Decor

It’s a toss up

Things are getting really exciting at Number 18. We’re finally getting to the fun part of decorating!!! This is what I’ve been looking forward to all this time.

I’ve had so many ideas of what I wanted to do with Number 18. Viewing other fellow renovators blogs, home magazines and Google searches have all given me lots of ideas. Pinterest however, is my new best friend for decor inspiration. I just love how I can organise all of my pins on separate boards – I’ve found my inner Monica Gellar!

After being an avid reader of Abigail Ahern’s blog and having fallen in love with her new paint range, I knew olive green had to make an appearance somewhere in the house. I decided the perfect room for the olive green would be the study. That was until I started looking at other greens, mainly emerald green, and there’s one image (courtesy of Pinterest of course) that keeps catching my eye. A firm fave of mine is leopard print, which paired with emerald green makes me go all smushy.

I want the study to be as luxurious as it is practical. I don’t want to be reminded of my desk at work in any shape or form! So it’s time for me to get some colour on the wall and I’ll be making a trip for some tester pots this week!

Nadine x

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Spruced up front of house

The eagerly awaited, loverly-jubbly front door is finally here! You’ll know from previous posts that I got very excited and overwhelmed when our new windows were fitted. So a no brainer that I would be rather excitable when it came to the door arriving.

On the day the door was fitted, I passed the house on my way to work. The old door was already out and on the floor – Cue major car shrieking! I spent all day imagining what it was going to look like when I got home from work. Productive day you’re thinking right!? 5pm couldn’t come quick enough, and as the clock struck, I was out of the office and whizzing out of the car park. I wasn’t disappointed. So, here it is. Isn’t it a beauty…

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It’s black, of course. What other colour would it be!? Complete with gold accessories – obviously. I am completely head over heels for the number 18 in the fanlight. It’s so nice to see the back of the white PVC door and have something more fitting with the property. I cannot believe the difference the new front door has made to the overall appearance to our front of house.

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Plaster Prep

So I promised I wouldn’t let wedding planning completely take over, and I guess it kind of has. Two months have passed and I’ve not written a thing about Number 18. Perhaps I’m not cut out for blogging. Or perhaps I’ve bitten off more than I can chew!? I guess we don’t do things by halves – renovating and planning a wedding. However, the dress has now been purchased and that’s a big tick off the wedding to do list. Maybe it’ll mean more time for blogging, we shall see. So to bring you up to date with the goings on at Number 18, I’ve got some pics together and managed to put fingers to keyboard.

 

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I’ve already posted about the electrics, that’s all done. Well, except for the minor incident where I changed my mind on the location of the bed in the master bedroom. As there were no power points on this wall for bedside lamps, Dan had to sort this very quickly – days before the plasters were due to start. I mentioned it a few weeks ago that I thought we’d made a mistake, or at least were silly to have not given ourselves the option of where to put the bed. Dan reminded me of how I had told him that I definitely did not want to put the bed on any other wall. I sensed his frustration and thought I’d better shut up. I put it to the back of my mind, and then got increasingly panicky as the plastering drew closer and closer. My worry regarding our lack of options quickly changed to a realisation I no longer wanted the bed where we originally decided it should go. With boards still to go up and the house needing tidying from top to bottom to allow the plasterers room to work (we had all sorts of crap everywhere!), you can imagine the reaction when two days before plastering I told Dan he had to sort the socket situation. Perhaps I shouldn’t talk about this – Dan will read this and be reminded. I’m in enough trouble over it as it is… moving swiftly on.

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The first fix plumbing has been completed now too, with a lot of the work already having been completed for the showers as the pipe work is going to be hidden in the wall. The above photo on the left is of our downstairs shower room where the shower head will be fixed to ceiling. We also have wall boxes which I think make for great storage solutions – so there’ll be no shampoo bottles on the floor of the shower.

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Dan has stuffed the ceilings with insulation. I’m hoping the house is going to be warm as I’m such a freezer!! After hiring a plasterboard lift, Dan has also finished boarding the ceilings and the next job is plastering – stay tuned!

 

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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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