|New doorway at top of the first stairs.|
|From the bedroom. The old door, left, will be closed.|
|Dirty work, but looks great after.|
|Kitchen ceiling. Not looking forward to doing this.|
In those rooms where the beams will be plastered over again, we simply removed the loose material, leaving most of the fine clay layer. In a way, it felt sad to be scraping away this stuff. The decades, or even centuries (at least 1.7 of them!) have left a mini stratigraphy of lime and paint, all taken away in minutes.
|Ready for meshing or reed matting.|
Having tired of this work on ceilings, which was tough on the shoulders, Joerg and I switched upstairs, where one final, large piece of clay had to go. The bit of ceiling above the new bathroom. This was going to be easier, as we could remove it from above, exactly like I removed the floor of the top attic levels. First step, remove the floor boards above the bathroom. An internal wall will later surround this hole, unfortunately taking a chunk from the room above.
|Looking down into the bathroom.|
|Looking up to the apex of the new gable dormer.|