A busy weekend for the Pannells Ash Barn luxury holiday let renovation
It’s been a busy and exciting weekend.
Tim and Martin are working on the new roof they are building over the old roof beams. Because the beams are rough and twisted of timber, it isn’t just a case of nailing the new timber onto the old.
In many places wedges or packing has to be cut and placed between the old and the new so the whole lot can be screwed together.
Watching the team today was a pleasure. My appreciation for the skill and care these guys are applying to this renovation grows every time I’m on site.
A swallow update
And all this is being done under the watchful eyes of our swallow chicks who at present are resting back in the nest after their second morning of test flights – they took to the air for the first time yesterday!
I think the speed at which they’re learning will mean they’ll soon be gone from Pannells Ash but we’re already looking forward to receiving them back next year.
The beginnings of a kitchen
another first for yesterday, the frames of the utility area and the kitchen went up. Darren and the team had made them up in the barn and once they were square the rafters were also put in place.
Looking from the east end of the barn the new roof line of the kitchen.
And for the first time I am able to look out of the kitchen window and see the view that will greet us each morning.
Also I think the scale of the build has hit me. This is not a small house we are creating. The rooms are becoming real, the build has moved from a tearing down phase to one of a creation.
And someone who is busy today definitely making it bigger is Ian who started work breaking up the concrete floor in the barn though it was a tad nerve racking watching him manoeuvre the digger inside the barn. And then to see him wiggle it to get out.
Then my brother flew in to check out the landing area for his helicopter and I was able for the first time to get some shots from the air.
Finally, I even squeezed in a meeting with David Pitt who is helping us develop our blog and business website. Apart from the hundreds of photos he has seen, today was his first visit to the site.