First step was to remove the plasterboard ceiling – of course I had to put in cross members – noggins – I call them all that – again I am not up on the technical talk – to attach partition wall so that everything has a good anchor. What I had considered was putting in a beam to carry the ceiling joists as I felt they just were not firm enough. Also longterm incase a heavier roof – slate again was put on you need to have a solid support coming down from the purloins and that would be a nightmare to put in at a later date – so the beam had to get done at the same time as the partition wall.
The beams support stretches from the chimney wall to a stand of downrights in the partition wall and across to floor of attic room – resting across two 9X2 s – so I am happy with that.
The main space upstairs would have been nice to have as a main bedroom with en-suite – however realistically its a small house and with a large family we will always have visitors so the space is better split in two.
First the smaller room with the newly broken through window – see process on how I went about that. As the width of the house is 14 feet the corridor leaves enough depth in the room – (11 feet to the outside wall – by 10 feet – 110 square feet)
Secondly the slightly larger room at gable-end – 14 feet by 12 feet – an ok size.
Seeing the marks in the original plaster where the internal walls would have stood there would have been 3 rooms in this space plus of course the attic room space – so 4 rooms used for human habitation in this space!
Door frames are different sizes due to using reclaimed doors. Also behind blue chair ( another reclaimed mismatching seat from auction where I acquired two doors cheaply).
I have angled the door frame on the right as to maximise the bedroom space; a corridor any wider would have reduced the room by 18 inches if I wanted a door on a flat wall – but the set up matches the opposing rooms access – (see bathroom door)and adds quirkiness to the space.
This is the wall with a thin board of ply for the panelling as sound insulation has been put in to reduce noises moving between the spaces. Having quirky spaces means time consuming quirky cutting of material which will pay off in the end – a labour of love and much more rewarding then the grunt work in getting to this stage.
I also wanted to see how the panelling looks and tried different sizes of dado rail and skirtingboard – the panelling is only tacked in place but within the wall noggins had to be made, bottom and top, again laboriously for each space between the downrights so the wood will be secured well to the wall.
The panelling was reclaimed from the righthand side of the house – the roof was intact there but pigeons came in other ways and roosted and did their poops their for maybe 30 years as the house was abandoned. I had to discard many planks but whittled them down to this odd assortment of sound enough material.
Considering how old the wood is having hung from the ceiling with all that guano – its amazing I had any to use – I still get shivers from the memories of pulling the ceiling down – one of the dirtiest jobs I had done.
It isn’t good enough to stain and varnish as I had hoped so I will use lime based paint on it.
To be continued………..