Friday, 31 July 2009

House Renovation 2009 - Week 11

Furniture! Woohoo!

Since these photos the fridge cabinet has been enlarged and the fridge has moved into it and been plumbed in so we have cold water and ice happening. How very exciting!

We have power points connected throughout the living area and laundry, but we need to paint the ceiling before we can get the lights into their recessed chrome holders.

Plumbing has been connected in the laundry for the washing machine and the tumble dryer is hooked up so I can do laundry for the first time in 3 months. How sad is it that this is a big deal in my life?!

Our front yard looks brilliant - we have a porch, steps and big flagstones at ground level. We will plant native grasses around them eventually.

Milord is today emptying the detritus out of the backyard. We'll still have some materials hanging around but it's going to look so much better.

We have started setting up the baby's room. We assembled the cot and arranged it, the change table, toybox, chest of drawers, nursing chair and spare double bed around the room. Luckily it's a big room! We still have a lot of stuff in bags and boxes in the room, but it will slowly get packed away as I get to it.

Still outstanding:

  • Lights and fan in the laundry.

  • Toilet and handbasin in the laundry.

  • Painting of walls, ceiling and trim, and staining of fences and woodwork.

  • Skirtings.

  • Mozzie screens.

  • Kitchen worktop and range hood. Kitchen sink, dishwasher and hob (need the worktop in place first)

  • Washing line in the backyard.

So still a few things left to do, but it's really feeling like a home now.

Things we want but need money for:
  • Blinds in the living room.

  • Shutters in the bedrooms.

  • Built in cupboards.

  • Decking at ground level in the backyard.

  • Shed.

  • Barbeque.

  • Reupholstery of all dining chars and sofas.

  • Living room rug.

  • Nice timber AV cabinet under the TV.

  • Art/photos on the walls.

In probable good news the bank valuer came out yesterday to value the house for our latest mortgage advance. I hope that comes through soon - it will simply pay off debt with nothing left over, but that's ok.

The valuer also told us that a house down the road, which we think was in the same the condition as ours was when we bought it, has just sold for $570K. Milord is bummed: "Our house has only appreciated by $30K in a year!" I think he's looking at it all wrong - it's a buyer's market right now, and we bought at auction so we couldn't negotiate the price. The asking price for the house down the road was $640K and they could probably have gotten that if they weren't in a hurry... Plus I never looked inside so it might have been nastier than ours although that's hard to imagine!

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