The recent cold spell has slowed things down a bit as it is pretty chilly in the top flat.  Instead of working up there we’ve been concentrating on some of the admin and think we’ve now given the planning office everything they need to confirm that our house is in fact a HOUSE.  It will have cost us over £400 for the privilege including paying them to release some copies of documents (that they had) to include in the application!!

The Boyfriend has also been busy on mydeco.com planning some of the room layouts – in particular the main bathroom and we’re off to a showroom later today.  The biggest ‘challenge’ we face at the moment is where to put the boiler as it is quite a large system.  We’re currently thinking of converting the attic space on the top floor into an en-suite shower room and putting it in there.  If we do that, we’re also thinking about keeping the old kitchen as a bedroom rather than turning it into a bathroom.  Our thinking was that if we had guests they could use the main family bathroom and we’d use the en-suite but if we put another shower room upstairs then we may end up with too many bathrooms!  I’m so glad that we’ve been able to live in the house and work through some of these thoughts rather than getting the builders in on day one and being stuck with our initial plans.

The other research we’ve been doing is about fireplaces and last weekend on the coldest day of the year we went to look at a local showroom.  The Boyfriend had originally wanted us to open it all up to show the brickwork but we don’t think this will be possible due to legal requirements about what we can and can’t do.  Instead, we’ve found a model that we both really like and are pretty confident it will fit.  We’re hoping to have someone out in the coming weeks to see what state the fire/chimney are in and work out the next steps.

This coming week we’re due to see the first major work done upstairs as the plumper is coming tomorrow to:

1) Disconnect the gas so we can remove the old fire in the living room

Old fireplace


2) Take off the long radiator on the landing as the bathroom wall will eventually cut it in two

Old radiator3) Remove the redundant boiler in R’s room

Old boiler


We’re also hoping to have the builder out on Tuesday so we could start to see some big changes…

About katerenovates

Hello and welcome to Kate Renovates - a blog about my attempts at renovation. The Husband and I have now been living in our house for four years and changes are being made slowly. It's an unloved Victorian townhouse that had been converted into two flats. Armed with a little bit of know-how and bags of enthusiasm, we have turned it back into one house and are transforming it into our home. Many of the original features remain but the flats had been rented out and so none of the rooms were in great shape. Luckily, it has a fully functioning kitchen and we recently finished the new bathroom and so things are getting more and more comfortable all the time. We're learning as we go and sharing our ups (and downs) on here as we try (fingers crossed) to bring the house back to life. I'd love to hear your thoughts on my blog or any tips you may have on our house project, so to contact me, please email katerenovates@gmail.com
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