Pleased to say that the stairs are now in, which changes the whole feel of the building – makes it start to feel like somewhere that may one day be habitable. Although I miss clambering up and down a ladder.

they started off as a pile of bits of wood (this is just some of them):

Then took shape:

They take up much less space in the main room than I thought they would and consequently dominate the room less, which is good. Looking at the first of the three pictures, I thought they’d extend a foot further to the right – that they don’t is by far preferable. I also thought that they’d cut across the ventilation slit higher up and so cover up the bottom of the slit – like this the lines are far nicer.

The quality of the wood and finish is as good as I hoped – all in all very happy with them. But then they have cost the same price as a (very) small car…

Perhaps things are moving on … we’ll get there!