Thursday Doors

You will have to put a hard hat on for this week’s Thursday Doors. This post is an update on the progress we are making with our house renovation – although you might not consider it progress when you see the rest of the photos. Now that the ivy has been hacked away from the back door there’s a lot more light getting inside.

There was a really nice stairs in the house but we needed to make more room so it had to go but we’ll be replacing it (as soon as we figure out where to put the new one). We moved the walls and ceilings to another location, too.


There they are, in the back garden. Any suggestions as to what we could use that oil tank for? It’s way too big for our needs, in such a tiny house.

Lots of doors but no walls to put them in. Downstairs will be open plan but we might be able to use two of them for the upstairs bedrooms.

What’s left of the pink wall will be joining the ceilings in the back garden soon. If you look carefully, you can see the fireplace peeping out from behind those planks of wood.

I know it all looks a bit of a mess but I’ve been saving the best till last. The new roof is looking good – inside and out. The Velux windows (roof lights) are in place and it won’t be long before we have the new joists and floor fitted.


If you think the house is tiny, take a look at our alternative accommodation.


It might be small but look at the size of the ‘back garden’ – andย what a view. The river was like a mirror and the warm sunshine gave us a perfect spring day.


Although we really appreciate unusually warm, sunny weather so early in the season, in Ireland we tend to worry that it will be the last bit of heat and sun we’ll get for the rest of the year. You would have to experience some of our dull wet summers to understand this seemingly irrational anxiety.

I hope you enjoyed the renovation update. The next time I post some photos of the house it should look a lot less frightening. For some more unusual and interesting Thursday Doors have a look at Norm’s blog.


About Jean Reinhardt

Author of 'A Pocket Full of Shells' an Amazon International best seller, Jean writes young adult and historical fiction. She has been known to shed a tear over Little House on the Prairie.
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48 Responses to Thursday Doors

  1. Ooh, this is excellent, all of it! But especially the azure (turquoise?) wall and the back yard. ๐Ÿ™‚ Quite a project! Wishing you for all to come together as nicely as the roof.

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  2. sjhigbee says:

    It certainly is a major project, but I do LOVE your shiny new slate roof – those lovely Velux windows should give you plenty of natural light, which you can’t beat. Thank you for letting us see how it’s all going, Jean. Here’s wishing you an unusually warm and dry summer!

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    • It would be so good to have a nice dry summer, Sarah, but as most of our work on the house will be indoors at least the project won’t be held up if we have a monsoon season. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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      • sjhigbee says:

        It does make it so much easier, though! We had our last major renovation in 2004, which was a very hot, dry summer – and it made life so much easier when it came to painting, stripping and resealing floors, etc to have all the doors and windows open.

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  3. Mel & Suan says:

    Oh wow this sure looked like a lot of work!

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  4. What a project! The roof looks great and the Velux/ sun light windows should give you more light.

    That big ole oil tank…would it make a nice container garden for veggies, or flowers? I bet you could find a repurpose idea on Pinterest. ๐Ÿ™‚

    I’m looking forward to the next update on the house.

    The boat-house’s back yard view is amazing!

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  5. Having survived a major remodel myself, I know how much work – but also how exciting – they can be! Good luck and enjoy the process.

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  6. joey says:

    How very exciting! Although the ivy was beautiful, it must be nice to have more light coming in. You aren’t kidding about the view at your other accommodations! So pretty! Great doors ๐Ÿ™‚ Great roof ๐Ÿ™‚

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  7. What? Remove the ivy atmosphere?? ๐Ÿ™‚ Ivy can look nice but it’s deadly to the things it’s on and hell to remove, at least the part that’s in the ground. I’m glad you showed us the lovely roof and windows at the end. My first thought for the oil tank was the same as Deborah’s: cut it in half and use the halves for planters. Can’t wait to see the next phase.


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  8. Wow. That’s quite the renovation project. Best of luck!

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  9. jesh stg says:

    Now I understand why you said before it will take a few years. You gutted out the whole house! Ivy can be kind of unruly, eh. Am sure you will like it better afterwards. Good roofs are really a good asset! (that’s what we realized when it started leaking at several places!) And love the space for the living room with the fire place. And my, the backyard view is so romantic! Wishing you and youf hubby a lot of perseverence to get this house done!

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  10. I love DIY so you put my pulse to quickening. ๐Ÿ™‚ You might consider cutting the oil tank in half lengthwise, drilling a few drainage holes and using it for two raised beds. You could grow veggies or flowers in it with a few vines down the sides. I’ll look forward to the next edition. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • The soil in the garden is really good, Judy and we have to lower the level a couple of feet, so your suggestion of raised beds is good. At least it gives us somewhere to put all that lovely topsoil. When we bought the house, nettles had been growing in the garden for ten years and that’s why the soil is so good, I suppose.


  11. Oh my, you do have quite a project going! Won’t it be fabulous when completed? I think so. And the boat is lovely too! Keep us posted!

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  12. Joanne Sisco says:

    What a wonderful old door hidden behind all that ivy! It looks like there is a pattern swirled into the frosted glass.
    During the destruction phase when walls are removed, it is so much easier to imagine the finished product. This must be a very exciting project.
    Hope the weather continues to be bright and mild while you’re living on the water ๐Ÿ™‚

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  13. Norm 2.0 says:

    Looks like things are progressing nicely. That roof looks great too. I think I could handle the temporary accommodations especially with that view. Thanks for keeping us posted on the progress Jean ๐Ÿ™‚

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  14. Dan Antion says:

    I love the update, Jean. This project is fascinating and you are making god progress. I know what is involved, and I really appreciate your sharing the “during” photos with us. I can’t wait to see the “after” set (but please give us more of thee when you can).

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  15. msgt3227 says:

    That is an incredible project Jean! Looking forward to the updates. BTW, we already have an invite to stay over in a storage crate in Wales on our holiday in UK this year, so if you still have that oil tank for accommodation….

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    • I’m jealous of you staying in a storage crate. Is it a shipping container home? We looked at building a house with them but there was too much bureaucracy to contend with and we couldn’t face all the hassle. I think as time goes by the planners will be a bit more open-minded about alternative housing. The oil tank might be pushing it, though. ๐Ÿ˜‰


  16. inesephoto says:

    Of course there is progress, and the house is not that tiny when you move the walls and lift up the ceiling. Optical illusion is a great thing ๐Ÿ™‚ The house will be warm and cozy. Why would you need anything larger. You are having an amazing progress, and it won’t be long when you move in. The oil tank is huge. You can make another boat ๐Ÿ˜‰ xx

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  17. pattimoed says:

    Wonderful progress, Jean! I admire you for doing all this hard and skilled work.

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  18. That looks like an interesting project, Jean. A new roof was also the first step in our renovation. It had been leaking like a sieve for 5 years. ๐Ÿ˜…

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    • We’re working our way from the top down ๐Ÿ™‚

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      • Our son did the same with their house in Montclair NJ. It was a massive project, but as he works, he hired a contractor. It was very traumatic at times when he let the down or didn’t do things the way he was supposed to. Sounds like you’re like us and prefer to do all the work yourselves.

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        • We had to get the builder to do the roof and steel girders and joists for the upstairs floors. He’s really good and checks back with us before completing something, to make sure he has it right. The rest of the interior work we’ll be doing ourselves, partly because of finances but also because it’s something we’ll get satisfaction from doing and we have the time to do it at the moment.

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