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Kitchen carnage

In Building, Kitchen, Workmen and Trade on August 23, 2012 at 5:41 am

Bathroom done, we move onto the kitchen in the next stage of the lovely “project” that is The Squirrel’s Drey.

I have come to the conclusion that all house-renovation is like the song “I know an old lady who swallowed a fly”. In order to fix one thing, you find you have to fix another thing, which means something else has to happen. O.K, this is partly due to our own choice but still, for every moment that it is exciting and adventurous,  there are evenings when we are floored by the sheer range of decisions need to be made, things to be research and time-frames to be juggled.

Because we want to floor in the kitchen and dining room to run through into each other, this means it has to fit in with kitchen-fitting timings. We also have the afor mentioned fireplace in the dning room which needs attention. This has to be done before the floors. So…the fireplace before the floors before the kitchen. We just thought we were doing the kitchen!

We are completely dry-lining the kitchen (this means covering the walls in thick foam-back plaster board) in order the unsightly pipes. So here’s how this are going so far…

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What to do with a fireplace

In Building, Lighting on August 4, 2012 at 9:19 am


What should we do we this? We want to keep a working fireplace and we’re having dark wood floors. Want something fairly traditional probably but we’re totally clueless about revamping fireplaces when it comes to style or requirements or cost!

Sawing up wood

In Bathroom, Building, Garden on May 11, 2012 at 6:32 pm
Sawing branches

It’s a saw.

Today I have been sawing things. I sawed up some bits of tree so they would fit in our green bin and I sawed up those big ol’ beams I showed you yesterday so that they will fit in the shed until we can dispose of them. Thank goodness that thought I went to a girls’ school, they saw fit to teach us how to use a saw properly. Oh, and my arms ache.

I aslo stopped off to look at bathroom tiles today. I’m trying to find flat (not bevelled) light grey metro tiles that don’t cost the earth. More on that one soon.


Partition wall gone

In Building, Ceilings, Kitchen, Walls, Workmen and Trade on May 10, 2012 at 3:36 pm

Well, it’s gone from this:

Dining room with half-wall

Dining room with half-wall

To this:

Dining room minus partition

Which means some of this:

Plastering  and 

but less of these:

The wooden beams from the kitchen ceiling

Knocking down walls

In Building, Walls, Workmen and Trade on May 9, 2012 at 5:30 pm

Today the mayhem begins in earnest. Today they are knocking down a wall, well a bit of a wall, and putting a steel beam in. I left The Drey at 7am this morning and tonight when I return at 10pm I’ll find out whether they’ve broken out home or not. All limbs are crossed

Next week the re-wire and boiler replacement happens and after that it’s the bathroom. Yikes.