This was a project that grew from a very small acorn into a full on interior and exterior renovation and refurbishment along with the creation of a new rear garden and patio.
It all started with just a few relatively minor jobs to a lovely victorian semi-detached property in dorking that sadly over the years had fallen into bad repair, been abused and misused due to being converted into bed-sits and then back again followed by various owners all names Mr or Mrs Bodger or some such name.
Fortunately the new owner – A lovely lady by the name of Mrs Lyle decided on consultation with myself to try to make amends for all the injustices wrongs and down right dastardly things that had been foisted onto the old house.
The Works Internally
After removing all manner of nasty excess flooring and wall coverings we set about propping the sagging ceilings and floors. We then inserted new timber support beams, strapped, pinned and bolted all that had gone awry and those we thought might just for good measure. We created new false ceilings under those to far gone to be straightened out. Rotten crumbling plaster removed, structural cracks cut out and repaired or stitched back together.
Doors were repaired and refixed along with skirtings, architraves, picture rails and the like.
Ceilings were re-boarded or replastered along with the walls.
Coving was replaced where un-repairable so as to match the original.
The sash windows were replaced with new heritage PVCU units to match but with all the modern benefits of warmth and security.
The electrical system was completely over hauled and upgraded to current regulations including new sockets, lights and switches.
The heating system was extended and improved and all the odd mismatched radiators were replaced with matching units in keeping with the property.
The decorations were in a sorry state and required extensive amounts of scraping, sanding and filling prior to completely painting the walls, ceilings, coving and all the woodwork.
Plumbing works entailed replacing taps, toilet cisterns and showers as well as re-routing of plastic waste pipes.
Carpentry and Joinery works were quite extensive.
A beech work top to replace around the Butlers sink in the kitchen.
Doors removed and altered to fit in the new floor heights along with the ironmongery being replaced.
A large fitted wardrobe was dismantled and re-assembled in an adjacent bedroom with a new wall and coving to create a new dressing room.
The lounge was treated to new bespoke floor to ceiling book shelves and home entertainment unit.
The main bathroom had a stylish new made to measure bath panel and new wall tiling to the bath, shower and basin areas.
Existing cupboards were refurbished with new bespoke doors, mouldings and ironmongery.
New moulded timber handrails were fitted to the stairwell and the stair strings required extensive renovation.
Flooring tiles were taken up and replaced in the Kitchen and downstairs cloakroom.
There are many other items I have not mentioned but I am pleased to say that the inside of the old house has regained lots of its original character and charm.
The Works Externally
The outside of the property had not faired any better than the inside nor had it escaped the sad attentions of the Bodgers.
Garden works included removal of a hideous outbuilding, a large rotten shed and copious amounts of ob-je-da (rubbish). 25 tons of soil and hardcore, 5 tons of
wood, trees, brush and garden waste.
The creation of a new patio, retaining wall and steps to upper garden complete with new lawn, planter beds and new fencing.
Works to the exterior of house included the demolition and rebuilding of a large chimney stack with a large amount of re-slating and new leadwork to the main roof.
The rear of the main house required extensive crack repairs, rendering and decoration.
Fascia boards and guttering were replaced.
The masonry window cills also required considerable repair and renovation prior to decorating.
The rear single storey extension roof was completely stripped back to the rafters, insulated, roofed with new slates and all leadwork and guttering replaced.
The old house now has a fresh and bright exterior to compliment its tastefully restored interior.
This mighty challenge started on the 3rd November 2014 and was finally conquered on the 3rd March 2015. Completed but never forgotten.