Sunday, 15 September 2013

My own personal disaster story

Morning ladies.  I realised I hadn't done an update on my tumble-down house.  The building work is all done now and we only have some painting to do once the plaster is dry.  Oh, and the entire kitchen to fit, paint and tile.  Do you want to see how it came about?


I'm following up from my last post on the subject, so if you missed it and want to see how bad it was before, click on that link.  The photo above is the corner of the dining room.  We now have a doorway leading to the cellar where once there was just a wall with a humungous crack in it.  


This view from the kitchen shows the new lintel.  The one before was wood (I think) and very bowed.


This is the kitchen ceiling, above the doorway in the previous post.  There was an empty crisp packet up there, an early Walkers one.  Maybe I should have sold it on ebay, could be worth a fortune, after all it was "vintage".


Here's the entry from the kitchen to the dining room now clad in plaster board.  


And from the other side of the doorway.


Of course, they filled that hole (not sure if the crisp packet is still up there or not...)


Then they plastered and put in the door frames.  It looks so much better already.  The pre-plaster that they put on was the smelliest thing on earth. It stank of wee and as it was the kitchen, dining room and both hall ways, the entire house stank of wee.  Delightful.


And here it is all plastered and waiting to be painted and have the doors fitted.  I'm going to wait to do that until the kitchen is fitted.  I've only removed the brick dust from the main areas as we don't see the point in doing a massive clean only to have the plasterers round and then the kitchen-fitter sawing wood and stuff.  Now I just have to wait, there's been a bit of an issue with the fitter and getting it done could take some time.  I'm trying not to cry about it too much.


17 comments:

Jane Galley said...

It looks so much better, even if there is still lots to do. Hope you can sort out the kitchen very soon

Pam @Threading My Way said...

Sounds like you're finally on the downhill run..

Kristy @ Quiet Play said...

Yay for the house being patched back together! What a process it's been - hope that it'll be all resolved soon!

JoJo said...

It's coming along beautifully! I'll bet you'll be glad to have this behind you!!!

Samantha said...

YOU smell of wee! :) <<<smiley face.

It looks so lovely and progressful!

Anna said...

Almost there...
Hug
Anna

Sandra :) said...

When is your kitchen going to be usable again? My neighbour is finally going to be getting her plumbing back after almost 3 months of renovations - she's been washing dishes in the laundry tub!

Carrie P. said...

things are coming along. You sure do have high ceilings.

Katherine said...

I sympathesize with you, Wendy! It really is a test of patience, isn't it? What a difference! Progress seems to always be slower than we want on these things but I hope things get better for you from here on out.

Alison said...

Looks great, what a difference! Imagine what it will be like when you have a kitchen again :)

Alison
x

Dorothy Griffiths said...

Hi Wendy just found your blog via Chrissy and just love it. I hope you don't mind but I have put you as one of my favourites and will be certainly following you. Have a fabulous week
Lots of love
Dorothy
:-)xxxxxxxxxxxxx

Dorothy Griffiths said...

Hi Wendy it is me again! Forgot to say that my blog is called
crochetknittingsewing.blogspot.com
Dorothy's Room

Like you I call myself an apprentice but learning fast!
Love
Dorothy

Fiona said...

what a big difference it has already made...
Hugz

wendy willis said...

Why does fresh plaster smell of wee? We are looking to buy a do-er-upper house next year. Can't wait for the plastering.... NOT. Lol. X

ukcitycrafter said...

Real progress, it's a home again and not a building site! Hope all is resolved with the fitter.

pennydog said...

But it IS getting there and it's not going to fall down with you in it now!

You should have made the crisp packet into a framed picture for your new kitchen ;)

Allie said...

It...it...it actually looks habitable now!!!! Never fear Wendy, it WILL get done, it looks loads better already and it won't fall down on your head. Had to laugh at the house smelling of wee....ugh..