Renovations

The Flat List #2

It’s been a while since I updated the list of things that still need to be done around the flat, so I thought I’d grit my teeth and work it out today.

Although I feel like I’ve hardly done anything, there have been a few very productive days, which means I’ve probably done more than I thought I’d achieved.

I’m copying the list from the previous post and crossing out the things I’ve already done. And hopefully not adding any new things. Here we go… 

The Living Room

  • Finish stripping the wallpaper.
  • Pull up the floor.
  • Get the walls plastered or rendered or plastered and rendered or whatever the right term is. – I’ve had some recommendations for people who can do this, and it’s next on my list to get done! 
  • Decide what I’m doing about heating
  • …and do it.
  • Get the windows reframed because the frames are rotting. – The initial surveyor came out, looked at them and went “Oh dear.” He’s called his boss, who’s coming out to look at them himself, and then hopefully this will get moving.
  • Take off the final remains of the manky secondary glazing that looks like it was installed in the 70s and never cleaned.
  • Work out what I’m doing about lighting and install any fixtures that need to be put in.
  • Paint the ceiling and walls.
  • Clean the mantlepiece, which has brown gunk caked in its crevices.
  • Lay the new floor. – Not done, but I don’t need to do it because of the beautiful original floorboards I found when I pulled up the manky laminate flooring!

This was what it looked like just after I’d pulled up the floor. Now all the stuff on the right hand side has been taken to the dump, so it’s a nice big empty room with excellent acoustics.

The Hallway

  • Rip up the floor. – This was very satisfying.
  • Fill the holes in the walls.
  • Paint the ceiling and walls.

The Weird Little Staircase From The Hallway Into The Bedroom

  • Paint the walls.
  • Sort out the lighting.
  • Finish the stairs. This will involve painting them, and possibly also some decorative tiles, depending on how energetic I’m feeling.

The Kitchen

  • Take up the manky grey lino I put down in 2016 as a temporary option.
  • Paint all the units black and replace the handles with prettier ones.
  • Make the white tiles black (rather than the hassle of replacing them, I’m probably going to buy some of that stick-on tile stuff and hope no one notices).
  • Get a new light fixture that doesn’t make me feel like I’m cooking in a supermarket.
  • Paint the ceiling and walls.
  • Install underfloor heating. – I’ve decided against this, I think.
  • Put down some pretty black floor tiles.

Outside

  • Remove all the stuff people have dumped behind the little wall outside my house.
  • Paint the little wall so it doesn’t look as shabby.
  • Plant some plants there to make it look cheerier.

I am currently training a jasmine plant up the drainpipe outside the window and it’s making my bedroom smell lovely at night.

  • Set up a neighbourhood book swap scheme by placing a small bookshelf behind the wall for people to take from and contribute to.
  • Get the fire escape stairs fixed.
  • Hang some plant pots over the fire escape balcony bit.
  • Clean the weird moss stuff off the courtyard.
  • Fix the holes in the courtyard wall.
  • Paint the courtyard wall so it doesn’t look as shabby.
  • Buy a couple of picnic tables and a BBQ and put them in the courtyard. (What I’m loftily referring to as ‘the courtyard’ is a small patch of… well, courtyardy bit?… that’s shared between me and an unknown number of neighbours. At least two, but possibly more. At the moment no one takes care of it. I want to change that.)
  • Plant some plants in the courtyard to make it look cheerier.

How are your renovations going?

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