What is this all about?

Lower Tancredston Farmhouse is the main 'residence' for the Wade family in Tancredston, Hayscastle, Pembrokeshire. It has been empty for over 2 years and finally a builder has been selected (Mark Roberts) for the entire renovation project. This blog is the story (with photos) of the renovation.

Sunday, 27 January 2013

A quick update before another week starts

Sorry, everyone.  I went into the house on Friday morning to discuss what we were doing with the fireplace in the old living room (which will become our dining room), took a couple of photos - and then haven't been in there since.

These are the photos - showing what was the old 'drawing room' (or the posh living room which was rarely used), but with all the walls now removed, that part of the ground floor is just one room!  Also the fireplace we were discussing - which is now looking very different, after lots of stone/bricks removed, to reveal the original.

(Now I cannot get the 2nd photo to insert - will try and rectify tomorrow when I am less tired.)

Tuesday, 22 January 2013

Exciting news - well, it is for me!

When the builders were taking down one of the ceilings they found it was packed with old newspaper.  The one piece that I have been given is from 1848!  I will go over myself tomorrow morning and see what else there is.

Here it is.  Rubbish photo - but it is a Cardiff newspaper dated Friday September 1, 1848.

Sunday, 20 January 2013

The house is being ripped apart

The builders are not in the house during the weekends, so took advantage of no dust/men in hi-viz jackets/loud music (!) and ventured inside.  It is amazing how much progress has been made.  Literally walls have disappeared and the kitchen is so much bigger with the chimney removed.
The dining room with walls stripped
and ceiling exposed.  The floor tiles
will be taken up and used in the hall

Now the kitchen chimney has been removed
(I was standing where the old back stairs were),
you can see upto the back bedrooms.

From the kitchen towards the old pantry on the left
and the dining room on the right. 

Friday, 18 January 2013

Snow stops work

Due to the snow the builders are not on site today.

This was the front of the house this morning.

Monday, 14 January 2013

A few messy internal photos

Update - the chimney is down, most of the outhouse roof redone, more work found when pantry ceiling removed.  Was too dark to take photos this evening, but will get round there first thing in the morning.

We were in the house yesterday sorting out years of clutter, and I took a few photos to show the raw state of the rooms.

Dining Room


The builders have been on site since 8 am, and already a lot of the chimney has been removed and the outbuilding roof.  Photos of this later.

ps  Rayburn has now been removed from the kitchen and needs a new home ASAP.  Any sensible offer considered.

Friday, 11 January 2013

Scaffolding Galore

More photos to be added (from today - and last year when the sun was shining) when I have a spare moment!  Will also be taking photos of the inside this weekend - be prepared to see a lot of bare walls/floors, but interesting for those who like old houses

Here are some photos of the house taken this morning before the rain started.  The builder is dropping off tools now, and he will be back on Monday with 7 men to take down the chimney and do the roof on the outbuilding.  A lot will be done by the end of the month, and I will try to take lots of photos to show progress.

The old kitchen chimney covered in scaffolding, ready
for removal on Monday. 

The back of the house, which is the oldest part.
A close up of the scaffolding!

Thursday, 10 January 2013

The Beginning

Rich had a fantastic idea today.  Firstly, for me to take photos and keep a record of what is done each day on the farmhouse renovation.  I then thought of keeping a journal - and then this progressed onto starting a blog.  There have been so many people who have expressed interest in keeping tabs on the work being carried out and seeing photos, so this is the best way of doing that - whilst keeping my crafty blog (http://teddybobcrafts.blogspot.co.uk) free of house stuff.

The blog will change as days/weeks/months pass.  I will find different templates for the design or just get bored!  I will try and update it daily, but holidays/health/general life may mean that there will be breaks.

We are starting the blog today, Thursday 10th January 2013, as today the scaffolding is going up on the house, so that the old kitchen chimney can come down.  Photos will follow.  They are still out there, playing the radio loud, and from past experience it is not sensible to start taking photos of scaffolders - they will just start showing off and getting out of hand!!

See you later.

Ali x