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Old 03-26-2014, 12:08 PM   #21
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Great looking space, first thing I thought was I hope he goes for a glass wall between the two spaces!
Yes! My wife is still a little... sceptical of the glass wall. But I think it will really work. In my head, I see the garage extending out from the kitchen/living area, and there maybe even being a TV/sofa in there. And with the floor and one of the walls having the same finish, it will look like 1 long space. Exciting!

My only concern is any fumes when driving into the garage. The car isn't driven much really, mostly a track car (bicycle is the main form of transport here). So that helps. But I might mount a massive extractor onto the garage door which I can switch on for 10-15 minutes when the car drives in.
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Old 03-26-2014, 02:46 PM   #22
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I love the idea. The garage extends into your home... a dream that I thin we all have!
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Old 03-26-2014, 03:44 PM   #23
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Yes! My wife is still a little... sceptical of the glass wall. But I think it will really work. In my head, I see the garage extending out from the kitchen/living area, and there maybe even being a TV/sofa in there. And with the floor and one of the walls having the same finish, it will look like 1 long space. Exciting!

My only concern is any fumes when driving into the garage. The car isn't driven much really, mostly a track car (bicycle is the main form of transport here). So that helps. But I might mount a massive extractor onto the garage door which I can switch on for 10-15 minutes when the car drives in.
Building regulations in the UK would have you put a fire door there which would mean the horrible glass with the wire in and a smoke sealing door
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Old 03-26-2014, 04:17 PM   #24
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Building regulations in the UK would have you put a fire door there which would mean the horrible glass with the wire in and a smoke sealing door
Yup, definitely. And the same in the US too, I believe. The building regulations seem to be very laid back here. I'm more worried about the fumes than a fire. Though I'll have multiple extinguishers and fire alarms just in case.
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Old 03-26-2014, 04:29 PM   #25
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I've been busy with work so hard to get a lot of time to work on things.

New sewage pipe installed properly and sealed at the bottom. You can see where the washer and dryer will be placed (under the old staircase):





Of course I'll add some nice trim around them at some point..

Ceiling joists also installed on the utility room:



And the uprights for the little nook in the utility room. There will be bins at the bottom (for clothes and rubbish) and then shelves above:

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Old 03-26-2014, 06:15 PM   #26
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WOW I am thinking what a beautiful place that is and you go and tear it all out!! LOL.
I am seeing some really nice construction work and some very good ideas in the pictures.
"IF" you could get anyone to do that kind of work in the States, you could NOT afford it.
Everything your doing is going to be great!!

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Old 03-27-2014, 04:19 AM   #27
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Great work looking forward to your updates ....
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Old 03-27-2014, 04:45 PM   #28
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Had some time this morning to start putting the insulation on the roof. The boards aren't ridiculously heavy, but enough when you are alone. Can't beat a trust wooden helper:



The joys of working in a very old house; the joists are very randomly space out. Some 65cm, some 70cm, some 80cm. The plasterboard/insulation is 60cm wide, so I'll have to cut little pieces to fit in-between. Horrible..





Got half the garage done today. Only took a few hours as well. And some extra space, which helps!

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Old 03-29-2014, 01:49 PM   #29
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very cool building love the over seas builds
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Old 03-29-2014, 02:42 PM   #30
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My only concern is any fumes when driving into the garage. The car isn't driven much really, mostly a track car (bicycle is the main form of transport here). So that helps. But I might mount a massive extractor onto the garage door which I can switch on for 10-15 minutes when the car drives in.
No kidding, doesn't look like the original design had much of a vapor barrier, nor a (mandatory here) automatic door closer.

I'd be worried about CO2...

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Old 04-05-2014, 02:38 PM   #31
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This week has been focusing on electrics. All the existing wiring had to be ripped out because a) it was all over the place and b) most of it was very old. Random coloured wire used..

I managed to put in all the circuits for lights, outlets, washer/dryer and gas boiler, and all the old stuff got ripped out.

Here is the downstairs consumer unit. I didn't want to actually remove it from the wall, so I had to work around some things. I managed to keep things fairly tidy though, though I wish I could redo the entire thing...



The water pipes still need to be clipped onto the wall and I'll move them above the meter.

Same goes for all the water pipes going along the wall of the 2 rooms. They'll all be boxed up, too. This is the utility:



Here is the first new light switch! Exciting, as I love the old switches we got. The conduit will be either replaced with some nice material, or we will paint it black.

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Old 04-05-2014, 02:39 PM   #32
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No kidding, doesn't look like the original design had much of a vapor barrier, nor a (mandatory here) automatic door closer.

I'd be worried about CO2...
The barrier will be a large glass wall/door. Good call on the door closer though, that would certainly help.
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Old 04-05-2014, 02:46 PM   #33
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Here is the first new light switch! Exciting, as I love the old switches we got. The conduit will be either replaced with some nice material, or we will paint it black.

Maybe this is something for you, they got the old bakelite stuff brand new...

http://www.allbakelite.com/

Sorry guys it's only in Dutch language
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Old 04-05-2014, 02:57 PM   #34
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http://www.allbakelite.com/

Sorry guys it's only in Dutch language
Wow, thanks! I got all my switches and outlets from here: http://www.bakeliet.nl - and struggled finding other things. But this is great! $$$$$$$
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Wow, thanks! I got all my switches and outlets from here: http://www.bakeliet.nl - and struggled finding other things. But this is great! $$$$$$$
Your welcome, yes it is expensive but very nice stuff
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Old 04-10-2014, 03:27 PM   #36
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The garden got a little clean up; getting ready to install the roof window in the future. Had to rip out all the old ivy from the fence and remove it from the 3 soil boxes. It was horrible. The ivy roots were everywhere. Around everything. And then I had to carry it downstairs. Horrible.



The next thing was to give the garage a good clean. It had really gotten out of hand. At the start of the project I had a rule to clean up everything at the end of everyday, but that hadn't happened in about 4 weeks :/ Took my wife and I a full day to clean everything up and organise things. So much better, and so much more space.





This morning I also added the first of the wall insulation in the utility room, and plaster boarded up the final wall in there. It's nice to finally have a enclosed room. I will maybe put the ceiling up tomorrow.









Safety first!



And finally, I started removing the many layers of plaster and paint from the long wall int he garage. We want to go with a brick wall in both the garage and kitchen, and of course it is much cheaper to expose the wall that is there. I'm not sure how promising that idea is though. The wall is pretty ugly. I'll see, though.

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Old 05-20-2014, 04:44 PM   #37
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A small update..

I've been busy with real (paying) work, so progress on the house has slowed down a little. Some things I've had the chance to work on:

I will need to tile the new WC downstairs, and eventually a new bathroom on our first floor. I thought I'd try tiling a bit upstairs, around a old fireplace, as a way to practise before doing it else where.

The existing tiles on the floor were just sitting there, so we just lifted them up and dumped them:



I lay down some plywood and started laying the tiles:



Finished the floor:



Tiled the wall and then grouted it:



Everything went fairly smoothly. Wasn't difficult, but time consuming and quite dirty. My main problem was that I directly put the tiles and adhesive onto the bricks on the wall. The problem with that is that the wall was very uneven and it meant I had to use a lot of adhesive. If I were to do it again, I'll put some plaster or wood on the wall first, then put the tiles on that.

I'm not 100% happy with the finish, but the other places will be easier.

Next we started sanding down the inside of the main garage door. We plan to replace the glass with regular clear insulated glass. The top 4 rows, and maybe even the 5th, will be glass. I will leave 1 space for an extractor for any fumes.



We aren't sure on the finish yet. Maybe stain it. Maybe just paint it white again (there was about 50 coats on there before). And I'll paint all the fittings and hinges black.

Outside the garage, I put up some fencing in our terrace. The existing fencing was just falling apart so it definitely needed replaced. Gave everything a nice fresh coat of paint too:



I also removed and dumped all the existing decking. I will lay nicer decking when we install the roof window.



And finally, I removed the existing plaster roof from the back room. One of the last remaining dirty, horrible jobs. Very time consuming and fills the place with dust.





And what was left afterwards:



My car needs cleaned almost every time I leave the house. Thankfully, I rarely need to drive the car:



Great for towing. Who would have thought?



And finally, I rinsed out the garage with some water to get rid of some of the dust, as some family were staying over. 3 cars in the garage this week:

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Old 05-20-2014, 04:46 PM   #38
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Oh, and a picture from the Nurburgring at the weekend:

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Cool build thread, it is so interesting to see how things are done in other countries. You are making great progress, keep up the good work.
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Oh, and a picture from the Nurburgring at the weekend:

This car guy likes where you get to drive your car, on one of your seldom drives! I'd gladly ride a bike ifI got to drive the 'Ring when I drove the car!
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