I thought I'd do a separate renovation update, as the end of the week posts are getting long. Plus the people interested in the renovation aren't necessarily interested in pictures of me in dresses babbling on about the Opera or whatever, and vice versa.
Lots has happened this week. Firstly, little S's bedroom wardrobe unit was installed. I designed this along the wall that has the window. He's really got the dud room in the house - it's the smallest of all the bedrooms in the house and it faces South, so gets limited natural light (despite what these pictures suggest). It's also been made even smaller as I carved off a corner to make a Powder room/ cloakroom for guests...
So, to make efficient use of the space, and still keep a reasonable amount of floor area for playing, I stacked all the things I needed to accommodate along the wall - a seat, wardrobe and desk with bookshelves. The bed and bedside table will go on the opposite wall, and there'll still be enough floor area for him to play.
On the right is the desk. It has book shelves above it, and will have a pinboard at the back for him to put all those endless award certificates they get given these days. As he's 3, the desk is really not needed for a long time, but he can draw at it, and it will come in use soon enough.
In the centre is the bench seat. It has a concealed hatch and room for long term storage of blankets etc. I'm going to have a seat cushion made up, and it will be a comfy place for him to read or sit and contemplate.
Here's a bad picture of the inside of the wardrobe on the left - the light was creating a lot of glare.
His room has been all painted and is ready for the carpet installation this week. Then the wallpaper will go up, and the light fitting. I also ordered the fabric for his roman blind and bench seat, it's China Sea's Aga reverse in turquoise, shown below on the right as wallpaper
He's getting a very colourful room, and has been very interested in helping me out with the selections and choosing colours etc. For the new bed and bedside table, I'm thinking he'll get this from Lilly and Lolly. Currently he's still sleeping in the cot (as a junior bed, but still... the cot - there's no room for an extra bed in his sister's room).
The powder room that has been carved out of a corner of that bedroom has had the panelling installed, ready for painting. It still has to have the skirtings attached. This is a hard room to photograph as it's so small!
Out in the back room, it's been cleared out as the plasterers finally finished!! Hooray - and end to the dust is in sight! Painting will continue this week, and should be finished fairly quickly we're hoping.
The light is very nice in this room - having windows on all 4 sides of the room makes a huge difference.
We had the electricians here this week. They've wired up a bunch of stuff, and started installing the flushed wall lights. Here they are down the stairs to the cellar and home office
And above is how I've done them on the walls in the living area. I didn't want things sticking out of the wall, so I'm happy with how these look - we just mounted two together.
Outside, the roofers have finished off most of the flashings etc - all they've got left is the veranda roof, which should be done this week. The renderer has almost finished the grey render (it finally arrived from Melbourne after 6 weeks) and the detailing on the outdoor dining area has almost been finished. I'm not sure they'll do the veranda post detailing etc until January - we're still waiting on the slate for paving to arrive from Mintaro (why is it that Mintaro is only 2 hours up the road, yet we could've got the Chinese slate shipped faster?? And lets not even talk about the price differential...)
view from the scaffolding
And one big step forward is that with all the messy plastering being finished, they've cleared out the living area, and we actually got to sit around our dining table last night to eat dinner! Hooray! The weather has been unseasonably cold most of the time the past 4 weeks, and eating outside on the veranda at our outdoor setting has been cold. Particularly at breakfast time when it's often been 13C and the kids are all shivering.
It's also a milestone as this is the first time, ever, we've sat at our dining table where it hasn't been pushed up against a wall on one end as our dining areas were too small to properly accommodate a 10 seat table.
So, little steps forward, and slowly we're getting there!
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