The builders took five weeks to transform the front
of both shops from glass and wood to a something that looked like
it had been there all along. Apparently the stone alone cost over
the £3000. The job included windows and a front door, all
in hardwood so we ended up with a very high quality end result.
Whilst the builders were in I made a start on the roof of the big
shop, fitting three veluxes to the valley gutter pitch of the roof.
The first one was hard work and the slating back in was a struggle
but they became easier with practice.I also removed the four metre
high high leylandii hedge from the garden boundary, We pulled it
out with the Land Rover, but that was the easy bit. We then had
to get all ten metres of it the tip which took around six trips
with a trailer. The hedge was replaced by a wooden fence set into
the top of the existing brick wall. A native species hedge was planted
and four trees (mountain ash and silver birch).