Category Archives: hall
The new stairs are now complete! The glass was installed about 10 days ago and this has really brought it all together. There are two pieces of 10mm toughened glass installed as part of the balustrade. The glass is held in place with by grooves in the supporting woodwork. This not only simplifies the design, but also gives the illusion that it is one piece of glass and not two.
We have a spare back and a spare vertical divider that can be installed where the dog’s bed is currently installed. This means that if we no longer have a dog, or sell the house to someone who doesn’t have a dog, then the area for the dog’s bed can be configured as two cubby holes that match the others.
We are really pleased with the stairs and are delighted that, once again, we have been able to rely on local trades people to do an excellent job. The stairs were built by Huddersfield Joinery who also produced all of the hardwood windows for the property.
There are LED lights built into the wooden plinth and, at night, these come on if anyone walks into the hall or the upstairs landing. You can see these on in some of the earlier photos of the stairs – just scroll down. This is achieved using the PIRs for the burglar alarm with the lighting computer. I have a spare LED light and I am tempted to install one in the old road lantern on the bottom shelf in the stair bookcase.
We have still to install the “eyelid” lights that follow the line of the stairs. The wiring was installed behind the plasterboard in readiness for the lights. I just need to find some that will work well in this space.
We are getting there with the stairs and the shelving was installed underneath the stairs on Friday. It requires 2-3 coats of varnish, but this will have to wait until Monday. The two pieces of glass for the balustrade should arrive early next week, so everything should be finished on the stairs by the end of next week.
We are starting to build the shelving underneath the stairs.
We have installed the knewl posts and the handrail (albeit temporarily) to allow the templates to be cut for the glass panels. These will be held in place by grooves cut into the knewl posts. Hence the posts (and handrail) will have to be removed to install the glass. The posts and the handrail have not been varnished yet, hence it looks a different colour from the rest of the oak.
Well, it is the end of day two and we actually have a set of stairs that you can walk up – albeit without a hand rail.
It is going to take a few days to get the new staircase installed. The first part of the job is to remove the temporary staircase and build the skeleton that is going to carry the new treads and risers. The splines had been made in the joiner’s workshop and it is then a case of fitting them on site. Even so, this took a whole day. Tomorrow, the oak treads and risers will be installed.
We have finally had a log stove installed in the hall. Ever since we moved in, we have had the fireplace boarded up and the stainless steel flue tucked up out of the way.
Since we have been delighted with the Firebelly stove that we installed in the snug, we have decided to install another Firebelly stove. This time it is the slightly larger FB2 model. This outputs about 12Kw, so it should be more than enough to heat the hall, stairway and landing. They come in a variety of colours – this one is sky blue.
We have had absolutely no trouble with our existing FB1 stove – it is a dream to use – easy to control and clean. I am sure the FB2 will be just as good.
We finished the timber flooring in the hall yesterday including the flooring that covers the step for the stairs to sit on. The staircase that we are currently using is temporary while the finished staircase is being built.
We weren’t sure about the step when it was first built. It seemed a bit out of place, but now it is clad in timber, it looks better. We are still not totally convinced, but we are going with it for the time being. The addition of the LED lights (front and back) make it look like it is there on purpose (and not just covering up some pipework!).
Bar a couple of small areas, the work on plastering the kitchen is complete. This is just as well since the decorators start in here next week!
Our attention has turned to finishing off the plastering in the older part of the property, including the double height hallway. The two largest walls were completed today.
Despite the fact that we had no water on site. There appears to have been a burst water main locally and our water stopped just before lunch. We managed by filling up some 5 gallon drums in the village and transporting them back to site on the pickup.
Each of the large walls needs to be completed in one go. Due to their size, this means having one plasterer work upstairs while the other is working on the lower part of the wall. This can be tricky at times!
We have started to make the openings between the two properties. This will take a couple of days to complete. The concrete lintels have to go in first before the stone underneath can be removed. However, we already have a couple of holes in the wall that give a glimpse of what it is going to look like!