Gatehouse Renovations

Jay’s been continuing with the excavation, and he’s found some interesting things…


The big stone being scooted out of the house is actually a stone sink. It had been used as fill, along with many other large stones.

He also uncovered a very old brick floor, laid in a herringbone pattern. Neighbors have told us that the building used to be a stable. You can see the drain that was carved into the floor, which would have been useful in a barn. With the nicely laid floor, however, it seems that before becoming a stable the building had been a residence.

Unfortunately we will have to cover the cool old floor up again as it’s about a foot and a half under the current floor level and is too broken to be able to be taken up and re-used.

Gatehouse Renovations: broken up floor


We live in the cutest little old stone cottage. But, adorable as it may be, has been needing a few renovations to turn it back into a family home. It most recently has been used as a dormitory, and before that the office of a publishing company. We took out a few walls to make a kitchen/dining/living area, but that left us with uneven floor surfaces and levels. So, we’ve embarked on the no-going-back task of re-doing the floors…meaning that Jay has now chipped off the tile and broken up the concrete…


It’ll take him a bit more work to get all the dirt, rubble, & gravel all evened out and level, and then he’ll be able to pour a new concrete floor. I am seriously impressed by how quickly he got the floor broken up, and that he’s able to figure out how to do all of this stuff.

Plans are:
-install radiant heating in the floor and consequently be able to remove the water heater taking up space on the kitchen wall (we’ll leave that to the pro’s)
-tile the floor (kitchen/living/dining room, hallway, and bathroom)
-install Ikea cabinets (the kitchen previously just had the one cabinet shown above to the left of the fridge—it’s difficult to see b/c it’s white—and a cabinet under the sink.)
-finish the walls (wood paneling painted white)
-paint the ceiling

I really think we can get this all finished by Christmas…Jay’s not quite so optimistic.