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Started by James Harrison, January 31, 2020, 08:06:41 PM
Quote from: James Harrison on December 05, 2022, 06:59:41 PMThere's the front garden, which needs new paving. I did actually start this this Summer just gone but had to stop because I ran out of room to store the spoil. That's now been disposed of but it took so long to get rid of it that the weather has turned. I can think of more pleasant ways to spend freezing cold, wet days than breaking up inch-thick mass concrete. So that's a job for the Spring through Autumn.
Quote from: James Harrison on December 05, 2022, 06:59:41 PMThen there's the hallway and staircase. You're probably thinking there can't possibly be anything left to do here- it's been replastered, repainted, I've sanded the staircase down, taken up the new tiles to expose the original floor.... and you'd be right, but also wrong. So working from the top down there's some plastering and repainting needed on the ceiling, then it really needs a coving fitting for the joint between wall and ceiling. Then the floorboards need replacing. The railings around the staircase I might repaint (they're stained at the moment) just to lighten upstairs a bit. I think there's an argument to be made for cleaning up the stairtreads a bit more, and then I want to fit a stair runner and stair rods. Then there are some cracked and broken quarry tiles that need replacing, and if that isn't enough to be getting on with I also want to replace the radiator.
Quote from: James Harrison on December 05, 2022, 06:59:41 PMThe project that I'm really looking forward to though is completing the sitting room. This is the room that I fitted out with bookshelves in the few weeks between moving in and shutting down for plague, and then painted the first Summer I was here. So the room really is already a couple of years old and although I still think the dark blue is just right for it... it has got a little tired. It attracts fingermarks, it's got covered in brickdust in places which just hasn't washed away, there's a small white salt (?) patch in one corner that just keeps on coming through... it just needs I think cleaning down and maybe another coat. I've also decided that the picture moulding in the dining room worked really well, so I'm going to do something similar in this room. Not all the way around though. It's going to be at the same level as the top of the architrave (which coincidentally is also the top of the bookshelves) and it's going to run from the bay window to the fireplace. It's going to avoid the fireplace and it's going to start up again in the opposite inglenook before running into more bookshelves. Then it's just going to run straight along the back wall and back to the window. I'm going to paint the walls above this in a pale cream, so the room's going to have a dark blue/ pale cream paint scheme. The fireplce wall is going to stay dark blue from floor to ceiling, but I've found a nice William Morris wallpaper pattern that I'm going to recreate with paint. I might have a go at actually block printing this rather than stencilling. All of the skirting boards are going to be taken down and stripped back to wood, then stained. Whilst they're down I'm going to take the vinyl floor up and replace it with real wood flooring- the same as I did in the dining room. This might uncover a couple of areas of the floor that are structurally suspect....
Quote from: James Harrison on December 05, 2022, 06:59:41 PMSo if I can get all this done, by next December I should have the main downstairs living rooms and the hallway finished, and at that point I think it would be fair to say the project's probably about half finished.
Quote from: James Harrison on December 11, 2023, 05:02:28 PMSo if you've got any questions (relevant ones - I don't know where Lord Lucan is, or what happened to Flight 19), fire away.
Quote from: Madasasteamfish on December 18, 2023, 12:15:07 PMQuote from: James Harrison on December 11, 2023, 05:02:28 PMSo if you've got any questions (relevant ones - I don't know where Lord Lucan is, or what happened to Flight 19), fire away. What about Shergar, or Glen Miller?
Quote from: Cora Courcelle on December 22, 2023, 08:11:24 PMAre you considering calling the house Area 51 .....
Quote from: montysaurus on December 23, 2023, 09:34:17 PMWhat pitfalls should someone starting on a project like this, try an avoid?