Wendy Hand

Full House

Hello and a very warm welcome to the lovely readers of our blog. We had a full house earlier this week as the new learners from Community Works came and gave us a helping hand or two. Our wallpapering fairy (Michelle) has papered the house from top to bottom and is loving it so much that she can now be found wallpapering the corridors in The Street building – all in grey, of course. The word of the week is prepping – the dining room has been sanded and is ready for painting, the front garden has been made ready […]

Spooky Goings On…

Hello to each and every one of you. Welcome to our renovation update. The house is so much quieter this week due to the school holidays and the absence of Michael and Michelle. Sarah has been popping in to the house but it’s just not the same without learners and fellow staff! We are suffering from ’empty house syndrome’ – any strange noises can’t be linked to the men in the house as there aren’t any… By the end of last week we had completed several tasks.  The top bedroom has been completely wallpapered and painted and Michelle and Candy […]

Back to the Future… works

Welcome to the next instalment of our blog. We are literally going painting mad!! The fumes are making Michelle sing louder as she merrily paints the top bedroom. Everyone is slowly turning white/magnolia and the rooms are generally brighter (mostly because our electricians, Nexus, have added light). Our apprentice, Andy, has become adept at grouting and tiling and the kitchen tiling is almost complete. Spirits are still high and even the window is smiling… Deano has done amazing with the plastering and this paves the way for more painting and decorating to be done. ‘Ant and Dec’ have been busy levelling […]

We have a kitchen!

Welcome to the next instalment of our project. A lot has been happening in the last week and we are now starting to see the house come back together. All the wallpaper steaming has been completed and the ground floor is now just about plastered. (Disclaimer: any references to words that are linked to ‘getting drunk’ are entirely house related and is no way relate to the staff or learners of Futureworks…) The fab news is – our kitchen has been fitted. It was an excellent opportunity for Andy the Joiner to show Andy (our apprentice) the finer details of […]

Just a shell…

Another busy week for the Futureworks team as the house renovations continue in earnest. We are currently at the “OMG” stage of the project: we enter the house, take a look around at the dark, dingy rooms and wonder what on earth we’ve got ourselves into! Then we remember that things have to get worse before they can get better… HUGE thanks must be given to the following this week: Kiwi and CK Building for the damp proofing and plastering work that is currently being undertaken, Ski at Crown Decorating for the fantastic donation of wallpaper and paint, and last […]

Happy Monday!

Here is our second blog entry – the house project is so busy that we really wanted to update you on the progress made. On Friday, the team were busy undertaking pointing work, knocking plaster off, removing polystyrene tiles and stripping the ceilings (a job made very difficult by resistant wallpaper that refused to budge…) The house is now being re-wired, thanks to John Burlinson and his team and the damp-proofing is due to commence shortly. Michelle has sourced a kitchen locally – we will be collecting it next week. This has helped the team to imagine what the kitchen […]

The Journey Begins

Welcome to our first blog entry. Futureworks have officially completed our first week as house renovators and what a productive week it’s been! Thanks to the enthusiasm of our learners (along with Sarah and her new steel toe capped boots…) we have almost gutted the inside of the house ready for the damp proofing. Wallpaper is currently being stripped off and, although flowered wallpaper could be classed as ‘vintage’, we’re much preferring the paper free walls.The old kitchen has been removed and taken to the tip, courtesy of Sarah and Michelle. The concrete is being dug up in the front […]

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