The stairs for my studio were ordered to arrive some 12 days ago. This is what they look like.
Not good. The builder is very angry at being let down by the stair maker who has been very reliable in the past. He made the staircase of the house across the road which we inspected before chooing our builder. Mystery is afoot as the stair maker stopped answering the builders calls and the builder became concerned that the joiner had gone out of business. So on Friday he paid a visit to his premises in Wigan. All boarded up. But his cheque has not been cashed. Having been told thsi via email, I rang the joinery business pretending to be a potential new customer who had herd a rumour that they had gone bust. The phone in the closed up business was answered withing 3 rings and I was given an astonished denial that they had gone bust. But still no stairs or any explanation.
Two new joiners are coming out on Monday to measure, the quickest is to get the job. Sadly this is holding up building as both the bathroom and the dormer window are depedent on the very precise location of a supporting wall which cannot be finished until the stairs are in.
However, one of the disadvantages of no plans is that you need very clear communication about details. Now I thought that asking for a top hung, white PVC window to span three beams so I could sit and see the view outside was pretty clear. Somehow this translated into a two beam window in timber with a position that shows sky only. Fortunately the builder's philosophy is (a) Can Do and (b) The Customer Is Always Right. Which is why a replacement larger velux has now been delivered. I should think so :)
Pending the stairs going in all the progress that is being made is me doing the kind of shopping that involves you spending hundreds ( ahem, nay thousands) of pounds and coming back from the shop with nothing in your bag. The toilet and vanity unit have been ordered as have spotlights and curtains and bed to turn the temporary studio into a guest room.. Tiles have been chosen. Desks, paints and shelves researched and - for let no one say I do not micromanage - the loft floor has been written on with precise instructions for socket locations and furniture postions and the extact width the window seat has to be to fit a roll of wadding inside.
And is there any quilting going on? Well what do you think?!
But I sold Leaving the Accra Quilt Show and it appears that I may have secured a commission for a similar one.