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Muncher

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I've had a brief play around in Google Sketchup, I think I will try and mockup what our architect comes back with.

jayb289

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has potential written all over it yum

Muncher

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Does anyone have an idea as to how I can increase headroom at the bottom of the stairs? At the moment there is a joist which runs right across where I need more headroom. The doorway to the right is going to go, the lintel is being taken out to make that a hall rather than a doorway. Obviously it's a question for the structural engineer but we haven't got that far yet.

Tuna

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Looks like you've got yourself a project there..

Have you got planning permission? Around here an increase of that size would have the local council running for the paperwork.

Muncher

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We are about to apply for it, our architect is very experienced and doesn't think we will have any problem at all with it. Hopefully we will have the first set of plans at the weekend now.
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Muncher

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A few pics from last weekend.

http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.101512897...





I spent more time pulling pipes out, removing the bathroom (the bath is massively heavy, no idea how that is going down the stairs!) and a lot of time removing the rubble from the ceilings.

I think I will probably have to remove all the plaster from the walls that are remaining. It's solid in a lot of places but when it does come off in areas we have disturbed it seems to come off in great big chunks frown

russ_a

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If the bath is cast iron then hit it with a hammer. It will break into smaller pieces but just watch your eyes as they can sometimes explode!!

Muncher

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russ_a said:
If the bath is cast iron then hit it with a hammer. It will break into smaller pieces but just watch your eyes as they can sometimes explode!!
I've given it a few good whacks with a sledgehammer to no avail!

zaphod42

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russ_a said:
If the bath is cast iron then hit it with a hammer. It will break into smaller pieces but just watch your eyes as they can sometimes explode!!
Might need a sledge hammer. 14lb should do the trick, depending on how thick they are. Once they are started (first break) you will be ok. Good eye protection a must, hearing optional but they make racket when struck.

Irish

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125 months

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Thursday 16th February 2012 quote quote all
Bookmarked! After following the VX rebuild will enjoy this.

arfur sleep

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105 months

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zaphod42 said:
Might need a sledge hammer. 14lb should do the trick, depending on how thick they are. Once they are started (first break) you will be ok. Good eye protection a must, hearing optional but they make racket when struck.
Took me, my FiL and a mate best part of a morning to break up our old cast iron bath. ear defenders were a definite must - you could hear us in the next street.

Muncher

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Ground floor plan, the wall between the lounge and dining room may come out.



Upstairs, main bathroom will be a little larger and the stairs will go straight up.



Ant1984

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33 months

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Friday 17th February 2012 quote quote all
Very interesting project.

I would get your Architects to plot beds and wardrobes into the bedrooms, it will give a better sense of scale and you can ensure there is sufficent circulation space.

Muncher

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I'm think there should be enough space, the bed in the master bedroom is 2mx2m, bigger than super king size. A normal double will actually look quite small on there I think.

Brite spark

1,337 posts

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Saturday 18th February 2012 quote quote all
Has the old bath not got a salvage value rather than smashing it up?

I'd also suggest not leaving extension leads coiled up on the drums, or at least checking the cable isn't overheating.

Muncher said:
I think I will probably have to remove all the plaster from the walls that are remaining. It's solid in a lot of places but when it does come off in areas we have disturbed it seems to come off in great big chunks frown
Everything freshly plastered will look alot better

You don't seem to have access into the loft, looks like it would be a cavernous space up there.

Edited by Brite spark on Saturday 18th February 04:45

Ant1984

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Muncher said:
I'm think there should be enough space, the bed in the master bedroom is 2mx2m, bigger than super king size. A normal double will actually look quite small on there I think.
I'm sure there will be no problem in the Master, it's just a worthwhile exercise particularly for the smaller rooms as sometimes it can help inform door positions and handing.

Jackman72

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Muncher,
Looks good however as mentioned Get a 3d model so you can walk through the house.
My two pennorth Is that how you want to live with several rooms. Reason I say is that if you have young kids or regularly entertain someone will be stuck in the kitchen cooking while guests/kids are in another part of the house we have that in our house and it will be changed to have an open plan kitchen/diner/informal lounge. If it was mine with a blank canvas, and I know it's not, I would move the utility into the kitchen, make the rest of the old kitchen a study and put the kitchen in the new enlarged dining room. You'll have room in there for a nice island plus easy access to garden,loose the doors into the lounge, you could have a corner sofa in the corner (if you lose the doors into the study)
First floor looks good, only suggestion would be to move the toilet in the ensuite to bed 2 you could then have a door to bed 3 giving a jack & Jill ensuite.
Anyway good luck with whatever you do however worth having a look on something like rightmove to give an idea what others have done

rex

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Jackman72 said:
Muncher,
Looks good however as mentioned Get a 3d model so you can walk through the house.
My two pennorth Is that how you want to live with several rooms. Reason I say is that if you have young kids or regularly entertain someone will be stuck in the kitchen cooking while guests/kids are in another part of the house we have that in our house and it will be changed to have an open plan kitchen/diner/informal lounge.
Have to agree with both these statements. We have built recently and made sure there was an open plan kitchen that is open to the dining room and then what we call the snug, which is an area with a couple of 2 seat sofas. This is the heart of the house and the living room rarely gets used when guests are around. We have friends with this sort of arrangement as well and they both have it as the hub of the house. I will pts some pics today in my thread as had not updated it in ages.

Re sketchup. Used it massively in the planning stage and even now for designing stuff. Takes no time to learn and you can walk round once model is built.

cjs

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I also think the kitchen should move to the back of the house, make the old kitchen a study or a small downstairs bedroom.

Muncher

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We're thinking about the kitchen but at the moment favouring it at the front. When I cremate stuff I don't want the smell through the whole house if I can help it.

The front two bedrooms will have a jack and Jill ensuite with a door either side. At the moment we are planning on having a few sun pipes around the central landing area to introduce more light.

I've had a play around with sketch up but have been waiting until now to make a model. We are going to get the kitchen designed first and then place the windows and doors after to suit.
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