Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Long time between catch ups

Hello friends! I feel like lately posts have just been info but I feel like we are in desperate need of a catch up, so grab a coffee (wine), sit down, jump in the bath (whatever makes you happy) and let's catch up!

Life has been pretty busy for us, if you have been reading my posts for a while you will remember that we are building a house in our backyard, well we have been moving along nicely with that little project. All drainage has been completed, dirt piles have developed (a bit random), slab went down, framework up, internal plumbing done and the fascia's and gutters are going up now together with the roof tiles and bricks. It's all happening and I LOVE IT!! I adore watching the house progress out our back windows. Miss 2.5 spends so much time watching the builders, a bit annoying I'm sure, seeing as though every time they look in her direction she waves and yells HELLO through the window, "They can't hear you sweetie there is a lot of noise." She gets a wave every now and then but I swear they have started avoiding the glance at our house. Giving each other the heads up when there is a little girl in her pj's, slippers, rain coat, every piece of jewellery she owns and a sun hat with crazy knotty hair hanging at the window AGAIN!
Love her enthusiasm though!

Anyway.... The back house is moving along nicely. Each weekend my husband and I go for a walk in our new 'house' just checking out the progress. Well he is checking out the progress, I am deciding on furniture placement and pretending to hand things in my walk in closet, never had one of those before, a bit excited to say the least. We don't even have walls let alone cabinetry but I know where every knife and fork with go in the kitchen. My poor husband, I'm sure he really doesn't care whether we have a fruit bowl or a vase with flowers on the kitchen bench but I sure as hell do! Oh just wait for the styling posts, I will make sure I share every new purchase and styling win with you all.
Ok enough on the back house, let's talk front house for a little bit. We have renovated pretty much the whole house, totally fixed up the bathrooms, moved a wall or two, painted every inch of the house and added some new storage. I'm pretty happy with how the inside has turned out. It's certainly not perfect, but let's face it, it never will be. The house was originally built in the 1970's, the owners over the years have added wallpaper, the next owner couldn't be bothered taking it off and now it probably has 25 coats of paint over it. We definitely weren't going to pull it down, the prep work involved in removing wallpaper, sanding the left over glue, patching all the holes, scratches and rough surfaces and then only being ready for the undercoat. Argh it's hard work. We did all of that in our old house and I WILL NOT be doing that again. So inside....tick!

Outside...to be completed.

We have a two story house with brick down the bottom and weatherboard up the top. We also have very hideous fascia's (check out the photo) painted in dark ugly brown, our window frames match the fascia's and gutters with thin (unpaintable) aluminium brown frames and a roof that is so old and mouldy that I'm sure it used to be beige. Well at least it matches the fascia's and gutters ....ugly ugly brown! Our first step was rendering the bottom level, that has started. Scared the day lights out of me when I came home and the house was rendered green....thank god it was just the undercoat of render and the colour gets added later. We have selected the same colour render as we are using on the back house, just hoping to tie both houses together a little bit. Next up will be to clean and repaint the roof then we will be painting the second floor weather boards and fascia's, can't wait to get rid of that brown! Hopefully when we are done both the houses will work together, they are on the same block after all. 

After all that work and money spent on the house we are then getting the landscaping done, we have to wait for the driveway to be laid before we can landscape but looking forward to that. Then......ready to sell! Feels like a huge waste of time and money if we are just going to sell it, but fingers crossed we get a bit more money in the long run and it will add value to the back house, we will be moving into it after all. Ah the sale process, super fun for me but super stressful for so many. I have a few hints and tips when you're trying to find a real estate agent, I'll be sure to post about that shortly as we select our agent. So many people find selling their house stressful and upsetting, and that's completely normal, I on the other hand LOVE it, the idea of cleaning your house, decluttering and getting rid of the crap you accumulate over the years and then having the opportunity to move and set up house in a new place. It gives you the chance to change things up, set up a room differently, use different, sometimes more up to date, styling ideas and I love love love setting up a kitchen. I'm a bit weird I know but it's fun for me so I can't wait. There is so much to do before hand though so I better get moving...


Photos: Styles to Profit on a real Winters day in Melbourne

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