Well, not quite on fire thank goodness, but it is on! Finally, we can stand in the house and not get rained on. There is still a way to go with all the different layers, but it is one step closer. There was talk of using scaffolding to get the roof on to the South side, but fortunately they found a way as it was not an expense that we wanted. We are still hopeful that the windows will be put in by the end of the month, making the building watertight!
Tom is hoping that the carpenters will join us for a ‘Topping Out‘ ceremony In building construction topping out is a builder’s rite traditionally held when the last beam (or its equivalent) is placed atop a structure during its erection. According to Wikipedia (that fountain of knowledge) the practice of “topping out” a new building can be traced to an ancient Scandinavian religious rite. A tree was placed on top of a new building to appease the tree-dwelling spirits displaced in its construction. Long an important component of timber frame building, it migrated initially to England and Northern Europe, thence to the Americas. Hopefully, it will be Champagne all round, well when in France….
While we were on site today, Tom even took the chance to explain to Molly the insulating properties of Pavatex. As you can see, she was very excited.
We have also be spending a lot of time in Leroy Merlin, Cedeo and Dupont looking at bathrooms and fencing. Some big decisions need to be made over the next week and we can’t make these without seeing the type of bath, loo, taps and sinks that we will have. As always it is hard not to get carried away! Slightly less exciting, but just as important is the dry lining and door packages. Tom is doing his best to get me enthused about this, but compare this to choosing baths and there is no contest.
Rain is forecast for the next couple of days, so I think a trip to Ikea in Bordeaux might be on the cards. I wonder how the French Ikea experience will compare to that of the one in Croydon?