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Fixing Our Damp Problem – Final Piece of the Puzzle

Our old stone farmhouse in Portugal has been plagued with damp, mould and moisture issues for years and the fabric of the building has suffered as a result. In today's episode we begin to tackle the fourth and final piece of the puzzle so we *hopefully* end up with a comfortable, warm, dry home. Today…

The Only GOOD Thing About Plumbing

I hate plumbing. It's awkward and fiddly but an important part of any renovation or remodelling project. Today we wrangle some waste pipe (for grey water harvesting and black water to our septic tank) into the corner of our lounge and up into the location of our new bathroom. Not everything goes to plan,…

Behind the Scenes – Limewashing the Lounge

In this video we apply some homemade limewash to the walls in the lounge. But this video isn't really about limewashing (as much as we do talk about it a lot). We recently purchased some new microphones to improve the sound quality of our videos and this video was made to test how they perform…

Another Room (Almost) FINISHED!

We've been working away on the lounge renovation over the last three months: plastering, plumbing, lime washing, tiling and more. Since we've shown a number of these things in previous videos we thought we'd put them all together into one long video to show how this room has transformed over the last few weeks.…

Why DON’T We Work on ONE Room at a Time?!

In this video we start work on the new bathroom plumbing, running hot and cold water feeds up from the plant room, through the lounge ceiling and up through the concrete floor into the bathroom above. With a few obstacles to work around and a mid-way undo, redo, we always thought this project was…

It’s Time for the Pink Toilet to GO!

Since December 2020 people have been obsessed with the pink toilet in our retro 1990s bathroom. After today's video, the famous toilet will be no more. It's kind of crazy to think that it's taken over three years for us to circle back to the bathroom renovation and finish what we started all that…

How Hard is Upside Down (Lime) Plastering?

We've been cracking on with some bits and pieces projects downstairs in our Portugal house renovation. First up I mixed a bit of lime plaster to outline the pointed stone wall to start the process of blending it in. I also try my hand at upside down plastering in one of the doorway reveals. Stick…

Undoing and Redoing our Bathroom Plumbing

Some time ago we installed a flushing toilet – a most welcome addition to our renovation project in Portugal (since we'd not had a conventionally working toilet for over two years). But, when we installed that toilet we knew the plumbing was temporary and we'd have to come back to redo it – and plumb…

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