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A few “before” pictures of the house

A few “before” pictures of the house

On the weekend, I snapped a couple of photos of the house.. the ones from before were taken by the real estate agent, over a year ago.   The house has deteriorated a bit since then. GARDEN KITCHEN LOUNGEROOM LUCAS’ ROOM DISMAL DRESSERS PLAYROOM FINALLY! … Read entire article »

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Garden Dreaming…

Garden Dreaming…

I’m starting to formulate some plans for the front yard.  I really want it to be low maintenance, but still have a cottage feel to it.  I thinking that using some of the plants that were there in our old house at Mirrabooka would be the way to go.  I didn’t kill those so I have some confidence that I know what to do with them. In the front yard, there are 3 main garden beds.. … Read entire article »

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Now the hard work begins….

Now the hard work begins….

Well.. we’ve settled. Which means we can start to move in! Whilst being verrry excited, I’m also a bit daunted about how much work we have to do. I did a quick visit this-morning to get my head around what we need to do and to formulate some plans. The previous owners have left some junk around the place we need to get cleaned out. There is no hot water … Read entire article »

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Letter and mail holders

Letter and mail holders

One of the things I’m trying to do with this house is make it more organised than the place we are currently living in. Other than the obvious benefits, a more organised home lends itself better visually, and this will increase the perceived value of the property, and being a PPOR (principal place of residence) as opposed to an IP (investment property) I can actually install stuff that needs holes drilled into walls etc. Back … Read entire article »

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Cessnock – kitchen renovation

Cessnock – kitchen renovation

About 10 years ago (prior to illness and kids) I renovated a house in Cessnock.  Thought I’d post up a couple of photos of the before and after in the kitchen.  (I’ll get the bathroom shots up too soon.  Just flicking through them I saw some photos of myself.. my goodness I was skinny back then.  LOL This was a really seriously budget job (aren’t they all.. ) so I used the same kitchen carcass and … Read entire article »

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The storage space conundrum

Our current house has 2 built-ins, and a linen press.. unfortunately 258 doesn’t have either.  Eventually my goal is to put built-ins in the 2 larger bedrooms, but in the meantime we are going to need somewhere to put stuff. I’ve seen some lovely wardrobes online (at Ikea and some antique ones on ebay) but they are expensive, and I don’t want the hassle of having to dispose of or sell them when we get the built-ins put in. I think we’ll get some demountable wardrobes to tide us over. I’ve been checking out eBay, and these will do us nicely! These days they actually look pretty good, and they have fabric covers on them, which lend themselves to being decorated, especially for the kids rooms.  Lucas’ room is going to have an “explorer” … Read entire article »

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Apparently we have exchanged contracts…

Apparently we have exchanged contracts…

because the house is listed as “SOLD” on the web.  I’m guessing that the listings will come down eventually, so for posterity I downloaded all of the photos. I guess they will serve as a bit of a “before” in terms of our renovation, too. Yep.  Apparently we get to keep the bike, too. Read more... … Read entire article »

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Anxiety girl strikes again

Anxiety girl strikes again

So for the last few days, I’ve been stressing over some aspects of the bathroom renovations (puddle flanges and the fall in the screed, specifically.)  I’m sure I can work it out, and I’m guessing the answers are easy (if not self-evident) but being Miss Anxiety 2012, I’m fretting about them.  I need details.  DETAILS people.  Every possible microscopic detail beyond all human reckoning, if possible.  Google is no longer my friend, being unable to … Read entire article »

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Best laid plans…

Best laid plans…

Well we don’t have all that long until we can move in.. 15th May isn’t that far away!  We will need to hit the ground running to make sure that the house is liveable.  So we need to get some works done to make the place habitable. I need to work through what needs to be done and in what order, firstly to ensure that earlier work is not ruined by later work, and secondly to … Read entire article »

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House signs and Building reports

So I finally got the building report and I’ve had a bit of time to look at it. The summary says that the house is in generally poor condition, which we already knew about. No signs of bugs though, which is good. It’s going to take more remedial work than I’d expected. The roof leaks in more places than I picked up, and there are leakage issues with one of the showers and one of the toilets.. from experience, this can be pretty expensive to remedy. I’m trying to get in contact with a builder to have a look at it.. would much rather spend the dollars on making the house comfy than on fixing things like leaky showers. 🙁 Read more... … Read entire article »

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