Tuesday, 14 May 2013

Renovation project - scream when you're near a wire!


Renovation project - scream when you're near a wire!

We wake up with renewed energy and vigour today; it is actually quite beneficial to have a day off and do something completely different and yesterday was one of those days.

Today we have the materials we need to make the wardrobe, we have decided to make a wardrobe in the spare bedroom as we now have an ornate wooden bed and I really do not like miss matched furniture in rooms, there is no way we would be able to find anything to match.

John starts by building a timber frame from 3x2 scant (this translates into using wooden posts that are 3 inches by 2 inches) once the frame is built he attaches the plaster board.

renovation project how to make a built in wardrobe from studding and plasterboard

renovation project how to make a built in wardrobe from studding and plasterboard

renovation project how to make a built in wardrobe from studding and plasterboard

renovation project how to make a built in wardrobe from studding and plasterboard

renovation project how to make a built in wardrobe from studding and plasterboard

renovation project how to make a built in wardrobe from studding and plasterboard

We have one of the connections for the hot air system in the area so we are able to close all of this in, John will build a small box in the wardrobe to completely cover it so that it can cannot be seen but can be easily accessed if we ever have a problem.

We have already bought a matching door so the wardrobe will just appear as if it was always a part of the room.

We had considered putting a top cupboard above the door but this would then change the flow of the room, if the doors are all matching heights with the same amount of wall above it again ensures that the wardrobe looks like it has always been there.

We do have one problem as we are building the wall and that is one floorboard is not in as good a condition as the others. John has if’d and ar’d about this floor board for some time, but today it really gets to him, so he decides to replace it. This is not too difficult to do but we need to make sure that the cut is just right so that it is not noticeable.

renovation project how to remove a rotten floorboard

I have been cursing the fact that we keep all the old bits of wood, but today I am glad we did as we do still have some floorboards left over.

John has to cut the floorboard out and my job is to look underneath to make sure he is not anywhere near the electric wires, he is not and he says he will be cutting towards the kitchen, the jigsaw blade goes in and I can see him cutting in the opposite direction, heading straight towards a main cable, I shout, he doesn’t hear, I scream at him, he still doesn’t hear, I run upstairs and hit him, now he hears! We have a little heated debate about directions and John asks why I didn’t just turn the electric off (this was not something I had considered, but it does make sense!).

A big tip if somebody is sawing through a floor heading towards a main cable and they can’t hear you, flick the main switch on the consumer unit, it will stop the electric saw and they can hear you, yes I know this is bloody obvious, but most things are with hindsight!!!!!

At the end of the day the wardrobe is starting to look good though

renovation project how to make a built in wardrobe from studding and plasterboard



2 comments:

  1. Love the idea of building the wardrobe, and LOL about cutting the electrics... it would not have occurred to me either!!

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    1. ha ha ha Gerda, glad I'm not the only one!

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