Despite heavy rain, the build must go on

Meet the owner: Zoë Sheridan-Wasey

Zoë is a former marketing manager for a popular stove and fireplace manufacturer, a career she enjoyed for ten years while simultaneously undertaking five renovation projects. She has always loved home renovating and interior design, but this is by far her largest project to date: renovating, rebuilding and extending a large family home on her dream acre plot in Devon. This time, two small sons are competing with the build for her attention, while a completion date of Christmas 2014 is looming…

Follow her blog over the coming months as she charts the highs and lows of the build.

Torrential storms, not generally welcome at the best of times, have added another dimension to the build and our former living room has turned into an impromptu paddling pool. It seems the old living room was made from a near-watertight box, and the nearest point for it to drain was through the doorway and into the house, meaning it was gaffer tape to the rescue once again! For once we have found ourselves missing the oil-guzzling Rayburn and its ability to dry out soaked shoes and warm chilly hands.

The spells of rain we’ve been having may be short, but in true Devon style, they totally drench us and the builders in a matter of minutes, and for a while we had an interesting new water feature cascading down the stairs. I keep reminding myself how mightily grateful I am that we are not in the cold depths of winter and the sooner we get the roof on, the better.?

?Our extensions are largely timber-framed, a method we chose for both its eco- and budget-friendly credentials. It’s also become apparent that there’s another advantage: the ability to quickly construct the frames in a multitude of weathers without the need for any drying-out time.

Above: The house is definitely starting to take shape, and despite the heavy rain, each day more and more is being done. I am so excited to see what the next few weeks have in store – some better weather hopefully!