The weather's been playing havoc with our building progress. The wind's very strong and it's been raining on and off for a few weeks. The other problem that we have is that Fabrice is doing a lot of this work on his own. We normally work together, but I just hate heights and although I can pass things up to him from below I'm just not confident when I'm up a ladder or even standing on the interior scaffolding. I'm really ashamed of myself, and I have tried, but I just become all shaky and my co-ordination doesn't work properly if I'm higher than about 3 metres.
Once the side of the front part of the roof is done, we'll floor the "tower" part and work from the inside and then I'll be able to pass the bricks to Fabrice.
This mock-up gives you an idea of how the extension will look when it's finished.
We used the roofing sheets instead of the traditional method of under and over canal tiles because this enables us to cover the roof quickly and we can work inside when it's raining. There's no battening, no underfelt and not too much moving around on the roof. We're going to put a lot of insulation up there and we want to make absolutely sure that we have no leaks and as we're going to use second-hand tiles because they look much nicer that really is a very important consideration.
The "tile-effect from a distance" sheets were slightly more expensive than the normal red ones, but it might be while before we cover with tiles, and these are easier on the eye if we're going to have to live with it for a while.