Chris 'n' Steffie

Gaming, adventuring, DIY



How are we getting by?

Our caravan was our stand in kitchen. Now it’s also our bathroom.

We do have water, just not enough to run any of the things inside the house. The onboard tank in the caravan is 40l, it takes about 16 minutes to fill up.

It doesn’t sound like a lot of water, but it’s enough for 2 showers, cooking, drinking, and washing up. There is even some to spare at the end of the day.



Due to the age of our house, we don’t have lintels above our exterior windows and doors. We needed to get these done before we could have new windows installed.

We opted to get rid of the soldiers (upright brickwork) and have it match the rest of the house. Installing the lintels meant that we have a slightly larger opening than we did before, hence the expanding foam!

You can see the height difference between where the soldiers are, and where the interior lintel has been placed. This is how much taller our opening now is.
No, it’s not being held up with the planks!
With the supports in place
Supports removed, brickwork complete!

Kitchen flooring – concrete

Concrete had been poured! Next later is insulation.

Wacker Wacker

With the floor all at depth, it was time to compact it down, this will give the concrete a stable base to sit on.


Using the compactor was easy enough – we had to rent the small one to get it round the corners.


The self-leveling laser we purchased does a good well when attached to a stick to check depth. It’ll be even more useful when it’s time to cut channels into the walls!

Kitchen floor waste removal

We hired a grab truck to get rid of the kitchen flooring, once and for all!
The grab truck cost as much as 1 skip, but could fit all 18 cubic meters of our floor into it in one go!

Before & after

Kitchen floor removal – day 2

chris digger

The first layer of concrete (the screed) was easy to remove. The layer underneath that… not so much. The rebar made it even worse. It took an huge effort on everyone’s part to remove:

steph demolition

We had the breaker going, grinders going, the excavator going. And endless, ENDLESS wheelbarrows full of whatever we dug up.

We started day 2 looking like this:


Still aching from yesterday, but we pressed on! We finished the day looking like this:


Big smiles on our faces, now that it is done. The above picture doesn’t really show just how much work went into this project. We removed about 18 cubic meters from the floor – that’s going 300mm (12″) deep. If you’re not sure how much material that is….


…it’s about this much!

Enjoy the timelapse of day 2:

It was a lot of hard work, but hiring equipment is always fun. You get a sense of accomplishment of doing things yourself, we have a lot of new skills that we can take away from this project, and use in future work.

Again, we couldn’t have done this without our friends and family helping us out along the way, so, a big thank-you to all of them.

Now to fill it all back in!

With no plumbing downstairs, we are back to our caravanning days of the twin tub washing machine! Joyous!

Kitchen floor removal

Next on our new kitchen todo list was to bring up the existing floor. We need to dig up 12″.

The floor is made up of a 2″ screed, 2″ concrete with rebar, 8″ dirt/sand/gravel.

This will allow us to install our wet underfloor heating system with the correct amount of insulation, and it’ll match the height of the other floors in the house.

Sports Camera
Sports Camera
… After

A timelapse of day 1:

We are very thankful for everyone that gave us a hand with it – we couldn’t have done it without you!


Down comes the ceiling

Taking down the wall had left a big hole in the ceiling. Part of it had gotten damaged through the upstairs bathroom leaking before we had moved into the property. Because there is a such a change in the room which would mean a lot of extra holes anyway, we decided to just bring it down, and board it up again after the changes have been made – after all, we have a plasterer coming in anyway!

Nearly halfway there!







It’s surprising how tired your arms get with them above your head all day!


We were on the fence about insulating the floor above, but having realised how clearly you can hear the through the floors with the plasterboard removed has shown us that we really should insulate – it’ll help stop draughts, but most importantly, insulate from sound.

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