Thursday, May 25, 2006

House improvements

Those of you who spotted my long list of things we want to do to our house (from earlier in the year) will be pleased to know that things are happening.

So far we have had a bulder in making a bathroom space for us in our large back bedroom. The corridor he has created looks as if it has always been there!

Photograph by Rullsenberg: the extended corridor to the new smaller back bedroom and wall of bathroom to left

We've had to strip some wallpaper to do some of this work and it was really interesting to see how much of the original house remained untouched.

This is the original beam across the doorway (as was, now it leads to the new corridor to the bathroom and back bedroom) and beyond you can see the original built-in cupboard on the other side of the stairs.

Photograph by Rullsenberg: 1905 beam and cupboard

We also found under the current wallpaper not just the mid-20th century grass sheaves pattern,

Photograph by Rullsenberg: mid-20th century wallpaper

but what I suspect are remnants of the original paper from 1905. Very interesting (though I'm not a great fan of wallpaper and there wasn't enough to save so its being took off I'm afraid...)

Photograph by Rullsenberg: earlier wallpaper?  c. 1905?

We've also had roofers at our place repairing the bay window roof (amongst other minor jobs).

Photograph by Rullsenberg: new non-lead lined bay window roof

We've got a bathroom man coming to see us next week, and a joiner hopefully coming soon to sort out a new back gate. The builder will be putting in a new window (for the bathroom) in the new couple of weeks.

It's all VERY exciting... and I am quite possibly the saddest sack in town for being so excited.


AnnaWaits said...

That is great wallpaper!

JoeinVegas said...

My goodness, aren't any of you into self home improvement in the UK? Everyone seems to be into builders that never show up. Is it because we have so many Home Depot shops and This Old House TV shows?

George said...

I can tell you that many of us do self-improvement as it's something I've been doing for the last 7 months!! However, given the size of the job at chez Dudes, only fools or people with too many choices of screwdrivers and a B&Q account card would attempt it themselves. 'Tis looking good down there!

Lisa Rullsenberg said...

Awh, GEORGE!!!!

Hee, sorry that your old room is no more, but it's getting to be what we want for the house longer term. Besides, there is the whole "bodge-it-yourself" thing that we would quite like to avoid!

And we can't wait to see how you place looks...

Sometime this summer...?

Rachel said...

There is a ganag of orbs in that first picture, man

Rachel said...

A GANG, sorry. Or did I just invent a new collective noun, there.