1. Schoolhouse Floor Plan
Table of Contents
This room was originally the parlour. The original main entrance to the residential section of the building led directly into this room and the external door, limestone quoins, sill and lintel are all still intact but internally now hidden behind a plasterboard wall. It also included a significant fireplace that is currently also hidden behind the interior wall lining. The chimney for this fireplace is a significant feature in the exterior view of the building, so I feel it is somewhat incongruous that there is no fireplace visible on the inside.
the lining of walls and the ceiling with sheet plaster (1983).
the laying of wall-to-wall carpet
the closure of the external doorway (1983) and the internal doorway leading to bedroom 2 (1981)
chimney capped and bricked up
ducted oil heating installed
Replace ducted oil heating with ground-sourced HVAC ducted and hydronic heating/cooling system
Expose the original fireplace hidden behind plasterboard lining as a décor (non-operational) feature. Install a new mantle
Expose the original external door hidden behind plasterboard lining. Install new narrow french doors opening outward
Restore the original ceiling and walls, i.e. remove the 1983 ceiling and the wall sheeting
Replace floor with new including underfloor insulation
Replace oil heating duct with HVAC ducting and relocate vent
Repair and repaint walls and ceiling (either lining or original)
Install new skirting boards
Update light fittings
Old wall-to-wall carpet and floorboards
The wall-to-wall carpet and foam underlay was well past it's prime and was removed to expose the original floorboards underneath.
Most of the flooring, while solid, has gaps, paint drips, fillers and crudely cut boards from the oil heating duct installation, and needs to be replaced.
2. Subloor completed
3. Stitched panoramic view of the room stripped back to the original plaster walls and ceiling.
It looks pretty ugly now but will be much better when finished with the original proportions restored.
External (verandah) door
The door will be replaced, so the primary interest is in the frame and whether it's viable or not to service the new outward swinging french doors I have in mind.
It would have been nice to have fanlights over the external doorways, especially to go with the french doors and also fix the internal visual height disparity with the top of the window, but the depth of the exterior limestone lintels preclude adding them. I could hang some artwork above the door, or I could experiment with adding a header with frieze etc. but the design would be tricky if I want to completely remove the disparity.
4. Pelmet with crown cornice
After masking the walls with plastic sheet, a primer/blocker/undercoat was sprayed to the crown and the ceiling. This took over 24 hours to dry during which time stain spots that had become more obvious in the existing white paint re-emerged through the new layer. Whatever is causing these stains is not contained by the blocking properties of the new paint layer. This was a setback. At least there was no bubbling, so I chose to not strip it all back as done in bedroom 2, but I did apply an all over coat of the same shellac based primer.
At the same time, some rough areas of the ceiling were skimmed in an attempt to hide them better. This included feathering in the outermost flange of the pressed metal ceiling rose.
Then it was time to spray my chosen top coat colour (Dulux Stowe White matt). This is the colour used in the annex loft but was darker than expected in these south-facing rooms, which get only ambient light. However, I like the colour more than stark untinted ceiling white so I've gone halfway between with Taubmans Tradex Ceiling white tinted Taubmans Inner Circle.
Top coat sprayed to crown and ceiling.
Plastic masking sheet is still on the walls.