Five full days of work (thanks to Easter holiday) and lots of extra help around the house (thanks to Es' parents) leave us with two big things to share this week. First, the second floor of Sg13 is cleared, save the floor. Second, all the big rocks on the ground floor have been split and are now in the garden. It was a long stretch of work, exhausting and filthy, but totally worth every sweat bead and tear (from my side, of course. I shed a few when I thunked my head so hard into a beam that I was sure I lost a tooth). Below are some photos from today.
Below: The photos I took inside the house just don't do justice to the work that Es and his dad did downstairs. They cleared out every rock in the kitchen and living rooms that are not holding up walls. Big rocks. Big, heavy rocks. This is the impressive rock pile that they created in the yard.
With all the rocks out of the kitchen it became obvious that really nothing much is holding up the chimney. So, Es has started preparing to fill it in with concrete. He put in reinforcement rods and built a box (out of the old bathroom wall panelling) to fill in. We were quite excited because this is the first act of rebuilding to take place at the house.
The demolition phase of this project is so close to being complete. We still have to remove the floors on the second floor and clear the dirt/small rocks out of the first floor. This could take another month or more, of course. But it feels like there is finally some light at the end of this dirty, dusty tunnel.