Johnny Paddy’s

The recreation of a family home in Ireland

November 16th – Floor plan

November 16th, 2010

I dropped John off at Shannon Airport this morning, before calling in at the site on my way home.  I was feeling rough, as I have caught John’s cold. Anyway, I wasn’t in the mood to be caught behind the world’s slowest tractor, travelling at 20kph, towing a heavy load of shale.  Driving a left-hand-drive car, I couldn’t see to get past, so I just had to wait until he turned off.  But, as luck would have it, the tractor was going the same way as me, so I carried on and took a later turn.

Room layoutThe blocks for the foundations are nearly all in place now, and you can see the room layout. It is easy to forget that all this will actually be below floor level in the finished house, so there are no apertures in the walls for doors and windows. The notches you can see in the tops of some of the block walls will carry the plumbing. Nevertheless, I hopped over the living room ‘wall’ and tried to imagine how our fully extended dining table would fit with our kitchen units and the lovely dual-fuel range that we saw yesterday at the electrical store.  (I can dream …)The world’s slowest tractor

I climbed up on the pile of grassed-over stone that used to be the front wall of the old house and took the annotated photo below.  Just as I was about to leave, I heard a tractor approaching.  Sure enough, the slowest tractor in the world hove into view.  It was Pat.  I should have guessed …

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Floorplan at foundation level