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 out the front garden and shifting the excess soil. They are then rewarded with bacon and sausage butties and a good old cuppa. Michael and Sarah are taking responsibility for the exterior of the property, ensuring the dull, murky grey is replaced with a vibrant cream.
There is lot’s more still to do and we would never underestimate the contribution from our learners and volunteers. At times it’s been hard to visualise the end result but we have been able to maintain a positive working environment, thanks to the dedication of the team. We are looking forward to inspiring and motivating our next group of learners who will be starting with us in a couple of weeks time. Please get in touch if you would like more information about the work and training we offer.
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 the work involved. Michelle started lining the bedroom walls yesterday and Sarah has removed the shower cubicle and has been liaising with Jewson’s who have very kindly sold us the worktops at reduced cost.
Our very own Ant and Dec (AKA Ross and Lars) have been continuing with ‘Let’s Get Ready to Rubble’ and been lifting and shifting the remaining waste material. Dale has been helping Michael with plaster boarding the ceiling and generally being a Jack of all trades. The painting is starting on the exterior of the house today so let’s hope for dry weather!!
If our Project is inspiring you – our new Community Works 12 week Programme will be starting soon. Aimed at 18-25 year olds, you will have the opportunity to learn skills in woodwork, wallpapering, furniture restoration, gardening and hands-on experience in our house renovation work. You will also gain a Level 1 Health and Safety and CSCS Training. We also take on volunteers who can get get involved in a variety of practical tasks and gain valuable work experience. Don’t hesitate to get in touch if you would like more information.
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 but definitely by no means least, to the wonderful Yvonne at B&Q for the amazing donation of a bathroom suite! (and not forgetting the plants too). We are so pleased for the help given to us so far and can’t thank everyone enough.
Yesterday the team went to remove the kitchen that Michelle sourced online. Who knew that a cooker could be so heavy?! We now have kitchen units, a pot sink and worktops at the ready. Our learners have been amazing – they are full of enthusiasm and keen to learn. We can’t wait to start putting the house back together!!
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 will begin to look like. B&Q have very kindly donated materials to assist us with the Project – we are so grateful for their support. Every one is incredibly motivated and keen to see the house take shape – we will ensure the kettle is always on and the teabags are well stocked!!
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 yard and everyone is slowly but surely turning grey… (from the dust, not the hard labour). Micheal is well and truly ‘plastered’ and has the cuts and bruises to show he’s been busy.
We can’t wait to share more photo’s with you as the work progresses.
Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton