This week from the Money Pit: Chim Chim Che-ree

It was back to the Pit bright and early, well, not so bright as it was pitch black at 7am in the deepest of winter. Still, we had a good start to the day as we now have fireplaces with lintels and on Day Two of the Christmas break, we’ve made good progress.

Bedroom fireplace – with lintel

After yesterday’s discovery, I did a little documentation. The wood was so rotten, it was just a matter of time before the upstairs neighbour fell through the ceiling in their bath. Lucky we found out now rather than suffer that embarrassment!

The upstairs plumbing – rotten wood bolted to toothpicks

I spent the rest of the morning steaming off stinking old wallpaper while the crew, Letad, Brother in Law and the Brickie, got on with the heavy stuff. It was the DIY equivalent of a European spa facial as the pungent steam really opened up the pores. Living the dream.

Cosy new sitting room fireplace…

Next thing on the list is to replace the rotten joists so it was time to lift the boards. We need to dig out some rubble in order to ventilate the floors, repair the joists and get the plumber and electrician in to sort things out.

Old pipes and rubble
Lifting the boards and venting the chimney

On the plus side, I’m allowed to have a third chimney mainly so the builders could clear out the rubble inside. It will have to be a very slim mantlepiece in the hall. One small victory for aesthetics!

Doorway into the kitchen – tread carefully

Tomorrow we’ve managed to convince a structural engineer to come out and tell us what else we’re allowed to do. My fingers are crossed we can move the kitchen door and take out a couple of interior walls otherwise we’ll be rethinking the floor plan… again!

Still, the chimneys look nice!

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