Kevin McCloud Would Be Proud, part two

Finishing the bathroom happened at nearly the same time that we finished the bedroom. In actual fact, the bedroom was mostly done, just waiting for the bathroom fixtures to be moved out of the center of it.

These projects took us three years. That’s right, three years. When we arrived, the south wall had streams of water running down it. We had to replace the roof and then wait to see if that made a difference. We also had some giant beams to replace, as the ones that were there were rotting from all the damp and no longer supporting the floor above. We did this in year one.

Then, we had to figure out just what to do with this room. All sorts of questions: How will stairs work? What sort of heating system should we consider in an effort to be green? For those of you who have followed the blog from its inception, I’ve written about these topics. Once we decided, it still took a long time. This we did in year two.

Year three had us ripping up the stinky and filthy carpet, which was the easy bit. Living with the dirt this construction project generated for nearly two years was more of a challenge. Over three years, we undertook the following projects in these two rooms (not in any particular order):

  • Replaced old rotten beams with new green oak beams
  • Installed a new boiler
  • Fitted Sovereign Membrane (as seen on a few episodes of Grand Designs!) to let the stone walls do their moisture thing, but not have it come into the house
  • Framed the walls in order to put in insulation. We insulated walls, floors and ceilings
  • Lay new Floors
  • Installed a new ceiling
  • Built a room (big ass closet!) for the boiler so it was no longer in the bedroom
  • Had stairs designed, built and installed
  • Installed a new window and slate sill (found at reclamation yard)
  • Painted walls and ceiling
  • Cleaned all manner of dirt and debris
  • Cleaned some more
  • And still some more
  • Moved furniture into the room and then ourselves
  • Took a few photos and here is the post of the before, during and after:
How it looked our first summer.  Notice the ceiling and the rotten beams being supported by the window.

How it looked our first summer. Notice the ceiling and the rotten beams being supported by the window.

 

Room emptied and ready to replace the old beams above.

Room emptied and ready to replace the old beams above.

 

Getting ready to remove old beams and install the new ones.

Getting ready to remove old beams and install the new ones.

 

Delivery of the new beams (summer of 2012).

Delivery of the new beams (summer of 2012).

 

Andy preparing the window.

Andy preparing the window.

 

Working on the new window.  First step is to take out the old, secure the lintel and integrate the damp proofing materials.

Working on the new window. First step is to take out the old, secure the lintel and integrate the damp proofing materials.

 

Let the work begin.  Old carpeting out.  New beams in.  Next is to frame walls, install stairs, and prepare for a 3 year adventure.

Let the work begin. Old carpeting out. New beams in. Next is to frame walls, install stairs, and prepare for a 3 year adventure.

 

It's just a mess!

It’s just a mess!

 

Insulation ready to go into walls, ceilings, floors.

Insulation ready to go into walls, ceilings, floors.

 

This was the way to get downstairs before we had the new ones built.

This was the way to get downstairs before we had the new ones built.

 

Old boiler.  One switch:  on or off.  No temperature settings.  The little red tank is resting on a box because it was previously hanging from the wall.  And all those pipes....well, this was in the corner of the whole room before we built it's big-ass closet!

Old boiler. One switch: on or off. No temperature settings. The little red tank is resting on a box because it was previously hanging from the wall. And all those pipes….well, this was in the corner of the whole room before we built it’s big-ass closet!

 

Framing and insulation being installed.

Framing and insulation being installed.

 

Plaster boards going into place.

Plaster boards going into place.

 

New stairs are in, plaster drying, floor insulation down.  Next step, lay the floors.

New stairs are in, plaster drying, floor insulation down. Next step, lay the floors.

 

New stairs and secret closet under the stairs.

New stairs, floors, and secret closet under the stairs.

 

Finished corner of the room.

Finished corner of the room.

 

View of the finished room on way to the bathroom.

View of the finished room on way to the bathroom.

 

Finished work.  Just need a door for the closet and maybe some art and furniture.  Hey, Rome wasn't built in a day.

Finished work. Just need a door for the closet and maybe some art and furniture. Hey, Rome wasn’t built in a day.

 

Now that the spring and summer is upon us, all our new projects are moving to the outdoors. True to my nature, I’ve started a list and it is long!

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21 comments on “Kevin McCloud Would Be Proud, part two

  1. Know how the days, months and years pass by with a building project! Well done and outside is always a great place to be too!

  2. kiwiskan says:

    absolute wow! You must be so proud of yourselves!

    • We do feel proud, and happy to have a major project completed. Facing the big question, “would a plant look nice here?” is such a happy problem! And given some of the next stages of projects, one I’m more than happy to consider for sometime. Thanks for your comments.

  3. Rosie's Dad says:

    WOW, AMAZING.

  4. jllevitan says:

    Wow! What an accomplishment. It looks beautiful! Love the floors and the stairway. By the way, the secret closet under the stairs reminds me of the cupboard under the stairs where Harry Potter lived at the Dursley’s. Look forward to a return visit one day to see it in person. Well done!

  5. Gwen says:

    I love it!!

  6. Ann Dawney says:

    I’m mightily impressed you two, as if you remember, I climbed down those fiendish stairs, and saw the bedroom and bathroom before you touched them! A labour of love certainly,but what a great result!

  7. hilary charlie and thomas says:

    Wow! It looks fantastic Catherine and Roger. Hope that you and your menagerie are all happy and healthy Hilary, Charlie and Thomas xxx

  8. RobP says:

    Very impressive – all the hard work paid off 🙂

  9. atkokosplace says:

    You should be doing happy dances all over the place! Amazing job!

  10. Stunning transformation! The previous stair and boiler arrangements looked lethal. Greatly enjoyed these two posts, secure in the knowledge that I can admire your hard work without ever doing this sort of thing ourselves (though we do have our downstairs loo outside the back door, which isn’t a conventional arrangement. Especially in winter – it’s unheated!)

    • I think the outside, unheated loo sounds fairly lethal too! We are so glad to be finished with this project. The rest of the inside of the house now moves more to cosmetic, rather than structural. A few more windows, floors, walls and ceilings, but nothing like beams and seriously dangerous boilers! Glad you enjoyed the two posts.

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