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Mark
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PostSubject: The Silk Purse Project   Mon Oct 31, 2011 8:20 am

Hi, it's been well documented what I'm planning here, so i'll let the pictures tell the story.

Upon completing the move, pics from the front to the rear, externally.











The dreaded Fig Tree.





It was hard to take pictures of the 'whole' rear at first, due to the overgrown Fig Tree immediately outside the rear door.













There's more pictures but think you've got the idea by now. Very Happy

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PostSubject: Re: The Silk Purse Project   Mon Oct 31, 2011 8:37 am

So, work commenced straight away on the external overgrown areas, need to feel an impact straight away, also couldn't get up the drive properly.











By now there was a considerable heap of trees!



The garden shed didn't take much to come down... only to reveal a dumped garage door behind it!



Now to start on the rear, Fig Tree the first to come down!







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PostSubject: Re: The Silk Purse Project   Mon Oct 31, 2011 8:48 am

Yes the garden can be a worse task than the house its self the doorbell looks good though lol!
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PostSubject: Re: The Silk Purse Project   Mon Oct 31, 2011 9:07 am

A gloriously sunny day for the third day, so we decided to press on outside. A grab lorry was arranged and came early.







Which soon made short work of the heap.



Next we roped in the niece and nephew to help pull the last bigger trees down.





Before long we had another big heap of cut down trees.



More to come.

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PostSubject: Re: The Silk Purse Project   Mon Oct 31, 2011 9:19 am

More 'grab' lorries I expect!

Good job in such a short time.
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PostSubject: Re: The Silk Purse Project   Mon Oct 31, 2011 9:22 am

Yes it great to have a good tidy up and so quick too lol!

PS is that a Spurs flag next door rolling laughing
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PostSubject: Re: The Silk Purse Project   Mon Oct 31, 2011 9:25 am

Now for the inside.
We haven't done anything as yet, this is just the pre-work pictures.

Entrance hallway.





Bathroom.







Bed 2.









Bed 1.









Lounge.











Kitchen.





Kitchen leads to a 'conservatory'... this is going to be knocked down eventually.







Nice big loft anyway.



More as it comes along.

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PostSubject: Re: The Silk Purse Project   Mon Oct 31, 2011 9:28 am

You might note, on the first two pics of 'Bed 1', how the conifers shaded over half the bedroom window out Rolling Eyes
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PostSubject: Re: The Silk Purse Project   Mon Oct 31, 2011 9:48 am

I bet your neighborer were glad to see the back of those trees as well. It must have been seriously effecting the amount of light they were getting

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PostSubject: Re: The Silk Purse Project   Mon Oct 31, 2011 9:50 am

Yes Mrs DB says the neighbours must be thrilled to bits
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PostSubject: Re: The Silk Purse Project   Mon Oct 31, 2011 9:52 am

Wow, what a difference already. Our famous council trees block the light to our dining room & conservatory, it is always so dark on that side of the house.

Wish they were ours & we could remove them.......those DAM trees have alot to answer for smilie evil


Am loving this Mark, following with interest - great so far. bravo
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PostSubject: Re: The Silk Purse Project   Mon Oct 31, 2011 9:53 am

A great project mate to get you teeth into. Fabulous photo's to keep before, during after etc. Rep from me.

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PostSubject: Re: The Silk Purse Project   Mon Oct 31, 2011 9:54 am

Yes it's like having our own homes under the hammer programme cheers
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PostSubject: Re: The Silk Purse Project   Mon Oct 31, 2011 10:02 am

Forgot to say, it is amazing how much light will come through the windows, Cool of yours & your neighbours now those trees & conifers have been removed mate. :-bd:

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PostSubject: Re: The Silk Purse Project   Mon Oct 31, 2011 5:07 pm

Are you saying Mark that somebody was actually living in that bungalow before you bought it? Really?
Did you ever think of knocking the whole place down and submitting plans for permission to build a replacement bungalow from scratch?
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PostSubject: Re: The Silk Purse Project   Mon Oct 31, 2011 6:08 pm

Yes wirral, a lady was living on her own in that state Shocked

Unbelievable really. She just didn't get it. When she was showing us round it didn't even enter her head that we would be redecorating, from the way she was talking.

No, it didn't enter my head to demolish. It's not in that bad a state. Walls are sound, no damp. Just requires improvements and updating. Exactly what we was looking for.
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PostSubject: Re: The Silk Purse Project   Mon Oct 31, 2011 6:14 pm

Hayzer wrote:
I bet your neighborer were glad to see the back of those trees as well. It must have been seriously effecting the amount of light they were getting

They were actually outside clapping a round of applause Laughing
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PostSubject: Re: The Silk Purse Project   Mon Oct 31, 2011 6:35 pm

What a brilliant start Mark. I'm really looking forward to following your progress. Good luck.

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PostSubject: Re: The Silk Purse Project   Mon Oct 31, 2011 7:12 pm

Thank you NJ... have a rep to get you started Smile
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PostSubject: Re: The Silk Purse Project   Mon Oct 31, 2011 11:15 pm

Oooooh - thank you!

Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: The Silk Purse Project   Tue Nov 01, 2011 10:14 am

Mark wrote:
Thank you NJ... have a rep to get you started Smile

You smoothie Mark. wink

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PostSubject: Re: The Silk Purse Project   Tue Nov 01, 2011 10:41 am

Nothing wrong with smoothies Mick - especially banana & strawberry ones!

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PostSubject: Re: The Silk Purse Project   Tue Nov 01, 2011 10:43 am

Great reply NJ, your second rep. wink

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PostSubject: Re: The Silk Purse Project   Thu Nov 03, 2011 10:54 pm

Work has continued to make headway on the rear garden. The saplings at the back were cleared, but left a whole host of clumped together roots, so a digger was hired to help clear this part.





Whilst the machine was on hire, the garden was given a scrape down the side to clear all of the offshoots springing up, and the tree roots that could be removed were hauled out.





With it all cleared, you can now get a view of the rear. There's a local footpath that runs behind all the houses, it's a shortcut through the church to the local shops.









In the meantime, a third grab load had cleared the next heap of trees, so I moved the digger to the front garden to try and get the conifer roots out.



Unfortunately, the fence couldn't be saved Embarassed





Neither could next doors cable TV supply (and phone line) Embarassed Embarassed



But I made a temporary repair and reported it for them to come round and renew it.



With the rear cleared, we put up the rear fence, made it 7 foot high as an extra deterrent with the footpath to the rear being an obvious burglar access point.





Internally, some progress was made on the first bedroom that's going to be done. The wallpaper was stripped and the wardrobe was started to be dismantled. The walls were surprisingly good, and only two walls need replastering, due to having horrible polystyrene tiles stuck on the wall under the wallpaper.







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PostSubject: Re: The Silk Purse Project   Thu Nov 03, 2011 11:35 pm

Great start mate. I love ripping places apart but dont seem to have the patience for scraping wall paper etc anymore.

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