French Doors

Installing French Doors The garden room has windows facing East but it also had a west facing wall which could be knocked through to…

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Stair light

Stair light, the right light for the right space We have lovely big wide stairs, a massive stair well with a landing and a…

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Half Painted House

Half Painted House We are getting the outside of the house painted.  We still had scaffolding up from the roofer which made painting the…

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Builders Brew

Builders Brew The things you don’t plan for when buying a restoration project is how many cups of tea and coffee you will end…

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Porch roof

Fibreglass Porch Roof Many problems in old houses can be traced back to roofs. Leaking felt, missing tiles, holes in the leading, corroded drain pipes,…

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Hide Ugly View

How to hide an ugly view by making it beautiful When our house was built I imagine the back of it looked over gardens,…

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tree trim

Tree Trim Living in a conservation area we have to get permission before any work can be done on the trees. We had a…

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working hands

O’Keeffe’s Working Hands hand cream Since working on the house I have ripped all my nails and cut my hands to pieces pulling out…

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Revealing old wallpaper

Original Victorian Wallpaper We have been stripping back the stairs. There was Lincrusta covering the hallway going all the way up the stairs and round…

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Railings

Replacing cast iron Railings Once upon a time our house would have been surrounded by cast iron railings.  There is still the evidence of…

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Garden Room

Garden Room before We are about to start work on the garden room. When we moved in this was our temporary living room for…

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Cast Iron Radiators

Cast Iron Radiators As part of the rennovation of the drawing room we had to take out the old radiators as they were attached…

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