Monday, 24 September 2012

Front of house

With many projects still on the go, my industrious husband starts the next project - the front verandah. With many jobs to be done - we have started at the top and are working our way down.

Removing the iron lace

Iron lace removed for restoration

Iron lace sandblasted & repaired

Iron lace spray undercoated

Pillars burnt back ready for repair and painting
Painted Iron Lace & Painted Pillars

Open & Shut

We have lived without internal doors for quite some time, so you can understand that we are excited with the progress of the doors in readiness for hanging  - thanks again to Darrell, and his heat gun.

Burning back the many layers of paint on the original doors

The workshop - in action

A room with a view

Our sunroom destruction has started as has our sunroom rebuild. Once it is finished it will be a beautiful space with double french doors and lots of light. The sunroom overlooks our backyard where we can see the progess of our home grown veggie garden and keep an eye on our puppy - Coco.

Our sunroom framework - not in mint condition

Windows being pulled out

Cladding - original condition

Sunroom - being insulated

Being gyprocked

Being skim coated

Insulating and gyprocking the ceiling 

We are back - in the backyard

We have been working on our humble veggie patch - we have loaded soil and mulched and planted seeds and the weather has seen them watered. We have even put up a small fence to separate the formal garden from the edible garden (and as we have a new resident - Coco our chocolate Labrador puppy - the fence is meant to serve to keep her out of this section. However she is small enough to fit through the fence at the moment - for her to self serve to all that is growing within)!
Our spinach harvest (and non puppy proof fence to the left)!

Catch up in the kitchen

I was looking at the date I last blogged, and it was in April! Now we in September (and Spring as it happens) We were finishing the kitchen back in April, and then came the unpacking - the exciting part - so I thought I would share my kitchen space with you - as I unpacked.
Corner shelving

Love this space saving idea

And the unpacking begins

Lucky we have all that storage

The unpacking of boxes continues

Now for the glasses

Thursday, 19 April 2012

Home Grown

Darrell made some time to make our vegie/herb garden beds and collect soil and pigeon poo (from local farmer) and load the beds up - ready for planting, growing and eating - what could be better than eating your own home grown fresh pesticide free vegies? Hard work from Darrell, but it will be well worth it in the end.

Garden beds in place and levelled - soil ready

Wired up

We needed to cover up all the electrical wires and fuse box that was cleverly located in our hallway - not so bad once camouflaged..

After - Darrell cleverly custom built and fitted a cover - nice work!

Wednesday, 21 March 2012

Storage Solutions

I designed shelving and cupboards to go on either side of our fireplace in our lounge room, and as I type this Darrell is building said cupboard and shelving storage. It will be another milestone to be able to unpack our books and have some much needed storage in our living area.

The start

The left & the right


Grand Entrance

Our beautiful Front door has been burned back, sanded, patched, painted and the original lock re fitted, along with the hand cut keys  - Darrell has been busy.

Burning back the old

Making headway with the burn

Internal Milk door - c/- Porters

External Shell Grey door - c/- Porters

Dining In

The moment I had been waiting for - my kitchen and dining room completion - I am very excited and am delighted to be able to cook again and be reunited with all my utensils, pots, pans, and kitchen equipment.  We are still living in some disarray as we are awaiting for some additional storage to arrive  - but for the moment - I am very happy to be cooking again - thanks Darrell - I LOVE my kitchen - take a look and you will see why.

Blue be gone

Undercoat over the blue

Dining entrance door painted

Dining to Sun room door frame painted

Painted & with hardware

Kitchen bi-fold windows fitted & painted & brassed

Brass power

My kitchen in all it's glory

Dining room  - with some unpacking to do

Dining chairs have made it into their designated room

Tuesday, 7 February 2012

House with a view

With unseasonal weather for an SA summer - we have seen some great storms and some fabulous sunsets - and this is our spectacular view...

Linen press plus

Darrell puts the final touches on our linen press - and voila - a home for our linen

Cupboards in and cornice up

Our ironing board cupboard

Shelves in

Doors being fitted

Doors and handles on

Feeling blue

Feeling Turlte Dove