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:
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!