My new to me 3 bedroom house in Treherbert, TREORCHY

38 Dunraven Street,
CF42 5BG
Mid Glamorgan
United Kingdom
WGS84: N51 40.503 W3 32.380

From the Estate Agents Website:

This property offers potential to make this into an excellent family home for the right buyer, it has been well maintained over the years and is very much livable in its current condition but in need of some improvement

THREE BEDROOM (more 2 1/2)
THREE RECEPTION ROOMS (more like 2 1/4)
UPSTAIRS BATHROOM (build for short arsed Welshman, ceiling height 2m)

Enter via PVC door to passage, stairs to first floor, doors to two reception rooms, electric service meter, textured ceiling, papered walls, floor laid to carpet.

Front Reception Room 12'10 x 11'6 (3.91m x 3.51m)
Window to front, feature inset fire with electric log effect fan heater, papered walls, textured ceiling, radiator, wall and ceiling lights, floor laid to carpet.
Lounge 11'11 x 11'9 (3.63m x 3.58m)
Open plan lounge dining room, log effect gas fire, radiator, under stairs storage cupboard, papered walls, suspended ceiling, telephone and television point, floor laid to carpet, door to kitchen, opening to dining room.
Dining Room 10'2 x 7'3 (3.1m x 2.21m)
Window to rear, serving hatch to kitchen, radiator, suspended ceiling, papered walls, floor laid to carpet

Kitchen 16' x 7'10 (4.88m x 2.39m)
Window to rear and door to side, range of base and wall units, plumbing for washing machine, electric cooker point, stainless steel sink and drainer, tiled splash backs, radiator, floor laid to vinyl tiles
Doors to three bedrooms and bathroom, loft access, textured ceiling, floor laid to carpet
Bedroom 1 13'8 x 8'6 (4.17m x 2.59m)
Window to front, papered walls, radiator, floor laid to carpet
Bedroom 2 9'11 x 9'10 (3.02m x 3m)
Window to rear, papered walls, radiator, floor laid to carpet
Bedroom 3 10'2 x 6'2 (3.1m x 1.88m)
Window to front, papered walls, radiator, floor laid to carpet
Bathroom 8'11 x 8' (2.72m x 2.44m)
Window to side, white suit comprising of Paneled bath with overhead shower, pedestal wash hand basin, WC, airing cupboard, tiled splash backs, radiator, floor laid to vinyl tiles
Rear garden has selection of plants and shrubs, small patio area at top of garden with central path leading to double garage
Double Garage
Double garage built out of concrete blocks, excellent rear lane access

July 2008 ..... the first Day

Carpet just coming back into fashion................NOT!
Le Frontroom
Le GasMeter
you know, ..... these lights are coming as a set......!?
Lounge ........... and Dining
period feature fireplace, the 70's period that is ......

the Kitchen. I will not change a bit .........
it even has the curtains ......
sooooooo beautiful .......
me private jungle
including air raid shelter
potential ........ I've been told
the important bit

new bed in old rose room ....
will have to do for the moment
never pull on that bit wallpaper, .......... NEVER!
it is plaster from the 1800's
..... actually it was the wardrobe that held the plaster in place ....
before the trip to the tip
cheap brickwork, these houses were build in weeks
loads of work to do
that is the view from my bedroom
lovin' it
suspended ceiling
ceiling and wallpaper removed
all walls need skimming
first patches repaired

10th August 2008
Easy to spot how square the walls and door frames are............NOT!!!!!!!

17th August 2008

couldn't be asked to do to much this weekend. Just finished the office.


Didn't do much this weekend.
Just painted and furnished the front room


Again couldn't be asked to do a lot, just plastered the wall in Bedroom Two    
Not super brilliant, is my first time using this plaster.
But far better than the walls downstairs done by a Pro.
Will let it dry now till next weekend and sand it down and paint it.

06/07 Sep. 2008

Wall sanded down and first base coat

did a little test patch with my trusty belt sander to check how the floor boards would turn out.
All in all not to bad.
Will be quite some work but still cheaper than carpet, laminate or a hired floor sander.
Base coat on all walls
can dry now for a week

15.September. 2008

Got this wired idea that I have to colour one of the walls

Still don't know what made me choose this colour

it reminds me on something..?

16. September 2008

Disaster struck. The walls weren't properly primed and I just painted over the old paint.
It all started bubbling and came off in big chunks. So had to scrape off all paint on all walls. Except the one I skimmed and primed . Bugger ...
After a full day of funny scraping and heavy swearing I got a bucket of trade Dulux and primed the walls properly.
Also removed all skirting boards and extended the plaster to the floor.
The wombles who plastered the walls just plastered on top of the skirting boards.
Wankers .................!

Update 08 Nov.2008

Also had to remove half the wall to fit the new doors.
Also replastered the wall in the Hallway. 1st of many to come

nothing in this house is in a right angle. So everything is a one off job

Here you see the extended Plaster

repainted everything and put down carpet underlay
is the same stuff as the cheap iso-camping mat
nice new carpet on top, guess which colour .....
blue, where did this colour scheme come from ....?
How shweeeet .....!
used the old floor oak varnish for the knotty pine door, light orangey shine ....


cleaning up, new light switch, skirting board...
all around....
and bed, dine. One freshly decorated bedroom


wallpaper strippin' in the old pink bedroom
something I was looking forward to from day one
wallpaper came off in one big piece, quick a guide coat on ....
makes it easier to spot holes, and plaster problems
ceiling has to come down
and this has to go for the new door


Was a bit ill the last few days. So started very carefully.
Removed the old plaster.

the 'snow flakes' are actually the dust in the air


Removed the rest of the plaster..
..on all inner walls
... what a mess ....


had a little re-think
and removed the ceiling too
120 Years of accumulated dust ....
Finally took some time off on Sunday ....
Winter Wonderland Wales

04 Jan 2009

first coat on the old stone wall
second coat, needs at least one more
the patch above the window is ready for skimming

07 Feb 2009
Coverd the ugly rooflight and insulated the ceiling
made a cable channel

28 Feb 2009

More channels for more cables ...
... and more ...
... and more ...
btw. the wood is straight and in level

24 May 2009

after clean up, ready for turf
ceiling ready for skimming

28 June 2009

Did a bir of Plastering

And the Lawn is coming nicely

6th July 2009

16th August 2009    
30th August 2009    
10th October 2009    
After Weekends filled with Trade Shows,
Birthdays in Madrid and the trip to
Germany for the Bike Meeting
I finally managed to finish the floor

the finished product, not to shabby..... me thinketh

08th November 2009
fitted a new door to bedroom No#2

15th May 2010

turned the old Bathroom from this ....
with a quick lick of paint ....
to this.
will do till I have the funds to refurbish it

10th July 2010

Old comes the old Roof ...
with a little help of a friend
he likes to paint ....
new Ebay roof sheets
new lights
and a watertight roof

16th July 2010
With the garage brought back to use I could clear out the front room and give my temporary squatter a bed. I finally have the couch back ;-)

22nd July 2010
I started skimming the second Bedroom, but must have pulled my back out while doing the roof.
Had to stop midway. But we are getting there .........


to be continued ...........