following photos show the condition of the house at the
time of purchase.
The house came with ...
a new(ish) roof
to the rear
three decent ceilings…er…
a nice built-in
cupboard in the living room …
and not much else!
Unfortunately the house also came with ...
bulging and sagging ceilings
a lead water supply
mutilated gas pipes and flue both dangerous and rendered
very old wiring
no central heating (or heating of any kind!)
a damp kitchen (and matching bathroom!)
and ... aged carpets, pinky-orange woodwork, thick and
aged wallpaper and wood panel fascia that was attempting
to mask the problems that lay behind, including damp
plaster and very sparse mortaring (is that daylight I
can see through that wall?!)
And so the task was to produce a
comfortable home with new windows, wiring, plumbing,
kitchen, bathroom and an extra third bedroom, created by
dividing the large front bedroom into a bedroom and
I aimed to do this over a period of
eleven months on a budget of £15,000 pounds.