Well, after months of perseverance, we finally completed the purchase of Lynwood Nursing Home on Tuesday 25th April 2017…Read more "Lynwood or Bust"
After several weeks of stripping out and salvaging every reusable scrap, ‘Demo Dave’ and his lads managed to completely clear the extensions either side of the original house. The transformation is incredible, and it is very clear now just how grand the place must have been when it was built. South and East Elevations… The […]Read more "Razed & Confused"
The first extension covered up the main entrance of the house sometime in the 1960s. We couldn’t wait to strip this side back, and see what the house originally looked like…Read more "Demolition of the Bedroom Extension"
With the Section 80 Application all signed off, week four saw Demo Dave rock up with his Digger, ready to tear the place up…Read more "Demolition of the Scullery, Conservatories and Dining Room"
An unfeasible quantity of metal has been removed from the house over the previous few weeks. It was quite a relief to have this out and weighed in. Lead pipes ran behind most of the walls, providing gas to the numerous wall lights – quite a scary thought in a house containing so much wood. […]Read more "Talk about a treat. Old Iron, Old Iron."
The electric supply for the house entered underground through a cellar under the scullery – a part of the building facing impending demolition. The industrial kitchen equipment, laundry and lift meant that the house was supplied from a 415v 3-phase supply… We decided to move the incoming supply to enter directly under the front […]Read more "New Electrics"
With all the foreboding of Ned Stark, our brickie warned us that “Winter is Coming”. The hatches were battened down, drawbridges raised, and breeze blocks walls put in place…Read more "“Winter is Coming”"
In its nursing Home configuration, most of the large rooms had been partitioned off into smaller bedrooms or bathrooms, using wooden stud walls and double thickness plaster boarding. It was quite an eye opener just how much material had to come out. This is just wood from stud partitioning, false ceilings and door frames. We […]Read more "Week 2/3 – Back to Basics"