Thursday, January 6, 2011

Have we started this renovation yet?

Work on the reno cottage next-door is moving along well, in fact so well that I haven't had much time to "compose" blog posts worth reading,(not that reading about dirty home renovations is everyone's cup of tea).
We have decided to tackle the hardest rooms first, the kitchen and bathroom. And hopefully get them almost finished before Mr Crazy House has had enough and wants to start something else!
The kitchen and bathroom had a roof lift in the mid 1990's to increase head room and what was a roughly enclosed veranda was built in properly with new weatherboards put on the outside. Therefore the kitchen does contain alot of "new" fibro that we can remove ourselves. The whole roof is "old asbestos" fibro which will be staying, if the walls were once "old asbestos" fibro then a previous owner must have had them removed during building work.
You can see the new fibro as part of the lean-to.



Mr CH jumped right in and pulled down the wall between the lounge and bedroom. It wasn't a load-bearing wall because it is a pitched roof to the outside walls.

I probably should mention that Mr CH is a "qualified" owner builder, after completing a course before we attempted an extention on our own house years and years ago. It cost a few hundred dollars then and only took him 15 minutes, and a friend did the same course a few years later and it took him 5 days. Mr CH still uses the text from this course to check what he is allowed to do home-renovation wise.

Removing the boarded-up window from bed 1 to bathroom to be fixed properly later.


Removing some "new" fibro from boarded-up wall and around original backdoor.
Laminate sheeting around bath removed as well.

We bought some flat-pac cupboards for the kitchen while we were still out of town thinking Mr CH would use the machinery at work to make some doors for them. Then changed our minds about what kind of doors we were going to use. DON'T DO THAT!! Big mistake jumping the gun, they have sat in an empty house for a year and now we have to move them around to get to stuff! The up-side, the price increase on these cupboards would now cost us $200 more.

So now you'll see these kitchen cupboards somewhere in each photo.

If you saw the first blogpost about the interior, you'll remember the floorboards in the bathroom were so disgusting. A real patch-up job, they had to be removed and have been replaced with waterproof chipboard sheeting.



View of new bathoom floor from underneath, yes I know thrilling isn't it.
Well, it's clean and doesn't smell of um.. urine!

More photos of our progress soon, before I get too overwhelmed with a backlog of photos!
Until then take care,
S



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