Removing an old stair case. Renovation of an old manor house in Portugal

I had forgot to mention in my upset over the mean cat, that we found the wood yard and had  have all of our wood delivered for the new floors, but also that they had recommended another place in Tomar, that had also come recommended from a couple of the face book groups and that the guy nicely told us about another wood place so we are now fully sorted.

The first one is great for floor boards, the second is great for doors and melamine and the third place can provide archetraving and work tops so we now have all we need and what we don´t have we can go and get.

but it is surprising just how much we do need, especially when you see it arrive on the back of a lorry

Wood delivery in PortugalWood delivery in Portugal

It is time to remove the old wooden stairs, these are the worst stairs you can imagine. They are rickety, full of wood worm and there is a beam that goes across them, part way down so you have to bend double to fit underneath it.

It is yet another thing that has been built with no thought, they are dangerous, even without the wood worm and the handle that rocks from side to side if you try to use it.

John removes the top treads, this leaves a very large hole in the floor on the first floor.

He uses some joists that were in the barn, this had been saved from when we had taken the ceiling down in the barn next to the house, once again, this is a good reason never to throw away anything until you are finished, though it was very lucky these didn´t come down in winter as they would’ve ended up on the fire (as you can see there are a number of uses for everything)

Every thing is treated with wood treatment, and the joists are secured in place ready to remake the floor on the first floor

Removing an old stair case. Renovation of an old manor house in PortugalRemoving an old stair case. Renovation of an old manor house in Portugal

Though now the door is kept locked as there is a 4 metre drop on the other side and we want to keep us safe but also the cat who has started to use that window to go out, I’m sure he would be fine and not fall through, but I’m not taking any chances.

but as this was such a quick job, it doesn´t take long to attach the new floorboards to the joists and we have another room in the house

Removing an old stair case. Renovation of an old manor house in Portugal

John continues to remove the stairs, this is a big job that will take some time, or so we thought, he doesn´t even need to use any tools, just a simple tug and the wood disintegrates into dust and small pieces. We knew there was wood worm in the stairs and we tried not to use them often, but we didn´t realise just how bad they were, but on a silver lining, what could´ve been a big job turned into a very quick job.

The room looks so different with the stairs gone, and this is our new little room upstairs. just imagine it with floor sanded, stained and varnished, a new window, new walls and the old drain pipe on the outside (yes that really is the gutter pipe coming in and out of the house!)

Though now the door is kept locked as there is a 4 metre drop on the other side and we want to keep us safe but also the cat who has started to use that window to go out, I’m sure he would be fine and not fall through, but I’m not taking any chances. but as this was such a quick job, it doesn´t take long to attach the new floorboards to the joists and we have another room in the house

We are still in two minds about what to do, we don´t need the stairs as we will be using the property as 2 apartments and there are external stairs, but if we ever need to sell we will be cutting our market, if you are doing a renovation always keep in the back of you mind what if you need to sell (nobody can predict the future) so always make sure your property appeals to as many people as possible.

John still really likes the idea of a mezzanine area between the 2 posts, so we think it may be a good idea at some point to have stairs to the mezzanine and then stairs from there up to the first floor, with a small seating area over looking the window, which means new big windows, but now we are definitely getting carried away, first we need to clear all this rubbish away and just make it liveable.

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1 comment on “No more scary stairs

  1. Jacqueline

    Compelling to read your day to day challenges. Love the way you recycle wood, the joist from the barn 👌🏽. Mezzanine sounds like a fabulous idea I’m with you on that one! Well done guys!

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