Heart Home magazine Issue 12 August 2014 - Page 13

With unforeseen problems like this, along with anticipated but no less lengthy tasks ahead, such as completely re-plumbing and rewiring the building, this project was undoubtedly going to be a labour of love. “I was also braced for a fair bit of camping in here while we sorted out the fundamentals,” Nick agrees. “As it turned out I spent the first 18 months in here surviving with only cold running water, a kettle and a single electric frying pan to cook on.” So, like most people, Nick’s obvious priorities after making the building sound were to install a kitchen and bathroom as soon as possible. However, it is how he’s undertaken and executed these fundamental elements of the conversion that has made his home unique. 13