I’ve been slack in blogging this, so here’s a quick catchup. About 18 months ago, Josh and I bought this:
Then a little over a year ago we started our massive renovation. The goal – to get ahead a little financially, so that we could have a nice house with a manageable mortgage, by doing a really huge silly renovation. It sounded like fun at the time, but it’s been a lot of hard work (mainly for Josh).But it was hard for me – this ladder was my stairs for five months. Yep, carting washing, shopping etc up and down this damn thing. The neighbours got a real kick out of me in my office suit and heels getting in and out of the house. Funny stuff… nooot!
But I have learned some useful skills – for example, how to use a drop saw! Last Easter Josh and I did the framing (all of it) downstairs over a one week period – it was actually a lot of fun, especially for me to feel like I was contributing to the renovation.
Last year was all about the bulk construction and exterior of the house – this is what it looks like at the moment – it’s been lifted, framed, rendered and the landscaping is done (we added a lawn and garden after this shot was taken).
This year it’s inside… rather than do downstairs first, we’re converting three bedrooms in a row, into a master retreat – with bedroom, walk in wardrobe and ensuite. The ensuite is first! Here is my crappy sketch of what we’re doing…
Clockwise – entry, one vanity on the nearest wall, shelves and window and laundry chute on left wall, back wall has another vanity, window and towel rail, right hand wall has a large twin shower, and then a loo.
Yesterday we cleaned out the room (it was our storage room)… so here’s the before shots.
That room you can see through the doorway will be our walk in robe – at the moment we are relying on drawers, a small cupboard, and the spare bed on which most of our clothes sit! It’s terrible, so I can’t wait for the walk in robe to start!