I have said many a time how you often find yourself doing something because a chain of events has led you to a job that seems wholly unconnected to the problem that started everything. Here I am in 2008 waxing on about how we are taking down a wall in the kitchen because himself wants a wind turbine, and how I said first things first, we should get rid of the gas guzzling rayburn first.
Well, five long years later and we have finally taken out the rayburn, and it was slugs that started all this..
You see, the dishwasher broke. Yes, I know.. I can hear you .. we grow our own veg, raise our own animals for meat, spin our own wool, do our own renovations etc etc, but have a machine to wash dishes. The thing is, we all hate washing dishes, and we regard the machine as a marriage saver, rather than dishwasher…
Anyhow, it being fairly new, we phoned up the company in question who sent around an engineer, who in turn stated a slug had wandered into the controls and committed suicide, taking our ‘marriage saver’ with it. I was sceptical, and evidence lacking, but there were some slug trails around the wall behind the machine, and I think it might have been easier than accepting the machine had a problem.
short cutting here is a long winded boring story involving hand washing dishes for a month, marital tension, threats from the second engineer who also failed to fix it to not to rock any boats or we shall be charged, lots of phone calls and finally stating in a firm voice the sale of goods act and my knowing how to file a claim through the small claims court, and lo and behold, they were able to send a new dishwasher.
So, with the dishwasher pulled out, we went to have a look at where slugs could be getting in, and the answer is.. probably just strolling in through the loose pile of rubble laughingly known as a wall under the kitchen window.
Obviously it needs fixing up, and this in turn led up to discuss whether this was a wall we would ever look at , or could it be made good in an ugly way.
short cutting here a long and interesting discussion on how we might, ultimately reconfigure the whole kitchen..
Having concluded the final layout of the kitchen, and this arriving with some really horrible weather forcing us indoors – usually wandering outside makes us forget all our plans, and we decided to start on the fireplace in the kitchen. The idea was to remove all the revolting pink stone cladding reveal the lovely fireplace beneath and get on with our plans
Of course the part of the project that went wrong was the lack of lovely fireplace, in fact it had been seriously knocked around and then shored up and was a bit of a heap. We spent a good couple of weeks taking all the rubbish off it, and then realised we had to take the rayburn out if we were to proceed, and then all in a rush, it is out. Well I say a rush. removing a rayburn turns out to take all day. It is now in a few parts waiting it’s journey to the scrap yard.
We have been pushing on hard now, my ace Dad has been round helping too, as we really would like the wood fired replacement in before winter. We want to put a small woodburner in one of the bedrooms too, as we use this as our craft room, and because details to do with the state of our chimney, flues, insulation and the like, it would be a good idea to fit this at the same time as the kitchen one, so obviously that means more soot and dust and destruction in a room on the opposite side of the house.
The fireplace tooks great now, I’ll do before and after pictures when it is finished.. and that could be a while off yet. Today, the heat of the midday sun drove us inside and we spent the time breaking up the concrete hearth in the kitchen, to find underneath a lovely old hearth made of bricks. It’s very beaten up, but lovely for all that.
This hearth is a good inch lower than the kitchen floor, which suggests, as we already guessed, that a cement floor has been laid over the original floor. This would make sense… or not… depending on viewpoint, as the attitude of previous owners of the house appears to be to add another layer, rather than taking one away. So we have tiles on top of tiles, wall paper on top of wallpaper and no less than three layers of lino . What we don’t know, is what is underneath the concrete floor. It could just be mud. …or a lovely floor.
Tantalisingly, we can just see the edge of a big slab of stone next to the hearth…
So you see what slugs can do to your kitchen, indeed whole house.. We have sorted out the fireplace- with all the soot and debris involved, opened the fireplace in the craft room – more soot and debris, the kitchen is going to be completely remodeled, and this includes blocking off doors and opening up others etc, the yard is full of bags of rubble,
and now we are just thinking we should consider taking up the kitchen floor… just to have a look…