RENOVATION BLOG

RENOVATING THE OLD FARMHOUSE

Here I will tell the harrowing tale of how it was that we renovated my old family farmhouse from a complete disaster to ... well, whatever the result is...

2018 EARLY AUGUST

After picking up a few more sacks of Finja mortar mix from Hornbach, it was time to finalize the rough mortar surfacing on the southern kitchen wall. The wooden formwork around the window worked out more or less as planned and I was pretty pleased with the result. The power outlets are not visible now, but I know where they are.

OK, so this is a good place to pause before tackling the western kitchen wall. It should not need as much reparation as it is made completely of properly fired bricks. And at least part of it is grounded on a solid foundation as it was mostly built after the 1929 fire. But I will only know for sure once I rip up the floor and dig a little!

2018 LATE JULY

2018 MID JULY

After getting a much needed wall and floor in the new upstairs hall, it was time to install that last floor beam. Due to the position of the kitchen chimney, the beam would have to be partially anchored in a somewhat dodgy wall. And so it began.

This is going to take some time...

2018 EARLY JULY

One of the first things on the list during the summer holidays was to erect a wall between the upstairs hall and my new office. There was still a big gap on the east side, but that required installation of the final supporting floor beam.

There will eventually be a smooth ceiling with spotlights in the hall. I have decided to leave the old ceiling beams exposed in my office though as they appear to be in pretty good condition.

2018 EASTER BREAK PROJECT