To recap much has been achieved, especially as two bedrooms have been merged into one (with great expense, ceremony and dust!) and new beams fitted, new windows installed and new radiators, then we halted to an abrupt stop. We have just celebrated two years of owning our "new" house, but progress has slowed right down. I guess there is only so long you can juggle the debt before you realise its time to ease off the renovations.
So my “glorious” room is generally a no go area! You can see in the picture the steel that has gone in to reinforce the ceiling now there is no wall to help support it. It's always a good idea to check if walls are supporting before you go in guns blazing! It does add a lot of £££ to the job as we had to pay for the structural engineer to work out his calculations.
But I do wander in occasionally to daydream about when its finished. The plaster board which needs to be screwed in to the beams is getting more and more damaged by being left on the floor, I managed to break a bit off taking pictures (shush don’t tell hubbie!). But we have no money left at the moment to get the builder back and hubbie does not have the necessary skill to do it himself (although that MIGHT change, he thinks if he watches enough YouTube videos he could tackle the job, we shall see!).
Our priority list:
It’s such a cold room without a ceiling; it makes the rest of the house quite drafty. I guess that HAS to be the first priority.
Getting someone in to do this can get quite expensive, I wish hubbie could pick up the skill but it’s apparently a tricky one to learn and quite energetic, all his muscles would ache but knowing my luck the plaster would set before he managed to finish the job! Although he is not afraid to get his hands dirty, as you can see from an earlier post about DIY I wrote - and the picture below!
I have been avoiding carpet so far, just because its better for my asthma, the alternative is colder but much easier to keep clean! I am thinking solid oak flooring or engineered oak flooring at the moment. Nexus Flooring looks a good option, as they offer free underlay (always a bonus!) and appear to have quite competitive prices.
I think I would go magnolia again, I know I have no imagination, as it’s a colour I stick with in every single room! But its so neutral, maybe a little bland, but its warmer than white whilst still being clean and sophisticated. To break up all the magnolia though we will probably have some wall art or canvas pictures.
This needs a complete overhaul, nothing in there can be salvaged, everything was dated and past its best. At the moment the colour of the sink and shower unit is some kind of brown… I want everything hygienic white. It’s quite a small space so I would probably get a cloakroom basin to maximise the available room.