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HomeConversion • January 2011

January 2011

1st January 2011: Happy 2011

Where the most of the work will go: Escapde and the back accommodation of the Watergeus

3rd January 2011: Wood work

I mainly worked all evening in the back accommodation, finishing the remaining panels.

4th January 2011: Skylight

The inside of the skylights were in need of new wood as well. It is a small area, but it took me a few hours to get the job done!

7th January 2011: Painting

After filling the little hoes between the wood panels, I started putting the sitting room at the back in primer.

15th January 2011: Shopping

In the morning I went shopping, buying wallpaper and tiles to finish the back accommodation. In the afternoon i went to Ghent to visit some boat friends.

Ghent in the early afternoon

More important today is the article published in the newspaper De Standaard. A two page large article on my barge and myself.

17th January 2011: Cleaning

One of the last rooms that had to be broken out was the toilet space. When I finished this little room, I disconnected the pumps in the engine room. I got stuck behind the water tanks again and decided to clean the mess around them while I was there anyway.

21st January 2011: Wood

The new wood I ordered earlier this week arrived in the morning. I finished the wall between the kitchen area and the bedroom. I did some plumbing in the afternoon.

22nd January 2011: Painting and toilet room

I made up my mind about the little toilet space. I removed the tiles on the floor, some parts of the wall and other stuff. I now have a clean room.

Since I will put tiles around the bathroom, at the entrance and in the toilet I made a first layer of sheets of multiplex. Tiles will be glued on it.

TV and sitting room

TV and sitting room

The wall is now finished

Roof of the wheelhouse got it's final coat of paint

Toilet room partly dismantled

23th January 2011: Bed and toilet room

I ran out of multiplex again. Since I needed some more for the bed, I had to break down an old wall on my yacht to have some wood. Since it will be used underneath the tiles, I don't mind it has already been painted with a funny brown colour.

Toilet area, a new floor in wood (from the walls of the Escapde) and a fresh coat of primer on the walls

I vanished the inside of the bed, painted the outside and finished the little toilet room. Everything is now ready for being tiled.

Inside of the bed vanished, outside painted

24th January 2011: Ceiling

I finished the ceiling and the wood around the skylight in the kitchen and sleeping room.

25th January 2011: Kitchen

The last piece of multiplex for the back accommodation has been cut and mounted. Normally, no more wood work should be done in the back area.

I also started doing some basic plumbing.

Pipes for the kitchen

29th January 2011

I have done a lot today! In the morning we tiled the toilet, bathroom and entrance of the back accommodation on the Watergeus. In the afternoon I helped sanding the wheelhouse with my parents. Later that noon, the Frantsis left her mooring next to the Watergeus. She has her own spot now!

The back of the Escapde, breaking her down to original hull is going quickly

The Frantsis on her new mooring

Tiles on the floor

Tiles on the floor

The floor in the TV-room at the back. Nearly finished.

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