Month: May 2010

My Old Kitchen Floor

What is now the kitchen in the barn was once a chicken shed, before that it housed larger animals in the two stalls. The floor was made up of mainly ridged black bricks with some cobbles around the edges. When the floor was ripped up to be replaced it was piled in the yeard where it has lain for the last two or so years surrounded by brambles and rotting plasterboard. In a push to tidy up I've begun carting away the plasterboard and have sorted the floor into the differing types of brick you see before you... From Barn…
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Join between…

There are a number of places in the barn where the rough pointed internal wall joins up to a smooth plastered and painted wall or ceiling. This is one of problems that is common to conversion projects - where original materials or new materials added to replace or improve original features butt up against modern finishes or materials.   From Clean Lines I've painstakingly filled such gaps in the barn with a matt finish flexible filler. Done by hand with a small trowel this is a fiddly time consuming process but one that I think is worthwhile as a solution…
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Building Progress ~ April 2010

April was... I've not yet managed to wield my Fugenboy kit ('a sealant joint tooling system that produces a professional finish with no tramlines') to redo the sealant around the showers, but I have boxed-in the frame that the shower tray sits on with plywood ready for tiling and got on (a little bit) with boxing-in the pipe work in the main bathroom. Outside, we made a start on taming the roses by running wires through 'eyes' (metal loops) along the top of the walls that we'll use to restrain their more excessive growths. (Note the use of the word…
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How much does a barn conversion cost? Part 1

A general question that's long been asked and as yet never answered on My Barn Conversion was summed up by miss dee ennis back in 2006: I am thinking of buying a barn for myself ... could [someone] give me a ballpark figure as to how much this is lik[e]ly to cost? miss dee ennis on where-have-all-the-builders-gone One of those how long is a piece of string questions - short question with a indeterminably long answer. Furthermore, a fair amount of traffic comes to this site with 'barn conversion costs' or something similar driving its Google search (to be precise…
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