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