Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Veranda ceiling

 The renovations continue, even though the blogging about it doesn't!
 Below are a some pics taken over the space of a few days. Mr CH started on the lining of the veranda ceiling while I was out and about. Not normally a "one man job", however he has started a number of not one man jobs while waiting for the other man (me) to turn up.
Always keeping our measly budget in mind, Mr CH pulled apart one of the kid's bike/scooter/skateboard ramps (that had been patched one too many times) to re-use the studs. These have been made into 13 rafters with cross pieces (stud stripped in half) for the ceiling lining to be nailed to. As the stud length didn't cover the whole span, a bit of cut and nailing was required (not load bearing so good enough) Both ends of the rafters had to be cut at different angles to fit into the beams already attached to the wall as "packing out".
This was one of the most complicated measuring and fitting done so far. As Hubby says,"It is easier building from scratch than trying to blend old and new together". Each bay has to be measured individually as in these old houses nothing is the same length.
The insulation/sarking was fed through the beams and stapled in place before the 3mm plywood was nailed up. Mr CH thinks that was the worst part!

When I showed him the pic below laughing at his persistence, he just said "Whaaat, I was just reaching for my cuppa".

This is called the "pinky hold".
Using a stick to measure between his marks for nailing into the studs. Still no help from the other man who was busy taking pics.

He got two sheets nailed into place and then realised, there was no wire in the ceiling for the light! Which brought the momentum to a halt and eventually involved prising off one side of the plywood, a few drilled holes for the wiring and a bit of trickery with a piece of wire around the insulation.
As you can see the lengths of plywood available are not long enough to cover the ceiling in one go, so we will unfortunately have a join covered by strapping. Only another four panels to go.

 Don't think for a moment that I have been doing nothing, I get the gross job of washing the grime from the walls before they get covered with sarking/insulation and vj sheets. 
                 Yet to do                           doing                       done  

The poor old veranda doors have been pulled apart, sanded, undercoated and mended.

A bit of rot behind the front panels will be covered up and you'll never know.

Lots of thinking goes on here.

 New plywood panels cut to fit and small Tassie oak moulding nailed around the edges to finish.
Waiting to be undercoated with the oil based undercoat.

Three coats (1 undercoat,2 topcoats) to each side of the doors.

The new piece now looks too new, not perfect but much better than before.

A work in progress
 ..and one palm tree still to cut down...

Back next time with some progress on the front stairs.
The photos are starting to pile up...

Have a lovely week everyone.
(what's left of it)



  1. That's why renos (especially to really old houses like ours) cost so much bl**** money!!! I could bore you to tears with tales of quotes for a reno on ours! And we're not talking the Taj Mahal either - the finished job wouldn't have been an inch bigger than it is now. Sigh. That's why we're making do and mending ourselves as we can afford. Such a slow process, but you guys are my inspiration!

    p.s. still haven't had a go at those cushions Simmone, but I'm def going to give them a try very soon x

  2. Hi S, I'm still trying to get my head around how you guys find the time to renovate with four kids! I take my hat off to you. xx

  3. Your dogged perseverance is inspirational!. Especially when there is no actual progress on Betsy, but we do now have finished plans and off to engineer and certifier as I type, yippee. mel x

  4. Oh yes trying to put new framing up to replace old framing. Such a bear of a process. "cobble it together" Mr.MS always never totally fits or looks proper. After a few hours you just swear, throw something and say "good enough!"
    I never have heard of putting insulation on a veranda. That means "porch" in the states. I am guessing from your pics that it is going to be more like what we call a "sun room" which an insulated windowed porch.
    There: an American speak lesson for free.
    Cheers, (NOT a typical American greeting..i just try hard to sound cool and cultured)


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