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Renovation and extention of a 1921 Californian Bungalow

My beautiful kitchen

It’s been such a long time since I added anything to this blog, recently someone asked me to post some finished photos. So here is my favorite spot, my kitchen.


We moved in!!

We are still around 3 weeks from being totally finished.  Our bedrooms are still a total mess and I still have to shuffle to the loo in the middle of the night so I don’t get bruised hips on the bed.  But, over the weekend (mostly Friday night because I was so excited) we moved our stuff into the back room.  We went from having a Kitchen like this….Image to having the space to move around and actually sit as a family and have dinner in this….ImageThere is still a lot to finish, splash back, painting, range hood needs to be raised, need to get some stools. Get our books and dining chairs out of storage (bought the gorgeous bench seat at dining table on ebay).  

It really is all the little things that make a difference, turning on the gas stove without a hand clicker, or having a place for everything, having more than 60cm x 60cm to prepare a meal….and the rest.  I felt like the house exhaled on Saturday morning, everyone was calmer, especially the kids.  Finally having a bit of space to run around in while the weather is YUK!

The lounge is coming along well too.  So from this…..Image

The weird blue thing in the middle of the pic is the leg of the dining table, we were so worried about it being ruined (Mark Tuckey) that we refused to move it into storage or leave it around for builders to ‘just pop stuff on’ so it went in behind a couch on it’s side.  Needless to say the kids loved climbing on it, lucky they are still little!!  four months we lived like this….and we are still married and happy! Any wonder!

Now to this….. ImageWe reused the old fireplace which will get a spruce up.  We think maybe painting it Black? What do you think? Things that need to be finished here, painting, floorboards and lots and lots of books to fill large unit! Lucky for me I’m a bit of a hoarder and have kept every book I’ve ever read!

Next they finish the family bathroom and the boys bedrooms, then they finish the master bedroom.  This week I will book drive way guy, blinds/curtain guy and fly screen guy!

The finish line is in sight, but for now I am one very happy lady!!

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We are so much further along the process now, only 4 weeks to go (builders are booked into next job so MUST be finished).  Kitchen is very close to finished, stone went in earlier this week and the cabinet maker will be back today (fingers crossed) to finish it and a number or other things today.  If all goes to plan I will be able to move my kitchen in from the little bedroom to the gorgeous big kitchen, and I may even cook up a storm to celebrate.  It’s so cold I think a big dish of Lasagna would be perfect.

The Kitchen story.

This is the Real Estate image for the kitchen in the house when we bought it.

This is what the builder put together for us while they built the new kitchen. Very handy but SOOOOOOOOOO small.

TA DA… this is the new kitchen! What I love about it is the big work bench, the huge window at the back, the storage storage storage and of course the 100mm bench top.

No stopping them now!



20120524-185805.jpg. Here are the latest photos of the build. This are going well. Colorbond roof was almost fully installed in back section yesterday and today I came home to see my gorgeous stacking doors installed. I increased the kick board at the bottom to twice the size. Mostly because I have two active boys and I’m sure skateboards, remote control cars and the like will go screaming through that room.
The size of the ceiling doesn’t seem as dauntingly high now the roof is on, I just love them. We are getting two fantastic pendants from Beacon on the weekend, one for the dining room the other for centre of the lounge area. We have also decided to paint the old fireplace piano black. It will definitely make it the focal point, not the tv.

From out of the ground comes a FRAME!

My husband said to me last night, “have you taken a photo everyday?” I said,”just about”.  and now on looking back at my photos it’s more like one every week, or at least when there are notable changes.    Here is a series of photos taken over the past 6 weeks.  Today the heavens opened and we have a few leeks, so the house looks a little like a circus with a giant tarp over the roof.  Tomorrow the trusses arrive and we will once again have our perceptions altered.   Each step of this build we have had a different minor freak out, in this order:

1. There will be no back yard

2. The house is too big

3. The dining area is too small

4. The office/kids room is too small

5. why do we have so many bedrooms?

6. The pantry is tiny

7. The ceiling height is way to big.

I should mention that I’m not the main culprit having these concerns.  Right now, as I walk through the framed extension I am really happy with the size and layout.  It will be magic.




On ward and UPWARD

We are out of the ground. A huge step, feels like they have been digging holes for ever and we never got to see China. Stumps went in last week and the joists and bearers are now complete. Today they are dismantling the old kitchen and laying the foundations for the new bathroom.

I have walked up on the joists and only now realise how high this back part of the house will be from the ground. The boys are going to love jumping off it into the back yard!

We have also had a minor freak out at how small the back yard is going to be, but when we did the measurements it worked out to be around 60cm larger than we had before we did the demolition.
Until next time, Ciao!

Dig Dig Dig

Since my last post quite a lot has happened.  We lived in the bungalow for three weeks, not sorry to see the back of that little shack.  During that time Levi had croup (the poor little darling) which made the close quarters a blessing because I stayed awake listening to him breath, or try to breath.

So now, almost five weeks later the bungalow is totally gone, the shed is gone, the ensuite is finished and we are very happily back in the house, albeit just in the front four rooms.

Stumps go in next week before Easter and we should have some framing up by the second week of April! HOORAY.  I can’t wait to walk through the pegged out rooms and get a feel for size.  Anyone who knows me will be able to imagine me prancing through the imaginary rooms, testing them our, pretending to use the oven and washing my hands in the bathroom!

Here are a couple of shots of the demolition.  The ensuite is very dark with grey tiles, so this makes it hard to photograph.  So instead I thought I would show you where I found Levi on the day we moved back in, too little to really know where things go in a toilet!

He look quite proud of his effort. When i found him he was saying "wees wees"

Until next time! Ciao!

Blast Off!

As I sit in the bungalow listening to the sound of plaster being smashed off walls, I am quietly excited that it has all begun.
They arrived at 7am and started with the first hammer blow at 7.30am. No mucking about.
First job is to remove robes from master bedroom and fit two on either side of the window in Archie’s old room. Later we will put a bench seat between.
They have also started to demo the bathroom.
Kids were brilliant sleeping in the bungalow last night, I’m proud, and a little surprised by their resilience.


T minus 7 Days and counting….

Well here we are, at the pointy end of the planning.  Just 7 short days until the build begins…..oooo……super excited.  Having a home day today as I have been unwell, not good timing as there is still so much to do.

1. move family into one room bungalow for three weeks (this will be the hardest part, boys have been sharing a room for the past two months, but now they have to share with mum and dad)

2. move kitchen into bedroom 3 (will soon see what equipment I have to deal with, no oven is the biggest challenge)

3. move lounge into dining room and pack away dining room (tiny living quarters for 5 months)

4. pack up our clothes and everything in the robes in our room (big job, my ‘pre-children’ high heals will take a few boxes alone)

5. pack bathroom (or pathetic excuse for a bathroom)

6. pack laundry (or pathetic excuse for a laundry, shouldn’t be a big job as the entire room is around 1m x 1m!)

When listed so simply it doesn’t look so bad, but I have made itemised lists (I like to cross things off lists) so I feel I am achieving something each day.  Thus far today I have managed to get to the Dr for blood tests and eat some toast….hhhmmm…. this is going to be a challenge!

I look forward to updating you more.  Here are a few snaps of the before house.  I have not bothered to clean too much, as you may aswell see what it looks like most of the time.


Start date in sight

Big week, we signed a contract with builder, paid 5% deposit, bought all the fittings and fixtures for the ensuite and moved the boys into the one room.
27th Feb is the date things will get underway, the plan is for us to move into the bungalow for three weeks while the builder renovated the ensuite and closes off the parts of the house we will not be able to use during the Build. Then once that is done we will move back into the house and live without a fully functioning kitchen or laundry for the four months until the extension is complete. I am it’s worried about living in the bungalow, two little boys and us in the same room…. Thank God the weather is nice and we can sit outside while the kids go to sleep.
More updates soon, now thing are moving I should have a lot more to talk about!
Oh by the way, have got onto Pintrest and am addicted to it, great way for me to illustrate to husband the look I am going for.


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