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  • I got some very helpful advice in the DIY thread about how to handle all this, especially from absurdbird, who told me not to DIY and to get the builders in, because it would take ages and it's not a very nice job.

    So in April I'd got rid of all the wood (apart from the floor, ran out of time on that) and the builders were ready to get on with it.

    Unfortunately this meant the living room looked like this:

    Which did not get me brownie points with the other half, I can tell you. This is just a phone pic, a wide angle lens would have revealed truly how much crap there was everywhere. Once you get a cellar you wonder where you put all the stuff before you had a cellar...


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