DIARY OF A RENOVATION - WEEK 1

The thinking time is over and it's action stations here at VKH HQ.  Almost six months to the day since I moved in to my new home, the renovation work has finally begun.  In just three days my flat has been totally gutted, ceilings and walls have been removed, one skip load of rubbish has been taken away and everything is covered in dust - and I'm loving it!  

The living room at the end of the first day.  

The living room at the end of the first day.  

Reverse view of living room.

Reverse view of living room.

The rewiring is the first thing to be done and this means stripping everything right back. The horrible blue wallpaper has gone at last and the walls have been chased out ready for new switches and sockets. The lathe and plaster ceilings have also gone, I was promised mess and was not disappointed! It's a dirty job and anyone who has done any kind of building work will know it is impossible to keep anything dust-free.  Much to the annoyance of my upstairs neighbours. Oops. 

End of day 2 and it looked like a bomb site!

End of day 2 and it looked like a bomb site!

Removing the false ceiling in the hall means I have gained almost two feet in height!

Removing the false ceiling in the hall means I have gained almost two feet in height!

I have been lending a hand where I can, mostly keeping the kettle boiling but also stripping wallpaper (so tedious!) and helping to clear up all the mess - two of us filled the skip in super quick time meaning there was no opportunity for anyone else to sneakily dump their rubbish in it.

Perhaps the most exciting moment of the week came on Friday when we opened up the chimney breast in the bedroom.  I took great pleasure in smashing it open despite what seemed like a hundred years' worth of soot and dirt falling out (thankfully no dead pigeons!).  Although sadly there were no surprise discoveries of an original fireplace I think it looks great and may even keep the exposed brick.

Stage one...

Stage one...

Stage two!

Stage two!

I can't wait to see what changes next week brings!

Kx