Saturday, 28 November 2015

Roofing service -- recommended

We recently used Peter Cole’s roofing service, Universal Roofing, and can recommend it to you if you are in London, Kent or Surrey.


Friday, 13 November 2015

Extractor fan reduction

On this job, the existing fan had, alas, taken on the auditory character of a vintage lawnmower, with a roar that made it a poor accompaniment to a relaxing bath.

I removed the old fan, supplied a modern 4"/100mm replacement, and mounted it on 18mm MDF, which acts as a reducing plate. The outer edges of the MDF were cleanly bevelled with a block plane.

Calm descends once more...

Saturday, 26 September 2015

Copper pendant set

This striking copper light fitting, which we installed yesterday, comes from the M&S stable (link here).

We're planning a separate post soon on why we think the moulded PVC pendant set should be consigned to the dustbin -- and lovely fittings like this one are part of our case...

Thursday, 16 July 2015

Sextus Dyball

On Church Road, in Crystal Palace, lies a manically, wonderfully overwrought specimen -- called Rockmount -- from the Victorian period. Appropriately, the building was designed by one Sextus Dyball.

There are some excellent comments on the building on Geograph ...

Probably the best of the suburban villas on Church Road, this splendidly spiky Victorian affair dates from 1873 and was designed by the splendidly-named Sextus Dyball. It is crammed with detail, in particular the bay on the right which has brick nogging and two demi-octagonal roofs. Grade II listed.  
Dyball was a speculative builder-architect who designed a number of buildings in the area.  
Jonathan Meades wrote of him that he was "a local builder to whom all devotees of inspired ugliness and sinister gracelessness will be forever indebted. Did Dyball know what he was doing? Did he have any idea of the sensations that his creations would provoke? It is improbable that he was out to shock. Rather, it seems that he ... subscribed to an aesthetic system that, although not far from us, feels chronologically, seems unfathomably distant – a vestige of an alien civilisation."

It's for sale .. at just a smidge under £3m...

Sunday, 5 July 2015

The cantilever principle


There is some information here on Kaichi Watanabe, the Japanese engineer being suspended in the photo.

Thursday, 2 July 2015

Ikea cargo

Archie sends a picture message of a misguided soul, taken during a recent trip to Ikea:-

You've got the wrong vehicle, sir.

Archie's follow-up picture would set him straight...

Thursday, 16 April 2015

Snaps + Rye

It's fitting that a Danish cafe, Snaps + Rye, would have as its company vehicle one of Denmark's finest exports, the Bullitt .. spotted recently. (We wrote about the Bullitt a while back -- and we still covet it.)

Snaps + Rye is on Golborne Road .. and there is a review of their excellent food here.