We have been working so hard, and the house looks like a shithole. It's quite disheartening. My mam and dad have been telling me that as soon as we start to put things back, it'll all go quickly. I'm just waiting to be out of the rubble! I am very happy with how big the living room is, now that we've totally opened the stairs up.
We've kept all the original tiles from where the fireplaces were, and we're going to use them as edging to the patio. They're free, and they belong to the house. Perfect recycling!
Poor dusty Patrick.
We decided to keep the fireplace in the spare bedroom/studio as we found out it's a proper old cast iron one. Under layers and layers of gloss paint that my mam has been scraping away at, this is what it looks like underneath. Beautiful.
In the rubble and mess underneath the stairs, we found the original suspended floor from about 1890-1900. Something caught my eye, so I leaned over and pulled out a lovely Victorian black glass hatpin! I gave it to my mam as she collects them. I felt like I was on Time Team.
View the whole project: before, during, and in 4 weeks (hopefully) after.