Huldra Forsvant (Theodor Kittelsen)

Huldra Forsvant (Theodor Kittelsen)
Huldra Forsvant (Theodor Kittelsen)

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

It Begins..

Renovations started yesterday at our new place.

Exciting, scary, overwhelming, stressful.

E has been awesome, taking on the foreman role during the days when I'm at work, organising all the different tradies, while juggling the kids. She's a trooper.

Basically, we are sprucing up the existing house and making a few changes. That's kinda phase 1, what will happen before we move in, over the next few weeks. This includes-

-plaster boarding the walls and ceilings
-new architraves, skirting and cornices
-building a toilet where a bedroom currently is, the rest of the room becoming a hall that will lead to the extension
-building a wall in the lounge room, that a looong way down the track has the option of becoming a bedroom
-carpet ripped up and floorboards sanded and polished
-me then having to paint the whole flopping place

Then a bit down the track, phase 2 is knocking out the back section and building a big extension, pretty much doubling the houses' current size. Includes-

-converting kitchen and laundry into master bedroom, ensuite etc
-building big back extension for living areas, new kitchen, dining etc, back verandah.

A. Big. Job.

Anyway, I popped over last night to see what had happened on the first day. A lot! Ceilings and walls already three quarters gyprocked, various carpets ripped up, walls knocked out.. I got a big shock.

Here is a pic I took Saturday arvo-

And this is the same view last night-

Where the doorway is will be where the new toilet is, and where the ladder is is where the hallway will go, eventually going out through the wall where the window is. And this is looking back to the front door from that same window.

Anyways, I don't want to bore you with endless renovation talk, but I feel like I should document it's progress for posterity, y'know.

To make me feel less daunted, here's a picture of the back yard, which makes me feel happy and reassured.


Pedro said...

good size bro. Glad all is going well so far.

Ruth said...

Awesome backyard Ben! Glad the work is going quickly - it's good to be able to see big progress each day, quite exciting.

Laetitia :-) said...

How old is the house - did you get the walls or ceiling tested for asbestos? Sometimes in older houses the walls may be fibro but the ceiling may be asbestos sheeting. The last house we were in was basically all asbestos sheeting except for a few parts of wall cladding; the hosue we're in has fibro walls but probably has asbestos sheeting ceiling.

simone r said...

Can we have daily progress reports?

Ben McLaughlin said...

Thanks guys.

Laetitia, the place was mostly masonite, with allulinium cladding on the outside. Fibro in some spots, like the garage, which we will attend to later.

Thora and Dean said...

it looks great ben! love the yard, and looking forward to seeing what it turns into - we might steal some of your ideas :)

$cott said...

Great to see pics! Very excited for you guys with all the renos going on. Life must be just alittle chaotic tho :)