Over the last few days the bathroom furniture has been starting to arrive so we’ve spent today measuring out where we need all the pipes to go. We’ve gone for a traditional Victorian style bathroom suite and it was fun to see it all in place.
The outside wall has also been replastered (so you can’t see in as you walk up the stairs!) and the first fix of electrical cables are all installed.
We were very excited to light the fire for the first time the other day, especially as the temperature is dropping and we have no central heating at the moment.
The ‘keeping warm’ project is well underway and the new radiators have also just arrived and are currently filling the living room:
The biggest / most exciting thing to have happened to the house recently is that we have taken down the dividing wall in the hallway. I was keen to keep it up as long as possible as it protected us from the dust and cold but the electrician needed it to be moved.
So, we’ve gone from this:
It is so much wider and lighter but was a very messy job!
We were excited to find the original banister but it’s not in a good state:
You’ll see that due to the position of the kitchen door we’ve not taken the stairs all the way back but we’ve decided that we’d rather keep that extra space in the kitchen. We actually thought we were going to have to keep more of a dividing wall up but we’re really pleased with the results and the fact the stairs are open. We’ll re-do the banister in due course but at the moment it will have to stay like it is.
September was a busy month with lots of noise and dust but there isn’t an awful lot to show for it as all the work has been hidden under floorboards and behind walls.
The good news is that the electrics are almost finished. We’ve got lots of new plug sockets (which are no longer in the skirting boards), new light switches and preparation is underway for the smoke detectors. Having spoken to the building regs inspector we’re actually going to put more smoke detectors in so that we can keep the original doors in all the bedrooms. The other alternative was to put thick fire doors in but we think the smoke detectors is a much better route for a number of reasons.
The final job for now is the alarm system but that is all on track and then we just need to buy the furniture for the plug sockets and light switches.
The plumper has also been busy at work and we’re getting close to having the new heating system installed in the new bathroom…..just in time as the temperature is dropping!
Panic over, The Boyfriend has added the pigeon spikes. It was hard to get a photo as the window had just been painted but here is the proof:
The one goal of the year was to install the fire in the living room so we didn’t have to have another freezing cold winter. The fire surround was delivered a few weeks back and the chimneys had been lined (see previous post) so all that was left was for the fire itself to arrive and be installed.
It all happened yesterday so we have gone from this:
with the scary looking faces:
It may have cost us the price of a sunny holiday somewhere exotic but at least it will keep us warm this winter.