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Builtin wardrobes?

Builtin wardrobes?

Builtins are tricky in old houses.. most miners cottages didn’t have them as original features, but these days, they are a standard in a modern house. So.. if you are going for an old-world look with modern functionality, you can get stuck on built-in wardrobes. There are some that fit in with the character of an older home, but they don’t have sliding doors and they don’t come cheap. They are usually installed by a … Read entire article »

Filed under: Bedroom 1, Bedroom 3, Decorating Ideas, Featured

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 »

Filed under: Adding Value, Featured, Kitchen, Planning

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 »

Filed under: Bedroom 1, Bedroom 2, Planning

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 »

Filed under: Ensuite, Planning, Tiling

Plastering – Episode 1, the basics

So the Bunnings plastering demonstration consisted of the guy kind of explaining a couple of things and then showing us where all the stuff was in the store. Picked up a couple of tips, but it wasn’t exhaustive. So back to good old youtube for some more instruction.. came across these ones that covered most things from the gyprock people: Read more... … Read entire article »

Filed under: Bedroom 2, Plastering

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 »

Filed under: Planning

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 »

Filed under: Adding Value, Planning

Living room inspirations

Living room inspirations

OK – so this is the photo that the real estate agent took of the lounge room. I think he used a fish eye lense or something, because it looks much bigger in the photo than it looks in real life! I’ve travelled around the web and collected some ideas of what I want this room to look like, here’s my plan to revamp it: (1) The room is very dark, so the first thing to do … Read entire article »

Filed under: Featured, Loungeroom, Planning

Naming your house adds value.

Growing up (on the wrong side of the tracks – literally) my school mates lived in various prestigious houses in and around the Wahroonga area of Sydney’s north shore.  One of the things I loved so much about visiting the homes of my friends was the history and tradition of the homes they lived in and I still have a vivid mental image of the house name plaques attached to various federation dwellings I visited over the years.  As a kid it all looked rather “posh” and cool to me, and as an adult have always had a hankering to live in a “named” house. As it turns out, according to Ray White, Homely names add value to homes | Herald Sun other folks think that a named house adds poshness … Read entire article »

Filed under: Adding Value