Wednesday, 4 April 2012

So work has begun on the top two floors. This is the destructive stage where all the false walls and stud walls (those added later and only made of wood and plasterboard) get smashed up and removed. Our first layout plans included, on the top and first floors removing the walls between these long thin rooms at the front

and uniting them with their neighbours

to create lovely big rooms with four windows across. One nice big bedroom on the very top floor and one even bigger room on the first floor - completely open plan for the whole floor. But the architect took a look at this wall

and decided it was a load-bearing and masonry. We were quite surprised since it had sounded hollow and anyway why put such a huge window at the end of such a long and narrow room. What could this room have been used for? It was a mystery. Ah well, so we planned how lovely our oddly thin kitchen would look anyway.

Image from Norm architects

We are easy-going folks. It will be great. Lovely, yes.
Today our friend who we have seen do this sort of thing again and again, who has years of hands-on experience and a lot of common sense, a man who we of course asked to manage the whole project for us, removes the false ceiling. He looks above the line of the false ceiling and sees there is nothing at all. He looks at our plans and looks at the huge empty space that he is going to have to 'make good' and gives us a call.
'Are you sure you really want this wall?'
Why did we think it would be masonry?


  1. How exciting to be working on remodeling! That would be one of my dreams in life, to own a home and be able to remodel it.

    I found your blog through the Wildflowers blog, and I must say, I just might have to try your carrot & coriander bread!

  2. Thanks for visiting! I love the Wildflowers blog, and yours looks so beautiful and creative, I have another beautiful place to explore.
    We are renting right now too and so it is a dream come finally true for us. I love the Manhattan Nest blog where they make their so-typical rented apartment their own in all sorts of ingenious and money-saving ways.

  3. It will be interesting to watch the transformation of your new home. I love to see what people do with houses. Thank you for visiting my blog and for the nice comment.