|gorgeous glazed old doors at the salvage|
building supply yard
First, a peruse for some old doors. Ian has had to restore several of our old doors, they were in shocking condition, you could see throughout the cracks in their timbers and one let rain into the house when rain blew a certain direction. They had rotted timbers that had to be replaced to restore them. And also get wood putty, and glue. It is a fussy and time-consuming job that is also rather boring. But we wanted to use the old doors where we could, as they have fab old door hardware, including ancient old locks with big skeleton keys. Ian has made them all sound again, and even restored the locks so I can turn the keys more easily.
|We picked this yellow painted set. Had the|
best door furniture, hardware, and in best
condition. No warping. Awesome 10 lights,
fitted with thick beveled edges on each light.
|The door I spied and WANT ! Still have to talk |
Director Engineering into this. Need to
work out if it suits one of our door requirements.
Fab big door with half glazed facade inscribed.
|Steel framing for the laundry. Washer and Dryer will go on|
the far wall, stacked in left corner. Need to find a cabinet for
sink for middle of that wall.
Meantime, work is underway for the wall framing for the laundry and also for the storeroom to its right. Ian has chosen steel framing. As you can see in the pic, the framing for wall boards is all up and he has also put up framing beams for the ceiling boards. He now needs doors to work out placement of door framing to hang them in place (which will be done later). Because we want old salvaged doors, we need the doors and he can build framing for their size (or whatever cut down size we decide for them).
The far wall you see there is a stone retaining wall. This property is built on a slope, we have heaps of stone retaining walls. Other side of it is a water tank and pump, we catch rain water from roof into gutters and drain into the tank. The pump sends the water to one of our large tanks up on the hill behind our house. One of the tanks is plumbed to provide water to the toiler. The others are storage reservoirs.
We don't want to use the retaining wall for our interior walls. It is thick enough, but it is rather rough in finish and a neater fit out will be had with framing just in side it. So both laundry and store room to its side will be fit out this way.
The roofing materials above the laundry and storeroom will be renovated with some transparent polycarbonate roofing. This will allow us to create some "skylights" in each room's ceilings, for a bit of filtered light. See how that looks in material of same sort in pergola roof as shown at centre top of last photo below.
This last photo shows the framing for the side of laundry. Plumbing in place for a toilet and shower along the right side of that wall. The other side of the wall will be finished off and clad with something on the studio side. And tall bookcases will go in front of it. Reference materials for art and design studio.
Outlook shown below is to the someday-studio area, which will be almost completely enclosed. Do please ignore all the stuff stacked up ! Much of it will go into the store room when it is fit out, we will do it up into a small office with tidy built in storage later on. But initially, it will be a clean and dry storage space while we get laundry and then studio done. Large windows planned over looking garden retaining walls. We are not yet sure whether to get them as salvaged pieces or buy some. More posts on that as this develops.
Exciting, construction happening. Each day has lots of construction site sounds while I work on my IT things, or on plans for a small local business we want to launch next year. I asked Ian when the work on the laundry, storeroom and studio enclosure might be finished. He thinks it could be in December. Stay tuned and see how we go. More progress posts to come !