The kitchen extension on the side of the Bastle housed a most unusual "pod" kitchen and staircase arrangement when we bought it..... Oppressive to say the least.
But with fabulous old beams and soaring height we realised this would make one big dramatic kitchen.
The view from the front door...
View from the top of the stairs....
The yellow kitchen......
So....plans approved, we ( the two of us ) set to work removing the kitchen pod and worm infested staircase....cement render was chipped from the walls and total devastation was created.
A party electrical cable hung precariously over the kitchen... This was the power supply to the next door cottage, paper insulated and a little dangerous. Thankfully after many months of negotiation it has been removed and our neighbours have their own supply.
Black beams were painstakingly stripped of treacle varnish, walls repointed with lime, insulation installed in the roof, new oak front door, timber sash windows and stable door installed and painted.....
The old concrete floor removed and dug out by hand ready for the underfloor heating.....and finally the sub base was floated in.
Fast forward now to 2013...... Under floor heating trays and pipes in
The original ledge and braced front door was cut down to fit the boot room opening
Monster slate flooring was laid...
Just awaiting the new staircase now to replace the temporary ladder arrangement.... Bit of a problem lifting the plasterboard and steel bath upstairs, never mind...we are finally getting there!
Hope you are all enjoying the gorgeous sunshine.....it has been glorious in Northumberland.
Long may it continue.