Wednesday, 14 December 2011

Winter update from the 1930s house

Happy Xmas from the 1930s House!

It has been a busy summer for us and a busy autumn too as our daughter started school. Work on the house has slowed down as work commitments and colder weather took their toll on our renovation project. Hopefully I will have more updates next year! Aside some shelving, garden/garage clearance and general maintenance we have not changed much. The idea is to live in the house for a bit before deciding on major and costly remodelling. So it has been minimal tinkering really - we know we need an extension, while the bathroom and kitchen are dated. See it for yourself in the pic on the left. Despite some modern fittings this is an original 1930s bathroom. A tradesman who came to disconnect the electric fire upstairs (we kept it as it's original but made it safe) confirmed this. The bath is made of iron and has been re-enamelled at some point. The window is original, in metal with recentish secondary glazing. The toilet is in another little room. There is a big airing cupboard in the corridor, just behind the bath. We are thinking of getting rid of that and put the WC back in the bathroom, thus opening up the toilet's room into a small bedroom. Nothing planned yet, just we are thinking about it! 

One job that got done is stripping the doors. The original 1930s doors have been stripped by a professional (too much lead paint to make it safe for us to do) and they displayed a wavy pattern, a bit like tiger bread! We don't have all the original handles, but here is one. My partner went for a protective matt varnish in this light colour, I'd have preferred something darker as it's more 1930.

I hope I can bring more news and pictures next year. For now, I wish you all a Happy Holiday.