Just a shell…

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 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!!

Happy Monday!

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 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!!

IMG_5676IMG_5683

The Journey Begins

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 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. fireplace

Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton