Posts Tagged ‘Renovations’

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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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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!

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Concrete porch b’gone

July 22, 2009

So, on Monday I decided to bite the bullet, get with the program and start the serious works up again. (Note for people not local, its been stupidly cold here lately. Buggered if I’m going outside for any reason!)

Before.
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After
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Now, I’ve just got a bucketload of dirt to move…

A small deck will be built just near the door. Nothing huge, just a large step really.

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Workshop finished

July 8, 2009

So, after using a bit of a sick day (yes, I actually was sick, but being outside in the sun was making me feel better) to work on the shed, I can now successfully say that the garage is FINISHED!

(insert sounds of applause here :-) )

I finished off the second coat of paint on the west wall, and once that was dried, hung the wood rack, and hung some shelves. I also chucked in a tool holder for the big tools (shovels etc).

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Nice shot of the entire garage. I will be building another storage unit similar to the wood rack on the left for boxes of junk.

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Gratuitous shot of the lawn mower and the new wood rack.

Anyway, now that the garage is all done, I can focus my attention on the almost finished laundry and the bedroom wardrobe.

Cheers!

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Workshop

June 25, 2009

So, another quick update (well not a update but I just took some photos so meh).

Here is the current status of the garage. Its heading towards being done. Currently I am plastering the front half of the inside, and hence have moved all the junk to the rear half (yep, messy). This weekend, I’ll be doing the basecoat of the plaster, and then top-coating it if I get the chance. During next week, I’ll force Kylie to paint it for me (Mwahahahaha). Once thats done, I’m gonna sort out a bunch of tool hooks for shovels, brooms, axes etc, and im going to make a few quick shelves for things like oils for the car, and spraypaint cans.
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Appologies about the zoom, it makes it look skinny.

My new (old) workbenches are in, and I cut them down so that they are at the same height as the built in bench at the back. It makes for lots of room for doing work.
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Also, on the right, you can see my ‘work in progress’ CNC bench.

Ive started to hang all the tools and make mounts for the things that I cant hang properly, but its a big process. So far only a few things are actually up on the walls properly, the rest are just whacked in place.
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Also note the speaker for the stereo. It makes chilling outside much nicer.

Anyway, cheers all!