Knocked into one – Inspector Buddy on hand

This is where the exciting stuff begins – the building. That was until we hit concrete, literally. But a bit more about that later. First off, it was time to knock out what was left of the back window and door frame. With a few support beams in place, the builders made relatively quick work of taking down the double brick. For such a small section, there were hundreds. And hundreds… Continue reading


As enticing as orange “Tang” floorboards are (not), I made the decision to go dark. Firstly the ancient carpets needed to be ripped up. It was dusty and stinky but that was the easy bit! On hands and knees I then had to yank out every single staple left behind in the boards. 

After doing this and much to my proud DIY-er disappointment, my move in deadline didn’t afford me the luxury of then sanding and staining the floors myself. 

Each and every nail in each and every floorboard needed to be hammered in below floor level and puttied before the sanding belt was even turned on.

It took master-sander Jack and his trusty team of two a full week to complete the five rooms and hallway. Continue reading