Renovation Diaries 06. Battening, stud work and scaffolding. Eradicating the roof!


For immediately’s mid-week Renovation Diaries publish, the within will get reworked with battening and stud work for the brand new inside partitions. This provides an actual life view of how the area will truly really feel because it turns into a house. Exterior, the scaffolding seems in preparation for the large activity of eradicating the roof!

For those who missed final week’s announcement, I needed so as to add a notice right here that I’m going to be sharing weekly renovation updates on Wednesdays as a further publish. Posting as soon as a month simply wasn’t permitting me to maintain up with the tempo of the progress! So for now, Sundays would be the day for extra houseplant-focused posts, with the occasional Photograph Diary showing within the combine too. Renovation content material shall be up Wednesdays for the foreseeable. I hope you benefit from the extra frequent posts!

Battening the partitions

After an enormous timber supply, we had the supplies on website for the battening to start! Fortunately we received an enormous order in on constructing provides simply earlier than the worth of timber went up fairly significantly. This a part of the method was actually thrilling as we may see how the within was taking form previous to the stud work for the interior partitions. The battening would home the electrics and plumbing pipework and thick 100mm insulation to maintain the constructing toasty!

Except for the thermal advantages, visually, the thick insulation would additionally imply that we’d achieve much more depth across the window openings. Seeing the battening allowed us to check issues like how pretty the brand new windowsills will look. Little particulars I do know, however all issues that impression how the general design comes collectively I feel. Plus, I really like a deep windowsill!

Battening progress:

Inner construction + studwork

Up on the primary ground, the interior construction involves life with the stud work for the toilet and a few in-built storage. Within the photograph beneath proper, you’ll be able to see the toilet to the left of the mezzanine ground. The remainder of the upstairs is open to maximise the sensation of area and borrowed mild from the double top space.

One of many idiosyncrasies of Chapel conversions pertains to how the home windows are negotiated. As you’ll be able to see beneath, within the rest room and on the mezzanine the home windows seem up at ground degree. This makes for an fascinating architectural element, however the facet of sunshine generally is a concern. As our constructing is classed as a non-designated heritage website, we weren’t permitted to put in any roof home windows. After going again to planning, we proposed the addition of two solar tunnels, which have been accepted. This could carry extra mild into each the toilet and bed room. These may be one thing we add in somewhat afterward within the course of although, so extra on that once more.

Downstairs on the bottom ground was the beginning of some extraordinarily thrilling progress – right here you’ll be able to see the beginnings of the hearth break for my studio area!

Issues are actually trying like precise distinct areas now! Beneath proper is the studio and to the left is a cloakroom that can even home the boiler and the underfloor heating manifold.

Scaffolding goes up!

Exterior on one wet Saturday, the scaffolding arrives on the Chapel! This marks some extent within the construct that I’ve been fairly nervous about. Extra on that later within the publish… but when all goes nicely, in a couple of weeks I’m going to be portray up right here!

Reclamation finds

Taking a swerve from the development facet of issues for a second, I did some extra reclamation searching. I discovered two lovely sinks that I instantly knew can be excellent for the renovation. I’d been trying on-line for some time, however the form of those was precisely what I had in thoughts. Granted, they at the moment look somewhat mucky! However watch this area…

The following factor I discovered was a little bit of an impulse buy I’ll admit! It’s an previous shutter from a Victorian financial institution simply exterior of Leeds. Initially I used to be pondering it may work as a pantry door, or a door for some in-built storage. However I’d already discovered a greater pantry door (within the earlier publish) and I wasn’t completely satisfied the scale would work with the storage. So it’s going to stay in my salvage stash for some time longer. Maybe I would find yourself utilizing it within the studio, we’ll see!

Eradicating the roof!

With the scaffolding in place and a run of dry climate forward, we awaited the arrival of the roofers. This was the half I used to be actually fairly apprehensive about – we have been having the roof stripped and recovered. Over the previous couple of months, I’d by some means received used to seeing huge holes within the Chapel partitions. However eradicating the slates and many others. appeared like a brand new excessive constructing factor to fathom!

Look… no roof slates! There are fairly a couple of photographs right here as a result of it was so surreal to see the Chapel on this situation. The way in which the sunshine illuminated the present state of issues inside was fairly spectacular! The ground was caked in particles from the roof stripping and we have been doing a variety of sweeping at this level. It felt like a fairly futile activity, however did make the place look marginally extra tidy. At this level, we got the pretty activity by our builder of treating all the roof wooden to guard it from woodworm over the weekend… Not essentially the most simple or fulfilling job, however an vital one nonetheless.

The unusual inexperienced mild is from the brand new breathable membrane that was being laid on the roof. Right here’s a brand new view of the Chapel I don’t suppose I’ve shared earlier than:

Lastly, a photograph beneath from my first time up the scaffolding! The slating was coming alongside very well. We managed to salvage round one third of our unique slates, and the roofers introduced some pretty reclaimed Welsh slates alongside to make use of too. I’m initially from South Wales and was very happy to have a part-Welsh roof!


I hope you loved seeing the renovation progress on this mid-week publish. Seeing the within begin to take form with the battening and stud work has been an actual spotlight after many months of drawings. I did some 3D modelling of the areas early on, however nothing fairly prepares you for the actual factor!

With the roof works underway too, it’s felt good to provide this a part of the constructing the identical care and a spotlight because the brickworks and Chapel construction. It made sense to revive the roof at this stage within the course of. It additionally meant that the entire construction grew to become climate proof.

For simple navigation, I’ve made a ‘HPH renovates…’ tab on the homepage to catalogue this collection. Alongside sharing the important thing factors of the renovation on my foremost HOUSE PLANT HOUSE instagram, I’ve received a devoted secondary web page — HOUSE PLANT HOUSE renovates, which I’ll hyperlink right here, the place I’m sharing extra of the Chapel renovation venture.

This course of is definitely fairly intrinsically linked to HOUSE PLANT HOUSE as a result of alongside being an area for my vegetation and I to develop, it’s additionally going to be a spot from which I can run my small enterprise. This was one thing I’ve needed to placed on maintain for some time, with re-locating and all, nevertheless it’s a aim I’ve been working in direction of behind the scenes for the previous couple of years. Basically, the Renovation Diaries will doc the creation of a bodily iteration of HOUSE PLANT HOUSE, which I’m actually trying ahead to sharing.

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