Author Topic: 'Windy'Cottage - The Renovation Thread  (Read 7147 times)

Re: 'Windy'Cottage - The Renovation Thread
« Reply #25 on: 26 September, 2019, 08:21:27 pm »
I admire the energy you clearly have, to undertake this, Ian.

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Re: 'Windy'Cottage - The Renovation Thread
« Reply #26 on: 26 September, 2019, 08:26:39 pm »
Also removed some ceiling to investigate a stained area from a leak. Beaten the crap out of the walls in other rooms too but more of that later.

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Re: 'Windy'Cottage - The Renovation Thread
« Reply #27 on: 26 September, 2019, 08:31:25 pm »
The floorplan.

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A Utility room has been added next to the kitchen and the Lounge/Dining Room have been altered to give a corridor and a 'bedroom/study' (with an external door).

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Re: 'Windy'Cottage - The Renovation Thread
« Reply #28 on: 26 September, 2019, 08:33:24 pm »
Quite the project. Looking forward to seeing the progress.

Re: 'Windy'Cottage - The Renovation Thread
« Reply #29 on: 26 September, 2019, 08:44:16 pm »
Yes.
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Re: 'Windy'Cottage - The Renovation Thread
« Reply #30 on: 26 September, 2019, 10:02:52 pm »
The first house I owned had the bathroom directly off the kitchen, downstairs. It was an old farm workers cottage and quite basic.  One of the first jobs was to move that door to come off the living room, to give more kitchen space.  Living room ended up with three doors and the understairs cupboard off it though.
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Re: 'Windy'Cottage - The Renovation Thread
« Reply #31 on: 27 September, 2019, 12:00:01 am »
Fantastic progress!

I am not used to seeing a bathroom so far from the kitchen.
It's not too obvious whether the scullery came before the toilet.

Got me wondering where the bog was at my great aunt's, that house still had the aga  for heating in the main room though nan would cook the Pancakes on the gas burners in the scullery out the back.
Theres a possibility it was at the top of the stairs, or off the comfortable room


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Re: 'Windy'Cottage - The Renovation Thread
« Reply #32 on: 27 September, 2019, 10:47:55 pm »
Google search of old maps this morning. The cottage is shown on the 1861 OS map, so older than we thought. It's the 'blob' on the corner of the lane (SE of quarry and SW of the school) that leads to the Saw Mill, Hope Cottage and Woodside.

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Re: 'Windy'Cottage - The Renovation Thread
« Reply #33 on: 27 September, 2019, 10:56:31 pm »
That's cool :)
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« Reply #34 on: 28 September, 2019, 12:04:33 am »
Like that map work.  :)
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Re: 'Windy'Cottage - The Renovation Thread
« Reply #35 on: 28 September, 2019, 02:47:06 am »
Maps are cool. IanDGs are way cooler.

I have my trowel, sledgehammer and Dremel packed, ready to visit.  ;D
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Re: 'Windy'Cottage - The Renovation Thread
« Reply #36 on: 28 September, 2019, 07:09:13 am »
Maps are cool. IanDGs are way cooler.

I have my trowel, sledgehammer and Dremel packed, ready to visit.  ;D

... from the look of it you'll need a VERY BIG Dremel  ;D

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Re: 'Windy'Cottage - The Renovation Thread
« Reply #37 on: 29 September, 2019, 07:09:38 pm »
Watching with great interest.

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Re: 'Windy'Cottage - The Renovation Thread
« Reply #38 on: 29 September, 2019, 09:37:26 pm »
Another week passed. Had help this week as Mrs G took some leave from work. Bashed walls in the hall, second bedroom, main bedroom and dining room - and shifted a shit load of rubbish to the local tip.

The second bedroom -

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Got rid of the radiator and cleared all the lath and plaster from the outside wall

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Ripping plasterboard from the inside wall joining wall to main bedroom (originally an outside wall) revealed an alcove with shelves.

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The walls now cleared

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A new stud wall will go in where the ceiling height changes to create a second (spare bedroom) and a work room for Deanne

While remocing plasterboard around the external door and adjoining wall, a sheet of plasterboard fell from the roof - The roof and joists above looks good (unlike the joists in the main bedroom).

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Some rotten floorboards found (close to one of the radiator pipes) probably resulting from a leaky radiator

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A bit more work on this room completed today. The alcove has red brick behind the plaster and oak beam above so was probably a door into the original build - will take some pics tomorrow (after the dust settles).

Re: 'Windy'Cottage - The Renovation Thread
« Reply #39 on: 29 September, 2019, 09:39:11 pm »
Fascinating to watch, thanks

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Re: 'Windy'Cottage - The Renovation Thread
« Reply #40 on: 29 September, 2019, 09:53:58 pm »
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Re: 'Windy'Cottage - The Renovation Thread
« Reply #41 on: 29 September, 2019, 10:22:33 pm »
Also finished stripping the back of the bathroom wall (in the hallway to the lounge). A mix of plasterboard and lath and plaster.

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Lovely stone wall behind. The oak lintel found on the bathroom side was definitely above an original door.

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Also found a sandstone lintel that looks like it was above a window - so this was probably an external wall in the past

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The wall is now finished

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Re: 'Windy'Cottage - The Renovation Thread
« Reply #42 on: 29 September, 2019, 10:53:07 pm »
I am impressed with how far back you are stripping the place, amazed at the speed you are working at, and wondering where you are sleeping while all this is going on - in a tent?

We are in a rent. Sold in Stornoway and moved to Dumfries in May and have a 6 month lease (until 10th November) with the option to extend (have to give 2 months notice). Aiming for a 4 month turn around (move in early next year?) - I gut the place then the builders come in.

I am retired so have no other commitments and can spend all my day working on the cottage - generally starting at 10 am and finishing at 7 pm - that's 9 hrs a day.

Mrs G has also had the week off work and cleared a lot of wall (clearing laths and plaster) leaving me to tidy around her.

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Re: 'Windy'Cottage - The Renovation Thread
« Reply #43 on: 30 September, 2019, 07:45:42 am »
I am impressed with how far back you are stripping the place, amazed at the speed you are working at, and wondering where you are sleeping while all this is going on - in a tent?

We are in a rent. Sold in Stornoway and moved to Dumfries in May and have a 6 month lease (until 10th November) with the option to extend (have to give 2 months notice). Aiming for a 4 month turn around (move in early next year?) - I gut the place then the builders come in.

I am retired so have no other commitments and can spend all my day working on the cottage - generally starting at 10 am and finishing at 7 pm - that's 9 hrs a day.

Mrs G has also had the week off work and cleared a lot of wall (clearing laths and plaster) leaving me to tidy around her.

1000 start! - retirement doesn't give you the right to have lie-in you know  ;D

Fantastic progress.

Rob

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Re: 'Windy'Cottage - The Renovation Thread
« Reply #44 on: 30 September, 2019, 02:19:51 pm »
1000 start! - retirement doesn't give you the right to have lie-in you know  ;D

Elfin safe tea, innit.  Use of tools - particularly hammers and sharp objects - early in the morning always makes me feel like I'm in the opening scene of an episode of Casualty.

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Re: 'Windy'Cottage - The Renovation Thread
« Reply #45 on: 30 September, 2019, 03:01:02 pm »
1000 start! - retirement doesn't give you the right to have lie-in you know  ;D

Elfin safe tea, innit.  Use of tools - particularly hammers and sharp objects - early in the morning always makes me feel like I'm in the opening scene of an episode of Casualty.

I'm gonig to use that one next time someone thinks it's a good idea to have a grumble about me working 10-18 as is allowed by our flexi system...

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Re: 'Windy'Cottage - The Renovation Thread
« Reply #46 on: 30 September, 2019, 03:25:23 pm »

1000 start! - retirement doesn't give you the right to have lie-in you know  ;D

Fantastic progress.

Rob

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Re: 'Windy'Cottage - The Renovation Thread
« Reply #47 on: 03 October, 2019, 09:49:25 pm »
So bathroom's ready (unless the builder decides the brick wall on the left is coming down to be replaced with a stud wall)

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The stretch of corridor to the lounge is done

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and the second bedroom is ready (but I might need to remove a few floor boards where a radiator has leaked)

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The main bedroom is also close (just a few more floor boards to pull up.

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Re: 'Windy'Cottage - The Renovation Thread
« Reply #48 on: 03 October, 2019, 10:01:18 pm »
The lounge corridor:

I've already shown the work done on the adjoining bathroom wall (that was at some time an outside wall) and the ceiling that was pulled down.

I also removed a stud wall at the corridor end. Behind the stud a plastered wall had been covered in polythene sheeting. Removal of the plaster revealed original stone wall (see above) and an alcove that had been boarded up and dissected by the stud wall to the second bedroom  - the other 'part' being in the bedroom.

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Re: 'Windy'Cottage - The Renovation Thread
« Reply #49 on: 03 October, 2019, 10:21:11 pm »
Second bedroom:

Once part of a large dining room/lounge it was partitioned to make a study and (for some bizarre reason) another external door added. This is going to be divided into 2 rooms - a 2nd (spare) bedroom and a sewing/craft work room for Deanne. The partition is going where the ceiling changes height. going to replace the outside door with a window.

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The outside wall was lath and plaster - now all cleared

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The right hand wall (from the bedroom door) was plasterboard over a polythene covered plaster wall. Chipping back the plaster revelaed an old stone wall - all the plaster has now been removed.

Clearing around the (boarded up) alcove revealed a bricked up door with an oak lintel. We decided to remove the partition wall (between the alcove and the door and re-position it so that the alcove becomes a feature in Deanne's work room.

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