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 – 6 – final recollections

In my previous post we did a quick tour of our house.  Now I’ll just clarify a few more quirky features (again copied and pasted from my email updates back in 2012) 

Each entrance to the stairs has a door – a sliding glass (oval) door with an ornate glass door knob (could be worth a bit on Trademe when we’re ready to replace the doors with solid ones!); the bathroom basin actually protrudes down into the pantry;  there are two hemispherical glass windows – a trademark of the architect, well-known local (recently deceased) Peter Beaven. Both of these windows we have covered on the inside cos they really are so ugly, but they can be seen from the outside. There are unusual spaces & cupboards here and there, black exposed beams and lovely rimu paneling above one’s head in the lounge. 

Rimu panelling and black beams in downstairs lounge/entranceway.
Rimu panelling and black beams in downstairs lounge/entranceway.

And to continue…

 So far, as I said, windows have been replaced (with temporary second-hand ones) or glass. We will eventually replace them all with double-glazed windows that match to protect us from the snow!  

Temporary windows installed in living area. Yes, they are upside down - it's a man thing!
Temporary windows installed in living area. Yes, they are upside down – it’s a man thing!
This photo shows end window to be replaced, walls strengthened with ply, beams and panels on ceiling and pink/purple/red window on the right.
This photo shows end window to be replaced; walls strengthened with ply; beams and panels on ceiling, and circular window on the right.

Actually, we plan to add a deck extending from the lounge but that will happen after the new kitchen, bathroom, re-gibbing, re-vamp downstairs,………. The lounge walls have been strengthened with ply under the gib & I’m looking at getting that finished (plastered & painted) sooner rather than later so I have somewhere to relax that appears to be “normal”! Jim & Caleb installed a handbasin in the downstairs bathroom-cum-laundry this weekend – one smallish task out of the way. The plan is to work three Saturdays (Sunday is a day of rest at my insistence!) and have the fourth one off, though I’m yet to see if I can hold the man to this!

And here endeth my email accounts so I will now have to resort to my hand-written diaries. As we progress you will see that changes to plans did occur – the first being that we decided to keep the glass doors.  These have been re-hung but there was really no need to replace them and they remain a feature of quirkiness – minus the glass handles!

So, until next time…