Introducing Cliftoria – The Ground Floor

I’m going to show how the house looked during our first visit and at the day of the auction. I hope to put in pictures of each room. I’m hoping that it isn’t too boring so I’ll break it up by doing each floor separately and then a final post of the rest. One of the first things I’ll be doing once we have the keys is a survey of the whole house. Then I’ll be able to draw up a set of plans showing all the elements of the house like windows, doors, power points, etc.

Cliftoria ground attic plan-002

This plan was made by the real estate agents and is not to scale. There are at least two doors that exist and are not shown on that plan. The measurements below are from a different brochure. I may have matched up some of the dimensions with different rooms. Please understand that we were under time pressure to view the building so I took a lot of photos but not always from the best vantage point. I’m looking forward to simply being there and experiencing the building.

Lounge 1 on the front right side. 4.7 x 3.9 m

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A structural engineering report stated that the cracks are basically cosmetic. The broken window needs replacing as soon as possible as it is on the street.

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Interesting ceiling rose and lights.

Bedroom 1 in the middle right side 3.7 x 3.7 m

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A bricked up fireplace. One of the other things we need to do is get a report from a chimney sweep/specialist about all the fireplaces and which would be optimal to get working.

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This is the opposite wall to the window and ex-fireplace.

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From further over you can see across the hall and into the lounge on the other side.

Bedroom 2 on the front left side 4.2 x 3.9 m

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This two windows face the street. While the one on the right looks like a door there is a cupboard with doors set below the glass. Hopefully further research will enlighten us to if this was a door at some point and when.

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This is the door on the wall opposite the windows with an interesting carved wood element above it.

A hall between the two rooms leads to the left into the sitting room and to the right back to the main hall.

Lounge 2 in the middle left side 3.8 x 3.9 m

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This is probably the fanciest fireplace in the house.

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Some wall damage. I think it is caused by rising damp. We are planing on adding a damp course to the building’s walls. Maybe a chemical instead of a physical damp course. Investigations are ongoing as to which may be “better”.

Sitting room on the left side is an L shape

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One end of the sitting room that faces the street.

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The other wider end of the sitting room. There are carpet tiles over the real tiles in the sitting room

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A closer look at the tiles.

Living room at the back 9.5 x 3.3 m

This room used to be the two kitchens for two of the flats. Cliftoria had been made into flats in 1925. The red door is the main back door and opened into a hall linking to the front of the house. Evidence of the walls can be seen on either side of the door. The other two doors lead to the back porches of the two flats and their bathrooms. The plumbing (hot and cold water and drain) for the sink of the far side kitchen sticks out of the fireplace in the corner. The plumbing for the other sink emerges from the wall to the left of the red door and hang in mid-air. We hope to get these removed prior to turning on the water. prior to the house going on the market there was no floor in this room. For safety reasons a modern sheet floor was installed. We will have to consider if it should be replaced with real wooden floorboards.

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At the top of the above photo is a small fireplace mirroring the one in the opposite corner (shown below) but without pipes.

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Storage under stairs 5.1 x 1.8 m

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This has its own small window on the right side of the building. Harry would have liked this room under the stairs.

Bathroom 1 – 1.8 x 2 m

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Back porch 1 – 2.2 x 1.5 m

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Looking through the window in the back door to the flat on this side. The building opposite is the stables.

Bathroom 2 – 1.4 x 2.4 m

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Back porch 2 –  2.1 x 1.4 m

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Looking through the window in the back door to the flat on this side. The building opposite is the stables.

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2 responses to “Introducing Cliftoria – The Ground Floor

  1. Wow! It’s already looking huge and that’s just one floor! It’s interesting to see the extra doors cut to make the flats. Will you be filling them in? I guess there are a bunch of this to fix and decide on. The fireplaces would be brilliant when they are working. Very interesting stuff. Keep it coming.

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