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 (our very willing volunteer who also happens to be Michelle’s dad) set about wallpapering the next bedroom and landing. He has proven to be a fine right hand man. We have also welcomed another volunteer into the fold. Ben is our Boy Friday and has been keen to get involved in all aspects of the project, much to our delight.
Micheal has completed the painting of the exterior of the house and Sarah has been busy corking. And more corking. And even more corking…. The bathroom is now ready to be fitted, something we are very much looking forward to. (The ladies in our group have had to trudge back to The Street when they’ve needed to spend a penny – mostly due to the state of the original toilet and the fact there is no lock on the bathroom door.)
Community Works have the next course starting on Monday 5th November for anyone aged 18-25 who may be interested in joining us in the madness. We are also happy to accept volunteers who would like to get involved – get in touch if you’d like more information.
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