Monday, 17 June 2013

My home renovation - lower bathroom, roof terraces and other jobs

The kitchen fireplace is closed and ready 
for cladding

The lower bathroom has been stripped
of all the old tiles and sanitary units. A 
wall below the window houses the flush
cistern and will serve as a shelf above
the w.c. and bidet

The tufo stone is bared and the fireplace
will be walled in on this side, as it now 
faces the kitchen.

The fireplace is now walled in and its 
base juts out into the bathroom to create 
a shower bench. 
The plumbing is ready to be plastered 
over with a resin cement. 

I spent a few hours chipping a hardened layer of
paint and varnished plaster off the tufo stone
which I will now protect and waterproof.
The triangular shaped piece I cut from a
discarded tufo stone so as to close the arch that was
open to the fireplace behind this wall.

The plumbing in the upper bathroom
is done now...but I still haven't found
ceramic tiles that I'm really happy with.

The built-in kitchen is taking shape.

This is the trough on my kitchen terrace below the
kitchen window. Here I'll keep plants and have
running water outside when I need it.

The builders have cut a hole in the bedroom wall
to house the A/C unit. So I'll need to make a screen
(to close it) that allows the air to flow freely.

The bed-loft window has been opened
to it's original size, letting lots more light
stream in.

The top terrace kitchen will be constructed against 
this wall and one of the A/C motors will be fitted here.

The old paving is being relayed on the new roof.

Two rows of tufo stones add height to
the perimeter walls of the top terraces.
That makes me feel a lot safer up there.

Wednesday, 5 June 2013

My home renovation - Kitchen opens up

The bed-loft's wall now separates it from
the kitchen below.

The space for the window and outside
section of the kitchen lets in a lot of light.
The base for the built-in kitchen gets laid.

Views of the openings for the door and window of 
the kitchen now make the terrace almost part of the

Standing below the bed-loft

The external wall of the bed-loft with the fireplace 
and nicchia below

 The lower bathroom stripped of the old
tiles ready for its make-over

The wall that divides the lower bathroom
and the fireplace still needs to be erected
to create the shower area.

The window bench that we created was too high and 
I wanted to be able to use the space underneath it, 
so I've had the top ripped off to lower it which I
will replace with a hinged wooden top so that it
becomes more like a trunk in which I can store
quilts during the long summers.