I began in January of this year by stripping all the plaster off the walls filling the cavity with insulation and covering with new dry lining (plaster board)
I ripped down the old ceiling and the damaged frame supporting it. I then fashioned a new (much stronger) frame, insulating it and finally covering it with plaster board tiles.
Then came the floor.
This room was originally tatami mat, made from a kind of sedge grass, 2.5" thick with each mat about 6'x3' and very heavy!
I decided that a wood floor would be far more practical for this room, however this created it's own set of problems because
of the 2.5" level difference.
I had to replace all of the sub-floor joists (by now money's getting very squeaky) not to mention my back and shoulders!
Finally we had a stroke of luck, my DW found a 200' x 3' roll of plain vinyl wall covering still wrapped up in it's original packing, someone had put it out for trash collection!
New photos coming soon! I'm working on cupboards and doors and a really nice table for my DW to work on.. It seems I'm at the DIY store every other day, there's always something you ain't got! Bad planning I guess
To be honest Linda, funding is a huge problem right now as We've been hit with a massive insurance bill to re-insure our home.
Our home apparently is built on reclaimed land and subsequently subject to liquefaction during earthquakes.
If we decide not to re-insure with our current insurer no other company will take it on, if I allow it to laps neither will they!
Catch 22 or what! I'm in a situation here where I will have to borrow (or rob Peter to pay Paul)
Of cause no mention of reclaimed land at the time of purchase! Peed off right now so I am!
I guess insurance companies have to get their money back somehow! But why didn't the insurance company know this was reclaimed land? Good question!