The Builder and the boys have been quite busy here at Pen Y Llechwedd. We are currently renovating our ensuite, laundry and refinishing the front steps, which may well lead into repainting the front of the house. We have been fortunate to have a small window of time to fit a little of these repairs in, but for the most part we have been working on the weekends trying to get this all done. Let’s explore a little.
I shared the before photo in the last Pen Y Llechwedd update. What a horrible mess it was. Below is the during photo, it was like this for about a week and really quite workable while it was. It only made me more excited for the temporary set up we have now. Although it didn’t look like it was going to be much, the demolition and installation of the cupboards took nearly a whole day, next up was the relocation of the plumbing and electrical, before sheeting the walls, ordering glass, fitting bench tops, sink and tapware.
The stairs were rotting after years sitting in the weather. It was time to replace them and quickly too. A bit of a slipping hazard in the wet, replacing the rotting timber is giving us the opportunity to remove the risk of slipping as well. This job took such a long time, nearly a week solid on the carpentry as the style of balustrading was really time consuming to replicate, but our subcontractor Brendon from BJ Carpentry, who works with us from time to time, did a marvelous job of doing so, once painted it will look exactly as it did before.
So much time and effort went into planning this room I simply cannot wait for it to be finished! The framing up was finished last time we spoke, now we have cladded the space and demolishing of the interior will begin later this week. Next up will be the plumbing and electrical works, before laying a sub-floor ready for tiling to begin. I am really excited to see how the tiles look and hope it’s as magical as I expect it to be. Unfortunately our usual tile supplier let us down, and we have had to look further afield for our tiles. Here is a sneak peak of our current selection.
As always being the Builder’s house our renovations were going to take longer than the usual renos. Having said that, bathrooms tend to take longer than other rooms because of the sheer amount of trades involved. Carpenters, electricians, plumbers, tilers, waterproofers, shower screen installers, painters, cabinet makers, it is huge! I am so very excited to be finished, though this time provides us with the reminder of what it is like for our clients, a very handy perspective indeed.
What jobs take forever to get done in your home? Which household chore do you dislike the most?