As always, when one orders materials from the local Co-Op, they don't deliver first thing in the morning - our order only arrived at about 11.00 a.m., equating to the loss of half a days work! Given that rain was predicted, the ceiling board had to be stored indoors, creating chaos as expected...
|Everything got moved to accommodate the ceiling boards|
Our architect had asked for a ventilation unit to be installed - for the roof area.
|First scaffolding tower|
We love the height of our ceiling, as it helps with the heat in summer - and it creates an airiness and openness which you have to experience to believe! However, given it's high arch, it is not easy to get to, nor work on. And we wanted to retain as much of the exposed roof beams as possible.
|The first board goes in...|
|A combined effort|
That took two days to complete - and entailed the four of us moving the erected scaffolding and scaffolding boards en masse around the room to save time, as opposed to pulling it down, re-placing and re-erecting it all in it's new position. Whatever furniture we had, was moved in and out of the house each day, and there was plenty of dust, dust and more dust. It doesn't seem as though we have too much scratch damage to the floor, and I'm sure that a coat of tile sealer will sort that out. If only we'd thought of getting wheels for the scaffolding, our lives would've been a bucketload simpler LOL
Dinners - mainly barbecues - were eaten wherever we could make a spot in the chaos each evening. And we experienced sleeping in each corner of the room - wherever there was space to plonk the bed each evening became the bedroom area :)
|Sanding the joins in the ceiling boards|
As you can see in the above photo, we had newspaper draped over all the kitchen surfaces, to help control the dust. And Muggins here helped to place them there. However, Muggins ignored them when she switched on the (gas) stove to boil the kettle - and nog, Muggins had the cheek to wander off. Yes, naturally, the wind blew the newspaper into the flame, and yes there was a fire, but thankfully, no lasting damage was done. I can't believe that I was such an idiot!
Joining and skimming the boards took another day and a half - with the final half a day being devoted to the builders trying to make a trap door. Within 20 minutes of RMan getting involved, the trap door was complete!
Were the four (not the budgeted two and a half) days all worth it?
Well, I believe this picture answers that question...
|The ceiling completed - the trap door is|
visible at the far end
And the difference in temperature? Well, prior to the ceiling boards, the unheated (i.e. no Dover stove nor Dover stove chimney) temperature inside the house when we woke in the morning was 11oC (51oF). After the ceiling boards were installed, the temperature was 21oC (70oF)
I believe that says it all...!
Now, all we have to do is re-hire the scaffolding (with wheels this time) so that we can paint the ceiling boards, and varnish the frame of the trap door and the exposed roof beams :-)