Mega Blok castles in the sky: Emergency structural work

*Originally posted on 12 April 2018*

Given my last post, I thought a visual representation of the work which has been carried out on our house, would be helpful. I fully endorse data privacy (notice I did not mention GDPR…oops, I did), so in the interests of not displaying anything about my humble, and rebuilt abode, here is a model I created earlier.

This is what our house was like before the work was carried out:

This is what our house looks like now:

For those who do not know, our house has undergone emergency renovation work over the last two months. Considering the upheaval, we have been told that we have dealt with it very well. The work consisted of taking up all of the flooring on the lower level of the house, rebuilding the support walls and creating foundations, and then adding several tonnes of cement for extra stability. We had to move ourselves (and the small human), into temporary accommodation for 5 weeks at very short notice. This meant an increase in train fares for me to get to work, extra mileage for Jack and taking our annual leave with the childminder, as well as taking annual leave from work to try and keep costs down.

Keeping in mind that the insurance company were not obliged to pay out, we are now in the process of finding out if we can carry out a negligence claim for all of the work that was required. I stress that the work was required, it was not optional. It was either carry out extensive work, or watch our floors fall in.

We have only owned the property for 3 years, and given the stature of work, we cannot help but think that someone would have noticed there was a problem with the support and foundations of the property during the purchase.

Overall it has meant that work as in careers, has been placed on hold, we have had to take unplanned annual leave and personal days, live with family members, spend several weeks apart from each other as there was no room for all of us in one location. We have also had to cancel plans such as anniversary, and scrape together for birthdays, because of course that happened at the same time everything else was going on, and while I have tried to keep a positive attitude and remember that at least we have a roof (or several roofs) over our heads, and we were not apart from each other that long, it has been incredibly difficult. Though I now have had a taster of single parent life and have made the executive decision that if Jack and I ever broke up, Monster would need to be older.

Also I am not convinced by Jack’s taste in decorating music. How did it take me nearly 10 years to find this out.

Watch this space, I am sure there will be further developments on this, even if they are minor.

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