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tudlytops 26-01-2010 08:53 PM

Refurbishing an Old Cottage - last update Dec 2012
 
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Hi! All

The cottage as come a long way, but is a long way from finished, the main jobs still outstanding.

Long hallway.

Bedroom nr 2, there is no celling or floor in this bedroom as water was getting in through the roof.

The heating and hot water.

The outside pipping as some of it was broken by roots.

Flooring through out.

Gathering.

House needs to be painted.

And the porch had to be knocked down as it was pulling at the cottage walls, leaving the from of the house with holes, where the brick of the porch join the house.



Will be updating here and adding pictures as we go along.

If you have anything we can use or advice, please click on link to our wanted thread, thanks

http://www.jumbletown.ie/forums/show...849#post554849


We started with the drive and the area around the cottage as it was very bad and inaccessible.

We have now received with many many thanks:).


Cole - Kitchen
Another site - Kitchen taps
Various people - Loads of advice
IrishHomer - Bath
familyguy - Flooring, Loads of Tiles, Window & TV Ariel
Pallasbull - Doors, sky dish and items of furniture
Biker Chick - Bread maker and PS1
Angelina - Shower Doors
Luimneach - Caravan Mattresses
Avril in another site - Coal bunker, carpet, car trailer, fence, etc .
LiamJ - Fireplace
Sean - wheelie bins
Pallasbull - Saw, Paint & more
cluelessjewel - Jewellery box for another project
Chorcai - Antique Suitcase & Fondue
monalitto - Corner bath and taps
Pallasbull - Sick, electric shower, table
martin - Sand, gates and other building materials
monalitto - Mixer taps for the bathroom
mewl81 - Light fitting, sockets, etc
Sean - Sick, Electric work, furniture and much more
tadgher - Shelves
Dannloads - Small fish tank
Dave Hyland - Tiles and Doors
bullg - Doors and other bits and peaces
35Glen - Old school desk
finj - Display cabinet, coffee table and TV.
Bullg - Table saw
delia1 - Table and chairs/table lamp/Windows &doors, etc
Neon-Circles - Wheelie bins
Eibhlin ni Sheambrai - Under sink water heater
murph - Corner sofa
Bob&Tina - Freezer
takeit - Double bed
delia1 - Dog House
oneniall - Shelves
dminihane1 - 2 dark brown arm chairs
kt72 - Lawnmower, paint, net and more
Pallasbull - Paint, paint sprayer, brackets

Thank you all :)

sparkwell 28-01-2010 12:24 PM

cottage refurbishment
 
Well done Tudlytops its looking good!
We undertook a similar project abroad about 12 years ago now. We had a big field in front of the house so decided to have a long curved drive up to the house (we had another access so it wasn't urgent). We started out by getting a JCB to scrape back the drive and then used all the rubble we had to fill it in. Of course this didn't go nearly far enough and we had to buy stone from the quarry. One morning in the pitch black dark a lorry came to deliver a load at the end of the drive (it all had to be then loaded into the bucket of a tractor to be spread by us afterwards!) and it was only in the daylight I saw that the telephone lines to our neighbours houses had been pulled down by the lorry. The money we saved by doing it ourselves then went on paying for the telephone company to come out and repair the lines nightmare!!
In the beginning it can be a bit disheartening that your money goes on things like the drive and for us a septic tank, rewiring but you have no choice but do these jobs first before the pretty bits. It would have been wonderful to have a Jumbletown equivalent for everything else!!!

Best of luck with the project

Sparkwell

tudlytops 28-01-2010 07:55 PM

Thanks, you poor thing, hope the rest of the restoration went without incident.

The drive isn't finished but it is 100% better then it was and it will do for now as money is short, but we had no way to get up there, so it had to be done, we created a parking area at the front and cleaned up all around the cottage, thank God we didn't have any accidents.

We got a fella with a digger to do a lot of the work, he was very good.

We have to get the electricity and the water going, they the next big jobs.

The septic seems ok, but we just got it uncovered so we still have to have a good look.

And then all the inside aaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!

Eibhlin ni Sheambrai 06-02-2010 05:48 PM

cottage renovation
 
Hi Tuddlytops, just looking at your photos, good luck with the work, we have just finished(are we ever finished?!) a five year renovation projest of an 1830 cottage and barn. You would think I would be sick of it but I would do it all again. This is my third (and last) time to buy an old house in a state of total neglect and turn it into something beautiful. Keep asking for hints and things, will help out in any way I can, Eibh.

tudlytops 06-02-2010 08:07 PM

Thanks Eibh., 1830, must be beautiful and your 3rd one, you must love punishment lol.

No. i don't suppose its ever finished health and money are the hardest to come by for everything else there's Jumble Town.

If you have any advice please sent it our way, all is appreciated.

chucken1 06-02-2010 09:24 PM

Great start guys.We will be watching the story unfold. x

tudlytops 08-02-2010 05:36 PM

Caravan is now up at the cottage
 
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Soon this little caravan will be home for a while.

can't wait, we already spend a couple of nights up there, can't wait to just move in.

Oh and our fist paper briquette :) we going all green.

tudlytops 08-02-2010 05:41 PM

Kitchen is started
 
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The work in the kitchen is well under way.

We are making 1 kitchen out of 2, opening up the chimney and placing the cooker and oven in there.

The doors for the 2 kitchens are different but by the time we finished they will look the same and have a country look to them.

1 Kitchen given to us by Cole, thank you
1 given on another site

chucken1 08-02-2010 05:41 PM

Well thats the prettiest little briquette Ive ever seen! LOL. Things are moving on for you now.Bet excitement is high now.

Eibhlin ni Sheambrai 08-02-2010 09:09 PM

kitchen
 
Hi Tuddlytops, why do I feel such excitement when I look at all the work you have to do? I must be mad,lol. I will try to put up some photos of what we did with our cooker/fireplace. Amazing what an old beam and some old red bricks can do to create atmosphere. Just need to get 'he who knows how' to upload some pics and I'll post them. Best of luck and the days are getting longer. Just think what the summer will be like:) Eibh.

tudlytops 09-02-2010 06:00 PM

If you getting exited you well come to come help any time :)

Do, we haven't quite decided on the end look, just that it is what we want to do with the fire place, so any ideas are welcome.

Yes the days are getting longerrrrrrrr, that means more work, as we took the decision that when it gets dark we stop and come home, it will mean we come home much later, maybe we just stay there more often :)

Eibhlin ni Sheambrai 10-02-2010 11:25 PM

Kitchen
 
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Hi Tuddlytops, finally worked out how to upload photos. We had to knock down a very badly built kitchen extension that had a very low roof and small windows. The room is new but we like old. I had been cutting out pictures of cookers/mantlepieces and keeping them in a file. A friend of ours built it for us using red bricks that were left on site and the beam was originally over the window of the old kitchen. By the way, this friend is a butcher by trade not a builder but we reckon he did a good job with only a few pictures to look at. Might give you an idea. You could use a railway sleeper as a beam supported on bricks and put your oven and hob inside. Eibh.

tudlytops 10-02-2010 11:30 PM

That is fabulous, thankfully the only thing we have to knock down is the porch, it was built without foundation, i reckon your Butcher friend couldn't have done a better job.

We were thinking of a railway sleeper as well, i think they add a lot of charm.

How do you find cooking with the cooker under there?

Oh and did you put some sort of a filter on the chimney?

Eibhlin ni Sheambrai 10-02-2010 11:46 PM

cooker
 
Hi there, if you look behind the beam you will see there is an extractor fan which is vented to the outside. We cheated as we didn't actually have a chimney but wanted the look. If you are actually going into the chimney space you would have to close it off like for an aga and maybe install an extractor fan vented up the chimney. E.

tudlytops 10-02-2010 11:53 PM

Now now that's cheating lol.

Yeah we were looking at it, the smoke goes up just fine, we lighted a small fire on the floor to check it out, but the dirt also comes down lol, we were thinking of building some sort of a filter.

Eibhlin ni Sheambrai 11-02-2010 12:27 AM

chimney
 
In the old part of the cottage we have original wide chimneys that you could send a child up to sweep lol! one was open right up, you could see the stars and the other was covered in with corrugated iron. There was a hole in the centre for the stove pipe and at either side two more holes but covered over that could be opened to clean out. It stops the soot and you don't end up with birds nest soup. I'll have to take some more photos tomorrow. Going to bed now..after being a member since 2008 I have finally got the courage and knowhow to communicate and may be in danger of becoming a JT addict Ha Ha!!

tudlytops 11-02-2010 09:45 PM

We've put one of those chimney things on top, one with a hat thingy (i'm very technical you should see me in shops trying to get what i want lol), any way it's stopped water coming down and it will stop the birds to, but unless we send the child up to clean it it will never be spotless so we are going to build a filter.

unapam 12-02-2010 03:21 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by tudlytops
The work in the kitchen is well under way.

We are making 1 kitchen out of 2, opening up the chimney and placing the cooker and oven in there.

The doors for the 2 kitchens are different but by the time we finished they will look the same and have a country look to them.

1 Kitchen given to us by Cole, thank you
1 given on another site


Hi Tuddlypops. That is coming up gorgeous! I know how hard you are working but it is very satisfying I'm sure. You will have a cosy little home soon. Best wishes. Unapam

unapam 12-02-2010 03:23 PM

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Originally Posted by Eibhlin ni Sheambrai
Hi Tuddlytops, finally worked out how to upload photos. We had to knock down a very badly built kitchen extension that had a very low roof and small windows. The room is new but we like old. I had been cutting out pictures of cookers/mantlepieces and keeping them in a file. A friend of ours built it for us using red bricks that were left on site and the beam was originally over the window of the old kitchen. By the way, this friend is a butcher by trade not a builder but we reckon he did a good job with only a few pictures to look at. Might give you an idea. You could use a railway sleeper as a beam supported on bricks and put your oven and hob inside. Eibh.


That is wonderful. That's one talented buthcher! lucky you. :-)

tudlytops 12-02-2010 06:48 PM

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Originally Posted by bubbles747
this makes me wish i took photos of my house before we started! only diffrence is we actually had to live in ours and carry out the work! still not finished. best of luck tudleytops



I wish we could live in it save the rent money, but there's no water or ESB yet so no chance, we do stay there over night sometimes but the caravan baterry can only go so far

tudlytops 12-02-2010 06:49 PM

Thank you unapan, it is every time we finish something we feel dead proud of ourselves.

LittleWhiteWestie 16-02-2010 08:08 AM

Well Done
 
Well Done Tudlytops it is looking really fab - you must be so proud of your achievements to date!!

Well Done.

LWW :)

tudlytops 16-02-2010 08:30 PM

Thank you,

Its slow going health not the best, but we getting there :)

irishchick56 20-03-2010 12:18 AM

What you are doing is amazing, I envy you :-) I look forward to more photos and hearing about your progress! Thank Goodness for JumbleTown.

Regards
Chloe

tudlytops 28-03-2010 06:49 PM

thank you, health hasn't been the best so we going kinda slow and just done some work on the garden as it is easier.

But we do have doors on the kitchen cupboards and worktops waiting to be cut and fitted so we should have more pictures soon.

Eibhlin ni Sheambrai 09-04-2010 11:20 PM

kitchen
 
Hi Tudlytops, can't find the thread about looking for old sleepers to build mantlepiece around chimney for your cooker. I have found something that may be useful. Could you pm me as I don't want to put details up, as I am offering to you, not putting up for general viewing. Cheers, Eibhlin.

tudlytops 09-04-2010 11:24 PM

PM sent, thanks

mondubics 17-04-2010 06:13 PM

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Originally Posted by Eibhlin ni Sheambrai
Hi there, if you look behind the beam you will see there is an extractor fan which is vented to the outside. We cheated as we didn't actually have a chimney but wanted the look. If you are actually going into the chimney space you would have to close it off like for an aga and maybe install an extractor fan vented up the chimney. E.

Very interesting thread!
I'm not into renovating, but in a 1930's house that had a space for a range, and a chimney above it, I also used the space to put my cooker.
At first, the chimney was open (for some reason down the years there never was a range in the gap), but when the kitchen was done up, I got them to put hardboard/marine ply across the whole opening, with a space for a vent (sliding), to take the steam up the chimney. Then I had tiles fitted on all 4 sides of the box (ceiling and 3 sides), so the vent just isn't obvious, and I no longer have dust (and worse) coming down.
I clean the vent occasionally, and if any birds fall down the chimney, I know I'll have to re-do the whole thing, but its not a big job.

tudlytops 20-04-2010 11:24 PM

Thanks mondubics,

We've build a sort of a holder for a filter, it opens up so we can change the filter and we place a chimney guard so no birds will be coming down, this sort of chimneys are very common in Portugal so i have a good idea of what to do with it.

We can't tile it at the moment, short of cash, so we just going to paint it so it is clean and tile it later.

Most of the work apart from the tiling of walls and floor is now done and will be putting some pictures up soon :)

tudlytops 27-04-2010 08:29 PM

We almost done with the kitchen and living room.

Just short of tiles for the kitchen so will compromise for now with paint for the floor and kitchen wallpaper for the walls over the counters will have pictures soon

Thank you all

unapam 28-04-2010 08:54 PM

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Originally Posted by tudlytops
We almost done with the kitchen and living room.

Just short of tiles for the kitchen so will compromise for now with paint for the floor and kitchen wallpaper for the walls over the counters will have pictures soon

Thank you all

Can't wait to see the new pics. Best wishes Pam

tudlytops 28-04-2010 09:06 PM

We had a bit of an electric drama ( no electricity for 2 days) but by early next week, hopeful apart from the tiling and the cupboard for the hot press its all done :)

tudlytops 09-11-2010 03:26 AM

Living room
 
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With the help of so many people here on JT, our living room is so much better, not finished the fireplace yet, but its well underway :P

tudlytops 09-11-2010 03:33 AM

Bathroom
 
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Now this was fun :) never tiled before, but it didn't come out to bad.

And my Sweetener skills never ceases to amaze me, he done all the plumbing :)

Still a few bits to be done, but nearly there.

tudlytops 09-11-2010 03:38 AM

Doors
 
We are having "customized" doors, we got 4 panel doors, cut 2 panels out and we are replacing the panels with stained glass that we are painting ourselves.

Each room will be different and it will have some meaning to us.

Now this is fun to do :P

tudlytops 09-11-2010 03:43 AM

Fireplace bed 1
 
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Now this was blocked up, we not going to use it as a fire place, but we wanted it showing, the bedroom is very small so we could not have a proper fireplace, so this is how its being done.

tudlytops 09-11-2010 03:44 AM

Attic insulation
 
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Now this i hate, its been very hard and slow because of our health, but we are getting there and we can already feel the benefits.

miss lilac 09-11-2010 09:52 AM

Refurbishing an old cottage
 
Have really enjoyed reading your thread which I only hit on in the past hour or so....you are an inspiration to so many people, especially in these recessional times....Things can get done with a lot of elbow grease and hard work....You are making me feel lazy so I am going to go on a big clean up and put some elbow grease into making my house as pretty as yours is turning out...

unapam 09-11-2010 11:58 AM

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Originally Posted by tudlytops
We are having "customized" doors, we got 4 panel doors, cut 2 panels out and we are replacing the panels with stained glass that we are painting ourselves.

Each room will be different and it will have some meaning to us.

Now this is fun to do :P



What a fabulous idea! PLEASE show when done..

Gormal 09-11-2010 12:43 PM

It's amazing. I like that you kept the fireplace as a feature, you could put a flower arrangement in it, or shelves and even some pebbles with a candle.
the glass panels are a wonderful idea, will also make the rooms feel a bit less closed in.


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