Phase 2 of the house renovation – preparing for the new central heating.  This has been a long time coming, our boiler was born the same year we were, I don’t think I need to say more.  Finally the plumber, us and our house are all in the same place at the same time and we’ll be getting a brand new boiler, one that will actually heat water on demand, yes, on demand.  I still don’t think I’ll believe it until I see it, no more coming home from work to find the dodgy timer hasn’t clicked on and finding the house blooming freezing and no hot water.  It’ll be lovely.

So to prepare for the new boiler we’ve had to gut the small bedroom upstairs.  The new boiler will be installed in the alcove where our hot water tank used to be which meant ripping out all the airing cupboards in preparation.  We also have pipes all around the edges of the room which lead into the bathroom, part of the central heating work will be to move these under the floor so all the boxing had to come out.  So we thought ‘to hell with it’, lets rip the awful carpet up whilst we’re at it and actually get this project going.

The bit of carpet we were really looking forward to ripping up was on the stairs, we couldn’t wait to see what was underneath and were hoping that there would be lovely decent stairs that we could leave as they were (after a little sanding and painting of course).

Here is what we found (excuse the dark shots, it’s been a long day)

All the wood is in really good condition too so not too much prep work will need doing here which is good as it’s likely to be lead paint on there.  Our favourite bit is the curved bottom step which is just gorgeous.  We’re thinking of either leaving the top of each step as wood and painting the bottom or painting them all and having carpet up the centre of the stairs. What do you think?



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