I think it's about time I took you inside Plas y Nant, though be warned - it's not a pretty sight currently. Make sure you're wrapped up warmly because it's freezing in there and mind your head as the ceilings are a bit dodgy.
We'll just pause here for a moment and take a look at it from the outside and as you can see it's not the most welcoming of buildings as it stands. You'll notice the upstairs windows have been attacked by the vandals but they're all due to be replaced. The planners were very keen for us to remove all the various extensions that had been added to Plas y Nant over the years and we were quite happy with that as we want to demolish all the front add-ons and relocate the entrance from the side to the front in the middle (where the flat wall with the air bricks is) as this will then bring you straight into the hall. It will all become clearer once we go inside.
Right, here we are finally in the hall. To get here we came in the side of the building, then through what used to be a bar, but will become a downstairs bedroom during the first phase, before arriving in the hall. Now put your back to the bottom of the stairs and you're facing what will be the main entrance, but I do have a different door in mind.
However, to create the entrance we need to demolish a toilet block which is accessed through this door, hence the air bricks on the flat wall outside at the front. The last time I looked at these toilets was the day we first saw Plas y Nant in June 2009 and since then this door has been kept locked as they are only fit for demolition. David did take a photo of them on that day and steady your stomach because here it is. Ych a fi!
Let's try and forget about that now, turn round and have a look at the hall floor. For those of you who don't do Facebook (and if you don't, why not, because you're missing out on a lot of things) we've had a bit of a discussion as to whether or not we liked this floor and the general consensus was that we did.
What I had forgotten about was that all the floors downstairs have to be removed and replaced due to the damp but we are hoping to reinstate this floor, fingers crossed, but we do have a backup plan. Now if we move off into the room on our right the first thing you'll see is this fireplace, again we've had a discussion on Facebook as to why it has been raised so high off the floor. The main reason seemed to be damp, which this building does have a fair bit of, but after all the renovations are completed damp will be a thing of the past.
Turn to your right as if you're about to look out the front of the building and you will see a disaster zone. This is one of the extensions the planners would like us to remove for some reason - they didn't think the workmanship was up to standard.
Not surprisingly the area past the archway will be demolished, if it hasn't completely fallen down in the meantime, with french doors installed at the archway leading out to a covered verandah where you will be able to sit looking across the garden to Mynydd Mawr.
Personally I'm counting the days till the demolition team turn up and the work can begin.