DIARY OF A RENOVATION - WEEKS 4-6

It's been all hands on deck over the last few weeks and the work is coming on in leaps and bounds.  The biggest difference has been getting the ceilings and walls boarded and plastered - it is beginning to feel like a house again rather than building site but there's still a long way to go before I can think about where exactly to put that pink velvet chaise ;-)

Deep Dream Chaise, Graham & Green

Deep Dream Chaise, Graham & Green

Before the walls were plastered I reluctantly decided that the existing cornicing would have to be replaced.  Having obtained several quotes to repair what was there it was obvious that to redo the whole lot would be more cost effective and would look better in the long run. Unfortunately this was a big - and very messy - job.  A lot of the living room walls had live plaster which also came away when the cornicing was removed.  It felt like an eternity living amongst the rubble!

 
Home felt a bomb-site for what seemed an eternity...

Home felt a bomb-site for what seemed an eternity...

 
...but all is now lovely and smooth and I have decamped in to the front room (with the all-important kettle!).

...but all is now lovely and smooth and I have decamped in to the front room (with the all-important kettle!).

Luckily there have been no major issues - yet - but there is now the small problem of a leak from the shower in the flat above which is preventing us from boarding up and plastering the ceiling in what was the kitchen.  This room will eventually become my bedroom and the prospect of upstairs' bathroom falling on me while I sleep is not something I relish!

While we wait for my neighbours to investigate the cause, in the meantime the kitchen has been completely stripped.  On removing the sink unit the builders uncovered what can only be described as the mother of all botch jobs. Unbelievably, there was a huge hole in my floor which had been stuffed with towels and paper!! What the..?  You can actually see in to the flat below (which is fortunately empty). 

This is what the builders discovered on removing the sink.

This is what the builders discovered on removing the sink.

On the plus side, the draughty back door has now been bricked up and the boiler has been repositioned to what will become the new utility area under the stairs.  The timber sash window in the left-hand picture is going to be replaced as it is in too bad a state to repair.  The lovely people at Traditional Sash Windows have begun production on a new, double-glazed sash and are also providing the new French doors for the other bedroom.

Before...

Before...

 
...and now. (The wall isn't really curved, it's just the picture!)

...and now. (The wall isn't really curved, it's just the picture!)

Next week, week seven, is going to be plumbing central with all the pipework for water and gas being replaced or re-routed.  I am also expecting the new cast iron radiators to be delivered. We might even begin to get the mist coat on the walls and ceilings prior to painting,   then it really will feel like we're on the home straight!

Check back soon for another update!

Kx