Renovation and rebuilding Outbuildings & guest units In 2004 the outbuildings look like that: Two stable doors into the barn. It was not possible, to open the second door - the second floor would have fallen down! There was no other way then to knock off everything (including the stair to the first floor!) And here we go...! First of all we did need some imagination and some spatial sense... ...We wanted to change this stable into a flat! At first the division of the barn and the floor had to be pulled out (and of course it was snowing) Inside the stable everything has been leveled Than the concrete has been casted The walls and the floor are done. A new window brings in more light and a pole was needed to help to sustain the upper floor! Yes, you are right, this part will be the kitchen - and additionally there is a door going directly to the field outside. The hole of the 2nd stable door has been walled up and a new external staircase goes to the upper unit. The stable from behind: no door and no windows for the lower unit - and just a little sheep shelter on the right hand sight (behind the conifers). To avoid, that the new holiday unit will be too small we decided that we will rebuild the sheep shelter (who was "rough-and-ready" built with ordinary stones) to a bedroom. After the demolition: This will be the bedroom... Here the new bedroom - after the extension is rebuilt again and the floor is covered with concrete. The outside looks quite different. Praise to the builder! Laundry How to get a "waterproofed utility room" out of a stable? The old flooring has to be taken out and has to be concreted new. The whole room has to be fitted with beams and with isolation material inbetween. And not to forget - the construction of our dogshower! The next step is to fit the whole wall with chipboards Of course we need a toilet (not really spectacular - but it is integrated in the utility room). Now the wall will be fitted with a new ALTRO wall-cover... ...still protected with a light blue film. The floor as well as the dogshower will get a ALTRO-covering (water- and scratch-resistant and nonslip!) Here the endproduct (and who knows, perhaps the "landlord" will find some time, to install a lighting that is even more up to date!) In any case, this will be probably the most luxurious utility room in the North York moors!!! New Kitchen Our kitchen is big and cosy (just english). The most important piece is the AGA. An ingenious invention and with some experience you can cook wonderful things. There is no regulation of the temperature – you just need intuition (and at the beginning cold compresses in case of hand or finger burning) and experience!? In August 2010 we made the decision: We will renovate the kitchen - but the AGA stays! The whole plastering has to come down and unfortunately also the nice ceramic-picture over the AGA ... The "behind" under the ceramic-picture is quite interesting: apparently this place was used as a fireplace since a long time! Just old "raw" walls! That's how far they had to dig (hopefully the AGA will not fall over!). Now the floor can be covered by plastic and be isolated by KingSpan. Floor and wall are plastered again and our AGA stands on firm ground. As soon as the walls are dry, the joiner can start with the kitchen! At the end there will be the "heart" of the electro osmotic damp proof system (a little transformer). And here it is: Our new kitchen with our old AGA!