Finally we came face to face with the interior of the house. I had prepared for what I thought to be the worst, only to realise that my “worst” was pretty mild! Big chunks of exposed bricks glared at me, cobwebs covered in dust and soot hung like chandeliers, holes with old electrical cables posed a severe health and safety hazard….and that was just the entrance hallway.
As I wandered from room to room I started to appreciate just how much work we had ahead of us just to make this house habitable. But, as always, Gareth was the optimist, chuffed to bits that’s we wouldn’t need to sleep in the the van for the first few weeks, in his opinion the house was structurally sound. I however was not sure that this was the case….the giant hole in the ceiling held together with wire and nails being my biggest concern. For the first few days I avoided even standing near the hole in fear it would could come crashing down at any point. I even took pictures of it daily, convinced the cracks were getting bigger. To say I was underwhelmed and worried is a massive understatement.The “bathroom” however was the biggest issue in my eyes. The previous owners had obviously used the traditional method of a hole in the ground outside! The only room that seemed fit to become our bathroom was revolting, damp walls, a massive pile of concrete chunks on the floor and the obvious signs of a fire years ago. Not the relaxing sanctuary that I had become accustomed to over the years. (The image below is what it looked like when we arrived, other than our addition of the composting toilet!)
After I had a minor melt down my lovely hubby and a friend cleaned the room out, painted the walls and placed some spare underlay that we happened to have in the van and turned it into a functioning “bathroom”, still far from perfect but much better than before! The plan in time is to make a floor out of fine strips of locally sourced timber and install an old claw free standing bathtub, however this will only be in the new year as there is still no water running to the house. Until this happens though, bathing is a thing of dreams, the current option is a shower outside, but that is another whole story…..