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Attention to detail… October 2010 update

Category: Barn Conversion Journal October 7th, 2010 by mbc

You (still) can’t beat a good list (see the bottom of this post for the previous ones) – after more than a year since the last update this is the current position (with comments from May 2009 in italics):

Done – were in progress in May 2009

  • Flooring and tiling
    We’ve bought slate wall and floor tiles for both bathrooms and travertine for the ground floor. Finally, we’ve also selected oak flooring for the first floor. No more tiles to buy – hooray!
    [Oct 2010 update] – Tiles are now in both downstairs and in the upstairs bathrooms. Oak flooring is delivered and fitted except for in the second bedroom (I’ve added that as a new task below). Still a little tidying up to do, but I consider this item pretty much complete.
  • Internal doors We’ll go for relatively traditional hardwood doors, but not ordered yet.
    [Oct 2010 update] – Perhaps more comtemporary than traditional, hardwood and definitely done!
  • Lighting
    Pretty much all bought – details soon.
    [Oct 2010 update] – Done, in and shining brightly (but energy efficiently)…
  • Appliances
    Still Need: Cooker, fridge-freezer, washing machine, TV.
    money, money, money
    Got: multi-fuel stove.

    [Oct 2010 update] – All now installed except a washing machine.
  • Furniture
    Still Need: Beds, dining table and chairs.Settee and chairs have been bought.
    [Oct 2010 update] – All in situ.
  • Treat internal woodwork
    Wax (and otherwise treat) all the internal woodwork, especially the stairs and bannisters.
    [Oct 2010 update] – Stairs whitened and waxed, once all over and twice along the bannister and steps.
  • Progress Kitchen
    Complete assembly and installation of the kitchen units.
    [Oct 2010 update] – Completed
  • Shutters
    Find affordable (under £3000 which is the quote I currently have) for shutters for the yard side window.
    [Oct 2010 update] – Done, and installed.

In Progress

  • Storage
    We’ve got a utility area in the kitchen and will install cupboards in the dressing area (including on the high wall above the door to the landing), under the stairs and in second bedroom. We will install shelving on the landing and hopefully find some really neat storage solutions for various other nooks and crannies – continuing investigations!
    [Oct 2010 update] – Very little progress in this area, but definitely one that will be addressed soon.
  • Paint Internal and external
    Internal paint is clay based and the first coat has been applied (except in the bedrooms). We will use eco-gloss where woodwork is to be glossed, although this will be minimal. A subtle shade of green has been selected for the exterior paint work – picture soon!
    [Oct 2010 update] – Main bedroom painted, but second bedroom and utility room are still bare plaster. Skirting boards are partially installed, but none painted except in the ensuite. Exterior paintwork is undercoated but only one window topcoated – I must get all this done before the winter really settles in. I’m considering using a decorator!
  • Wood Store
    Build an external, wood store from wood and slate in the yard for storage of firewood.
    [Oct 2010 update] – I wish I had time for this one … one day!
  • Progress Bathroom
    Install shower cubicles and clean, grout and seal all tiling.
    [Oct 2010 update] – Pretty much done but the bathrooms still need some finishing touches such as skirting boards, filling holes in plasterboard left by my moving electrical points around, cleaning the tiles (again), fitting towel rails and suchlike…

New To Do

  • Flooring
    Fit oak flooring in the second bedroom.
  • Washing machine (and drainage)
    Install.
  • Landscape the garden
    Turn the grassy, nettley knoll at the back of the barn into a garden.
  • Tidy yard
    Add beds (maybe raised) and borders at front of the barn to tidy things up. Resurface areas of the hard standing that have been dug up.
  • Treat exposed external beams (window lintels)
    Treat with wood preservative and yacht varnish.
  • Cabin / built-in bed
    Build in the second bedroom.
  • Garden gate
    Build and install.

Previous lists (oldest first):
Attention to detail – November 2007
Attention to detail – April 2008
Attention to detail – October 2008
Attention to detail – May 2009

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