26 March 2013


To get from this...

to this...

we had to go through this ...

the dining room was stripped back to it's bare walls and completely renovated.  Damp walls needed attention, replacement floor, windows, electrics, radiators and a new fireplace.

(above) The wall was taken down that separated dining room and corridor.

(above) Rolled Steel Joist (RSJ) had to be added to hold the ceiling up. A mock beam was used to cover it up.  Existing plumbing had to be diverted and updated. Updates to the electrics.

(above) This shows an exciting discovery.  There must have been an original door to the outside that had been bricked up over time.  

(above) A kitchen hatch was bricked up.  We used the original door. Secondary double glazing was taken down and both windows replaced with hard wood ones in the original style .

We were very lucky with the fireplace.  This part of the house dates back to the 17th century.  When the builders took out the existing reconstructed stone fireplace with beaten copper canopy, heavy timber mantel and probably added around 1970, they came across a curved, gorgeous shape.  We plastered it and it's now filled with logs....

and looks like this...

We don't actually make a fire here or burn the logs, as the room is quite warm enough in the winter. The logs are used on the wood burner stoves in other rooms.

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