Our fourth bedroom is finally starting to see some progress again. After we descended into a mad and chaotic rush to lay the floor and get everything plastered & painted before our guests arrived, we somehow just couldn’t find the motivation to get back on the DIY bandwagon and actually finish what we’d started.
As so often, there’s an endless list of little things that all still need to be completed. The doorframe hasn’t been completely stripped yet (let alone sanded and painted), the skirting boards are just resting against the walls and haven’t been attached, the electrics need finishing and that annoying steel beam still needs to be signed off.
But we have made some progress and we’ve now completed one big job on our long to-do list – a new window.
As you know, we’ve slowly been working our way around the house replacing a window or two at a time and as part of refurbishing this bedroom, we inevitably decided to have this window replaced, too.
Out of all windows that we’ve replaced in our home so far, this one was probably in the best condition, even if it was really badly fitted with big, draughty gaps all around it!
We had considered keeping it, but as the room will only be completely finished with a new window (and it would have needed sorting sooner or later) we decided to have it done now instead of putting off the inevitable.
As with all of the other windows that we’ve replaced in our home, we also had the stained glass reinstated.
Yes, it was expensive, but we think that it really finishes the window off and overall it’s just much more in keeping with the period of the house.
New windows aren’t exactly a cheap investment, especially if you have the encapsulated stained glass fitted, but after a lot of deliberation, we still decided to go ahead and have it done.
Whilst the old window wasn’t exactly falling apart, it really only made sense to have it replaced before plastering and decorating the room. It just wouldn’t have felt right to finish everything, yet still have the window on our to-do list.
Now we can finally start to think about the nicer things in this room. As soon as we’ve had the steel beam signed off, we can finish the plastering & painting and then finally move on to adding the finishing touches to this room.
Here’s how we’re getting on so far and what we still have left to do.
- Strip wallpaper – done.
- Move boiler – done.
- Replace lintel – done.
- Replace window – done.
- Add architrave around new window
- Repair ceiling – done.
- Plaster walls & ceiling – done.
- Repair floor – done.
- Strip & paint (or replace) skirting boards – done. (In the end, we decided to replace them)
- Strip & paint doorframe
- Lay new floor – done.
- Paint walls – done.
- 2nd Fix electrics
Do you also descend into a mad DIY rush before you have visitors? Do you find getting reliable trades people as difficult as we do?
PS. We’ve finally finished the building work in this room and the steel beam has been boxed in and hidden! You can see what it look like now here!