Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Renovations...Stripping it back

The first steps in our home renovations were removing all the carpets and curtains, they were old and they smelt. The second step was getting the asbestos removed from five rooms. The asbestos came out in the last week of May, so we had owned the house for 4 weeks without being able to do much at all.

The Front Room
The front room in all it's naked glory. This room still looks like this but it's now being used for storage.
The Lounge Room
The Lounge room really changed the most when we ripped up the carpet, it made the biggest difference. Changes since then (mainly just paint) haven't had the same impact.

The Kitchen
The kitchen didn't look much like a kitchen for quite a while, just another bare room. You can see the Styrofoam sheets in the ceiling that we had to remove as well. They were stacked on top of the battens between the rafters.
The Kitchen (reverse angle)
This photo shows some of the variation in the floor between the kitchen (covered by lino for 50 years) and the dining room (exposed).

Bed 2 (from the doorway)

Bed 2 (looking towards the doorway)
Bed 2 was one of the rooms that was completely gutted, you can see the lines on the floor from where the built in wardrobe used to be. The wall of Bed 2 that backs onto the lounge room (top pic) also had battens on it which made it interesting when we installed the insulation.

Bed 3 (also showing the gutted toilet)

Bed 3 (also showing the gutted toilet)
Bed 3 and the toilet were the final rooms to be gutted (excluding downstairs).

Bed 1
Bed 1 was the only bedroom NOT to be gutted. It and the lounge room remain the same, the change in here again wasn't that dramatic but the paint and change in trim has made a difference.

Next post, the most disgusting task yet!

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Introducing Our House...the BEFORE Pics

As I mentioned in my last post, our house has changed quite a bit over the last 5 months. A lot of changes aren't that noticeable from the before photos (a room that has asbestos that's been gutted and re plastered still looks like a room) but we've definitely seen our hard work pay off.

I'll go through the changes room by room in the next few posts. But this is what we started off with...

Our House - Front Facade
The house hasn't changed much from the outside yet, still a lot to do before we get to that. This doesn't show it in it's true original state either, SJ had already cleaned a lot of black and grime off the garage doors and driveway at this point and all the curtains are gone from inside.

The Front Room
When you first enter the house you're greeted with this front room. It was originally a verandah but was built in some time in the 70s. Since this photo the room has been gutted and then left untouched, it has a concrete floor (that's lino not timber) and didn't need to be completed for the floors to be polished so we've left it be for now.

The Lounge Room
This is the lounge room, complete with original carpet. It was so gross and was the first thing to go. I still wore shoes in the house right up until we sanded/polished the floors.

The Dining Room
The dining room gives a hint of the timber floors hiding underneath the carpets, but they were very scratched and sunburnt before we sanded them back.

The Kitchen
The kitchen was all original, except for parts a previous owned must have decided to remove (and a newish oven obviously). And as you can see, no original in a quaint 'lets keep those features' kind of way, but original in a 'omg was it last cleaned by the original owners?' kind of way. 
The Kitchen (reverse angle)
The lino floor split a long time ago and was held together with duct tape. The hallway (to the right) also had exposed timber flooring, but again, it was badly scratched and worn.

The Bathroom
The bathroom is the least changed room in the house. It's functional and asbestos free so it hasn't been touched (except to replace that shower curtain) we intend to remove that toilet and put in a cupboard in the short term before redoing the entire bathroom down the track. Not sure why there was an extra toilet in here when there's a separate one around the corner. It came in handy though, as the toilet was removed with the asbestos.

The WC
Since this toilet was removed we've re-plastered the room and put in a new toilet, the floor now has lino on it though (since it's all temporary until the bathroom gets redone). The lino is what you can see in the foreground, just sitting over the bare timber floor. We think previous owners dealt with a leak in the bathroom and replaced the floorboards under the toilet and bathroom area with recycled ones.
Bed 2
Bed 2 started with a built in wardrobe (which was removed with the asbestos), green palm carpet and both hanging curtains and a pile on the floor.

Bed 1
Bed 1 had a different carpet (more short pile) and another pile of curtains on the floor, I think maybe they replaced them with the blue ones but forgot to remove them for the sale? The carpet also had a big chunk cut out of it where I think a wardrobe used to be. Before someone installed an air conditioner in that space at least. Speaking of, every room had a split system air conditioner, tv and data points. Sound like a share house to you?

Bed 3
And finally, Bed 3. My favourite room for the original shag pile carpet. When we ripped up this carpet we discovered all sorts of pens, pencils, coins and rubbish both in it and under it. Gross!

Stay tuned for more progress pics!

Monday, September 29, 2014

Introducing Our House...

We've owned our home for 5 months now, we're officially living it and we're still very busy each weekend with the renovations. Renovations plus a lack of internet access are my main excuses for not posting about what's been going on.

Firstly, to follow up from a previous post, I do indeed have celiac disease. Hasn't really affected me much since then, I feel a lot better and struggle a bit to find pre made or dine out food I can both eat and feel like eating, but other than that it's all good.

This is what our house looks like. It was built in the 1960s and is about 10kms from the Brisbane CBD. It's highset a lot of space underneath (less than legal height). The bathroom was renovated about 4 years ago (though it looks like they used existing or second hand fittings) and the rest of the house hasn't changed much in the last 50 years.
House Plan

So our house settled on April 30, since then we have:
- ripped up all the carpets and removed the existing curtains
- had five rooms completely gutted (asbestos removal) including completely removing the entire kitchen and existing toilet (those rooms were the Front Room, Kitchen, WC, Bed 3 and Bed 2 as well as a downstairs bathroom)
- removed all the existing loose roof insulation and hundreds of sheets of styrofoam that were also up there (used as insulation but a fire hazard under current regulations) 
- installed a new cedar bifold window and bifold door
- installed new insulation in all the gutted rooms
- installed gyprock and plastered all those rooms
- put in new cornice in some of those rooms
- replaced the hot water system (it broke during the plastering/sanding stage...if there's ever a time you need a hot shower it's then!)
- repaired all the cracks and dents in the rest of the house
- repainted/painted all the walls and ceilings
- sanded the floor boards back (after filling hundreds of little holes from the old carpet and lino) and applied a two pack coating to them
- had the gutters replaced
- installed a second hand kitchen with new benchtops and a new oven
- had new lights installed
- installed new skirtings and architraves throughout (including the existing rooms)
- replaced all the internal doors (half complete)

Still to complete over the next few weeks:
- replaced the rest of the internal doors and paint them
- fill (nail holes) and paint all the skirting and architraves
- install roller blinds
- install kitchen kickboards
- paint the kitchen cupboards
- tile the kitchen splash back

Still to complete over the next year:
- the entire front room (still gutted)
- the downstairs bathroom (still gutted)
- renovating the existing bathroom
- sanding all the timber casement windows back to bare timber
- building a new deck
- painting the house/roof (external)
- all landscaping

Stayed tuned for photos in the next post...
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