Well 6 months on and once again the only progress is paid work.
After all the disappointment over the issues we have been pretending that it's not happening.
We came up with a list of options.
Give up totally and clear the site
Return the barn to stables
Sell as it is
Sell barn and our house so we don't have to watch someone else do what we wanted to do.
Hand over to a building company even though we can't really afford to.
Try and progress slowly.
We tried this, but none of the groundworkers who visited would even give us a quote and just stopped responding to us, so obviously just too much hassle.
So, final option seemed to be start again and try for planning for a knock down and rebuild.
In the end this option is the direction that we are trying to go in.
I had some very long conversations with the architect, same company, but different person who is much more experienced in Class Q. Slight issue, he is based in Exeter and we are East coast.
But, discussing the situation, taking into account the increase in materials, the lack of builders and the general issues he said he would send us through some ideas.
I also sent him some drawings that I did using some software explaining to him what we would really like.
He sent back his costs based on his ideas, but I explained to him that I have been thinking about this for many years and I am very happy with the curtilage, the location of the build and that I don't want a bigger garden or house come to that.
All these things would make planning more tricky, as I said to him, I want to start from scratch, but in exactly the same spot, with the same size garden and the same outlook.
So of the reasons for this were to hopefully make potential planning easier as it will be replaced a barn rather than building a new build in a different spot in the countryside.
I also pointed out to him that his company had already done drawings similar to what I want so that should make their job easier.
So, after our 'talks' he came back with a preliminary cost schedule, reduced by £500 and excluding full building drawings until after he has planning on the slightly modified current drawings.
So, now more waiting whilst they prepare the first draft.
Hopefully, it would be too long before we can actually get going on this build.