Friday, 8 May 2009

Here Goes...!

I have good news, and I have bad news.

The good news is that our house renovation plans have finally passed planning approval and we will be starting next week, by demolishing the back half of the house!

The bad news is that our house renovation plans have finally passed planning approval and we will be starting next week, by demolishing the back half of the house!

Oh god.

I may be exaggerating a little but not much. Let me explain: our place is a long skinny semi-detached single story house. The front of the house is the oldest bit, and would originally have been 3 rooms with a side corridor under a tiled roof. At some point in time past owners have added a rear extension of 2 rooms under a flat tin roof. And then I'm guessing still later owners built the lean-to-style loo, shower and laundry down the side of the backyard.

When we bought the house it looked like this:

Before we moved in we knocked down a couple of interior walls to create a large living space and built a brand new bathroom, in addition to replacing all plumbing, electrics, gas, plaster, ceilings, lights and flooring:

We ran out of money and have been putting up with a draughty, leaky living area and truly nasty laundry area since last August. I don't have a kitchen - we cook with a tiny 2-plate oven on a table.

Now we are aiming for this:

We will pull the old tin roof off the living area and demolish the rear wall, the old loo and laundry. We'll extend the living room by a couple of metres, build a new laundry along the boundary wall, and re-roof the lot, extending the roof over a bit of the backyard. A covered bit of backyard will have a raised section of deck at the same height as the living area, with fold-back doors onto it. The rest of the backyard will also be decked, but at ground level, and we'll build a decent weatherproof storeroom in the rear corner of the yard. We're putting a kitchen island in the middle of the living room, which will divide it into a TV/sitting area and a dining area.

Out palette is white walls/cabinets/trimming, blonde hardwood floors, black granite kitchen worktop and brushed chrome appliances. It should be gorgeous!

However, in the meantime we will be living in the front 2 rooms of the house without a kitchen or laundry. For 2 months. Aaaaaargh! Oh, and? I estimate we are $40,000 short what this will cost so we are going to have to borrow from the bank again. Better do that soon before I stop work eh?

On the weekend we will be moving all non-essential furniture to storage and boxing up everything we can. Wish us luck!


Nat said...

Good luck! Keep thinking of the final result :-)

Kat said...

Oh my goodness! Just keeping thinking of how great it will be when done. Fingers crossed everything runs to schedule and can be completed in sufficient time before the little one is due!

Lisa said...

Good Luck, Cuz! It will all be worth it in the end. If you have to kill a contractor (it will not be your fault) and I will visit you in jail. :)

waterbob said...

Exciting times! If you maintain the standard you have set so far its going to be tremendous. I see no garage in your future. Where do you keep your car?

Saffa Chick said...

Hi Dad. We are in a very built-up area of Sydney, car garages are few and far between! We park on the street in front of the house.

greytonsal said...

Super! I do not envy you, but the results are going to be tremendous. Can't wait to see it all, especially having experienced the 'old' set up!