Renovations continue

We finished removing the chimney last Monday.  We chiselled out a lot of the bricks, but resorted to the sledge hammer at the end.

Then today we put in the joists for the flooring.  Josiah helped to saw the joists to length.

We had already put timber around the edge of the room and levelled it.  Lydia and Kim measured the drop from the joists to the floor so that we could cut packers to fit every 45 cm.

Interestingly there was 13cm of difference between the highest point of the flooring and the lowest!!

Then came the fun part of sawing the yellow tongue flooring to length.  We only had to take a little sliver off the end of each and the trampoline made a good bench for that.  We did have to rip the last one lengthwise to fit and managed to use the triton workbench for that, although it was a bit awkward as the flooring sections were pretty big and heavy (900 x 3600, 45kg).

And the fun part was putting the flooring in.  We decided to put some insulation under the new floor too since we had the gap there.

And tonight it is all done and nailed down.  The ceiling seems lower somehow.  🙂  Probably because we are now standing between 9.5 and 22.5cm higher, depending on where in the room you stand.  It is actually much easier to see out of the windows now.

So now we need to get on with the job of installing a wood fire, which was the original purpose behind all of this!  And I think we should put in a bit of interior lining to cover the hole in the wall too.

Well, that is our progress for now.  I think I will head back to the caravan now where it is somewhat warmer.  We’re expecting a minimum of -1 tonight.  Brrr.


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