Diary of a Renovator - Let it Rain!!!

My first update ended with the completion of brick foundations for the extension.  Even though at times it feels like the renovation train is at a standstill we have actually come a long way since then.  

Floor installed in extension

Floor installed in extension

Old kitchen floor cut out and ready to be replaced

Old kitchen floor cut out and ready to be replaced

In the last month our builder Jason Kearns and right hand man Chad have put down the sub-floor for the extension including cutting out the old kitchen floor, 'jacking up' the sagging wall between existing lounge (to be the new winter lounge and TV room) and installing a new floor that flows out to the extension and put up wall framing.  

Framing in extension goes up

Framing in extension goes up

Once the frames went up the roof trusses went on then the existing roof was 'broken into' to join the new roof in.  However it is now that the heavens decide to open and we have the wettest August on record since 1998, of course that was always going to happen and I can't begin to tell you the frustration felt by all parties!  The new tiles finally go on and the existing roof has a little straightening happen in the process.  The new roof tile is the same profile as the old tile and we chose colour 'Barramundi' a charcoal grey.  The rest of the roof will be painted to match at a later date. At this time we are up for progress payment No.2 and are a little over half way into our renovation budget.

Roof trusses up and new tiles on

Roof trusses up and new tiles on

During this time work is on-going in the existing part of the house, the bathroom and toilet are gutted ready to be re-sheeted.  Windows have been removed in both due to the extension and the toilet will have an exhaust fan/light installed in ceiling while the bathroom will have a state of the art roof window which opens with a remote and closes when it senses rain, it also comes with a blind to keep out the hot summer sun - cool huh?  However it comes with a hefty price tag, over $5000 which is nearly half of our entire window budget!  I'm sure it will be worth it, we are all pretty excited about this little bit of technology, especially Jason!

Bathroom

Bathroom

Toilet

Toilet

The colour palette has been a work in process and I have been busy painting where I can - trim around all internal doors and wardrobe doors in Dulux Vivid White, bedroom walls in Dulux Natural White though I can't do the window walls in each room until the windows have been replaced.

Hall cupboard in the process of being painted in Dulux Vivid White and a glimpse of Ashleigh's bedroom painted in Dulux Natural White

Hall cupboard in the process of being painted in Dulux Vivid White and a glimpse of Ashleigh's bedroom painted in Dulux Natural White

Next on the agenda is construction of the rear deck, cladding and windows.... back soon folks!

Diary of a Renovator - Fees & Foundations

It's always been a dream of mine to renovate.  Over the years we have carried out a few minor home makeovers.  Simple ones like repainting walls, stripping window frames, updating an 80's kitchen and have even had a go at tiling an outside laundry/bathroom.  Then last year we got serious.  We owned a rental property in Auckland and after 8 years of tenants it was time for a major overhaul to get the property ready for sale.  It was so successful, the house sold in record time for a great price soooo..... we decided to take the plunge again.  The photos below are of the first stages of our renovation here in Kiama....

The small sunroom above will be demolished to make way for a new dining room, 2nd lounge, master bedroom with ensuite and walk in wardrobe - bring it on!!  Of course to get to this stage we had lots of work to do and lots of fees to pay, these included....

1. Retrieve original plans of house from Council $57

2. Council building & construction levy $527

2. Detailed survey of property $1133

3. Draughtsman (includes all council and private certifier paperwork) $4840

4. Private Certifier (including all inspections paper work) $1337

5. Engineers plans for footings and foundations $880

All of the above was paid up before any building began so make sure you allow for fees if you are planning a renovation, it is a big hidden expense that a lot of newbies don't factor into their budget.  It took around 5 weeks to get that all organised and the plans were approved quickly thanks to our Draughtsman and Private Certifier.

Once the sunroom was demolished, bricks were removed from the back of the house and it was boarded up to keep the weather out.  Then the footings were dug, concrete poured and brickwork began on the extension.

 

The termite mesh is on and we are now ready for bearers and joists which should be installed by the end of the week - weather permitting - followed by the floor, frame work then removal of part of the roof!  Stay tuned for the next step, trust me it will get a lot more interesting over the next few weeks (I promise)!!