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This is the week that things got scary. And exciting. All the unwanted internal structures were dismantled and the place became a building site proper.

First job - to remove internal walls, doors, fittings.

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The old shower room is being knocked out to make way for a larger shower block.

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The old toilet is being removed and the lean to cleared to allow a new entrance to be made.

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It was good to see the place being fully cleared and to start to visualise the new spaces.

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The builders have now fully taken over.

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The existing Annexe as seen from below approaching via Lancrigg’s private road.

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We’ve got plenty of kindling for next year. We just need to saw it up and store it somewhere!

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We very nearly missed the old entrance coming off the building.

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The new corridor is being formed - here the openings have just been created.

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Another view showing where the new entrance will be from the inside.

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Finally after all the cold weather, rain, snow etc. we got the foundations for the boiler plant room cleared.

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Hmmm, this pile of soil came from somewhere?

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First sign of the new rooms. The partitions between rooms being formed.

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New room structures from the corridor - there will be four rooms, each with four beds,

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The new shower block area gets fully opened out.

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And another skip. Is this number 3, or 4, or 5?

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The big hole starts to be refilled. New foundation preparations being laid. We just want some slightly warmer weather next. Pesky snow.

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Thorney How and Grasmere Bunkhouse | guest accommodation privately owned and managed by Taylor and Carolyn Nuttall since 2011.