On the morning of March 23rd I closed down my project. The PM announced the lockdown that evening.
After much planning, and confirming with numerous people what I am allowed to do, I am about to get the project re-started.
I am sitting in Mr. Clooney writing this and arranging the opening of the site from next Monday – 11th May. I have popped down for a couple of days to sort the site out and get Mr. Clooney ready for accommodating me for the next 2 months or so. He has survived my absence rather well. Just a little sprucing up inside and a wash-down outside – no more than what I have had to do for myself following weeks of being locked away!!
The builders merchants are open and are re-stocking although there appears to be some material shortages. Time will tell if this will affect the project timeline. Deliveries only for us. No popping to the shop for me so I can drool over the tools!
My plumber is ready to start first fix on Monday morning.
The carpenter is popping around to measure up for the stairs, door linings, window boards, skirting, cupboards and more so that he can start once we have the materials and it is safe to do so.
The plasterer is waiting for the plasterboard to be delivered and fitted but should be ready to go by the end of the month.
The electrician has already completed the first fix.
The tiler will pop in as and when required to ensure the plumber can complete his first fix, and will then finish the tiling as the job dictates.
Neil and Andy have been keeping themselves busy working elsewhere but will be back on site once the plumbing first fix is (almost) completed. We can apply social distancing without too much trouble and have plans in place to ensure we are all appropriately protected.
To be fair, Mr. Clooney and I have been socially distant since this project started so it’s not a new experience for me!!
First job for Neil: we need to put a new roof on the boiler room and he can do that from outside whilst the plumber is inside.
In the meantime, I will be clearing out the garden and sorting through the materials in the carpark – which is currently covered in rubble and discarded wood.
There is still much to be done. The original deadline for completing this project was the end of May. I suspect we won’t be finished till end July now – or even into August – particularly as I can’t have all the trades working on site together.
It is what it is.
We will be sensible.
We will be safe.