Full House Refurb log - Work in Progress - Dark to Light

Full House Refurb log - Work in Progress - Dark to Light

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bazza white

2,342 posts

67 months

Thursday 14th March
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Lovely project and great work.

Going through the same myself on a small semi so nice motivation from yourself.

AC43

6,706 posts

147 months

Thursday 14th March
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RichTT said:
That's impressive. I had it all in my head.....



AC43

6,706 posts

147 months

Thursday 14th March
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RichTT said:
In other news...... it appears that despite two visits from the Sharps surveyor to draw it up, and then reconfirm once we'd plastered. Still couldn't measure correctly.



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Nice idea. I had these made up on site






RichTT

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731 posts

110 months

Friday 15th March
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Oh, now those pull outs look very handy indeed. Wonder if I can jury rig some sliding shelves in the lower two cupboards.

Hopefully plumbers back in today to start radiators and filter system. Might actually have some heating back in the house by beginning of next week.

Antony Moxey

4,401 posts

158 months

Friday 15th March
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RichTT said:
I am utterly hopeless with tech - can you explain what all of these things are and what they do please?
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dhutch

3,135 posts

136 months

Friday 15th March
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Looks like a bloody good bash through and spruce up to me, one to watch for sure.

Look a nice plot and a good sized build. Having just removed a very similar (if edwardian) brown painted wood frame from out sitting room ceiling I can feel you pain with trying to get it off without buggering the ceiling above. In our case, four in oval wire nails and lath and plaster! Build thread to follow I expect in time.

What was the reason for replacing the skirting rather than painting if you are ending up with them white?


Daniel

RichTT

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731 posts

110 months

Saturday 16th March
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Antony Moxey said:
I am utterly hopeless with tech - can you explain what all of these things are and what they do please?
Not so complicated as it seems. When planning out the media cabinet i needed to make sure i had enough sockets to power everything that was going in there, as well as plan out the network wiring to keep it all as hidden as possible. From this diagram I made the 3D sketches to give to electrician and fitters.

So I made sure I had enough hard wired ethernet to feed TV, Sky, Xbox etc.

There's also a soft limit of 50 items that can be connected to the Philips Hue lighting bridge. So I had to plan accordingly and not just make every room in the house a Hue light. I kept it mainly to the 'public' areas. Living room, kitchen etc. But then I have motion sensors about the house. So for example a guest gets up in the night for a pee, the upper and lower hallway lights will come on dimly to allow you to get round the house without falling over or down anything.

Same goes for the front porch, as soon as you come in the front door, and it's after dusk, the downstairs lighting will come on.

RichTT

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731 posts

110 months

Saturday 16th March
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dhutch said:
Looks like a bloody good bash through and spruce up to me, one to watch for sure.

Look a nice plot and a good sized build. Having just removed a very similar (if edwardian) brown painted wood frame from out sitting room ceiling I can feel you pain with trying to get it off without buggering the ceiling above. In our case, four in oval wire nails and lath and plaster! Build thread to follow I expect in time.

What was the reason for replacing the skirting rather than painting if you are ending up with them white?


Daniel
The only thing I'm struggling with at the moment is getting my partner to understand that I want picures of EVERYTHING while I'm away on this work trip.

We didn't like the over fussy design of the original skirting and wood work. Plus the thought of keying, undercoating, treating the wood to stop the tannins coming through and then 2-3 top coats on all that wood was not something I wanted to do. Less painful to get some nice new primed MDF, little bit of filling, sanding and then 2 top coats and done.

AC43

6,706 posts

147 months

Saturday 16th March
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This is a great thread. Love what you're doing that place - massive improvement.

RichTT

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731 posts

110 months

Saturday 16th March
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Finally the other half (but not the enthusiastic thread maker and photo taker half) has sent me enough photos to update the thread.

So, we last left the house updates with the Sharps lad installing the wardrobes. Unfortunately not the best situation, both the master bedroom cupboard doors and the hallway cupboard doors were measured wrong and I'm waiting to hear back on when we might get them made and installed. Installer said possibly next week.

The plumbers arrived on Friday and started the essential works of getting some heating back in the bloomin place. Sparkie also managed to come back, but as the plumbers needed power and he needed it off, he didn't get much done.

Plumbers installed a new filter system under floor and power flushed the old pipes before installing the new radiators. Resulting rust is rather worrying but as we're replacing 90% of the radiators in the house it should be fine with the filter in place from now on.





Some good news though, my robo mower arrived! Missus hauled it all the way up the stairs in the box thinking it was her new bathroom cabinet. Wasn't best pleased when she opened it up to find this.



Lads cracked on with installing the radiators downstairs i the living room (not plumbed in yet but at least on the wall). And radiators upstairs.













New 35A breakers in the fusebox due to installing a bunch of new sockets and things. We seem to get occasional power drop outs so when I get the consumer unit replaced I'll get a UPS system installed. Sparky thought about installing the Nest Thermostat but is going to wait until I come home. Doorbell installed but not functioning just yet. Also bought a new chime for the inside.





Anyway, plumbers back on Monday along with the joiner to finish off the skirting and lay the flooring in the hallway.



Edited by RichTT on Saturday 16th March 12:11

petemurphy

5,084 posts

122 months

Saturday 16th March
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great pics and thread

dxg

5,205 posts

199 months

Saturday 16th March
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petemurphy said:
great pics and thread
Indeed. Great to see someone just cracking on and getting it done. My house has been stuck in the 'making good' stage for the last couple of years...

48k

4,810 posts

87 months

Saturday 16th March
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Cracking thread OP. Lovely house and plot. Looking forwards to seeing everything finished as I am sure you are too. Thanks for sharing.

RichTT

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731 posts

110 months

Saturday 16th March
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dxg said:
Indeed. Great to see someone just cracking on and getting it done. My house has been stuck in the 'making good' stage for the last couple of years...
It's a million times easier when you don't have to live in it.

And it's also easier when you admit to yourself you were woefully unprepared for the real cost of everything and throw money at the problems to make them go away. Side project budgets on hold for minimum 6 months, maybe 12.

mcg_

1,102 posts

31 months

Sunday 17th March
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Nice house and refurb OP. Love the garage.

thanks for sharing.

RichTT

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731 posts

110 months

Monday 18th March
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mcg_ said:
Nice house and refurb OP. Love the garage.

thanks for sharing.
I'll love the garage more once it's empty of building materials and storage boxes!

In other news my sometimes better, but definitely hungover, half decided to go out last night for st patricks and met up with some friends. As such she is hungover and useless today and only let the joiner in before heading back to the rental whilst he cracks on. Only photo update of the day is a new hatch cut in the floorboards in a spare room.

He's going to start the flooring in the hallway but need the plumbers back to hook up the radiators and remove the old pipes before he can complete it.



RichTT

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731 posts

110 months

Wednesday 20th March
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So, a bit of progress for this week so far.

In discussion with the company doing the staircase refurbishment they agreed that it was best for the joiner to remove the kick plate on the lowest step as this was being replaced in it's entirety and they would trim to fit on top. Will give a much neater finish. Plumbers unfortunately not in today so joiner had to do his best with laying as much as he could until they remove the old central heating pipes coming out of the floor. There's a few other jobs for him to continue but hoping that they get in early today.

Electrician is finished up. Only missing the setup of the NEST gear but that will wait until I get home.

Decorator still coming and going finishing up little detail bits and the occassional scuff from workmen. Going to ask him to just hold off and come back after we've moved in and then touch up any bits that have been marked. He also did the first "sparkly" coat on the middle bedroom wall.










richatnort

1,921 posts

70 months

Wednesday 20th March
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Great thread mate just read from start to finish! It's interesting your plumber is putting the heating filter under the floor, as you're meant to clean them out every 6/12 months aren't you going to have to take the floor up every time & it be a bit of a fiddle?

I like all your home automation gear too i've just ran ethernet to 4 of our rooms now and it's made a big difference along with a WIFI mesh system. i'm sure you've already thought about switches for all the wires but I managed to bag a 24 port Netgear switch off eBay for £20 delivered and it's working a dream so could save you some serious beer money looking at this option if you haven't already!

Also i couldn't read anywhere what you're plans are with your stairs but interested to hear what you're doing! Sorry if i missed it!

Edited by richatnort on Wednesday 20th March 08:33

RichTT

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731 posts

110 months

Wednesday 20th March
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richatnort said:
Great thread mate just read from start to finish! It's interesting your plumber is putting the heating filter under the floor, as you're meant to clean them out every 6/12 months aren't you going to have to take the floor up every time & it be a bit of a fiddle?

I like all your home automation gear too i've just ran ethernet to 4 of our rooms now and it's made a big difference along with a WIFI mesh system. i'm sure you've already thought about switches for all the wires but I managed to bag a 24 port Netgear switch off eBay for £20 delivered and it's working a dream so could save you some serious beer money looking at this option if you haven't already!

Also i couldn't read anywhere what you're plans are with your stairs but interested to hear what you're doing! Sorry if i missed it!

Edited by richatnort on Wednesday 20th March 08:33
The filter is just underneath a hatch. So no problems getting access.



I've got an 8 port switch at the moment but can always expand later if I need. Using Google Wifi for the mesh network in the house and garden, then once I run a cable to the garage will set up another Wifi access point there.

Stairs are getting refurbished. So all the trim, bannisters and railings etc getting removed. Everything non-removable will be getting oak capped and then new bottom stair from solid oak. Railings will be inset toughened glass with oak bannisters. Will be LED lights up the running board as well which the sparkies will have to come back and wire up later on.

Edited by RichTT on Wednesday 20th March 12:05

Mr Pointy

3,070 posts

98 months

Wednesday 20th March
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Fantastic job OP & thanks for the pictures & updates. I have a question about the windows though: are you going to leave them dark as they are? If you replace them don't you risk damage & having to repair & re-decorate?