Author Topic: 'Windy'Cottage - The Renovation Thread  (Read 2080 times)

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Re: 'Windy'Cottage - The Renovation Thread
« Reply #25 on: September 24, 2019, 09:20:37 am »
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.

I bought a house in about 1984 that had about 5 or 6 acres of land, about 70% grassed and the rest wooded . . . we found a small stone-built barn when we cleared some of the woods . . . and in amongst the detritus in the barn - mainly old furniture and garden tools - found someone's porn stash (well, a load of old pre- and post-pubic hair Playboy mags!)

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Re: 'Windy'Cottage - The Renovation Thread
« Reply #26 on: September 24, 2019, 10:39:02 am »
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.

I bought a house in about 1984 that had about 5 or 6 acres of land, about 70% grassed and the rest wooded . . . we found a small stone-built barn when we cleared some of the woods . . . and in amongst the detritus in the barn - mainly old furniture and garden tools - found someone's porn stash (well, a load of old pre- and post-pubic hair Playboy mags!)

Rob

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They turn up everywhere - friend of mine found a stash under the floorboards when he renovated a house on Lewis.

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Re: 'Windy'Cottage - The Renovation Thread
« Reply #27 on: September 26, 2019, 08:19:24 pm »
One wall from the bathroom now gone - might even take the brick wall out on the left (it moves if you give it a good push) and have it replaced with a stud wall. That would also give a few more inches for a wider shower tray.

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Re: 'Windy'Cottage - The Renovation Thread
« Reply #28 on: September 26, 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 #29 on: September 26, 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 #30 on: September 26, 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 #31 on: September 26, 2019, 08:33:24 pm »
Quite the project. Looking forward to seeing the progress.

Re: 'Windy'Cottage - The Renovation Thread
« Reply #32 on: September 26, 2019, 08:44:16 pm »
Yes.
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Re: 'Windy'Cottage - The Renovation Thread
« Reply #33 on: September 26, 2019, 09:08:03 pm »
Fantastic progress!

I am not used to seeing a bathroom so far from the kitchen.

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Re: 'Windy'Cottage - The Renovation Thread
« Reply #34 on: September 26, 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 #35 on: September 27, 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 #36 on: September 27, 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 #37 on: September 27, 2019, 10:56:31 pm »
That's cool :)
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Re: 'Windy'Cottage - The Renovation Thread
« Reply #38 on: September 28, 2019, 12:04:33 am »
Like that map work.  :)
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Re: 'Windy'Cottage - The Renovation Thread
« Reply #39 on: September 28, 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 #40 on: September 28, 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 #41 on: September 29, 2019, 07:09:38 pm »
Watching with great interest.

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Re: 'Windy'Cottage - The Renovation Thread
« Reply #42 on: September 29, 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 #43 on: September 29, 2019, 09:39:11 pm »
Fascinating to watch, thanks

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Re: 'Windy'Cottage - The Renovation Thread
« Reply #44 on: September 29, 2019, 09:53:58 pm »
To get this far with the Asbestos Palace our refurbishers took approximately 240,000 years.
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Re: 'Windy'Cottage - The Renovation Thread
« Reply #45 on: September 29, 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 #46 on: September 29, 2019, 10:47:58 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?

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Re: 'Windy'Cottage - The Renovation Thread
« Reply #47 on: September 29, 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 #48 on: September 30, 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 #49 on: September 30, 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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