Internal building work started in January 2018 while we were waiting for Planning Permission to come through. This involved some serious excavating of the floors in order to install underfloor heating. Prior to any excavating it was essential to remove as much of the internal structures as possible so that we could reinstate them into the fabric of the renovation – inspiring the name of the building.
It was always important to us to maintain as much of the existing character of the building, which meant we have left the original ceiling of wooden beams in most of the rooms and exposed stone walls. These were all sand blasted to remove years of paint and grime and restore them to their original colours.
A major piece of work involved replacing all the external doors and windows – replacing white plastic UPVC with traditional wood and a solid stable door as the entrance.
Step By Step
The original state of the walls
Plumbing goes in
Stripping back to stone
Underfloor heating installed
Walls and beams sandblasted
Wall are now prepared with waterproofing
Boskins are reinstalled to form part of the walls
Electric wires installed ready to be connected
New windows and door fitted
Doors and windows painted
First coat of paint on the walls
First stage of the kitchen complete
And now with wall and floor tiles
And the bathrooms have tiles too
The lounge floor goes down…looking good
Bathrooms almost complete
And now the work starts on the outside
The outside area is really taking shape
The bedrooms are complete
And complete with handmade doors
From the first moment we saw this little cottage we always imagined it would make a wonderful place to stay with its fabulous view over the fields and river, but we also realised it would take a fair amount of work.
Originally, it consisted of 3 individual rooms so new doorways needed to be made to form the bedroom and bathroom. It also needed a new window opening and the entrance moving to the river side of the building. The roof also needed to be removed, insulated and then replaced as well as excavation of the floor to install underfloor heating. Again the plastic windows have been replaced with lovely wooden ones.
Step by Step
The original fireplace
First new doorway
Underfloor heating installed
Fireplace restored ready for wood burning stove
to the new windows and door fitted.
Throw in a little snow to make the builder’s life easier
The view from the new bedroom and bathroom windows
The outside is taking shape…new windows and doors in place and with a coat of paint
Walls and ceilings plastered
Construction is still taking shape but its beginning to look like the finished product
Just need a patio to install this
The patio is starting to take shape and we now have steps into the cottage
The kitchen goes in
The shower room is started
Painting and pointing complete
And the outside is starting to look good
Ready for the hot tub
And it has arrived