Category Archives: study
We re-built the old coalhole that was on the end of the building. It had to be re-built as it was damp and very dark. We finished the flooring in here yesterday and once the varnish has gone off, it will be time to install the skirting boards.
It is a great space – a little quirky – but it just adds character to the room.
Adding skylights and increasing the size of the window has increased the light here as well as increasing the sense of space.
The second of three external doors was fitted today. They are Suffolk oak doors from XL Joinery. They were one of the few suppliers that had these types of doors in correct height.
It takes longer to install external doors rather than internal doors. While we can probably fitted 2 internal doors in a day, we only get 1 external door fitted in a day.
We resumed plastering in the older part of the building just before Christmas and I think by the end of this week we should be ready to make a start on the extension. Fingers crossed the electricians should have finished the first fix electrics by then.
All of the walls and ceilings are (plaster) boarded and then plastered. The ceilings are a bit of a challenge since all the old roof trusses are old and bent. It makes cutting the boards difficult and then plastering around them in more difficult. Particularly when you consider this all has to be done off tower scaffold as ladders would not reach. The ceilings in the new extension are easier as the timber is a little straighter, however, the increased ceiling height will make things a little more interesting!
Ian and Mark (the plasterers) are making some great progress. However, it is difficult to do it justice in photos. And here is one photo to prove it!
There is a small parapet wall that overlooks the staircase from Jo’s office. The studwork has been in place for a while, however, we have yet to fix the handrail. The oak timber arrived for the handrail a few weeks ago. The timber is fairly chunky at 150mm x 150mm. It has been languishing on the floor of the study since it arrived. Today, we decided that it was about time that we had a look at it in situ.
It looks great, particularly when viewed from the stairs as the handrail matches the beam below. We need to get the handrail fixed before the outside of the studwork can be plasterboarded.