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IanDG

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'Windy'Cottage - The Renovation Thread
« on: September 17, 2019, 12:07:08 am »
The start of a renovation thread for Mrs P. (and everyone else who asked)

Not the real name but you'll know where I'm coming from. Location mentioned elsewhere on the forum. An 1800s cottage that has been extended. On the market for at least 5 years with no takers until this mug came along.

The original cottage is right of the chimney:

P9148021 by ian, on Flickr

This wall faces South East. The far window is the main bedroom. This side of the front door is the dining room. A later extension on the left is the kitchen.

The back of the cottage.

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Original cottage and kitchen extension on the right, I think the nearest pitched roof was the first extension (because removing plasterboard inside the house - more to follow - revealed a door and window). The bit on the left with the patio door is a 1990s extension - the lounge. The redbrick utility room is the 'back door' into the kitchen with the door/steps to a small cellar.

Front of the cottage - parallel to the road

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The front of the building was probably the second (or third) extension - depending on when the kitchen was added. Faces North East. The nearest window (1st pic) is the main bedroom (2 windows facing SE and NE catching the morning light  :thumbsup:). An extra door - original owner thinks it was used as the village post office at some time. Middle window is the second bedroom (same room as the door). The nearest window (second pic where the brickwork changes) is the living room (patio door on the opposite wall).

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The living room extension with the bathroom on the right and the third bedroom (to be the man - my 'junk' - room) nearest.


Jaded

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Re: 'Windy'Cottage - The Renovation Thread
« Reply #1 on: September 17, 2019, 12:10:12 am »
Yay! Drove down today, not that many miles from you. Back up soon.

This looks a wonderful project  :thumbsup:
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IanDG

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Re: 'Windy'Cottage - The Renovation Thread
« Reply #2 on: September 17, 2019, 12:16:38 am »
Yay! Drove down today, not that many miles from you. Back up soon.

This looks a wonderful project  :thumbsup:

Let me know when you next head north and call in :)

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Re: 'Windy'Cottage - The Renovation Thread
« Reply #3 on: September 17, 2019, 07:20:03 am »
Looks like a job for George Clarke ..... just get those bi-fold doors on order!

Keep the Forum posted with pics.

Rob

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Re: 'Windy'Cottage - The Renovation Thread
« Reply #4 on: September 17, 2019, 07:24:16 am »
The start of a renovation thread for Mrs P.

For me too, please, Ian.

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Re: 'Windy'Cottage - The Renovation Thread
« Reply #5 on: September 17, 2019, 07:32:07 am »
Looks interesting! Thanks  :thumbsup:
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Re: 'Windy'Cottage - The Renovation Thread
« Reply #6 on: September 17, 2019, 03:31:04 pm »
Lots to like there.

What is the join between the original and new like? Decent amount of lead with a good overlap on that connection I hope?

Some roof ladders might be a good investment. The roofline is low and shallow so you can easily do the work without scaffolding.
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Re: 'Windy'Cottage - The Renovation Thread
« Reply #7 on: September 18, 2019, 11:26:40 pm »
Hi, just checked out where you are. We have been up to Cummertrees a few times in the motorhome and really like it up there.
Mrs. M likes it for the lack of hills and we both like how quiet it is .
Hope the cottage turns out to be everything that you both want.

IanDG

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Re: 'Windy'Cottage - The Renovation Thread
« Reply #8 on: September 20, 2019, 09:17:45 am »
Looks like a job for George Clarke ..... just get those bi-fold doors on order!

Keep the Forum posted with pics.

Rob

Had to google George Clarke :D

IanDG

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Re: 'Windy'Cottage - The Renovation Thread
« Reply #9 on: September 20, 2019, 09:21:36 am »
Lots to like there.

What is the join between the original and new like? Decent amount of lead with a good overlap on that connection I hope?

Some roof ladders might be a good investment. The roofline is low and shallow so you can easily do the work without scaffolding.

Don't know, I haven't been on the roof and the roofer hasn't been round yet. There has been a leak from the channel between the two apex roofs at some time in the past and the roof of the original cottage has a 'wave'.

The flat (rubber) roof has deteriorated and needs repair - going to replace with a gently sloping pitched roof.

IanDG

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Re: 'Windy'Cottage - The Renovation Thread
« Reply #10 on: September 20, 2019, 09:22:36 am »
Hi, just checked out where you are. We have been up to Cummertrees a few times in the motorhome and really like it up there.
Mrs. M likes it for the lack of hills and we both like how quiet it is .
Hope the cottage turns out to be everything that you both want.

Great network of quiet lanes. A quiet backroad (NCN7) into Dumfries and not too far to hills and forest tracks :)

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Re: 'Windy'Cottage - The Renovation Thread
« Reply #11 on: September 20, 2019, 10:31:40 am »
Looks like a job for George Clarke ..... just get those bi-fold doors on order!

Keep the Forum posted with pics.

Rob

Had to google George Clarke :D

Ah - he'll also design you a kitchen with the must-have island unit  ;D

Rob

IanDG

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Re: 'Windy'Cottage - The Renovation Thread
« Reply #12 on: September 20, 2019, 11:41:21 am »
The rooms:

Kitchen

IMG_1000 by ian, on Flickr

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Bathroom:

IMG_0985 by ian, on Flickr

IMG_0984 by ian, on Flickr

Lounge:

IMG_0992 by ian, on Flickr

IMG_1009 by ian, on Flickr

Main bedroom:

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2nd Bedroom:

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IMG_1014 by ian, on Flickr

3rd Bedroom/2nd Sitting Room/My office:

IMG_0990 by ian, on Flickr

Dining Room:

IMG_0998 by ian, on Flickr


IanDG

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Re: 'Windy'Cottage - The Renovation Thread
« Reply #13 on: September 20, 2019, 10:08:04 pm »
Week 1:

Cleared all the floor coverings.
Fenced an area of garden off for the dogs.
Adjusted the patio door so it opens and closes without a kick.
Drained watertanks and boiler and removed a couple of radiators.
Started to get the hedge under control.
Started to clear plant growth from around cottage that was covering air bricks.
Stripped out the bathroom suite (except the loo) and (almost) stripped the walls back to the brickwork.
Made some exploratory holes in other walls.

https://flic.kr/s/aHsmHaFMQp

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Re: 'Windy'Cottage - The Renovation Thread
« Reply #14 on: September 20, 2019, 10:48:04 pm »
Interesting wooden beam in the bathroom! An odd mix of stone and red brick. Exciting!
Do not clench. It only makes it worse.

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Re: 'Windy'Cottage - The Renovation Thread
« Reply #15 on: September 20, 2019, 11:21:59 pm »
Looks great. Love projects like this!
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IanDG

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Re: 'Windy'Cottage - The Renovation Thread
« Reply #16 on: September 21, 2019, 08:47:32 am »
Started with the bathroom. The tiles were not doing their job and water was getting behind and the wall behind the shower had a damp issue as a result and some of the plaster had already fallen off exposing the brick wall.

IMG_1017 by ian, on Flickr

The place was on the market for about 5 to 6 years following a divorce and I don't think the guy had done any cleaning since - the bathroom was minging. We wanted to replace the bath for a shower anyway (with a low ceiling and me being over 6ft I would probably have to crouch to use the above bath shower) and panel the walls to hide the exposed pipework.

Tiles around the bath came away easy as did the wet plaster - exposing an old wooden lintel of an old door in the original wall.

IMG_1020 by ian, on Flickr

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Banging away at the external wall revealed lath and plaster - all to be removed and replaced with insulation and panels.

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Removing tiles and plaster on the other wall revealed red brick - I assume used to make the dividing wall when the bathroom was added (prior to/instead of plasterboard).

IMG_1069 by ian, on Flickr

The ceiling was mould stained - so that came out as well

IMG_1038 by ian, on Flickr

Removed the door and tried to jemmy the door frame out - but the whole wall moved. So that's staying until I talk to the builder. It doesn't appear to support anything so the whole wall can probably come out to be replaced with a panel wall?

IMG_1064 by ian, on Flickr

So bathroom is nearly gutted. A bit more plaster to remove on the original wall and around the loo, then find out what the builder wants me to do with the door wall and exposed pipework :)

IMG_1070 by ian, on Flickr

IMG_1069 by ian, on Flickr

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IanDG

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Re: 'Windy'Cottage - The Renovation Thread
« Reply #17 on: September 21, 2019, 08:49:53 am »
Interesting wooden beam in the bathroom! An odd mix of stone and red brick. Exciting!

Think the red brick was used to make the dividing wall at the time the bathroom was put in.

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Re: 'Windy'Cottage - The Renovation Thread
« Reply #18 on: September 21, 2019, 10:02:19 am »
Looks great. Love projects like this!

Me too! If I could find some time free I would come and help. Here is what I have been up to this week - another story for another day:


IanDG

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Re: 'Windy'Cottage - The Renovation Thread
« Reply #19 on: September 21, 2019, 10:07:51 am »
Looks great. Love projects like this!

Me too! If I could find some time free I would come and help. Here is what I have been up to this week - another story for another day:



 :thumbsup:

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Re: 'Windy'Cottage - The Renovation Thread
« Reply #20 on: September 21, 2019, 10:13:14 am »
This is getting me excited - having done up/renovated a couple of houses many years ago and my daughter's flat last year - we're going to see a "doer upper" house on Monday  :thumbsup: 

Upside is that we have the luxury of being able to buy, do the work and then sell our exisiting house.

Rob

Re: 'Windy'Cottage - The Renovation Thread
« Reply #21 on: September 22, 2019, 10:34:56 am »
Sounds like you are having fun!
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IanDG

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Re: 'Windy'Cottage - The Renovation Thread
« Reply #22 on: September 23, 2019, 08:38:41 pm »
Finished getting the hedge under control today - which has pleased a number of people in the village :)

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Deanne even found the garden path :)

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Re: 'Windy'Cottage - The Renovation Thread
« Reply #23 on: September 23, 2019, 09:32:51 pm »
A friend once bought a house with an overgrown hedge which had a tunnel, like yours had, to get through the front gate. His house became known as The Hole In The Hedge.

Re: 'Windy'Cottage - The Renovation Thread
« Reply #24 on: September 23, 2019, 11:01:00 pm »
You don't hang about, do you?