Picture 1: We are reinstating the ceilings to their original height, 3.35 meters (or 11 feet). Georgian townhouses built in the 1800’s are known for their heigh ceilings but during the 1970’s, when many townhouses in London were converted into flats, owners would bring down the ceilings and fill them with insulation to reduce sound. Today, sound proof insulation material is much smaller and compact and does not require sacrificing ceiling height. I tried to capture a photo with one of the builders in it to get a perspective of just how high they are.
Picture 2: The builders uncovered a brick wall (second photo) in the living room that has been covered for around 138 years.
Picture 3: We are opening up the chimney breast in the kitchen, which has proved to be a difficult task since it requires supporting it with a beam so that the chimney does not collapse from the weight. The chimney breast opening will used to create extra space along the kitchen countertop and the hob will be placed inside of it.