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  1. acurachris

    DIY Two Storey Extension

    Still Some Way To Go So I'm pretty much up to where the posts are now. I have decorated both my daughters rooms which I'll post when I finish the upstairs hallway and I have the dining area to finish and the old kitchen conversion. There is still a lot of work to do and some small finishing...
  2. acurachris

    DIY Two Storey Extension

    Utility Room I brought the waste pipes under the ensuite floor and under the floor joists in the utility. I plastered and decorated the utility room, including boxing in the waste pipes. Plaster and paint. Installed some cupboards from the old kitchen and a piece of old worktop...
  3. acurachris

    DIY Two Storey Extension

    Kitchen Installation Part 2 When I did the worktops, I was lucky to have gone for square edge worktops which meant the join would be simpler. I basically removed the laminate from the joining edge of the worktop and used a hinge cutter to make the bolt holes. Radiators and blinds...
  4. acurachris

    DIY Two Storey Extension

    Kitchen Installation Part 1 White 600x600 porcelain tiles in white. Started to put the kitchen units in place (I laid the tiles and fitted the kitchen too. I could hardly build the extension and then get someone to do these things!) I had to break into the plaster and a bit of the...
  5. acurachris

    DIY Two Storey Extension

    Kitchen Plastering 2 The extension wall and existing wall were different thicknesses and would've meant a step out to the new extension wall so I decided to make the back wall as smooth as possible by building out the existing wall. It did mean stripping the old plaster off..
  6. acurachris

    DIY Two Storey Extension

    Kitchen Plastering When it came to plastering the kitchen ceiling I did things a little different. I split the ceiling into three sections using some angle beads and just plastered the first section. This allowed me enough time to get the first section smooth before moving onto the next...
  7. acurachris

    DIY Two Storey Extension

    Kitchen In December we made the decision to open the room up more than it was. This was the room... I decided to get a builder in to do the RSJ's as there was no way I could've done it on my own. So they installed the beams, provided the building regs and structural calcs for this. I...
  8. acurachris

    DIY Two Storey Extension

    Bedroom finishing touches I used Cloud 9 underlay and bought a new carpet off eBay :eek:. It was risky as I couldn't see it and didn't really know what the exact colour and quality were like but it paid off.. My daughter loved the carpet she didn't want to get up. Radiator and blind installed.
  9. acurachris

    DIY Two Storey Extension

    Ensuite Part 2 I used a mosaic tile for the inset shelf (within the window recess). I sealed the corners of the tiled walls with a silicone that matched the grout (Mapei do matching grout/sealant). Installed the shower glass... Basin and toilet installed...
  10. acurachris

    DIY Two Storey Extension

    The Ensuite Next was fitting out the ensuite. The front window was put in primarily for aesthetic reasons and was always to be blocked up on the inside. I still plastered the reveals and even installed a window blind to ensure the outside looked okay. I laid plywood board down on the floor...
  11. acurachris

    DIY Two Storey Extension

    Like anything, skimming gets better the more you do it. Look on YouTube there are some good videos explaining how to do it although here is my advice. Mix the skim as per the volumes specified on the bag and put the water into the bucket first, then add the plaster and mix using a paddle mixer...
  12. acurachris

    DIY Two Storey Extension

    Plaster the Walls I have done a little plastering previously (only on a DIY scale though) although it had been a couple of years so I decided to start with the ensuite ceiling as it was smaller. It went okay although I had forgotten how hard ceilings were to plaster :LOL:. I then started...
  13. acurachris

    DIY Two Storey Extension

    Next The next job was to start the bedroom, I debated whether to bond and skim the walls or plasterboard and skim, but decided to plasterboard them which I think was the correct decision (and easiest! :sneaky:). The electrician came and did his 1st fix... I loaded the loft space...
  14. acurachris

    DIY Two Storey Extension

    Screed The Floor Hi everybody, i'm back with some updates! Got a little bit more time on my hands at the minute with this lockdown so thought i'd post some more progress pics. So i was at the point of laying the floor screed and it's done (done in Nov or Dec) and boy was that hard :LOL:! The...
  15. acurachris

    DIY Two Storey Extension

    Yeah the floor has been screeded (that was hard work! :eek:) .... i'll post some more pictures soon. I'm not in the trade, just a computer network guy! I did it all except digging the foundation trenches and piling.
  16. acurachris

    DIY Two Storey Extension

    Thanks. I'm not actually sure how you message people on here! o_O
  17. acurachris

    My Single Story Rear Extension

    Should be good when done, adding a lot of space there. Take lots of pics and keep us updated.
  18. acurachris

    DIY Two Storey Extension

    Thanks for the kind words everyone. I still have more to finish and hope to finish the downstairs floor screed by Friday so will get some pics up. Can't afford the garden now, broke! :LOL: It was Stretford Scaffolding (are you in Manchester?). I have been working as well, so just crack on...
  19. acurachris

    DIY Two Storey Extension

    Floor Screed Kitchen Okay, so this is up to date as of 18th Nov 2019, I'm laying the floor screed to the downstairs extension. I started by laying the yellow gas membrane down and taping this to the gas DPC (black) that bridges the cavity. The has a visqueen double sided tape with a minimum...
  20. acurachris

    DIY Two Storey Extension

    Windows I ordered the windows online at a supply only company so the measuring was up to me. They fit okay although the gap around the windows is bigger than I would have liked, I could've taken 5-10mm off the sizes and they would've been perfect with a 4/5mm gap around. So i'm left with a gap...
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