Sunday, September 21, 2014

Renovation update

As promised, a few pics of our renovations.
A bit of background: Our house is an early Edwardian Terrace in Sydney's Inner West. It was unrenovated, with a long, narrow kitchen, leading to the bathroom (which used to be outside!) and then a very ramshackle laundry out the back.
Although it was full of character and we loved it, it really wasn't very practical for a family of four, and was very dark, even in summer
Here's a visual of the kitchen and the door to the bathroom.

We are having the whole of that back part knocked down, and are re-building it to be the full width of the block. It will house 2 bathrooms, a kitchen and a small living area to the rear, which will look out onto the very, very small backyard. There will be a laundry incorporated into the new structure, too.
Our land size is very small, typical of the area where we live.
The works started at the end of August, while we were in Bali. This was the view from the back laneway upon our return:

You can see the demolition that took place. We aren't living in the house, as there's no water, kitchen, bathroom or electricity.


The view from the back laneway. The laundry is being demolished.


Think I've posted this pic before, but this shows the remains of the old kitchen. The aqua door is a temporary one which leads to the front part of the house which isn't being altered.

Here's a pic I took yesterday. As you can see, the whole structure has now gone, and the plumbing has gone in. We're ready to pour the slab!


We are also 'lucky' enough to have a tree that was deemed 'heritage' by our local council.
It's a massive gum tree, about 30m tall, which is totally wrecking the foundations of many surrounding houses, not to mention our house and yard. However, it is of vital importance to the area, so even though it presents a major risk to houses and people, it Must Stay. 

I dread to think how dangerous it will be if there's a storm or anything to cause it to drop a branch.
Sometimes the lunacy of councils astounds me..... I love trees and embrace them in our area, but this one isn't suitable for the very built-up environment that we live in.


Finally, here's a rather bad pic of me in a very green outfit:

Green and blue J Crew cardigan, Green Cedric Charlier skirt, Nicholas Kirkwood shoes.

Hope you had a great weekend.

15 comments:

  1. Is this your homage to the tree? Go green. I do hope you are settled in your new digs. this shall be quite the adventure for the bunch.

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    1. I am going green in support of trees everywhere! We are settled, thanks T! the house is in an area which is very suburban, which isn't quite my cup of tea, but regardless, it's a pleasant area.

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  2. It must feel so good to see progress being made! How much longer do they say it will be before everything is completed? I'm sure you must be very anxious to move back home.

    I think you look lovely in the photo, and your hair looks so pretty! It's getting quite long now. Is it naturally straight? I've been growing mine out again, and it's gotten significantly longer over the summer, however it's naturally curly, so it always looks a bit shorter than it actually is.

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    1. Hi Melissa, the total build time is supposed to be 14 weeks, but we're not holding our breath! I've watched far too many episodes of Grand Designs to kid myself that it's going to be finished on schedule.
      We do hope to be back in before 2015, but who knows!! We will be homeless from 21st December, so please send your prayers to the building gods!

      My hair is getting long - thanks for your compliment! It is naturally very wavy, but the longer it gets, the less wavy it goes, as it's very heavy. I only wash it once every 10 days or so, then torture it into submission with a dryer. I must say that it really only looks good when I outsource its blow-drying to a professional, which isn't happening anymore due to the The Budget!

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  3. Thankfully in SA they've now Seen the Light about the tree issues, and even if the tree is of classifiable size, if it is within 6 meters of the back of a house it can be removed, without having to have council approvals/ arborist reports etc. Gum trees in inner city areas are a bit of a nightmare, the branch dropping in particular is quite frightening.
    The renos look like they're moving along well - you won't know yourself in your new kitchen, the old one definitely looks so dark from the before photo. It's something that I will never take for granted now that we've finished ours - the light!
    Love the green outfit xx

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    1. SA sounds as if it is far more reasonable regarding trees. It just seems insanity that we can't remove it. We are very happy to plant new, smaller trees in its place.
      I really hope the new kitchen isn't as dark - it was ok, but I think we'll be very pleased with the new bit once it's finished.

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  4. My goodness Ruth, I didn't know your place was practically gutted. Trees are a big issue in Chicago too. Your hair has really grown out and looking quite lush and full. Green is a good colour on you by the way.

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    1. yes, it's more of a re-build than a reno! The front part of the house comprising the study, living room and bedrooms is intact.
      My hair is longer than it's been for years, mainly due to the fact that I'm only going to the hairdresser every 4 months or so instead of every 6 weeks!

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  5. Hi Ruth, wow, that is a major renovation going on! I hope it is going smoothly, and that you and your family are settled into your temporary lodgings. I agree with the others, your hair is looking great! The green skirt is really lovely on you.

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    1. Thanks Louise, it's turning out to be a very challenging year, if truth be told.
      Thanks for your kind words, and for following on instagram!

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  6. Glad to see things moving so well. The tree issue so close to houses is a real conundrum. Being completely ignorant of gum trees and their ways, I hear you! You look very pretty!

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    1. Thanks Wendy! the tree is a wonderful thing, but just too big and dangerous for the very urban area in which we live.
      Loving your Alberta adventures!

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  7. You look glorious in that green, that skirt is so cool, the tied sarongy skirt shape with the structured shirt is really neat. Green always works doesn't it/ Cheers you up like that perfect granny Smith.
    That is such a massive job you're doing!!
    Doesn't that tree thing drive you wild? We had neighbors complain long and hard about our taking out old withered diseased cedar trees on the fence line that would have killed them in their kitchen in a bad storm.

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  8. You look so very chic! The complete opposite of your demo. That looks daunting! I saw the slab pour in your other post. Congratulations!!

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