Austers Cross

This has been a very interesting project from the very start… a large two bedroom property, with two double garages on either side of the bungalow, with the one garage extending towards the rear of the garden, and a huge conservatory as an extended workshop.

The landlord travelled to the US and has remained there for the last eight years, only to decide to have his property made ready for the letting market.  He enjoyed his years working on his collection of vintage automobiles, surrounded by shelves and walls decorated with tools, an old lathe and block & tackle for lifting engines.

The conservatory, lined with work benches and more shelves and tools, clearly a sanctuary where dedication to the upkeep of beautiful cars, was enjoyed over the years.

The first couple of weeks entailed packing up the entire household content, separating personal belongings to ship over to the US, storing goods in the garage and also removing unwanted items from the property.  Shelves of collected magazines, some dated around the 1950’s and dozens of interesting books and collected shells, all to be packed.

The interior of the home, mostly decorated with dark wallpaper, typical of a gentleman’s abode, required a bright and fresh new look to open up the interior and modernize the property to a certain degree.

The wide entrance hall leads into what was the tiny kitchen which housed a sink cabinet, the little drawer packed with tools, a fridge and an ancient two plate cooker on a stand, along with a wooden kitchen table and chair.  We fitted new cupboards, kitchen sink and built in oven and cooker, and also enclosed the boiler behind a cupboard door.  Opening up the kitchen into the dining area meant removing the dividing wood framed glass door and window panel separating the two rooms.  We then fitted a large base cabinet below the dining room window, thereby introducing an area for an open plan dining room.  This area then leads into a lovely bright living room area with a very interesting seventies style feature wall.

The bathroom was painted white, with new tiling around the bath and basin, and also a shower positioned above the bath.  A heated towel rail was installed and unsightly pipes boxed in.

New wood-look vinyl flooring was laid in the bathroom and kitchen, with the balance of the home carpeted throughout.

The loft now has new insulation, the chimney has been resealed and the roof has had a good pressure spray.  The garage roof had deteriated over the years and a hardened foam had been applied on the interior roofing to seal it and for insulation.  Unfortunately it had started leaking on the join.  To counter this we fitted battens in place and a bitshumen corrugated roofing secured on top, finishing off with white facia boards on the edging.

The landlord is thrilled with the new look of the property, which is now home to the first tenants.

Challenges?  Oh yes!  A foot through the bedroom ceiling!  New electric wiring and plug installations required after decorating was complete!  The boiler company stalling before payments and deposits being paid!  Carpets being fitted as the tenants were moving in… happily all sorted!

And then, the new carpet in the hallway bubbled, caused by a little patch of wet parquet flooring!  We discovered this was a result of a leaking waste pipe under the bath, water creeping three metres and escaping in one little area!  Thankfully all is now perfect.

We thoroughly enjoyed this project and have some future summer work to look forward to as requested by the landlord.

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