Restoration 101 – 10 – Tiles out, new kitchen in.

Progress 2Now the kitchen has been removed the old tiles had to be lifted. They were cracked  and we will replace all the floor coverings thoughout the house anyway. Guess who was given the job of lifting the tiles? Yep, yours truly! What a horrible job!!  Armed with spade, crow bar, ear muffs and some sort of jackhammer I was on to it!  Dust, noise, tiles flying everywhere (out the window as I tossed them on to the trailer)…

Lifting tiles.
Lifting tiles.

And when I had had enough of the noise and dust there was still gib to be removed from small spaces, more to be fitted on the ceiling, a couple of windows to be inserted and the space created from the removal of the old kitchen to be filled.

And yet another tool for me!
And yet another tool for me!

Eventually we were ready for the new kitchen…a bit of a mission getting it up one floor but the wide windows proved very beneficial!

Kitchen windows going in.
Kitchen windows going in.

It was all installed in one day ready for the electrical and plumbing the following. Then it was a matter of unpacking and arranging my cupboards and pantry.  It was like Christmas being able to remove things from boxes that have been stored for a year or more. So many cupboards… so much space!

New kitchen.
New kitchen.
New kitchen.
New kitchen.
New kitchen.
New kitchen.

And the placing of weatherboards outside on the new wall was completed… we’re ready for a break!

New weatherboards.
New weatherboards.
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Restoration 101 – 5 – recollections still

Back to my email diary …

Prior to these windows going in we had plywood over the gap which, of course, made the room rather dark & dismal.

Temporary windows in sunroom.
Temporary windows in sunroom.

The second-hand windows are now in place on the western wall of the sunroom/dining room – wow! What a difference! So much light! The afternoon sun streams in – it will be a hot-house in the summer! And the view is lovely – trees with their spring foliage. Actually, we have many trees around the section – cherry blossoms that literally sprung to life the weekend we moved in and a couple of kowhai looking radiant. I am yet to see if tui frequent the trees but do hope so.

They do! And the other birdlife is so sweet to hear on a summer morning 🙂

Cherry blossom from sunroom window.
Cherry blossom from sunroom window.

 

But we’ll move back to the spiral staircase and up half a dozen steps to the second bathroom. The toilet is tucked behind the door to the left and to the right is the sunken bath with metal “guard rail” and large bench space with handbasin – unusual and ugly! 

This photo was taken before we moved in – the mixer had been removed from the wall by the previous owner so we showered downstairs until hubby fitted a new one.

Sunken bath.
Sunken bath.
Top of staircase looking into bathroom.
Top of staircase looking into bathroom.

 

Up another half dozen steps and into our lofty bedroom – another quirky room, complete with seven windows, the biggest of which really does have an awesome view as you’ll see in the photo. The wardrobe is really bad so that’ll be re-vamped and, as mentioned before, we are yet to get a bed that is able to be carried up the staircase.  

Our view from bedroom.
Our view from bedroom.

This room is definitely the warmest in the house as there is even a fan hanging from the lofty ceiling.  

The carpet in this room is fine but we will probably replace it anyway to keep it uniform with the rest of the house.

Looking back, it was such a blessing to move in in spring, though we did have our cold moments as you’ll read in the next post…