We done it! We finally bought and moved into our first house! It was built in roughly the 1930s and it has some beautiful features, but it’s needing a little work. Nothing structural, mostly cosmetic, but it still needs some TLC. I think by far, my favourite feature, is the huge windows half way up the stairs….
The house has a decent sized entrance hallway – with THE most horrendous wallpaper. I started ripping it down the minute we moved in. Unfortunately, it runs aaallll the way up the stairs and onto the second floor. Then up the huge wall to the loft conversation. Also, the walls are so high, there’s sections we can’t reach even on ladders. Our plan is to concentrate on the livingroom and hallway first of all. They are the biggest projects, and the ones in need of the most work.
Now that we’ve managed to strip most of the wallpaper, we need to get someone in to strip the parts we can’t get to. Either that or we’ll invest in extra long ladders and do it ourselves. Then it’ll be on to getting some plastering jobs done. Mostly it’s little holes and the areas above the skirting boards needing tidied up. However, the wall leading up to the bedroom in the attic has been plastered to cover a join between the original wall and the conversion wall. When we started stripping the wallpaper, a layer of the plaster started coming away. Which means we now have a jagged line of broken plaster going up the wall.
After we get all that sorted, we want to expose the livingroom and hallway floors. When we started lifting the carpets, it became obvious that we can’t do that without some insulation below the floors. So, we have 2 options; rip up the floorboards and wreck the walls, in order to lay insulation then the floorboards back down. Or; lay insulation on top the original floorboards and new solid wood planks. The latter is proving a very expensive option!
The livingroom has potential to be a really beautiful room. I’ll get a photo of the ceiling, it has a lovely ceiling rose, and the bay windows get the morning sun to light up the room. We’ve stripped the wallpaper now, but that can wait until the next post!