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Post by Goobie » Fri Mar 08, 2019 2:18 pm

I've now gotten as far as I can go without moving my stairs, so the time has come to start chopping out my pre planned hole in the floor for the relocation.

The upstairs I pre planned and built around the stair way placement. Sounds crazy right?, your see why.

I wanted to make as much use of ground floor space as possible and where they are isn't working for me or for what I want. Also upstairs area right at the back the roof slopes down low and has frame work beam support killing head height space too as its the end unit which eques wasted not functional space. So with this in mind and the fact I'm getting charged business rate for floor space that not really useable, makes sense to chop a huge three square meter hole in it which now works out biss rate deduction, woo...

A lot of maths went into this as had to meet things like weight load, floor support, fire exit clear free zone and so on. That's the short version of it, believe me.

Anyway, what a pain in the butt this was and would you believe I actually had to go old school on this and chop the floor joist out with a HAND SAW!!! Space was to tight to get anything in. It was only the last two bits I could get my circular saw in on one side.
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Post by Goobie » Fri Mar 08, 2019 2:29 pm

Turned out spot on, there will be additional few bits added and all boxed in but not in till the stairs are put in place.
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Post by warpc0il » Fri Mar 08, 2019 7:26 pm

I bet you didn't need the heater running, while you were handsawing that lot.
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Post by Goobie » Mon Mar 11, 2019 6:11 pm

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I bet you didn't need the heater running, while you were handsawing that lot.
I started out with t-shirt, thick hoodie and winter jacket as was very cold that night. Ended up soaked in sweat, just in my t-shirt.

That took me two long night to chop out and support etc, was very happy with myself after that job I was putting off for as long as possible.

Now finally the day came to actually getting these bloody stairs moved. I had so much drama as this wasn't some thing I could do alone no matter how bad I wanted too.

Which ever contractor I got to take a look wanted silly money, but my plan was that they would have a crane, not quote me labour and then a hire charge for one, so total waste of time.

So back to basics and to put in practise what I do best. Local business face to face with neighbouring company's and a deal was done for some man power and mini digger crane for basically free, a healthy none necessary bonus tip goes a long way.


Getting these moved as silly as it sounds was a massive turning point for me and a huge step forward. Finally with them out the way it meant I could get on with all the loose ends and move onto doing stage two of the ground floor.

I know its just a stair case, but damn I'm happy with these bloody stairs being shifted.

With them now in place, all that head scratching, planning, maths, re checking plans and maths, I got it all bang on!


It clears both fire doors with extra space that required as a min for one, I also pass the min needed for the water meter too, power line box and so on. Now I know how people who win the lotto feel, haha.

Me being me, I couldn't sit back and leave them to it, had to get involved. Lucky the chain didn't snap, as silly me should of put my safety boots on as there only in the corner, was just to damn eager to get them moved.
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Post by ChrisHolmes » Tue Mar 12, 2019 8:16 am

A major step in your progress
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Post by DigitalGremlin » Tue Mar 12, 2019 10:52 am

Incredible to see this all coming together and all your hard work


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Post by Goobie » Tue Mar 12, 2019 8:51 pm

ChrisHolmes wrote:
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A major step in your progress
I see what you did there.
DigitalGremlin wrote:
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Incredible to see this all coming together and all your hard work
It certainly getting there, thanks.

Now with them moved I could finally put the last bit of stud work in and board up the hole. Also fitted an office window to.

Looking pretty good now, just need to chop out the holes for the sockets and phone line.
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Post by Goobie » Thu Mar 14, 2019 5:55 pm

Now ive gotten to a good stage with the upstairs and my stair case moved, it was time to crack on with the workshop floor again.

I hadn't finished knocking down the last bits where the toilets are and silly kitchen section.

I will be tuning this area in to three sections, one of which will be a small single toilet for public use if needs be.
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Post by ChrisHolmes » Thu Mar 14, 2019 11:32 pm

Now that's what I call public conveniences!
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Post by warpc0il » Fri Mar 15, 2019 11:33 am

Having that switched spur unit for the hand-drier within reach of the sink isn't a good idea, especially if that's the one you're going to let the public use.
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Post by Goobie » Fri Mar 15, 2019 12:09 pm

You may of missed it, that wall is also gone now. See second to last picture.

If you think that isn’t a good idea, check out the double plug socket and wires under the kitchen sink work top with the water pipes running past/over and also zoom in to see to the right of that a tap valve for a washing machine feed!

Ps, Its all being removed by the way.

Edit to add, there will be a single toilet and sink all right where that kitchen sink part is in the corner once I’ve finished.

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Post by Goobie » Fri Mar 15, 2019 8:19 pm

Now time for some more building work, turning this spot into three rooms with additional over hang roof storage and cleverly integrating the last part I've purposely not knock down. Will make more sense as the pictures progress.

First up, main front framing then build on from there.
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Post by Goobie » Sun Mar 17, 2019 7:41 pm

I got the other main wall stud work up and window in for test fit.

Also got the low roof studs in to, echoing the same height of the old kitchen section if you can call it that. This as mention will be to store stuff over the top on something like roller boxes.

Then knock up the stud work to box in the whole corner section along the top.
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Post by Goobie » Sun Mar 17, 2019 8:07 pm

Remember all that mezerein flooring I pulled up? Well, more recycling and with the bonus of extra strength if any tools etc go flying about around the workshop ground floor. I refitted these back to front on purpose and whats great about these too is they slot together.


Basically I've built a life sized cardboard box with windows to play with as my daughter says.
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Post by Goobie » Sun Mar 17, 2019 8:14 pm

With that all fully wrapped around, final trim around the window edges etc and fit the window properly in.
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Post by Goobie » Sun Mar 17, 2019 8:28 pm

Crazy looking back over at the changes.
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Post by Goobie » Tue Mar 19, 2019 6:05 pm

Time to start pulling out and fitting in the new toilet section.

I picked out all the bad broken old mezzer flooring and trim off all around the sides to make use of them as mini panels. More work but worth it considering how much they cost each if I was to buy them, so that outlays my extra time spent.

As I didn't want to mess with any pluming at this stage, I used the angle grinder and cut around the kitchen sink taps to save time, haha.

With that out the way, I crack on with building out the stud wall and then work it all out from there as I go.
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Post by Goobie » Tue Mar 19, 2019 6:19 pm

Following day, water supply off, chop out no longer needed pipes and rip out all the old stuff, board up the back side wall and fit new pipe work where needed and install new sink and toilet! Had to get a plumber mate in to help join/seal all the pipes up, wouldn't wanna get down the next day to find the place flooded.

Just need to box in the pipe work behind the toilet to hide the pipes and water heater with an accessible hatch lid for any future possible pluming/servicing needs.
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