The problem is we live in a semi and the previous owners extended out to the side a little bit - pointless but its now the husbands inside shed. This restricts the side access so not even a wheel barrow can fit through - bit ideal!
Extensions need footings - 1 meter deep footings and ours is a total of 15 meters long. With no access for a digger the only option is for them to be hand dug. Sixteen tonnes of earth to be hand dug and moved round to the front during a heat wave in a sun trap south facing garden with no shade.
Not surprisingly we never heard back from the ground workers with a quote. The husbands employee was offered the work and became our digger whilst we shifted the earth in buckets during the evening. We did have a bit of help from some friends too.
This isn't a quick process and the 1 meter depth meant the garden was unsafe for the young one.
We moved what we thought was the last of the earth under torch light ready for it to be grabbed and removed.
Unfortunately the cement guy ordered us the wrong truck so we are still left with two tonnes to be moves into grab bags!
Then this happened.
This weekend is the final push to tidy up the drive and move the earth and cement into grab bags before the building materials arrive.
Then we will happily hand the project over to the builder and the DIY baton can take a rest whilst we regain some control on our lives!
Sorry if we haven't called/ texted, sorry if you've popped in and the house has been a tip but all our spare time in the evenings has been consumed by foundations!