I had a subscription to Self Build Magazine for a year.
The website has lots of resources for people self-building (of course – the clue is in the name), but a lot of the elements can be used for smaller projects – for example, kitchen design in the Beginners Guides. You need a login but I think it’s free to sign up & everything.
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!