Any DIY type people out there?
As some of you may already know, Aran, myself and the kids have just moved to a rather interesting property - an old Welsh cottage on the site of an old slate works, with half an acre of mature garden full of interesting plants.
We have a large (self build) wooden chalet in the garden. The main body of which is (an old) static caravan in it’s entirety. We think the whole structure is about 15 years old or so and was built with love, care and attention.
Unfortunately the (tarred and corrugated) roof is now leaking in at least three places (close to each other). It is a wonderful, large space in a beautiful location, commanding fantastic views.
Fully repaired and dry it will be invaluable for family stays and gatherings of Welsh learners/mini bootcamps/intensive weekends etc. So we desperately want to save it if possible - it’s a real gem. But we don’t have a (huge) budget.
What I desperately need now is someone who’s qualified and experienced enough to have a look at this odd/bespoke/alternative/characterful structure and give us help/advice with regards to repairing the roof and internal ceiling, before the winter destroys it. Time is very much of the essence!
I’m not afraid of or unfamiliar with DIY and am willing to roll my sleeves up in all weathers - even getting up on the roof with a can of tar! But I really need guidance. Any advice greatly appreciated at this point.
The chalet also needs new windows and doors, to have the floor repaired, to be dried out and eradicated of damp! Yes there is a lot of work, but in our opinion, if it’s savable, then it will be well worth all the time, effort and every last penny we put in to it.
We envisage it being a space where, when we don’t have family staying, we have an open door to Welsh learners where we can experiment with mini bootcamps etc.
We will eventually go to it to arrange weekends where we can invite some learners over to do some work on the place (when it’s dry inside) in exchange for food, drink and Welsh conversation.
Diolch yn fawr iawn in advance for advice and ideas!!!