This is my current view from my upstairs office/bedroom where I spend my days - usually a lovely view down the lovely garden.
This is my current view from my upstairs
office/bedroom where I spend my days - usually a lovely view down the lovely garden.
I've had some bad experiences with builders, it has to be said.
I've had some bad experiences with builders, it has to be said.You can always tell when you've had workmen in the house: huge fingerprints like bruises, no milk and someone's had a shit in the loft.
They say things like: "Ooh, your combi overhead gasket's gone, you'll need four ply raw plugs for that". I had a plumber once who said my radiators needed bleeding. I didn't even know you could get Halal plumbers.
Sorry - I'm ranting, I know. But I'm at the end of my tether.
The really annoying people next door are having an extension built along the party wall - this has involved nearly three months where the wall between us has been knocked down, foundations dug and a massive new 4m+ brick wall is being built along the entire length of the property. I can't begin to tell you how intrusive it is having a dozen different (but all noisy and careless) blokes tramping up and down on the new patio - but legally there's nothing you can do.
Second pic is taken from the bottom of the garden looking at the new wall on the other side. Can you see the conservatory behind that? Nope? They built a wall blocking off their other neighbour's conservatory!
They started out with someone actually called Bob the Builder. Then it was Steve the Slacker. The new guy in charge must be Ian the Incompetent Bastard. The wall goes up and up - the scaffolding is now level with my bedroom/office.
I work for the council, and to save money once I got some of the road builders come in to put in a patio. So they dug a big hole in the yard, made the raised beds one way only and put in a contraflow around the wisteria. For 6 months the washing was down to two lines only.
I agree, we need builders sometimes. But you just can't trust them. They promise the world but they don't give a toss and half the time they're winging it.
I had a really good one once, and so I asked him to build a cellar under the house and then when he was finished I locked him in it! So then if I need any jobs doing, I'd have him on tap.
After a while I thought, well as he's down there anyway, I might as well use him as a sex slave. But it didn't work out. Either it wasn't the right width, or he needed a special tool, or there was a part missing he had to order from
What am I to do? How do I get my own back on the neighbour? ... and what useful things can I use the scaffolding for while it's up?
P.S. More on 'The Great Wall of Next Door' and what to do with it in this post: A Blank Canvas