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Thursday, 8 June 2017

Renovating a House (Part 1)

THE AWFUL BITS
 
This post is in 2 parts .  This part is shows you the awful bits that unfortunately you may need to endure in order to renovate or change a property dramatically. You can't make an omelette without cracking eggs.  First came the demolition, the clear out of everything we didn't need or want in the house. Plus when you are hiring a skip you really want to fill it.  Anything that could be burnt was piled in the garden.  Things like the old door were put outside with a free sign on them and people took them
 
The demolition starts as the supports go up.
 
Hubby made the steels and helped with their installation. A large hole was dug in the ground to take the metal pillar which in turn took spread the weight of the upstairs across two RSJ's. All done under building regulations.
We had to remove the old asphalt top surface of the floor but it gave us the opportunity to hide the electrics  under the floor. Our lovely electrician had a key and he would work evenings and weekends around the jobs on the agenda.  He was newly qualified and did an excellent job.  The house was a exam piece and we had had an inspector round to check his work.
 
Doorways were bricked up.
 
We 'black jacked' the floor and a new membrane was added before the new floor was floated in.
Hubby doing a really sticky job! A membrane was laid on top then a concrete floor added.
More demolition.  The wall between the upstairs bathroom and toilet was taken down to make a big bathroom. 
The shower tray fits the space where the old separate toilet used to. 
 
 
We opted for a large shower cubicle with the water supply feed from the boiler .

A team of 4 men I found on the internet plastered the whole house from top to bottom in less than 36 at  hours, for a really good price.  They arrived at 7:30 the Saturday morning and returned at 5 on the Sunday finishing at 1 o'clock.
 
 We slowly came to the point of putting things back into the house.  The hardest thing was the worktop as the wall were very slightly out and it had to be fitted in one go!



Making a cloakroom out of the larger under-stairs cupboard.

 The footings for the 3.5m x 5m conservatory went in. The bay window eventually came and  large French doors went in, flooding the house with light. The old kitchen double glazed door was reused on the garage replacing a rotten wooden door. We tried to reuse anything we could.
The conservatory was built.  We demolished the brick shed to the right.
 
The floor being laid which covers the entire lower floor. I bought the flooring 'Quickstep' which has a 25 year guarantee when it was on offer in B & Q buy 2 get the third free. A huge saving. I bought the fire when it was on promotion too it had £100 off and was selling for £189, plus I had a voucher they'd sent me for £10.

Wardrobes built. They were on offer at Homebase the Schreiber range and I got Nectar points to spend on other things! The front bedroom has been fitted with a Coffee Gloss door that I love.  
 
This is only a brief snapshot of what was involved in renovating this property. Getting the photos from an Ipad to my computer has been a challenge to say the least. 
 
Bye for now. Tx
 
 



25 comments:

  1. wow, what a big undertaking. Good for you guys. Looking great!

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    1. Thank you Maureen. Its wasn't easy but we learnt so much. YouTube is a fantastic tool. You'll see the finished result in tomorrows blog, although there is always something that needs doing!

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  2. Wow you took on a lot but it was worth the effort, love your big shower cubicle, xx

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    1. Thanks Marlene, its surprising what you can achieve when you put your mind to it. Tx

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  3. Wow, what a lot of work but it will be so worth it. I love the kitchen x

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    1. It has been worth it because we designed it for us. It took 3 months to get it habitable and s further 3 fitting it out. We both worked full time back then too.

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  4. Wow! So much hard work but my goodness it has paid off. X

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  5. Thanks Jules. Its nice when you get to the bits that can be seen. So much work goes on that can't be seen. Tx

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  6. Oh my, you have completely changed the house, for the better!

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    1. We have elderly neighbours (90+) who asked us what we were doing. So much rubble came out and steels went in. They can't believe what we've done.

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  7. Goodness Tania, it makes our wallpaper stripping look like child's play - although there were several layers on every wall! That is some serious renovation you've done there and the kitchen and conservatory look lovely. I bet you're really proud of yourselves. xx

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    1. Thanks Suzanne, we are proud and we learnt so much. I've stripped many a wall of wallpaper not an easy task neither. Tx

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  8. Phew!
    We've done all those things in the past - we must have been so much younger and fitter then..........Oh yes, so we were!

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    1. I think it's helped keep us fit, we just don't like sitting around!

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  9. Hi there Tania - I am so impressed with your renovations just had to leave you a comment to say well done. We had been renovating our cottage in Scotland to retire to for 10 years until a devastating flood in 2014 took with it all those years of hard work. I take it you have now completed the house and you are about to show us the fruits of your labours in Part 2. Viv

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    1. Oh no, I can't imagine how devastating that must have been. It was bad enough when the conservatory spring a leak the first winter. I was panicking but the company who installed it sorted it. Did you manage to continue with the renovations? How far away is retirement now? Lovely to hear from you Vivian. Tx

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    2. Nothing has been done yet on the house as we have had to wait to have the stream bank reinstated where the flood eroded the land. This has just been completed so we can now move on and tackle the house. Our plans for retirement have also been put on hold though for me I am officially 3 years away as I am caught up in the 'would have been 60 but now 66 group'. My OH should retire next year though he enjoys working. I am thinking I will maybe just go on until xmas but will need to plan and economise so that our budget reduces to meet our reduced income.

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    3. The waiting must be difficult but worth it do that it doesn't happen again. I hope you have been able to get compensated. I'm like you caught in the gap of state pension goal post moved! But I could take my pension at 60 and retired last year, I economised for 2 years prior to check we could cope. Hubby works 2 days a week and also took his pensions. And although we have a rental property that we bought 6 years ago we are careful with money and prefer to do things ourselves when we can. Good luck with the renovations, I can definitely recommend retirement!

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  10. So much hard work, but the finished product looks lovely. You did an amazing job.

    God bless.

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    1. Thanks Jackie. It was a huge learning curve for sure. Tx

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  11. Scrolling through the photographs makes the renovations seems even more rapid than they sound. It all looks good.

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    1. If only you could fast forward. Waiting for concrete to dry, screed to dry, plaster to dry and paint to dry. All very time consuming. 😁

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  12. Good lord... you've been really busy! It will be lovely to see some photos of how you're using all the new spaces when you've finished. Jx

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  13. We are for years further on but you still find things that need doing!

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