It’s Valentine’s weekend, and nothing says ‘I Love You’ like time spent renovating together!
All energy is currently centered on the business side of the house… our office below and the studio above.
I have continued furiously pasting and sanding the office walls and ceiling, desperate to get some paint on the walls, but haven’t quite got there yet. But I’m oh so close now. Hopefully tomorrow! There are so many corners and nooks and crannies, and the beam edges are so time consuming!
The new doors have finally gone in – we are officially weatherproof and close to draught-free! I have to confess to being really sad to see the old studio and workshop doors go – they were so beautifully made by Joe. But we are thrilled with the look and practicality of the new doors – so much light comes in, and they’re so easy to open and close!!
With the new doors installed Joe has really got going on the studio. We cleared all the equipment out into the dining room …
…and Joe single handedly laid the entire floor in less than a week – we’ve gone for construction planks… incredibly economical, practical and most importantly they look fantastic against the stone.
We decided to also use the same wood to cover the double-height spine wall. First Joe insulated…
To maximize floor space, we’ve put raised shelves on the big wooden wall – incorporating the supports for the shelves into the cladding of the wall, so that they are super strong. The plan is to have a library-style rolling ladder for access to equipment – looking forward to seeing the design and build of that!
We’ve decided the wooden floor works so well that we are going to do the same in the office. When both floors are down, we’ll hire a sander and finish them off.
To run electricity around the stone walls, Joe has put a skirting board proud of the walls, laid the cables and poured a concrete ledge around the room… the man’s a genius!
A little treat to end the blog:
Beth wrote this beautiful song and made this poignant video about her love of cinema and her favourite films of 2019. I could watch and listen on a continuous loop!
I’ve started the undercoat!