Posted by: glandorescilly | 16/02/2013

‘Scilly’ balcony for Golden Eagle

With one of the WETTEST winters we can remember in thirty years behind us (hopefully!), we’re progressing slowly but surely with our 2012/2013 building projects here at Glandore.

The sunny balcony of our ‘bijou’ apartment, Serica, has always been a plus point for that apartment and the sunny private garden of our ground floor apartment, ‘Slippen’, has done the same for that (much newer) apartment. So ‘Golden Eagle’ has been the ‘poor relation’ so to speak for many years. Since it is bigger than the other two apartments (sleeping three people) and has a separate kitchen and lounge as well as a bathroom with bath and shower, its higher tariff has proved a discouragement to many enquiries from couples.

This will change significantly in 2013 with the creation of a spacious new west-facing balcony opening from ‘Golden Eagle’s lounge through double glazed French windows. It has been a long and rather challenging process to get this far.

So construction couldn’t start until early February, much later than hoped. Having said that, the extremely wet and windy winter that we’ve had here on Scilly would have made it a difficult challenge for Steve and our builders, Dave and Chris, if they’d started earlier 😦

But the beginning of February saw the erection of scaffolding followed by the start of work to remove the wall beneath the existing window, leaving Golden Eagle’s lounge with a gaping hole which which was blocked with a large piece of board and several old sheets.

February 2013 - the start of Golden Eagle's balcony construction.

February 2013 – the start of Golden Eagle’s balcony construction.

Golden Eagle's lounge window with board and sheets blocking hole.

Golden Eagle’s lounge window with board and sheets blocking hole.

Golden Eagle's lounge - February 2013

Golden Eagle’s lounge – February 2013

Scaffolding February 2013

Scaffolding February 2013

By Valentine’s Day, the old window had been removed completely and the large hole was prepared for the arrival of the new double glazed French windows. They were shipped over on the Gry Maritha the previous day and brought round to Glandore on the back of one of the Island Carrier’s lorries.

A very large hole in the wall!

A very large hole in the wall!

Arrival of the windows!

Arrival of the windows!

Unloading the French windows - Feb 2013

Unloading the French windows – Feb 2013

Steve, Dave and Chris transferred the windows upstairs to Golden Eagle and prepared to install them. This is the view through the Big Hole which, despite the intrusive scaffolding, shows just how glorious the balcony will be when it is finished.

View from Golden Eagle's balcony through the Big Hole - Feb 2013

View from Golden Eagle’s balcony through the Big Hole – Feb 2013

The new French window in place in Golden Eagle's lounge - Feb 2013

The new French window in place in Golden Eagle’s lounge – Feb 2013

Now we need the construction materials for the balcony – galvanised steelwork, wooden boards, fibreglass ……

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