All the plumbing and electrics had to be run
before the plasterer could start.An electrician spent six weeks
lying all the wires and I spent eight days laying on plumbing from
the house at the back. I had to run central heating, hot, cold and
pumped hot supples front he house. The pumped hot is because there
isn't enough water pressure to fill the bath without a shower pump.
The photo on the right shows the nearly finished
services cupboard which contains consumer unit, underfloor heating
manifold, network switch, broadband modem and audio controller.
Thats a lot of cable!
First fix was completed around the end of April,
the electrician had laid all the wiring and all the bathroom and
other water supplies were in. The plasterers took only twelve working
days to transfom the place from a bulding site to something resembling
a habitable interior. The electrician then returned to fit all the
lights and sockets and test the installation. It was then down to
us again to complete the final joinery (skirtings, architrave),
hang the doors and decorate.
Nearly Second Fix
As of the end of May we're nearly there, we're
aiming to move in during June.
The double doors above were one of the
first salvage items we bought for the renovation, they look to have
been taken out of a school.
Finishing the wooden floorwas a major job,
it took three days over easter weekend to sand it back to bare wood
and a further full day to seal it. The finished result is a much
lighter colour than the old finish.
The brick panel is a reminder of the old brickwork
hidden behind the plaster.
The shelves to the left of the services cupboard
are for the hi fi. The fireplace and stove are fully connected and
ready to use (including the back boiler).
We put blinds up early in May as there was
a lot of interest in the room from passers by!
The new kitchen won't be completed until later
in the year as I need a break before completing this section. We're
planning to get the units made up locally and all the services are
already laid on to the room.
The new bathroom is 'cosy' due to the lack
of ceiling height. The whirlpool bath fills one side of the room
and a glass basin on the other. Its not the most practical of rooms
but its intended as an en suite for the master bedroom so this isn't
I'm in the process of putting in fitted cupbaords
under the eaves in both the bedrooms upstairs. This will keep the
rooms clear by concealing all the storage in the otherwise useless
space under the eaves. Toffs sliding doors of Barnsley supplied
all the doors and fittings at trade rates.