One thing we have been struggling with for some time is the floor. It is very expensive, very time consuming and has thrown up countless problems. But I have been told that it is essential, and who am I to argue. Anyway, bright and early on Monday morning a fine bunch of men turned up to to start digging drains and laying the new 'screed', which will be the under layer of the 'flowcrete' floor we are installing. I think the floor itself could easily have a blog of it's very own, so I will save any more detail for such a day that one of us has the strength to tackle that.
So here are this weeks pictures, in the same predictable order.
From the first 2 pictures, as usual taken from just outside the large shutter, you can see portions of new flat concrete. The darker areas towards the right and directly in front have been primed ready for the last bits of concrete to go down Saturday. You can also see lots of the builders equipment. These guys have been friendly and a joy to have around.
The picture from the mezzanine looking down, where we have had a great view of the work going on downstairs. In this picture you can just see the hole where the drain will go, the wooded area to the left, or the bonus picture for this week shows this more clearly. Next to that, the darker concrete was freshly laid today. In front of the door is the stuff that went down yesterday, while in front of the shutter, that area is primed to be completed tomorrow. There are also a couple of new phone lines and a wireless router that went in yesterday, but you need real good eyes to see them.
The two shots taken from up in the mezzanine show that we have finally moved up there properly. This is where the office area will now be permanently, along with storage of ingredients and the hopper for loading the mash tun. We have a kitchen sink, kettle, and a table that does not shake when people look at it funny. You may also notice Gregg's lounger style chair, although I'm sure he's had no time to enjoy it yet.
The final picture shows the back room that was the kitchen and office since we moved in. It has now been pretty much cleared so the new floor can go down. You can see our new high lift pallet truck professionally parked in the middle of the area, while we work out how to get it up to the mezzanine where it will be used to help load grain into the hopper.
Next week we will mostly be watching concrete dry, which should make for an exciting bunch of photos for next weeks blog. Can't wait.