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The Kitchen – part 4

Onwards. Dave the Builder has been busy. I’ve been writing about the destruction and rebuild of our kitchen. In Part 1 I described how the room looked when I bought the house. Part 2 outlined the plans I had to rebuild. In Part 3 we began to knock holes in walls and move things around. […]

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The Kitchen – part 3

So, there I was, about to create havoc in our kitchen. in part 1 of this tale, I talked about how the kitchen first appeared when I bought the house. in part 2, I drew up plans for how I wanted the room to look. Now it’s time to start knocking walls about. Everything needed […]

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The Kitchen – part 2

A few years ago, I (well, with some help) rebuilt our kitchen. This is the story of the decision-making processes I went though, and the new design that resulted. In the previous post I talked about the original layout of the kitchen, and how it looked when I moved in. As soon as I could, […]

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The Kitchen

Our house was built in 1967. It has had two owners so far. The original owner put the house on the market in 2001 so that she could retire and move closer to her daughter. She had kept the house very well, although as you would expect, the décor was “of its time”. As any […]

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My First Year

I began this blog a year ago. Happy Birthday Messing About With Wood! On the 29th December 2019 I signed up to WordPress, with the idea of documenting my efforts with chisels, saws and drills. I didn’t really have any intention for the blog. It would be little more than a personal record, I could […]

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The Chap’s Room – part 2

So there I was, knocking down a fitted wardrobe to make the Chap’s bedroom bigger. In the previous post, I got as far as removing the back wall of the fitted wardrobe, which left a hole between the two bedrooms where the wardrobe doors used to be. Now I need to re-use the removed breeze […]

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The Chap’s Room

Small children grow up, and as they do, they occupy more and more space. We are lucky to have a good sized house, though sometimes it has felt that the space available hasn’t been put to the best use. A case in point was the design of the middle bedroom, and the inclusion of fitted […]

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The Bath – addendum

I’ve been posting a lot about the bathroom lately. I wrote three posts in all, covering toilet and sink, bath and radiator, and ceiling. Alongside these posts has been the unavoidable acknowledgement that it’s time to re-do the grouting around the bath. I’ve been putting it off for several months – “I can’t get the […]

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The Bath – part 3

Onwards with rebuilding the bathroom. In the first part of this story I talked about fitting a new toilet and sink, building box-work to hide the pipes and planning the layout of tiles. In part two I fitted a new bath and heated towel rail, and fitted tiles as diamonds. My attention now turns to […]

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The Bath – part 2

So, there I was, rebuilding the bathroom. In the last post I talked about fitting the toilet and sink, and how I approached tiling and boxing in pipework. Now it’s time to turn my attention to the bath itself. One problem I face often when working on the house is the conversion from imperial to […]