Just in case someone might not see the ramp and brickwork at Copdock Hall…we’ve had to install a handrail to appease the ‘elf and safety requirements. To be fair the planning hasn’t been too onerous on our Grade II listed barn but it does make you wonder how people survived in the past. Nigel again showed his dexterity in doing the necessaries.
While we’re not building a kitchen in the short term, we will be providing a kitchen-type area for outside caterers where they can set up their gear and operate. There’ll be water, electricity and sinks – a prerequisite for most caterers. In the meantime we decided to plywood one of the walls to hide the electrics and pipes, and prevent creatures from using the ledges.
Every establishment needs a grand entrance and Copdock Hall will be no different. Okay, so it will be a wooden fence and block paving with a sign – but it’s our entrance and in our minds it’s as grand as they come. To achieve that landscaper John had to dig up the mess that was the previous concrete entrance and instead lay the paving on a level bed of sand.
Also going in was an Eco drain across the entrance to take the surface water away to a soakaway while Carl Ruth took the gravel and tar road up to the edge. Looking good already.
Lewis and John spotted working
Lewis and John take yet another break
Bokkie tucks into someone’s packed lunch
After levelling the rear ground and laying top soil, it was time for John and his team to rake over the earth and scatter grass seed today. It’s been very dry of late but right on cue, there’s due to be rain over the next few days which couldn’t have come at a better time.
After months of work – much of which goes unseen – Mark the electrician began finishing the last of the electrical work today which included replacing the two front lights on the wall, connecting the bollard lights and final street lamp and switching on the sign light. He’s been a Trojan, working all weathers with only minor moaning about being out in biting wind. More jobs ticked off.
…put the gun down
Mark the spark