The Castle

A 'warts & all' account of the transformation of a run-down pub in Bradford-On-Avon into a 'proper' Inn (food pub with rooms). Written by Alex Reilley & Pierre Woodford

Thursday, May 03, 2007

Downstairs The Boys Are Busy

The work downstairs has progressed well with the batons going up in the kitchen (first picture), the walls being plaster boarded ready for the White Rock (hygienic wall covering) to be added (second picture) and the ceiling has been plastered and painted, all we need now is the kitchen equipment and extract. The stud work has gone up for the ladies and disabled toilets (third picture) and a new window put in. As it used to be the old store room the walls were taken down and completely rebuilt, with a new roof going on with better insulation and build quality. We've found some great reclaimed Georgian doors for the cubicles as with most of the fittings for downstairs we have used several reclamation yards and ebay has been quite useful as well. We have been able to use the reclaimed elm and pine floor boards from upstairs on the floor, we have dated them for prosperity and also because we were told to (fourth and fifth pictures). We found some lovely old pine boards that we are going to use for panelling to break up the walls and also to tie the rooms in with the main bar area as it retains some of the original wood panelling surrounding the fire place.


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