Work In Progress: floors, staircase

The boards in the hallway are all fine – probably because half of them are already replacements.

The staircase is fine, just needs sanding back and bannister added – that’s on the list of jobs for this week 👍

By the kitchen door is our only real problem. There is a joist that used to be held in the wall but got sawn down, and we don’t like the look of the upright holding it up. For starters, it’s sat on the soil under the house, no waterproofing whatsoever. Who does that?? Pretty much all our uprights under the joists seem to be on concrete platforms, so looks like this one was a late addition and a bodge job. We’re going to go down there (eek, it’s cobweb central, as you’d expect) and put two or three new uprights in, on concrete platforms. We’ll probably do brick ones with slate and membrane as a barrier to the joists.

In the foreground: sanding patch test. Looks like once it’s all sanded, the old boards should be a similar colour to the new ones, which is really helpful. Means we can get a really consistent colour by using stain on everything and just applying a little more to lighter sections. 

Hopefully next Saturday will have lots of further-in-progress pictures 😊 I might crack out the SLR for those… this post has been phone snaps!


Be brave, be cautious – tearing stuff down

Last week, I extolled the virtues of ripping out the thing you are replacing before putting in your shiny new handiwork. This week, I’ll talk through a project we’re in the middle of, where we’re doing exactly that.

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Tear down before you build up

My father-in-law lives by the principle “if something’s worth doing, it’s worth doing well”, and at least a quarter of the home improvement I’ve ever done has been under his guidance  – either in person, or on the other end of the phone. I couldn’t help but think of him when planning my first DIY post.

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