Archive for the ‘Renovations’ Category

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Postbox almost finished

May 1, 2011

Spend today building our new postbox. We wanted something modern that you couldn’t just buy at Bunnings, and something that5 would ‘soften’ the look of the house a little.

Treated pine posts (painted black) with oiled merbau wood. A Stainless steel face (actually a brick mount one that I liked the look of).

 

Built to the golden ratio.

Still have the number, light and no junk mail to attach...

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Update of renovations..

April 26, 2011

So, its been quite some time since I have updated the blog, mostly because it has been a terrible summer here in Melbourne, we simply didn’t have that much sunshine!

Anyway, enough excuses. I have been doing a bunch of things lateley.

Facia, Eaves and gutters.

Here is a photo of the front door as it stands. Note the additional of guttering, a down pipe, eaves and facia. Kylie is yet to paint the eaves, and will be doing another coat on the facia also. Since last photo (but not done recently) is the painting of the door surround. Kylie thinks there is too much white, so we will probably be painting the door grey or something. Usually the pot plant (far right) is beside the door, but I oiled the porch today, so I moved it.

 

Built a couple of new fences. They were simply falling down. (or had fallen down). The one out the front had just been neglected and a few palings has fallen off. The beams were so rotten that the palings were holding the thing up…

Yay for the little plants!

 

The one out the back has been pretty buggered for a long time. Recently the dogs pulled/knocked a few palings down. They had enough room to escape, but the good little puppies they are knew they shouldn’t leave. A quick trip to Bowens fixed that.

Goes all the way behind that plant to the corner.

 

Been working on the roof a lot over summer (haha). All the pointing was buggered, and most of the bedding was ruined too. After the success of replacing the tiles on the kitchen, a bunch of broken/cracked/damaged/old tiles were replaced all over the house. New gutters means that I shouldnt have to worry about the roof for a long time.

Gutters, Valleys, Bedding Pointing tiles Oh my!

 

Kylie’s mum was kind enough to give us a Spa! She is moving from her large family home, and downsizing to a apartment in the city. She couldn’t take it with her, so she gave it to us!

 

Currently it is sitting in the backyard waiting for me to pickup a trailer-load of sand. You can see the plot where it will reside. The deck will eventually surround this area with a bench seat at the end closest to the fence.

Ready for sand...

 

Next up, new postbox and a new bin hide.

Gonna get ripped out and replaced...

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Blind watertanks.

March 31, 2010

Did a bit of work on the weekend.

Kylie painted the last wall on the bedroom, so that’s now finished. Hopefully this weekend, we will re-oil the porch, and it will look shmick. Also note the finished blinds. We now have brand new internal and external blinds. Woot. Very basic, and hopefully soon they will be electronic.
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Planning to continue to work our way up. Eaves, Gutters, Facia, Tiles.

New watertank is in.
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Hooked up to the toilet, collecting from the West side of the roof. While the plumbers were there, I got them to re-do all the water piping. We now have brand new pipes from the road, all the way through the house. Yay for drinkable water!

Also been working on the glazing. Have replaced 3 of the 6 windows that need replacing. By the end of the weekend, I hope to have them all finished. Pics of that soon.

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Weatherboards finished

February 21, 2010

Finally finished putting up the weatherboards on the front of the house last week. Kylie whacked a coat of paint on them, and I reckon it looks pretty darn good so far!

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The sunblinds are on the way out (ordered new ones about 4 weeks ago), and the guttering, facia eaves and roof all have plans to be completed soonish.

Currently we are gap-filling the weatherboards, and then a couple new coats of paint, and up go the exterior lights. Cant wait to see the house with exterior lights for the first time!

Cheers!

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Windows and boards

January 3, 2010

So, quick update.

Over the weekend, we did quite a bit of work.

First up, we stripped back and repainted the exterior window sills on the back of the house.
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Then, kylie re-oiled the porch as it was starting to fade from the sunshine.
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I re-weatherbaorded, and repaired the garage surround. It still needs some detail stripping, and a paint, but it looks a million times better.
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Note the secret movable board which allows access to the garage door button from the other side.

Then, Kylie painted up the baseboards. They look much neater now.
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Anyway, hope you enjoy! Weatherboards on the front of the house coming soon!

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Differences!

December 22, 2009

So, on the weekend, it was the one year anniversary of buying the house! (celebration music here)

We decided to take photos of the place in the exact same locations as the original photos. Most of the pics are self explanatory, but I will chuck a quick description below each one…

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Living room. Note the carpet looks surprisingly good in this photo. I wouldn’t have let the dog sleep on it.

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The dining room. Wall knocked out. Note the new chairs!

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Another shot of the living room. Fireplace gone, floor and walls patched.

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Dining room again. Note the Christmas tree, and the broken glass!

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My shed. Full of tools. Yay.

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The front yard. Concrete porch gone, drainage installed, path created, porch built, stepping stones (almost) in. In the next few weeks, I expect to have the weatherboards finished! Then, gutters, roof, facia and eaves.

Anyway, its not all the changes that we made, just a brief overview of some of my favourite.

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Bedroom cupboard

December 22, 2009

Well, that took way too long!

Over the weekend, I finally got around to building the wardrobe for the master bedroom. Its constructed out of 18mm MDF, and bonded together by dowel joining. This makes it super strong, adn quite nice to look at as you cant see any screws or anything.

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Kylie designed her side so that she could hang long dresses, short shirts and put a bunch of folded up stuff on the shelves. The upper shelves will be used to store stuff like camping gear and snowboarding gear.

My side (not pictured) has a pants rack that I made out of 22mm dowel and pine. Its awesome. I’ll post some pictures of it tonight.

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Boards

September 28, 2009

So recently I have been working on the weatherboards to my house. Since the weather has been terrible lately, I haven’t done too much. It was however nice to start to see what the outside will look like once its complete.

The technique was pretty simple. Rip down the old weather-boards (being careful not to damage the good ones), insulate the wall with awesome insulation stuff, wrap the wall with a protective membrane (like alfoil) and whack the boards back up.

The boards are a bit of a bitch to strip back to a usable state. Many of them are just far too cracked to be used again. The bottom few were just too rotten to do anything with. The higher up they went, the better condition they were in.

To stip them back I ended up plaining about a mm off the face of the boards, and then sanding back with 40grit and then 80grit. It smoothed them out and in most cases gave me raw wood to work with. I don’t have any pictures of the boards being prepped but it was a bitch of a job. Probably took me 20min per board (5m boards). Thankfully, with them all up again, I think it looks a treat. Kylie is still yet to do her second and third coat on them, but that will be completed soon. They look a little dark in the photos, and this is because the wood is kinda shining through. With a few more layers of paint, they will look much more ‘whiter’ (we selected a off-white paint for the outside).

Anyway, pics!

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With the boards down, you can see why the house gets cold. No insulation at all! Also, you can see the backside of my plaster repairs. The fireplace used to be there as did a air-conditioning unit.

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Insulation in. This stuff is so easy to work with. All of it was up in 20 min. You can cut it with a stanley knife.

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Weatherproof wrap. Now my house looks like a real construction zone! This stuff keeps out the wind, noise and keeps in a bit of heat. It also protects the hosue from damp and water buildup in the walls.

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Ahh, thats better!

Its a pity I didn’t take any pictures prior to the wall being done. It had so many holes, cracks, chips and bad repair jobs that it just made me sad.

Cheers,

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Porch finished!

September 11, 2009

So, took the day off to work on the house (and to look after my clumsy girlfriend).

Finshed the porch, and danm does it look good. it makes the rest of the house look shit! (well shiter!).

After I finished it, Kylie put a coat of this protectibve stuff. It supposedly seems into the wood, and will protect it for twice the time of a normal lacquer. It makes it look baller too. As you can tell by the following picture, I have used double countersunk hexhead bolts. The boards are 90mm Merbau. It works a treat. Its really easy to work with and only takes a little bit of power to take the bow out of them.

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Changes the look a bit. I hope the colour staye for a long time.

The finished product looks the business.

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Finished product. Should look a little less shiny after it dries.

Baseboards tomorrow, and a bit of filling for the low sections.

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Porch frame

August 30, 2009

So, a bunch of work went on today (just ask my back).

Today dad and I (Thanks dad!) put the frame in for my new porch!

We used to have a huge (7m x 4m) Concrete porch which was all cracked and looking very terrible out the front. We removed that and found a mini concrete porch underneath. Kylie and I decided that we wanted a small wooden porch out the front to bring a bit of rich color to the otherwise modern looking house (well not yet, but the plan is a modern color scheme).

Between drizzles of rain we managed to get the entire frame in and concreted. As yet it has no deckboard on it, but we are thinking 140mm merbau done nice and dark rich. We think it will look great. It is also the bit I have been waiting for to get started on the weatherboards out the front, so expect to see them change over the coming weeks!

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Main supports up. Once this section is in, the rest sorta ‘fits’ around it.

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Photo taken by Kylie once she got home and was surprised to find us building a porch! This is pretty much how it looks now.

Anyway, It was bloody hard yakka. 400KG of concrete bags, 46 bigass bolts and 42 meters of wood.

Next weekend, the covering boards!