Two weeks in, and the major work is almost complete. It must say something for the way my perceptions have been skewed that I no longer consider the plumbing, plastering and wiring that remains as major. On Day One the builders made several holes in the roof and a plumber came in and removed the cold water tanks in the attic, plumbed our bathroom cold water supply directly into the mains, and installed a new toilet. Once upon a time, I would have considered that pretty major stuff.
Anyway, since then the steel joists have been installed, the dormer at the back has been built, and interior stud walls are going up. In the next couple of days the door to The Little Room With All The Boxes will be blocked off, a new door cut into the living room, and the stairs up to the Bedroom In The Sky put in - and that will be a really major job. After that, it's all interior work.
I'll grant you that things have been improved immeasurably by not being there while the work takes place - we go out to work in the morning just as the builders are arriving and we get home in the evening after they've left, so all we've really seen is what they've done - although I did spend Monday at home waiting for a bloke to come and measure up for the stairs, and there was a lot less noise and disturbance than I'd expected. The builders are all good lads and they can't half crack on with a job. They reckon they'll have the thing ready for first fix plastering by the end of tomorrow, which is about two weeks earlier than I imagined.
I still can't say I'm especially wild about having the house caged in scaffolding, but I'm sort of getting used to it. Anyway, onward and upward.