Year: 2006

Copper Nails!

There are all sorts in interesting(?) facts that you learn when you begin to dabble in an area with which you've had little previous experience (such as converting a shed to a house is to me). One of these is the percentage of slates that you can save dependant on the type of nails they're fixed with. Copper nails are good, lead are best and other types of nail are bad. Now if only I could remember the percentages...!!!
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Meet the architect

I've always fancied the idea of engaging an architect (if I'm honest, inspired by Kevin Mc of TV fame), so I went to speak to one today. My route in was the RIBA website (Google RIBA), which offers a referral service. Of the three on my list I managed to speak to two (one of whom chased me on a Friday night which is a refreshing role reversal). I went to meet the first of them today and can't say I was disappointed. I found the experience confidence building and somewhat inspirational. I now feel a whole lot more certain…
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Where have all the builders gone?

Having embarked on this crazy journey I thought we should try to firm up on exactly what it will cost. Easier said than done - my list of builders, kindly compiled by my father, has proven to be a series of unanswered calls and conversations with wives and children. bbbrriinngg,bbbrriinngg...bbbrriinngg,bbbrriinngg {echoes in my ears}
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Step 3 = property

Start the ball rolling Visit estate agents and search the internet for properties in your chosen area. Find something that you like in your own time. I hate the stress of needing to find a property. Let it happen, it will.
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