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On the Reno: Part 3

September 18, 2016 - 10:17 pm 3 Comments

 

Here is another photograph from the Real Estate agent’s catalogue.  The actual size of the chimney is hard to ascertain from this picture, but it was huge, taking up about a third of the room, with very little clearance on the top of the gas oven under the flue. It was also a very dark space.

Because the chimney dominated the kitchen, I wondered whether removing it would damage the integrity of the building. I asked a couple of people who assured mew800-h534-2012498993_12_pi_160109_053229-1 that all would be well and asked a local man, Jason Williams, to do the job. What transpired from this was nothing less than a revelation. Very old bricks—perhaps aged more than 150 years old—which is the approximate age of the house. While the chimney was being dismantled, I asked the gentlemen doing all the hard yakka to stop. I think they initially thought I was a little mad, but they humoured me, thank goodness.  This is the result. Now I know I am getting ahead of myself, because the picture (bottom right) shows not just the wall of bricks, but more of the renovations. However this was one of the mysteries of the house that really excited me because it was something discovered and certainly not expected, so I guess I want to share it with you now.

And since I have started on this trajectory, I might as well show you what the kitchen looks like now. Not completely finished, but definitely getting there.

The photograph was taken late in the afternoon a few days ago  during heavy rain, so the interior light was turned on. However this is no  longer a necessity during the day, as it was before the renovations were started. It is a very light and airy room now, with cupboards and  a feature wall of very old bricks at one end and an eating 20160914_reno_0944area at the other.

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3 Responses to “On the Reno: Part 3”

  1. cheryl Says:

    Having seen the original kitchen in all its glory I can confidently pronounce the above real estate photograph positively glamorous…it looked like a stage set from the British television series “Bottom”. Quite the transformation!

  2. Cheryl Says:

    Cheryl didn’t say that, actually. It was Rachel using Cheryl’s computer. But thanks for your comment, Rache.

  3. Marjorie Dawe Says:

    Just back to my computer after so many adventures So on with Reno 3.
    You must be enjoying every second of your transition process. The house looks so modern warm and friendly. Now on to Reno 4

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