Renovation

A sash window love affair

During 2013 so much work was carried out at Number 18, it would be impossible to post about each and every single job. Especially retrospectively! It’s amazing how much you forget as the project progresses and looking back over photos in order to post on this blog reminds me of just how much we’ve achieved.

Over the Summer months we started converting the coal shed and outside toilet into a downstairs shower room. Doors were widened to accommodate French doors, a window was lifted to allow kitchen units to fit underneath and we said goodbye to the bay window on the side to put in French doors here too. I found this a particularly difficult decision, but sometimes you have to be practical and we needed to create room for a driveway – the only way to do so was to take it up the side of the house. The resized windows and doors (every opening except one downstairs) remained boarded up for months whilst we finalised our order with a local glazing company. The house was dark and quite depressing. I missed the light flooding through the windows.

And then, during November, the new sash windows arrived! The first day of installation felt like such a turning point, I was so overwhelmed I couldn’t stop the tears from falling! The difference they have made to the house is beyond belief. I’m particularly proud of the detailing on the bay window. A new front door has also been ordered, although this won’t be fitted until all other work has been completed on the property. I cannot wait for the door to be fitted and I suspect on the day there’ll be tears again!

Below are some photos of our beautiful new windows…

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Cold chambers & dug out floors

As we progressed through the project we were learning all sorts of things about the construction of Number 18. Our neighbour has also helped us with this as her property has been featured on a tv restoration programme which involved a researcher looking into the history of her home.

Reception room two, which we believe was the parlour, would have been used for all sorts of social functions. In this room one of the outside walls is constructed in stone and not brick. This room is always cold, the coldest in the house in fact and apparently this is on purpose. The reason for this being, this is the room where the body of the recently deceased would have been kept prior to the funeral. Our neighbour informed us that once we removed the render that this particular wall would be stone, and to our surprise she was right.

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We have also learned that Number 18s construction began in 1905. The house was progressed to ground level and as it has no proper foundations, was then left to settle for two years. It was then taken to roof level and completed in 1907.

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The house was very cold through the winter months and you could feel the draft coming through the floor boards. Our next job was to remove the joists supporting the suspended floors at the front of the property and dig out the concrete floors to the same level at the back of the property. All of this was in preparation for putting the floors back with damp proofing and lots of insulation

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A flying start to 2013…

Amongst doing various other jobs, we started off the new year by taking down ceilings and taking up floor boards. This exposed many rotten timbers which had to be removed and replaced.

Then, within a few months our carpenter started work on the frame for the partition wall in the attic to close off our attic space from our next door neighbour. The carpenter boarded either side of the frame with fire-proof boards and stuffed the cavity with insulation.

Shortly after our carpenter started, work then began on the roof. The roof was leaking and day light could be seen through some parts where some tiles had slipped. The roof was in its original state and therefore had no felt. Thankfully the slates were in good condition and could be re-used.

The photos below are of the work undertaken in the attic space and the roof.

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Let’s get some work underway!

Over the next few weeks leading up to Christmas (2012) we worked intensively on the house. We tore out the hideous mustard yellow bath suite, ripped down the flimsy wall separating the toilet from the bathroom and stripped the kitchen of what units remained. Wallpaper throughout the house was easily pulled off the walls due to the rising and penetrating damp. Bags and bags of polystyrene ceiling tiles were binned. We knocked down a wall between reception room three and what was a servants corridor, to make more space for what would be the kitchen. We took up all of the carpets and yet the ‘old’ smell lingered for weeks afterwards, no matter how much Febreeze I sprayed!

Hall

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Bathroom

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Lounge

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Dining room

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Kitchen

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Master bedroom

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The next job was to hack off and expose the brick work for damp proofing treatment. This had to be done right the way through the downstairs of the property. We started by taking off the required one metre of render, but due to the state of the walls from the damp, we eventually ended up removing all of the render throughout the entire property!

Photos below are from the first phases of removing the render…

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And so it begins…

On the 12 October 2012 we collected the keys from the estate agents. I can remember how nervous and excited I felt. We drove to the house, spent some time wandering around taking pictures and tried to take it all in. We were however distracted with visitors and too many celebratory glasses of fizz to really contemplate what we had just committed ourselves to. Number 18 was going to be a project indeed.
Here are some snaps from the day we got the keys, before we got to work.
Reception room 1 – Lounge
Lounge
You can can see how damp the walls are – the wallpaper is peeling off!
Reception room 2 – Dining room
Dining room
Reception room 3 – will be the kitchen
Reception room 3 - kitchen
Kitchen – will be turned into a utility roomKitchen - utility
Stairs in the hall
Stairs
Landing
Landing
Master bedroom
Master bedroom
Bedroom 2
Bedroom 2
Bedroom 3
Bedroom 3
Separate bathroom and toilet
Bathroom - bath Bathroom - sink Toilet room
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So I decide to start blogging…

Over 12 months after picking up the keys for Number 18 and after reading many other renovation blogs, I suddenly thought I should put pen to paper (so to speak) about my own project.

I, along with my partner Dan, collected the keys for our new home on 12 October 2012. Since then the project has progressed well, albeit slowly on occasion. We are now at the stage of re-wiring. Our electrician started yesterday.

I will however rewind to the beginning and post plenty of pictures of what we’ve been doing over the last year and a bit.

Nadine x

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