't really a wall at all. It's hollow. When getting the electrics sorted earlier, our workmen went straight through it and found what they initially thought to be an old chimney conduit. In fact, after looking more closely, it would seem to be more like a false wall made out of extra-thin breezeblock (dating back to before the thirties, I'm thinking) that was made to separate two apartments into one. Wonder why they left a big gap in between...

Anyway, with a bit of luck, this'll mean being able to add another 10 cms to the room, giving us some sorely needed shelve space...

More disaster news coming soon no doubt!

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