There is - finally - hope. We've had three people come and quote, something you'd think was easy to arrange but which had proved impossible. Trades people would not return a call or answer an email when I tried to contact them or, even more irritating, would make appointments and not turn up.
The economy has changed though and, with tradies now looking for work, we've had them all but falling over themselves to be accommodating. With an agreed price we've made a choice and they've come and measured up so it looks like it will actually happen - not that, after all our trials, I'll really believe it until it's all finished. Fingers firmly crossed for now.