Friday, 30 January 2015

Removed the old laundry wall

We have been waiting for the plumber to come back for weeks now. All we needed was for him to cap off the old pipes to the washing machine and sink. He sent a text last week saying he'd come on Thursday or Friday. Dave cheekily sent him a text this morning telling him he'd be home after 2pm to try to guilt him into coming. It worked! He knocked on the door at 4pm and I was very surprised.

I swear it took longer for Dave to walk to the front to turn off the water than it did for him to do the capping.
Here is it capped off:

After he left, Dave popped out to grab some timber and said we would remove wall tonight.

Well I couldn't wait so I ripped it down while he was gone. So now it looks like this.
See Sammy playing Minecraft up the ladder.
  And from the other angle.

So it is getting closer to being ready for the staircase next week.

After dinner, we finished painting the back wall. I did as high as I could reach and Dave did the rest. One coat down, three to go.

Cheers.
Nat

Thursday, 29 January 2015

Painting and sanding and stuff

So during this week I got stuck into filling and sanding the back of the house on the lower level. Tonight Dave finished off the sanding and is currently (8:45pm) putting an undercoat on.

The little bit I got painted the other day

Painting up the ladder
But on a more exciting note, the staircase guy called yesterday to give us an update on the status of the staircase building. He said the blackbutt treads are all cut, the stringers are doing and now they are working on the posts. They said it could be installed early to mid NEXT WEEK!!  Oh my goodness this is so very exciting and I can't wait that long. I hope it looks as good as I imagine and I hope I am not disappointed. Eek that is a bit scarey at the same time as being exciting.

I am watching The Block right now and saw in last nights reveal that the winners used blackbutt on their feature wall and when I saw it I was thrilled that we are doing blackbutt. It was gorgeous and the judges loved it too.

Cheers,
Nat

Tuesday, 27 January 2015

Budget update

One thing I haven't really mentioned in this whole process is the cost.

We went into this extension without a real idea of what it would actually cost. The banks wouldn't lend us any money because we were owner builders. And any other rough guides to pricing were based on builders quotes which obviously would be a lot more than doing it ourselves.

So last night I sat down and updated our spreadsheet with all our receipts. I hadn't done this for about 6 months so it took a while. I am sure some receipts have got lost along the way and I may have missed a few other things I'm sure. However the running cost to date is about $67,500. We are at lockup now so I think we are both pleased about the amount it has cost us. We still have about another $40-60,000 of work to do including the fittings. So, we'd love to come out of this under $120,000.

Then we can just take our time saving for new furniture after all the hard work is done. Then I suppose we will re-landscape the backyard and save for that spa that Dave wants so badly.

It will be interesting to get the house valued at the end of it all also.

Cheers,
Nat