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Lofty ambitions..


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T be honest I started this about 2 years ago but it was a hunt and peck type project.  Come Christmas this year I was fed up with not being able to invest any proper time in it so I employed two guys that had been made redundant s a result of companies trimming through the pandemic.

Now, this is only ever going to be a floored loft nothing more, because the ridiculous rules and regs up here are debilitating.  so here goes.

This is when I first sarted laying the flooring sheets, this was 2 years ago, the collars are at shoulder height at this point, (as they have been from first build but this made moving around an utter nightmare.

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Found the original battery box for the servants call system stuffed with an old newspaper.  I also hd to rip out the remains of the bell pull wires, the gas lighting pipes and the newer Edwardian/Georgian electric conduits.

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Then in the other side of the loft I demolished the cupola window light box, built to reflect the skylight through the cupola window, had to evict a fair few spiders too!

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This was about as far as I could go, because the next job was raising the collars and fitting the oxters (upright braces), now the oxters was a doddle and I had bought and cut the timber to size, but I really need a joiner to do the collars.  So on to the professionals.

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So, i says to the joiner, "How long to raise the collars?, what about, raising the collars and framing?  then sheeting?  Then plastering?"

Pleasantly surprising words made his reply, "On ye go says me"

Framing done, collars raised....

 

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Oh yeah, and the cowboy electrician had been here at this point, all Stetson and snips me you know...

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New windae in, surprisingly affordable these Velux's this came in at just over £500, I honestly expected it to be twice that..

 

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Unfortunately, I didn't get a picture of the new window before sheeting and painting.

Sheeting, sheeting, sheeting...

 

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Plastering, plastering, plastering....

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Painting, painting, painting, gadzooks I hate painting... Passionately but I had to get it finished so I could move back on to Stetson and snips again.20210330_165450.thumb.jpg.927bc8e8661197b490bc8350079f7f45.jpg20210330_165507.thumb.jpg.cf887f34d6eed1555bb767f9a6995202.jpg20210330_165536.thumb.jpg.4e617e5307df688f6920835885f01deb.jpg

 

On with the stetson, boots and big buckle belt, then out with the snips and screwdriver.

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.....And then there was light...20210405_190609.thumb.jpg.d742a9f6f7ff618ea66f8534481f6178.jpg20210405_190621.thumb.jpg.3a42184c08c615ea7ea027c1d17b7de6.jpg

More to follow, once I progress with the bloody potting shed...

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58 minutes ago, Biker said:

Painting, painting, painting, gadzooks I hate painting... Passionately but I had to get it finished so I could move back on to Stetson and snips again.20210330_165450.thumb.jpg.927bc8e8661197b490bc8350079f7f45.jpg20210330_165507.thumb.jpg.cf887f34d6eed1555bb767f9a6995202.jpg20210330_165536.thumb.jpg.4e617e5307df688f6920835885f01deb.jpg

 

On with the stetson, boots and big buckle belt, then out with the snips and screwdriver.

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.....And then there was light...20210405_190609.thumb.jpg.d742a9f6f7ff618ea66f8534481f6178.jpg20210405_190621.thumb.jpg.3a42184c08c615ea7ea027c1d17b7de6.jpg

More to follow, once I progress with the bloody potting shed...

Looks like a decent amount space you have created. I see alot of sockets though! Any plans for some so called 'pot' plants? Lool:toot:

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Nah, nothing daft. when I was wiring it out I knew we were going to be using the space for office, crafts etc.  So I was a bit overgenerous with sockets as I absolutely hate extension leads.

I got to a point where I stopped knocking the sockets through, so I have several redundant holes to fill in.  My bit was the only space that was planned, the rest was ad-lib.

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1 minute ago, Biker said:

Nah, nothing daft. when I was wiring it out I knew we were going to be using the space for office, crafts etc.  So I was a bit overgenerous with sockets as I absolutely hate extension leads.

I got to a point where I stopped knocking the sockets through, so I have several redundant holes to fill in.  My bit was the only space that was planned, the rest was ad-lib.

Lol I was only messing. Although I use rent my house in Surrey once, when I got a random phone call from my neighbour. He told me a bed had been delivered to his as no one in, only then to tell my house had been raided by the Police due the tenants trying to set up a Cannabis farm!

Turns out my tenants sub let to local Vietnamese gang who set a few around the area. Unfortunately for them 1 house caught fire when tried to bypass the electrics. The Police raided a 2nd house and one of the suspects had the keys to my house.

Fortunately for me the Police entered without damaging anything and left a note saying contact them.

When I turned tenants has done a runner but left all the kit to set up the farm in my garage. 

I called the Police and explained I was the Landlord and ask them are taking the equipment away for evidence and they said no I have to dispose of it myself.

So I ended up selling it all to try make the some rent I lost! 

I was very fortunate they caught the guy before it was set up otherwise it could have ended up like the house in the article:

https://www.surreycomet.co.uk/news/1386620.police-seize-cannabis-plants-from-new-malden-house/

 

 

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18 hours ago, Craftycockney said:

Lol I was only messing. Although I use rent my house in Surrey once, when I got a random phone call from my neighbour. He told me a bed had been delivered to his as no one in, only then to tell my house had been raided by the Police due the tenants trying to set up a Cannabis farm!

Turns out my tenants sub let to local Vietnamese gang who set a few around the area. Unfortunately for them 1 house caught fire when tried to bypass the electrics. The Police raided a 2nd house and one of the suspects had the keys to my house.

Fortunately for me the Police entered without damaging anything and left a note saying contact them.

When I turned tenants has done a runner but left all the kit to set up the farm in my garage. 

I called the Police and explained I was the Landlord and ask them are taking the equipment away for evidence and they said no I have to dispose of it myself.

So I ended up selling it all to try make the some rent I lost! 

I was very fortunate they caught the guy before it was set up otherwise it could have ended up like the house in the article:

https://www.surreycomet.co.uk/news/1386620.police-seize-cannabis-plants-from-new-malden-house/

 

 

Funny thing though, I was thinking of a couple of those lamps so I could have a few plants up there, because there is limited natural light, only one velux up there and that is right in front of the cupola.

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Thanks for all the pics and progress reports, dear @Biker. I know what you mean about extension leads - we suffer from that disease in our rather primitive house thanks to a paucity of sockets, especially sockets in the right places. It must be nice to be able to choose just how many sockets to have and where to have them...:biggrin:

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One side floored

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Starting the other side.

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Other side finished, just got the gym bit to do next, then finish a couple of lights, then build my office and craft space.  I have a submarine depth gauge, waiting to be turned into a clock.

 

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7 hours ago, Darren 66 said:

The window in the floor is crying out for a glass balustrade around it rather than the dog frame!

Yeah, that's a temporary safety gate until we decide what's happening with that, I have been looking into various options, but anchoring, them to the floor properly is proving challenging.

Open to suggestions though

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1 hour ago, Biker said:

Yeah, that's a temporary safety gate until we decide what's happening with that, I have been looking into various options, but anchoring, them to the floor properly is proving challenging.

Open to suggestions though

Depending how deep the recess is around the edge, flooring to window frame, you could also place some toughened & laminated glass over it of suitable thickness to walk on.

Being octagonal and small the deflection would probably allow something like 15-20mm thickness.

This also depends on how deep your pockets are too!!

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5 minutes ago, Darren 66 said:

Depending how deep the recess is around the edge, flooring to window frame, you could also place some toughened & laminated glass over it of suitable thickness to walk on.

Being octagonal and small the deflection would probably allow something like 15-20mm thickness.

This also depends on how deep your pockets are too!!

interesting thought...  :thumbsup:

That sort of thing had never occurred to me..

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You could also get a welded handrail purpose made with glass fittings, nowadays the toughened/laminated glass is structural so self supports and would only need some small feet to go onto the laminate flooring. If you allow around £600/m² for glass and polished SS handrail you should be allowing enough to get something half decent.

As for the floor option you would only need to create a rebate around the edge of the floor for the glass to sit into and with a small mastic bead to 'hold' it in place, you could acid etch it if you didn't want to see through it and you wouldn't loose any floor space to handrails and balustrades.

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2 minutes ago, Darren 66 said:

You could also get a welded handrail purpose made with glass fittings, nowadays the toughened/laminated glass is structural so self supports and would only need some small feet to go onto the laminate flooring. If you allow around £600/m² for glass and polished SS handrail you should be allowing enough to get something half decent.

That is one of the options being considered, I was looking at commercially available newel posts but they are unsuitable for screwing directly into a floor, (there is 22mm of flooring beneath the laminate too - not to mention joists (if I'm lucky enough to hit one randomly)).

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