Renovation + Home Improvement
Dec 22, 2019 8:24 am
Hi, my name is Leigh and inspired by Scott and Kylie's thread...thought I'd post our journey. This is our second renovation, first was a 1940's timber weatherboard home and this one is a 1969 two storey brick home that has quite the 70s influence. Here she is in all her original glory.
She looks a little different now as we have starting painting her...
But check out all those breeze blocks....and they are a *&#$% to paint let me tell you. The prep work has been full on. The house was a rental for five years before we purchased it in December 2016 - and there was this vine thing that was let grow all over the house and it just destroyed the paintwork and left these little bits of stuff everywhere...I'll take a photo of it to put up at some point. We ended up resorting to wire wheels to remove the flaky paint and the leftover dried up crusty bits of root thingy...
So far we have completed one bathroom (there's three all up), the kitchen, living, dining and laundry areas downstairs and started work on the outside.
I'll come back to post more later!
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Dec 22, 2019 8:37 am
The first thing we had to do was replace all the doors and windows as they were really bad. So we ended up with gaping holes for 1-2 days which is always fun and it was a costly exercise, the builder got quite excited back in 1969 with the amount of doors and windows in this place. It has three sets of sliding doors on the bottom level and five sets on the top level, and then there's all the windows...
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Dec 22, 2019 8:46 am
Next up was the downstairs laundry and bathroom which looked like this...
I know right...why would you want to change any of that...I'm sure Darren, Shaynna, and Neal would have approved...NOT!!!
When we moved in and hubby turned the water on it actually starting spurting out of the cistern across the room.
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Dec 22, 2019 11:30 am
Those breeze blocks look amazing! You are very lucky to be able to have the opportunity to work on a house with so much character. I'm looking forward to seeing more posts.
Thank you! I just checked out your new build thread, looking good! Looks like you are getting close to being in?
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Dec 22, 2019 11:36 am
So here's how it went along the way...
Jack hammered up all the old tiles
Exposed the plumbing so it could be replaced and have a mixer instead of two taps
Screed and water proofing
lots of tiling - and that mark on the wall is where the doorway used to be
then the vanity
new doorway and door
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Dec 23, 2019 8:46 am
So next thing to tackle was the laundry...
Hubby did most of the jack hammering but I did get in and give it a crack too
Tiling - our tiles that will be in all the bathrooms and laundry we picked up as a huge lot off Gumtree - the people who bought them to renovate some bathrooms ended up selling their house before they got to their reno.
New door and linen cupboard - linen cupboard is from Ikea
Then skip forward a bit and it was finished...yay!
Hubby built the benchtop and the shelf - it was a Melaleuca slab that he had to cut and machine down, sink was another facebook or gumtree score - can't remember now which as well as the pendant.
Linen cupboard from Ikea - they do this collection point thing in NQ now which as been great
Purchased the tap online as well as the shelf brackets. Cupboard under the sink is Bunnings.
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Dec 24, 2019 11:08 am
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Dec 29, 2019 8:33 am
Floor looks great! Shame to see the timber ceiling go though. Did you have to replace it to suit the new kitchen layout?
Yes I know but it needed to go because of the new kitchen as well as being able to change the lighting to downlights, whereas we've retained the timber ceiling throughout the rest of the downstairs living, it's the main feature that harkens to the 70s period and so we felt it important to retain it where we could.
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