Archive for the 'I do DIY stuff' Category

Filling under the cruck frame in the bathroom

Under this beam the  brick wall had bowed away and left  a 150mm void where the wall should have been. This bit a wall is also single skin an external so it would be cold spot encouraging condensation.  After making sure it was al stable the void is filled with the leftover insulation from the […]

Sound Insulating Wall

Wherever I can in the Whitby cottage I’m upgrading to provide better thermal and sound insulation.  One area in particular was highlighted by the other half.  This was the wall between the bedroom on the first floor and the bathroom. When we bought cottage the wall was just hardboard pinned on to some old and […]

Nearly finished kitchen

Last few major bits to finish the kitchen It was so long ago now that we first uncovered the mystery door So apart from the final fit of the electrics, appliances and few other bits and bobs, painting,…  the kitchen is done.

Bespoke / handmade kitchen

As usual I’m way behind on writing up what has been done at the cottage so I’m not even going try and keep things in chronological order. I’ll just get the pictures up and brief explanation, starting with the kitchen cupboards. Ref the post on small kitchen design. No way I could fit standard kitchen […]

Relaying and Finishing recycled Floorboards

An end to the bathroom floor saga. It’s been great to finally finish this part of renovation. For earlier parts of the story have a look here  where I had to support and level the floor, the lengths I had to go to do this “in keeping with” , repairing the old boards.  And then their was […]

Kitchen tiling in the Whitby Cottage

With a current emphasis on getting the kitchen sorted it was time to sort out some tiling. Another little milestone as it’s a final finish but as such it needed to spot on and fully authorised by the the other half. A trip to the a DIY shed sorted the choice of tiles without too […]

Belfast sink with drainer – Small kitchen design

The kitchen in the cottage is small, there’s nothing much we can do about that because the walls that divide it off from the rest of the downstairs have definite historical value. The only things would could do is first to take the various layers (including plaster board, tiling, asbestos sheet) that added inches to […]

Repairing, reinforcing crack in corner of walls

This was, hopefully, nearly the very last bit a structural reinforcement required.  The front stone wall, even though it is 2 foot thick has bulged slightly outwards over time. A gap / crack had opened up between the outer wall between the window reveal and opening to passage way and the single skin brick wall […]

Downstairs floor investigations and inglenook hearth

Another decision point, what to do with the floors downstairs.  It had already been decided to get rid of the existing floor tiles but there was one thing left before we went any further.  To find out if any old flagstones had been covered over. In the kitchen I took up some tiles and chiselled […]

Another wall sorted

The inside wall of the first floor bedroom adjoins the living room and the bathroom.  On the living room side we’ve stripped off various layers to get back to the timber panelling. The section to the bathroom was in an un-savable state so was removed completely. On the bedroom side of the remaining wall, removing […]