The first ‘before and after’ pic: the breakfast room is almost finished as the floor will be cleaned and sealed next week. As you can see, this used to be the kitchen (and historically it was the scullery), with the outdoor servants’ toilet and the cold store pantry behind the demolished walls and door. We have also opened up the rear of the house to the garden with the double doors. The room has new windows and doors, the walls have been lined and insulated and the ceiling replaced. We have retained the original quarry tiles.
A ‘during’ shot. Tilting servant’s toilet cistern.
Looking in the other direction. The man in the first shot was the real estate agent, whose name was Oliver, so I kind of knew this was the right house for us.
Another ‘during’ shot. Builder’s kettle, ancient radiator and blocked up side door.
P the plumber was here today fitting the new pipe stacks.
The garden tap was put in a couple of days ago.
The old ground floor toilet in what was originally the Edwardian “telephone room”…
Decommissioned and ready to remove.
And in the skip!
Waterfall tap in the bath.
My first cup of tea drunk in the kitchen, but not made in there yet…
I unpacked my hamper from the oven company.
Lots of goodies.
I put them in a random kitchen cupboard for now.
T the painter was here doing a few final touch-ups. Tomorrow the kitchen door will get its new handle.
Ruby trying out the new kitchen tap.
She loves water.
Oliver gave it a go a bit later.
I did a bit of a vacuum and clean in the kitchen and breakfast room.
Old lath and plaster removed and new wall plastered in the rear landing. Other patching continued elsewhere.
Broken leadlight by the front door – it will need to be repaired. My theory is something was dropped or fell from the scaffold above. Note the dent in the bottom right hand edge of the window.
Oliver and Rose emerging from upstairs at the end of the day.
The neighbour’s cat, Albus, waiting.
Rosie saying hello to Albus.
Fighting off Ruby!
External shot. The very top parts of the scaffold were taken down yesterday.