What is this all about?

Lower Tancredston Farmhouse is the main 'residence' for the Wade family in Tancredston, Hayscastle, Pembrokeshire. It has been empty for over 2 years and finally a builder has been selected (Mark Roberts) for the entire renovation project. This blog is the story (with photos) of the renovation.

Sunday, 26 May 2013

White walls and ceilings ...

The decorator has been on site for a few days and almost finished the first coat of white paint upstairs.  Has really made a difference to the house.

More bathroom fittings have arrived and been fitted - except the bath has a deep scratch in it, and will need to be replaced (annoying when the plumber had already put the taps in).

Carpets have been chosen - and wall colours.

Next week sees the final bathroom fittings being sorted (towel rails and mirrors), sample doors/handles arriving for our inspection, more tiling going down (particularly in the Hot Tub Room, so we can get that installed ASAP) and a lot more paint being used.


 
The guest bedroom 'suite' corridor



 
The stairway looking a lot brighter
 

 
The main bathroom is looking more like a bathroom!

Saturday, 18 May 2013

Some sunny photos

The sun was shining as I came back from walking the dogs yesterday evening, and this is the front of the farmhouse -




Whilst waiting for the 'carpet measuring man' this morning I took a few more photos -


 
The view from the front porch.
 

 
The hallway/stairs from the front door.
(Double doors to the dining room on the right.)
 

 
The new understairs cupboard.
 

 
The dining room (taken from the hall).
 

Thursday, 16 May 2013

More tiling, underfloor heating and carpet samples ....

The underfloor heating was turned on yesterday, and this morning when Mark the Builder went into the kitchen he nearly passed out from the heat!  All of the windows and doors have been open today, and still the house felt warm when we went in at 5 pm.  We are not going to need to have it turned up very high on the thermostat!

More floor tiling completed upstairs and the first of the wall tiles went up in the main bathroom.

We came home yesterday with a carboot full of carpet samples - and spent some time this evening carrying them around the rooms to see what suited where.  We have 2 companies coming to measure up and quote on Saturday and Monday, so it will all be finalised next week.

We have also got some paint sample pots (Dulux - 3 for £1 in Homebase at the moment - normally £1.59 each) and put test patches in various rooms.  Apart from one that was a lot more green than it looked on the colour chart, they were all realistic and we are pretty much there on making the final decisions. 

The kitchen and utility area units are all ordered - and will be here week commencing 17th June.

We hope to have the hot tub installed by the beginning of June.

So much happening - and such a short time now before we move in - I must get on and do some more packing/sorting/taking stuff to the charity shop.


 
The main bathroom floor before the grouting went in.
 

 
My craft room - taken from the opposite direction
from where you usually see it.
 

 
The hot tub room.
 

 
Laundry room floor.
 

 
Wall tiles in the main bathroom.
A darker strip will be going in the
middle.
 

Saturday, 11 May 2013

Electrics, tiles, digging, bathroom fittings and lots more!

Another busy week.  The electrician has nearly finished - and the electrics will be on, so that the boiler can be fired up on Monday when the oil delivery has arrived.  We have decided on floor tile layout in the main bathroom, guest shower room and laundry room, as the tiler is on site next week.  Also the decorator will be starting to paint.  Most of the bathroom fittings have been ordered and some have already arrived.  The kitchen design is finalised.  Our next job is internal doors and the wooden flooring.
 
(Also - some of the builders have escaped over to our cottage, which is just up the road.  They have started on the extension, and a large JCB was digging all day yesterday.  It is wonderful to have our 2nd project underway.)
 
Here are just some of the photos I took yesterday and today.  The house really seems like a home now - and I didn't want to leave this morning.  It was so sunny inside - and already feels warmer with all the insulation in the floors.  Not long now!
 
 
 
 
 
More drainage pipes out in the garden.
 

 
The new electrics box in the internal porch next to the kitchen.
 

 
The wall-mounted boiler - we are amazed
that something so small can heat the whole house!
 

 
A view from the boiler room out through
the hot tub room.
 

 
The main bathroom.  Shower tray installed.
Floor tiles laid out, as we decided how we
wanted them to be placed.
 

 
Looking out of the first floor laundry room (again,
we were laying out the floor tiles) into the stairway.
 
 
 
My craft room - with skirting going in, and
connections hanging down for the lights
(lots of them!).
 

 
An arty shot - looking down the stairs from
outside the main bedroom.
 

 
The oil tank in its new home.
 

 
You can see why this house was built here -
the view from the front is amazing (no other
buildings, just fields).
 

Sunday, 5 May 2013

Sunday Update

Lots of photos this week.  We are very close to finally getting the kitchen ordered.  The remaining bathroom fittings should be ordered next week as well, and the areas measured for carpets.  The first tile delivery has arrived, so I think that the tiler and decorator will be on site very soon. 

I have started to pack (I have to pace myself because of my health) - one large box filled in my craft room so far.



 
The shower tray and glass screen for the main bathroom.
The new front door is behind.
 

 
The new front porch door, with the sunny stairs behind.
 

 
The passageway next to the guest shower room, looking
though to the first landing area.
 

 
The guest bedroom - drying off after the plasterers had done their work.
 

 
My craft room/builders' tea room.
 

 
View from the kitchen patio doors.
 

 
The first tile delivery.
 

 
A close up of the mosaic tiles for the feature strips
in the main bathroom.
 

 
Lots of work has been done outside the boiler room door.
 

 
A view down toward the kitchen patio doors.
The hot tub room is on the right.
 

 
More holes in the garden.
 

 
The new concrete pad for the oil tank.