Secondhand house update: aren't you finished yet?

Jan 16 2017 0 Comments Tags: house, renovation, second hand

If it feels like its taking us a LONG time to finish our house, it is.  We first saw the house in December 2012.  It was moved to our property on the back of a truck in July 2013.  We got council approval for it in July 2014.  Then we replaced the roof, and started working on stripping back each room (including removing floor coverings, asbestos, all fittings from the kitchen and bathroom) and gradually painting and renovating.  The bathroom was fitted out about in the middle of 2016, but it took us ages to get back to painting it as we had other rooms to work on first.  We painted the outside of the house with the help of my parents early 2016 (there is still a bit left to do, but its looks so much better).

A few months ago we had the new hardwood ironbark floor installed.  Now we are just waiting for the cabinet maker to build the kitchen (and then the plumber to plumb it, the electrician to the power points and the tiler to do the splashback!) and to finish off the laundry.  I have spent hours with the cabinet maker choosing colours and deciding where the cupboards go, it is tiring making all those decision!  But We Are So Close!  It will just depend how quickly we can get all the trades organised to get their bits done.

Also, we finally got the shed wired, with lights and power points, so that we can start setting up Pete's workshop.  Our builder has built a room under the mezzanine floor, so we that we will have a clean area for honey and soap making and storage.  I have a second-hand kitchen to install in there (not from the house, it was 1960s era, I picked a newer one up locally).  Our builders also fitted the front awning on the house and put in all the skirting boards.  These are jobs that we could have done (slowly), but when the builders are there, I give them all the odd jobs to do as well, just to save us some time (and they do a better job).

Over the Christmas break we painted the new shed room (we picked up some cheap miss-tinted paint from the hardware, it was fun because it didn't matter what colour it was, we went with a cool lime green pastel).  We also stripped the laundry ready for the builders to work on preppping the floor for tiling.  And we took a massive trailer-load to the dump.  I hate how much rubbish comes with building, even though we used a second-hand house, it seems to have generated way too much waste.  I have set aside a few things that we can sell or give away, that might at least be useful to someone - windows and heaps of architrave that we don't need.  I hope it can be used.  And we have a pile of various kinds of timber in the shed at the moment, which "might be useful", just need to find somewhere to keep it.

So here are the photos of the current state of the house:

Here's the front of the house - complete with awning

The laundry is ready for the builders, last room to be sanded and painted.


Another view of the laundry


skirting boards done - need to be painted with primer before we get the floor polished

the shed

the shed kitchen painted (we need to paint the concrete floor now)


the shed kitchen from the outside (we need to paint the outside,
got some miss-tinted grey paint for that too)

What do you think?  Are you renovating too?  Any tips? 

More posts about our house, from moving it to the property through to moving into the house (roughly in order):

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