Friday, 9 September 2011

Wow, mission complete.... for now.

Ok, so it's been a while dear friends so this should be quite an extensive blog covering everything from the last few days.

Taking what seemed like forever has been the new roof/living room creation project that has, at long last, been finished.

After battling the roof on (see previous posts) we started sorting out the walls and fixing the ceiling.
Me rubbin'

Wife scrubbin'
Me in my anti-itch insulating garb

Insulation in.... mmm... toasty warm

Wife surveying the plasterboard situation (we ran out and needed 2 more boards than I'd calculated)

Lovely finished ceiling

Once we'd done that, we started battling with the decor. Filling holes, smoothing walls, touching up, repainting where necessary, you get the idea.

Once we'd done all that, and shamelessly stealing inspiration from Sue and Col's beautiful Littlehampton flat, we began hanging the art. It's mostly ours for now but there are a few pics from Grandad and some really old stuff that we've collected over the years.

Finshed without art

Finished with some art

The final result is a brand new room that doesn't leak and has been upgraded from windy-corner-of-the-house-to-be-avoided to living room/largest room in the house.
Father not quick enough to hide face, unlike wife

We're both extremely happy and extremely knackered in equal measure. Well, maybe a little more happy.

During the course of the renovations, wife had the wonderful idea of restoring an old 1930s (I think) school teachers desk and using it as a computer table.
Et Voila!
Of course upgrading to a new living room left us with an empty room in the house which we have turned into a dining room.

No pics of dining room yet as the battery on the camera is dead. Suppose that'll give us somethin to blog about next time.

Yes, we now have a dining room, hooray. So we've been amusing ourselves by talking to each other in very plummy voices whilst sitting at opposite ends of the dining table (wonderful gift from friends in Brstol, Tom and Suzie). 'Pass the pepper darling, f'nar f'nar', etc. It's a non mass-manufactured piece from the Netherlands (where Suzie hails from) and fits beautifully.

The calm after the storm, if you will, feels kind of strange to us both. We do both have a few irons in the fire but getting to the end of another big project does feel a little bit like we've got to the end of a very short pier. We're kind of in freefall, trying to relax but feeling like there should be something huge looming up on the schedule to get started. I think it's because we're both wired that way. Spare time is so often spent planning the next infringement on our spare time!

So, hope you all like the pics and you'll hear from us both real soon.

1 comment:

  1. Lovely photos - especially the ones of Gabi. You have been busy!