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.
I lack the time and the commitment that fellow bloggers have, I love to read them and always thought I would be good at writing them….. it turns out I am poor..
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.
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.
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!
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!
Until next time! Ciao!
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!
Today has been a big day, we finally chose a builder. We are very happy with our selection but it was a close race right to the finish.
The builder we have chosen will apply a more collaborative approach to help up come in under budget (hopefully a lot under budget because I’ve like to be able to afford some furniture!).
The gorgeous palm trees come down tomorrow, which is sad becasue we will not have their beautiful stippled light in the back yard over summer, but it;s necessary for them to be out three months before we start so the earth has time to settle and rehydrate. So at this stage the start date looks like early Feb for the ensuite and end of Feb for the rest.
Contracts should be signed before Christmas, how exciting!