- Rewired the entire flat, including moving and installing a new fuse box.
- Replaced all of the radiators and dodgy verging-on-the-condemned boiler.
- Taken down, re-boarded and plastered the kitchen/living room wall.
- Ripped out the bathroom, put in a new partition wall between what will now be a separate en suite and loo off the hallway.
- Replastered virtually everything.
- Repaired the floorboards, laid acoustic boards to block out enough noise to allow us to have laminate flooring.
- Repaired three original sash windows and the sills underneath them plus replaced two rotten windows.
Admittedly, the entire place still looks like a building site but it's all slowly starting to come together which is very, very exciting.
The thing that I am perhaps most excited about is the wall, or lack thereof. When we first went to see the flat many, many months ago there was a lot of debate about whether or not we could remove the wall between what was currently being used as a second bedroom (but had been the kitchen) and the living room (where the kitchen had been moved to). The estate agent reassured us time and again that it was just a partition wall, as did our builder when we went to investigate further. However, our freeholder was concerned that it wasn't and might be load bearing. Cue finding a structural engineer who could come out and tell us yay or nay. Thank god for the lovely Alan, who came out on the same day that I called him in a blind panic and the next day, we had a letter stating that it was fine to rip it out.
So rip it out we did.
|L to R: Day 1: wall in tact, Day 5: taking down the plasterboard to reveal the 120 year old partition, Day 12: removed and replastered|
Unfortunately, we couldn't take out the wall right up the ceiling as they're uneven - it would've involved ripping out and replacing the entire ceiling plus I think a bit of wonkiness adds to the charm - three years of living in Brighton gave me a taste for crooked walls, floors and ceilings.
Now, you're probably still looking at the photos of the kitchen and wondering what the hell we've actually done - you can really see the difference when you see it from the living room:
Top: the cramped kitchen/living room before works started. Bottom L to R: Minus a kitchen, then minus a wall.