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Jul. 22nd, 2018 @ 10:37 am Radio silence
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I haven’t been posting much here recently. Apart from a business trip that kept me occupied, these past two months have been spent working on our house. You see, our house has an extension built behind it: four meters deep, over the full width of the house. This is our living room, and the space where the original living room was, at the front of the house, is used as an office space. Especially now that klik works from home, it’s pretty important to have a good space for that.
And that’s all fine and dandy, but the extension turned out to lack any proper foundation. That in itself isn’t a problem, if our house wasn’t built on clay. The house itself is rock solid, but the extension has been slowly but surely sinking — and by now it had gotten so bad that we could see daylight through the cracks between the extension and the original house!
It took us (and our builder) about two years to find out what the original construction was, what the problem was and to explore different options for fixing it. Worst case, we’d have to demolish that part of the house and rebuild, but we didn’t have to go that far. With ground injections, a specialised company was able to stabilise the ground and even lift the extension!
But before that could be done, we had to clear out all the furniture and even the floor out of that part of the house. And on the coattails of that major operation, we had other building work done, and it spiralled from there. We just spent the past week painting the whole ground floor, and then in three weeks we’ll get the new floor put in…

I’m happy and relieved that the problems have been solved and the end result will be so much better than what it was, but I was not really prepared for how much work it was to clear out everything from the ground floor. We’ve lived here for fifteen years, and it’s amazing how much stuff you accumulate during that time. I’m so glad that we’re nearing the end of it all.

Crossposted from my blog. Comment here or at the original post.
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From:strider7901
Date:July 22nd, 2018 11:30 am (UTC)
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Dang. That sounds a huge headache, but good thing it is getting resolved!

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From:fub
Date:July 25th, 2018 11:48 am (UTC)
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Yeah, we'll get there. It's been a long process and it isn't finished yet, but from now on it's all "just work".
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From:changeling72
Date:July 22nd, 2018 01:00 pm (UTC)
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Wow. That sounds like a massive undertaking. Was the extension already there when you moved in?

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From:fub
Date:July 25th, 2018 11:50 am (UTC)
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When I was posting this, I had to think of you. I mean, I find it super-unfun to go through all my stuff, but at least I get to put it back where I want it, and the reason to do so is positive (because things are being fixed). But you have to through your parents stuff, and you can't keep it all. I think you got the worst deal, to be honest.

Yes, the extension was already there. Whenever there was a choice between "good" and "quick and/or cheap", the previous owner always chose the latter...
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From:meringues
Date:July 23rd, 2018 07:03 am (UTC)
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Oh wow... Glad to hear all of that is getting fixed now, though!
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From:fub
Date:July 25th, 2018 11:51 am (UTC)
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Yeah, it's been a huge relief that the lifting actually worked.
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From:ashmedai
Date:July 23rd, 2018 10:44 pm (UTC)
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Oh wow, that is some extensive renovating! Yeah, amazing how much stuff amasses in 15 years. We'd lived in the old place almost that long when we moved here. I packed up 100 moving crates, and this was after getting rid of a LOT of stuff we really didn't need/want anymore.
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From:fub
Date:July 25th, 2018 11:54 am (UTC)
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Yes, it all does add up, doesn't it? I have thrown away a lot of stuff already, but still there is so much...
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From:nucleosides
Date:July 24th, 2018 08:38 pm (UTC)
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This makes me glad we don't have a (really used) attic or basement, heh.

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From:fub
Date:July 25th, 2018 11:54 am (UTC)
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Then you have enough space to store all your stuff if you ever need to clear some spaces out! Good call. ;)
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